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Healthy Living, Recipes on October 9, 2013 by

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.

WIN IT! We want to give five lucky folks a chance to try all five of these oatmeal varieties. To enter, follow the prompts below (be sure to click on the “leave a comment” to see what the secret question is, then click on “I did it”) and we’ll select five winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 10/14/13.
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Comments

Christine says:

Get your goat!

Botanist says:

Oats over parma. Never tried a combination like that, but it sounds good.

Sam says:

I’m old fashioned The wildest I could go is Doctor’s Orders

Emily K says:

The Gilgamesh looks AMAZING of these pictured!

SandyN says:

Definitely the Old School. 🙂

April says:

The hang loose! Thanks for the giveaway!

Joy says:

oat couture! who would’ve thought of such wonderful sounding combinations

Melankalia says:

I’m torn between Carrot Cake and The Hang Loose as my favorites, but they all sound really yummy!

Wendy says:

Thai-me-up – peanut butter & coconut oh yeah!!

halima says:

The Gilgamesh! They all look really yummy. Im intrigued by the Elvis but confused by the bacon.

Julie Sisson says:

I wanna try get your goat tomorrow morning!

Valerie R says:

Love cooked using coconut milk, cinnamon, whole flax seed, 1/2 cup mixed (blue berries,raspberries,blackberries and cherries, topped with unsalted almonds.

Donna T says:

I love oatmeal every morning. I put in fresh bananas and pecans. Sometimes i add just walnuts and blueberries.

Laurie says:

I’m Old School.

tara says:

the old school

Kris O says:

They all look so interesting and yummy! I usually just do bananas and dried cherries, but the Elvis sure looks like one I would enjoy.

Alan K. says:

The Jet Setter sounds quite good =)

Kathy says:

Carrot Cake! 🙂

Lourdes says:

I would go for the Extra Thick Rolled Oats a la Gilgamesh!! Sounds decadent!!!

several of them! But love the idea of the Get Your Goat combo! Very yummy sounding! Great idea!
Cathy B pbprojecthope at yahoodotcom

Harlena Dyer says:

The old-fashioned with brown sugar

jacquie says:

doctor’s orders sounds good though I would just go w/ whatever fruit was in season and might skip the yogurt.

catie says:

I haven’t had any of these but I like bananas and blueberries with cinnamon

Nicole Flynn says:

The Camper! Wow what a great idea, I’ve put in chocolate, but The caper is ingenious! Great combination.

elizabeth says:

I love oatmeal just about any way it can be fixed. Lately I’ve done steel cut oats in a small crockpot with dried fruit , honey, and nuts. Pour in the water and cook 6 hrs or so. Makes it great for hurried mornings.

katherine says:

oatmeal with vanilla, almonds, and protein powder!

Denny Gill says:

Gotta love the “Doctor’s Orders.” Blueberries: yummy!

Suzanne says:

The Gilgamesh — except with Almond milk instead of dairy milk!

Sarah Williams says:

gotta love Elvis!

Windy says:

It seems like a shame to take incredibly healthy, delicious Bob’s oatmeal and drown it in fats and sugars. You might as well eat a Snickers bar.

I do add sugar (1t brown sugar or sometimes maple syrup) plus unsweetened fruit and nuts. This time of year, sliced pears with walnuts, cinnamon, and cardamon syrup. In summer, peaches or cherries with sliced almonds and ginger.

Your concoction sounds great, Windy. These are just fun suggestions, but many of them are very healthy and do not rely on a bunch of sugar- like the Doctor’s Orders and Power Lift.

Bill Hogan says:

My sincere thanks for opening my eyes to the possibilities. There’s such variety.
I can’t believe all the choices.
Been an ‘old-fashioned’ fan most of my life but I’m excited to stretch my palate.

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