Have you tried to like oatmeal but can’t?
Come here little grasshopper. I’m going to teach you how to make oatmeal taste good.
First, we need to address the top two reasons people don’t like oatmeal: the texture and the taste.
Texture: Otherwise known as “mouth feel” if you’ve been watching any Food Network. (And apparently I have.)
If you find you just can’t get past the texture of oatmeal, I have a recipe you need to try: Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Steel Cut Oats Copycat recipe. The combination of quinoa and steel cut oats gives you a less slimy bowl of oatmeal. Not to mention the added bonus of the protein boost you get from quinoa.
Taste: Plain oatmeal has no taste. I think the word “gruel” is actually pretty accurate for the taste of plain oatmeal.
That’s where these healthy topping ideas are going to change your morning bowl of oatmeal!
Never added citrus zest to your oatmeal? I’m about to Rock. Your. World.
So fasten your seatbelts folks, I’ve come up with 25 quick and healthy toppings that will change oatmeal for you forever.
How to Make Oatmeal Taste Good:
Blueberry Bonanza: Stir some lemon zest, a dash of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg into your oatmeal. Top with blueberries.
PB Booster: Stir 1 tablespoon peanut butter into oatmeal. Top with sliced bananas and chopped apples. Dust with cinnamon.
Tummy Tamer: Stir 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger and 1 teaspoon honey into oatmeal. Top with chopped fresh or dried apricots.
Banana Nut Bread: Top with chopped walnuts and banana slices.
Chocolate Peanut Butter: Stir 1 tablespoon peanut butter into oatmeal. Top with dark chocolate chips. Need a no sugar alternative to chocolate chips? Top with cacao nibs.
Berry Lemon Sensation: Stir 1 teaspoon lemon zest into oatmeal. Top with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
Wake-Up Your Bowl: Stir in 1 teaspoon orange zest. Top with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Thanksgiving Pie: Stir in a generous spoonful of pumpkin puree. Sprinkle homemade pumpkin pie spice on top. Drizzle with honey.
Pineapple Upside-Down Oatmeal: Stir a spoonful of sucanat into oatmeal. You don’t need much. Top with pineapple.
Bowl of Freedom: Top oatmeal with a spoonful of plain or vanilla yogurt. Sprinkle with strawberries and blueberries.
Cha-Cha Chai: Mix a spoonful of pumpkin puree into oatmeal. Pour a bit of chai latte concentrate over oatmeal. Make it over the top delicious by adding almond milk.
Key Lime: Stir lime zest into oatmeal. Top with vanilla or plain yogurt. If your diet allows, you could always throw in some white chocolate chips. Don’t go overboard – just enough to satisfy.
Carrot Cake: Stir fresh grated ginger into oatmeal. Top with shredded carrot and diced dried apricots. No apricots? Use raisins. Have walnuts? Throw some of them on too.
Island Breeze: Stir lime zest into oatmeal. Top with unsweetened coconut flakes and chopped macadamia nuts. If you have any coconut milk, you could stir some of that in too.
Bless Your Heart: Stir a spoonful of sweet potato puree into oatmeal. Top with chopped pecans and if your diet allows, some sucanat.
Almond Joy: Stir in a spoonful of almond butter. Top with unsweetened coconut flakes.
Nut ‘N Honey: Top oatmeal with chopped nuts – any kind, any combination – and drizzle with honey.
Simply Sweet: Stir cinnamon into oatmeal. Top with chopped dates and raisins.
Cranberry Orange: Stir orange zest into oatmeal. Top with dried cranberries and a dusting of cinnamon.
Cherry Cocoa: Top oatmeal with cherries (I usually defrost some frozen ones) and dust with cocoa powder. Need a treat? Stir a teensy tiny bit of dark chocolate into hot oatmeal so it melts.
Crunchy Oatmeal: Throw a handful of granola into your oatmeal and stir it around. Top with milk of choice. Almond and vanilla soymilk are delightful additions.
Apple Pie: Top oatmeal with chopped apples, a dusting of apple pie spice, and top with vanilla yogurt.
Eggs-ellent Idea: Top oatmeal with a poached egg and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Savor the Idea: Add grated cheese. Parmesan is excellent, as is cheddar.
Sunday Paper Special: Stir orange zest into oatmeal. Top with sliced almonds and a drizzle of honey. And depending on how you roll, you could do a splash of Grand Marnier.
Your homework assignment: Try one, all, some. Report back on what you did or didn’t like!