Ready to spice up your morning oatmeal? Whether you like it fruity, sweet or even savory, we have rounded up 11 easy ways to upgrade the most important meal of the day.
Start with whichever type of oatmeal is your favorite — instant, old-fashioned rolled oats or steel cut. The only difference between these different types of oats is the texture and the cooking times.
Adding a handful of your favorite fruit is a great way to add a burst of flavor to every bite.
Cranberry pear oatmeal: Add a chopped pear with cranberries and milk for oatmeal that has just the right amount of sweetness and twang. Don’t have fresh cranberries? Stir in cranberry sauce.
Peach almond oatmeal with pomegranates: Pomegranates are sweet and crunchy — and a super-food to boot. Add a handful of pomegranate arils with sliced peaches for a delicious and healthy breakfast.
Strawberry almond oatmeal: Strawberries and almonds make the perfect combination with your morning oatmeal. Sprinkle in some cinnamon and brown sugar for even more flavor.
Add some nuts to lend a crunchy texture to your oatmeal. It’s a fast way to transform the dish into something completely different.
Date nut oatmeal: Chopped dates, pecans, brown sugar and milk turn oatmeal into a delicious and hearty breakfast. Enjoy!
Berry pistachio oatmeal: The sweetness of berries (pick your favorite — strawberries, raspberries or a combination of both) combined with the salty crunch of pistachios gives this oatmeal the perfect balance of yin and yang. Stir in some vanilla for added flavor.
Spreads aren’t just for toast and sandwiches. Add your favorite spreads to your morning oatmeal and enjoy as the great tastes collide.
Hazelnut spread swirl oatmeal: It’s pretty much a given that everything tastes better with hazelnut spread — and that includes oatmeal. Swirl the spread on top of your oatmeal and garnish with your favorite toppings, such as almonds.
PB&J oatmeal: Are your kids as crazy for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as mine are? If so, they will totally dig this oatmeal. Simply stir in peanut butter and jelly and enjoy.
Make it sweet
There’s nothing wrong with a breakfast that tastes like dessert, and oatmeal is a great starting point for some of those mouthwatering flavor combos.
Apple pie oatmeal: If you love apple pie (and who doesn’t?), this oatmeal is for you. In a saucepan, simply combine your oatmeal with a chopped apple, cinnamon and nutmeg. Garnish with brown sugar and a splash of milk.
Chocolate oatmeal: Chocolate lovers unite! Top with unsweetened cocoa powder and your favorite sweetener (honey or agave) and dive into chocolate oatmeal heaven. If you are feeling really fancy, check out this recipe for garnishing with caramelized bananas — or you can just chop up raw bananas and add on top.
Carrot cake oatmeal: Infuse your morning oatmeal with some beta-carotene with this yummy oatmeal that tastes just like carrot cake. Mix in grated carrots, raisins, walnuts, agave and milk, along with spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Heaven in a bowl.
Make it savory
Some of us prefer our breakfasts to be savory. Thankfully, oatmeal doesn’t disappoint in this category, either.
Cheesy bacon oatmeal: Let’s take a break from sweet oatmeal to focus on a savory oatmeal breakfast. Use steel-cut oats instead of quick-cooking because the texture is the best for savory oatmeal. Mix in plenty of butter, cheddar cheese and bacon. Finally, top it off with a sunny-side egg. It sounds crazy, but it actually looks delicious.
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