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10 Oatmeal add-ins for breakfast

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Add some excitement to your oatmeal!

Who said oatmeal has to be boring? Consider these 10 exciting add-ins to bring your oatmeal to life!

Oatmeal has always been a quick and easy breakfast staple for busy mornings. Tired of the same-old oatmeal? Throw some excitement and extra nourishment into your oatmeal by considering these quick and easy add-ins. Having oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to start your day!


Dried fruit

Add some excitement to your oatmeal!

Dried fruit stores easily and adds extra nutrition to otherwise bland oatmeal. Consider adding dried apples, cherries, bananas, shredded coconut, cranberries, pineapple, apricots, raisins, plums or pears to your morning bowl of oatmeal.


Fresh fruit

Add some excitement to your oatmeal!

Got fresh fruit on hand? Bananas, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are just a few of the antioxidant-rich fruits you can add to your oatmeal for flavor and immunity-boosting nutrition!



Add some excitement to your oatmeal!

For a quick, healthy and tasty addition to your oatmeal, add a tablespoon of your favorite fruit preserves instead of sugar.



Add some excitement to your oatmeal!

Adding nuts is a healthy way to give extra taste and crunch to your oatmeal. Nuts contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which you might not be getting enough of in your regular diet. Almonds, pecans and walnuts are welcome additions to any oatmeal.



Add some excitement to your oatmeal!

Honey is a natural sweetener that adds a unique flavor. In addition, preliminary studies show that honey may lower blood sugar levels in diabetic patients, according to


Agave nectar

Add some excitement to your oatmeal!

Agave nectar is another natural alternative to refined sugar. Often called agave syrup, it is sweeter than granulated sugar.



Add some excitement to your oatmeal!

Give robust sweetness to your oatmeal by adding molasses. Throw in fresh-sliced bananas and nuts for an exceptionally flavorful and hearty breakfast!



Add some excitement to your oatmeal!

Adding cottage cheese and yogurt to oatmeal is a brilliant way to add flavor while adding extra protein to your diet. Also consider adding fruit yogurts for additional vitamin C.


Peanut butter

Add some excitement to your oatmeal!

Who says peanut butter is just for sandwiches? Add a spoonful of creamy or crunchy peanut butter to oatmeal to provide extra flavor and protein.


Spice things up

Add some excitement to your oatmeal!

Get creative with ordinary oatmeal by adding spices you probably already have in your spice cabinet. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and pumpkin spice are flavorful additions that will be sure to liven up any oatmeal.

More oatmeal recipes and ideas

Easy carrot cake oatmeal
Black Forest baked oatmeal
Chocolate oatmeal and caramelized bananas

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