Breakfast Oats 10 Ways

by Suzanne on March 9, 2012

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Oatmeal~ some love it and others hate it, I’m one of the lovers.  I love the taste and texture of this heart healthy grain. I like baking with it too, but the old fashion way of cooking it in a pan on the stove top just reminds me of being a kid, when mom made oatmeal for me. We never varied much in how we ate our oatmeal then, hot oatmeal with brown sugar, butter and cinnamon with milk poured over the top. I never liked my milk stirred into the oats I liked them somewhat stiff, but now stir the milk in or not I just enjoy my oatmeal.  Because of my love of oats I wanted to share a few ideas of what to put in your oatmeal to make it really good and a little different too. Your bound to find something here you like, so experiment with flavors you enjoy. Besides the variations below I usually add 2 T. of  flax meal or wheat bran per person to our oatmeal to add some extra nutrition to my diet because by the end of the day I’m in the mood for some sweets not eating healthy :).

  1.  sprinkle orange zest, brown sugar and cinnamon on oatmeal add coconut milk on top
  2.  stir frozen blueberries into hot oatmeal they get thawed and they cool the oatmeal, add a dash of nutmeg and sugar
  3.  replace half of the cooking liquid with apple juice or orange juice then add a chopped peeled granny smith apple during cooking, then add cinnamon and sugar to each serving
  4.  add unsweetened cocoa to cooking liquid(try 1 T. per serving) when serving add sugar and chocolate chips
  5.  add maple syrup, brown sugar, toasted chopped nuts and cream to individual servings
  6.  stir in peach pie filling and cinnamon into each serving
  7.  stir in chopped bananas, strawberries, sugar and cream into each serving
  8.  cook 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries with 1/2 cup sugar, add some lemon zest and spoon over each serving
  9.  add chopped banana, brown sugar and chopped toasted nuts to each serving
  10.  add dried cranberries (or your favorite dried fruit), orange zest, sugar and nuts to each serving

I hope these 10 ideas keep your oatmeal exciting, if you have any other great ideas then just share them in the comments :).

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1 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

I am not a fan of oatmeal, but I am trying to work it into my diet more. Great ideas to get more flavor involved!

2 Suzanne March 9, 2012 at 9:14 am

Hope you get to try some of these ideas and enjoy eating oatmeal more 🙂

3 Patty March 9, 2012 at 8:32 am

I am a big fan of oatmeal, thanks for the ideas to keep my oatmeal exciting;-)

4 Suzanne March 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

YW thanks for stopping over Patty 🙂

5 Melissa @ Treats With a Twist March 9, 2012 at 8:46 am

I don’t think I could be any bigger a fan of oatmeal and oats! I don’t know what it is about them, but they are definitely one of my favorite foods! Here’s just some of the ways I love them:
Cinnamon Raisin Granola:
Chocolate Granola:
Baked Caramel Apple Oatmeal:
Baked Banana Oatmeal:
Blueberries and Cream Overnight Oats:
Cherry Vanilla Cold Oats:

As you can imagine, I have a million more ways too! I just love oatmeal! Great topic!

6 Suzanne March 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

Thanks for sharing these great ideas Melissa!

7 kita March 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I am trying to be better, healthier – and eat breakfast, which is something I have never cared to do. I don’t like the sweets, but the savory is growing on me. I am really starting to like oatmeal. I love your list of creative ideas (and even though I may not be a morning sweets person, the cocoa idea sounds awesome!).

8 Suzanne March 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I don’t have that problem in the morning I have it around 9 pm when I want to eat ice-cream and cookies!
Kita the chocolate oatmeal is awesome!

9 Sandra's Easy Cooking March 9, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I am not big fan of oatmeal..but I love your ideas, and I think I could eat it more often! Great photo!!!

10 Marsha @ The Harried Cook March 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I personally don’t like oatmeal, but my daughter and my husband would eat it every day! 🙂 LOVE the options you’ve shared with us 🙂 Thanks!

11 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 10, 2012 at 4:04 am

I hate to add one more “I don’t like oatmeal” comment, but I’m trying to be honest… hehee. We don’t really eat oatmeal in Japan, so I didn’t grow up eating. I remember my American host family made it one time for me and I just didn’t like the mushy texture (to be fair, I don’t like porridge either). Since then, I haven’t really given another chance (it’s been 15 years!). I didn’t eat Oatmeal cookies too because it has “oatmeal”…silly. I tried it maybe a couple years ago, and it was nothing like breakfast oatmeal and I absolutely love oatmeal in the cookies now. I am excited to keep your post and give it a try! 😉

12 Nancy/SpicieFoodie March 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

I also grew up eating oatmeal for breakfast. Though ours was always cinnamon flavored, but delicious nonetheless. I love your ideas and some I have never tried. Thanks for sharing, great post!

13 Suzanne March 12, 2012 at 1:44 am

Thanks Nancy 🙂

14 Liren March 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I LOVE oatmeal, so I’m definitely going to try these out – the peach pie filling is a great idea!

15 Suzanne March 12, 2012 at 1:43 am

Yay, another lover of oatmeal, thanks for stopping by Liren.

16 Kiri W. March 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Mmm, now I have a blackberry craving! love pumpkin and cinnamon in my oatmeal 🙂

17 Suzanne March 12, 2012 at 1:42 am

Oh yes pumpkin and cinnamon would be lovely too 🙂

18 Heather March 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

To #4 add a scoop of peanut butter before the chocolate chips. Tastes like an oatmeal/pb/chocolate no bake cookie 🙂

19 Suzanne March 12, 2012 at 1:42 am

sounds like a good one, I am going to try that soon 🙂

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