Oatmeal gets a bad rep a lot of the time. A lot of people find it boring. However, that’s probably because they don’t know that when you add a bunch of toppings, it transforms it into a different meal. Oatmeal (w/ lots of toppings, of course) has definitely become one of my favorite meals and I look forward to having it everyday for breakfast. No matter what toppings I add, I usually always use the same base recipe.
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- protein powder (optional, I don’t always add)
- sweetener (also optional)
I just cook the oats and almond milk in the microwave (because it’s quicker and I’m pretty impatient when it comes to food) and then mix in the remaining ingredients after. I also end up adding a splash of almond milk after adding all of the toppings just to make sure its the perfect amount of creaminess.
And now for the additions that take oatmeal from boring to enjoyable- These are my three go-to recipes!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal:
- 1 banana
- 1-2 tbsp cocoa/cacao powder
- 1-2 tbsp peanut butter
This one is my favorite, probably because I have a major sweet tooth, and this literally tastes like dessert, except it’s actually healthy for you. Sometimes I mash the banana and add it to the oats while cooking to switch it up too. You can use any nut butter, but I’m just obsessed with peanut butter and find every opportunity possible to use it.
Next up, Apple Pie Oatmeal:
- 1 apple, cut into chunks
- 1/4-1/2 cup applesauce
- extra cinnamon
For this one, I find that the applesauce sweetens it enough to where you don’t need any extra sweetener. Adding extra cinnamon and ginger is essential to really give it that apple pie flavor. You could also add walnuts, pecans, or even nut butter, for some healthy fats. But, of course, I end up adding a spoonful of peanut butter just because I’m obsessed. Peanut butter apple pie is a thing, right?
Lastly, Coconut Berry Oatmeal:
- 1/4-1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4-1/2 cup raspberries
- 1-2 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1-2 tbsp jam
For this one, you can use any type of berry, but the key here is to make sure you use frozen berries, because when they thaw and melt in the oatmeal, it changes the entire taste. You can also choose any flavor of jam. Sometimes I like making homemade chia seed jam by combining strawberries, chia seeds, and sweetener in a saucepan and melting it until it’s a jam consistency.
I hope these recipes give you some inspiration for your next bowl of oatmeal! And if you didn’t like oatmeal before or just didn’t know how to make it appetizing, I hope you’ll give it a try soon! Please feel free to share any recipes or tips you have with me!