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20 Stellar Ways to Top Your Oatmeal {Giveaway}

Everyone knows oatmeal is good for you. We’ve touted its health benefits here and here. We’ve walked through all of the different types and how to make the perfect bowl of steel cut oats. We’ve shared loads of recipes, but this is the first time we’ve really delved into how to make oatmeal really special for you and your family. We often hear that folks don’t like oatmeal. Well, sure, a gloopy mess of oats is rather unappealing. That’s why we want to remind you that we offer many different types of oats- each one with a unique texture sure that is sure to hit the spot.

20 Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

Take your oatmeal of choice and pick one of these toppings, or try them all, and treat yourself to a delicious breakfast. Some of these toppings might seem absurd and some seem downright unhealthy. Take a step back and open your mind. Forget what you know about oatmeal and think about oats as a canvas for all types of flavors. And remember, we don’t suggest eating The Ice Cream Social every day, but once in a while. A little indulgence is good, after all, you are still eating a bowl of oatmeal.

Check out all of the recipes here and download a handy calendar to keep on the fridge for when you need a little extra inspiration. 

20 Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

The Jet Setter: You’ll be ready to take on any day by topping your oats with a shot of espresso, chocolate covered espresso beans and whipped cream, but you’ll probably want to skip this one for the kiddos.

Peaches and Cream: Turn your oats into a Southern favorite with sliced fresh peaches, heavy cream and toasted pecans.

The Gilgamesh: Take a culinary journey by topping your favorite bowl of oatmeal with pistachios, chopped dates, a drizzle of honey, milk and a dash of cardamom (or cinnamon).

The Alaskan: Try smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, and fine red onion for a delightful breakfast.

20 Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

Romancing the Bowl: Top your oatmeal with a tablespoon of Nutella® brand hazelnut spread, add some halved strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream to be ultra-decadent.

The Old School: Top your oats with brown sugar, a pat of butter and a sprinkle of salt.

The Truck Stop: You don’t have to be a trucker to eat like one. Top your favorite oatmeal with a fried egg, ham or sausage, shredded cheddar cheese and hot sauce (we like Sriracha).

The Ice Cream Social: For a decadent breakfast (or dessert), add a small scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, chopped peanuts and a maraschino cherry (of course).

20 Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

The Elvis: To your favorite oatmeal, add a tablespoon of Peanut Butter, 1/2 of a sliced banana and two crispy strips of bacon.

The Camper: Smores aren’t reserved for a campfire anymore. Top your hot oats with crumbled graham crackers, chocolate chips and marshmallows.

The Power Lift: Power up for your day with 5 egg whites, steamed spinach and toasted hemp seed

The Texan: Make your oats with a Texan-flair by adding crumbled chorizo, black beans, shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, a drizzle of BBQ Sauce and top it off with a fried egg.

20 Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

Carrot Cake:  Make your oatmeal reminiscent of carrot cake with shredded carrots, walnuts, raisins and brown sugar.  Top with a scoop of cream cheese frosting, if you have it for a true carrot cake experience.

Doctor’s Orders: Oatmeal topped with blueberries, a big dollop of gut-lovin’ non-fat Greek yogurt, and two tablespoons of ground flaxseed.

Get Your Goat: Goat cheese, sliced pear, walnuts and honey are a decadent and decidedly healthy addition to your favorite oatmeal.

The Crunchy Granola: Start your day off right by topping your oatmeal with chia seed, goji berries and a drizzle of agave nectar.

20 Ways to Top Your Oatmeal

The Hang Loose: Turn your bowl of oats tropical by adding coconut flakes, pineapple chunks and chopped macadamia nuts.

Oat Couture: Make breakfast classy by adding dried cherries, crème fraiche and a balsamic reduction to your favorite bowl of oats.

Thai-Me-Up Oats:  All the flavors you love from Thai food come together for a sweet and spicy breakfast- sprinkle red pepper flakes over a dollop of peanut butter and a healthy helping of shredded coconut.

Oats-Over-Parma: Take a trip to Italy with prosciutto, Parmesan and sun dried tomatoes.

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tasha vansickles says:

carrot cake sounds yummy!

Ann Freele says:

The Camper!! chocolate for sure

I have to go with the Old School. I grew up with it that way.

Laura C says:

My Fave (Boring, I know…): Doctor’s Orders: Oatmeal topped with blueberries, a big dollop of gut-lovin’ non-fat Greek yogurt, and two tablespoons of ground flaxseed.

Beth C. says:

I’m pretty basic–I like Old School!

Jennifer says:

I’ll have to go with the Gilgamesh. I love dates and pistachios. And I love mythology, so it’s a winner all around.

Jeanne says:

So many combinations I never souls have thought about! I’m used to just my cinnamon/honey/blueberry combo.

thetwinsnina0930 says:

Romancing the Bowl, Peaches and Cream, Old School. Sorry could pick just one.

Holly says:

The Elvis!

Tina says:


Catlyn L says:

The “Hang Loose” bowl of tropical oats sounds divine!

Ellen says:

There are so many good oatmeal ideas here, but I like the Thai me up the best!

Ouida Lampert says:

The “Get Your Goat” combo sounds lovely.

Vikki says:

I love the “Old School”. Top it with blueberries and it would be perfect!

Bonnie Ellis says:

The Gilgamesh sounds very similar to the way I love my oatmeal! Sign me up!

Bob Ellis says:

The “Hang Loose” would work for me!

Sarah Ellis says:

I need my caffeine. Give me The Jet Setter!

Caroline says:

Hazelnuts, hempseed, banana, honey, cardamom, cinnamon and turmeric!

Michelle C says:

Oat Couture!

Karen DiFonzo says:

The Hang Loose

Karen says:

so many ways that i would have never thought of that look DELICIOUS!

Kit says:

Thai-Me-Up Oats, I think I will make this for breakfast tomorrow!

Heather says:

The Gilgamesh: partly for the healthy, delicious toppings and partly for my love of mythology!

london ingoglia says:

Romancing the Bowl:looks pretty good. Pretty sure this would be a hit in our house. We usually do overnight fridge oatmeal and load up on flax, chia and hemp seed but we love fruit so that would work for sure.

Beulah says:

Old School…ditch the salt. 🙂

John says:

The Alaskan looks intriguing.

Doctor’s Orders. and I even add chia seeds to that!

Clairene says:

Oatmeal is wonderful with anything. I still like butter and maple syurp.

Ray says:

Gotta love the Carrot Cake mixture!

nicole c says:

I want to try them all! I think tomorrow I will be having carrot cake for breakfast!

Ariel says:

Get Your Goat–Baaaaaah!

julia says:

The Hang Loose!

Renata says:

Ice Cream Social sounds like a real fabulous party!

Nicole Podesta says:

The crunchy bowl looks like my usual morning oats–so good!

SoCalSue says:

I consider oatmeal a blank canvas. I am parital to your extra thick organic style oatmeal. Looking forward to cold mornings to try out some new toppings.

Car says:

I think the Hang Ten sounds pretty awesome or the camper! Not sure about the savory ones though.

Jessica @ OrganicallYou says:

The camper 🙂 with organic chocolate of course! Thank you for the chance to win!! 🙂

Laura says:

Carrot cake hands down, but the smoked salmon has me intrigued.

Claire Pulsifer says:

Definitely the hang ten! Love me some coconut!

Amy Rooks says:

I think I’d try “The Camper”!

Ralph Esposito says:

The Elvis! Oh man. Drooling.

Stephanie says:

The Hang Loose sounds so good!!

Taia B. says:

Doctor’s Orders

Miranda says:

“Get your goat” would be my choice!

Jeffrey says:

I would go with THE ELVIS!

JoAnne Proger says:

I start every morning with something similar to Doctor’s orders. Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats with vanilla, Bob’s Red Mill flaxseed, pecan chips, and either strawberries, blueberries or peaches!

Georgiana says:

Would LOVE the Power Lift for the egg protein and hemp seeds!

Katie says:

So many look so good, but I would love the Elvis and love to try the goat

Jackie says:

Peaches and cream looks delish!

Abby G says:

Get Your Goat sounds so delish! All my favorite things!

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