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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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Becky says:

The Power Lift. I love steamed spinach.

Savannagal says:

I love oatmeal. I like mine plain, or with a little butter and a tiny bit of brown sugar. I always eat it with toast.

Paige says:

Peaches and Cream sounds yummy!

Holly Williams says:

I’d have to go with the “Alaskan” topping. Anything with fish is my fave. And salmon is my favorite fish 😉

Karen says:

I would say that romancing the bowl is closest to what I like to do at home.

Jennifer says:

Thai-me-up sounds pretty amazing!

Tara Doyle says:

We love oatmeal! We have had to switch to GF oats, but thank goodness, those don’t bother the kids’ bellies! Generally we do a little bit of butter, maple syrup and a teaspoon of brown sugar with milk, but some of these look amazing!!!

Tara Doyle says:

oh, and fave? Doctor’s orders!

Eliza says:

Everything looks so delish! My fave is the Gilgamesh.

Travis says:

The Thai Me Up sounds amazing!

Amy says:

apples and cinnamon

Clairene says:

Hang-loose sounds like a vacation.

Clairene says:

Oat-couture sound interesting.

Debra Lee says:

Old School for me!

Justin says:

Topping oatmeal with Nutella and strawberries sounds amazing!

Julie says:

Get your goat looks fantastic!

Mahdi M says:

I would definitely go old school. I like to add milk or creamer too.

Carre says:

I’m going to have to go with the Jet Setter, but The Elvis is a close second. How could I not love peanut butter and bacon in my oatmeal?

Kristen says:

We love oatmeal with blueberries and cinnamon! For dinner, lunch or breakfast.

Lia Huber says:

This is so cool! I love that there are some savory options in there too … I love oatmeal “cakes” topped with sauteed mushrooms. This, though, is still my all-time favorite: Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with Toasted Pecans

Denise says:

I would love to try the Carrot Cake. We love Carrot Cake around here.

Shannon says:

The Carrot Cake – super delicious!

Betsy Hartmann says:

Romancing the Bowl cuz everything is better with Nutella!!!

Emily K says:

What an eclectic and creative bunch!

Jonathan says:

the Hang Loose looks good.

Jessica duncan says:

I want to try the get your goat

tara pittman says:

Doctor’s Orders sounds the best

Gretchen says:

Add anything sweet or a sprinkle of spices and I am a happy camper. I eat oatmeal for breakfast probably 360 days a year =)

sandi says:

I cook the oatmeal with a few raw apple pieces and it gives flavor to oatmeal and then top it with the apples

Janet Mertz says:

Going for The Hang Loose cause my fave isn’t there-topped with bananas and brown sugar


Oatmeal, yum!!

Vashti says:

The Texan!! yumm

Dawn from Texas says:

We usually just do butter brown sugar and a little cinnamon but I love the idea of savory..

Brek says:

Lately I’ve been hangin’ loose pretty often… sometimes following the doctor’s orders. But WOW I want to try eating like an Alaskan.

Great reference list!! Thank you for the oat inspiration!

Tawni says:

Get Your Goat. Definitely…

Terri Herman says:

The Oats Couture sounds amazing!!!

Sheena says:

I’d say the hang loose. But I’d toast the coconut and macadamia nuts. Maybe add a little acai!

Jana says:

Carrot cake looks delicious!

Jess L says:

The Romancing the Bowl looks so delicious.. strawberries and cream plus nutella is a very great combination!

Melinda says:

Brown sugar or maple syrup

Chris Irwin says:

Yummy – I’m not sure which to try first. The only thing that won’t change everyday are the “Bob’s Red Mill” Steel Cut Oats in my bowl

Mary Ann says:

The Doctor’s Orders sounds delicious.

Denene says:

Get your goat.

pamela L says:

goat cheese and pear

Betty says:

Get Your Goat sounds delicious!! That would be my vote.

Abby says:

The jet setter is brilliant! I bet it’d be great with a tablespoon of cocoa powder stirred in for mocha jolt.

Deborah says:

Nutella and strawberries

barbara f says:

Would LOVE to try all the different varieties!! Doctor’s Orders sounds GREAT!!

Todd says:

Ice Cream sounds good

Tony says:

Hang Loose!

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