Oatmeal is often a breakfast staple this time of year and for good reason. It fills you up, keeps you warm, and for me, is definitely associated with chilly winter mornings as a child.  I have to admit, since moving to a warmer climate, I haven’t had oatmeal as often this “winter” but it is still something I eat on a regular basis.

Oats are a healthy option for breakfast because they contain fiber (both soluble and insoluble), protein, are 100% whole grain and contain a whole slew of minerals.

Picking the Oats:

  • Steel-cut oats are best  - they are the whole oat groat which is then cut in pieces instead of flattened meaning it takes longer to digest which helps you feel full longer. They are essentially the least processed form of oats and are sometimes called Irish Oats. They do take longer to cook, but result in a chewy oat.
  • Rolled, Quick or Instant Oats are also good choices.
  • Instead of using the flavored packets which contain hydrogenated oils, corn syrup and a ton of preservatives, try making your own and topping it as you like! You can even make a big batch to eat throughout the week.

Topping Ideas:

  • Nut Butter: Peanut, Almond, Cashew, etc.
  • Sweeteners: Maple Syrup, Honey, Agave, Brown Sugar, Stevia, etc.
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, etc.
  • Fresh or Frozen Fruits
  • Shredded Coconut or Coconut Oil

Ways to Add Protein:

  • Nut Butters
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Egg
  • Protein Powder
  • Milk
Recipes to Try: 

What do you put in or on you oats? 

21 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ for the health of it
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    I love peanut butter, blueberries and just a tiny touch of maple syrup on my oats – plus some flax seed for omega 3s and some chia seed for crunch!


  2. Lindsay @ biking before bed
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    I love new Oatmeal ideas. My current favorite is overnight oats made with almod milk, apple cinnamon Chobani, and chia seeds. In te morning I top them with apple and peanut butter.


    • Emily
      Feb 08, 2012 @ 9:11 am

      This combination sounds great! Yum!


  3. Katerina
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    Since I am Greek and live in Greece I am at the source of yogurt lol! I love your idea of pairing oatmeal with it! It is nutritious and full of fibers. You have a very interesting collection of posts in your blog!


    • Emily
      Feb 08, 2012 @ 9:19 am

      It was in Greece that I fell in love with Greek Yogurt! I love the full-fat versions that I had there – they are harder to find here – everything is fat-free!


  4. Dana
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Oatmeal is my go-to breakfast year round! Lately I’ve been eating it mixed with vanilla almond milk and a little bit of coffee for flavor!


  5. Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    How fun is this post? I’m especially loving the list of oatmeal add-ons! I find that these work well as cereal toppings too. Such a great way to keep your favorite breakfasts interesting.


  6. Amanda
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    I haven’t had oatmeal since being diagnosed with celiac disease. I really want to with some gluten-free oats because I worry that I’m missing some important nutrients.

    I love peanut butter on oats. So good.


  7. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    I’ve been getting very into oatmeal on the weekends lately- not sure what’s going on with that new trend in my life, but I like it! I love eating mine with a few splashes of milk and some nut butter- yum. :)


  8. Dorothea
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    Fast cooking steel cut oats are available at Trader Joe’s. I cook them as directed and for toppings go to my Greek heritage and add crumbled feta and a little butter or Earth Balance spread. It makes a delicious savory breakfast or anytime meal. My grandmother and mom made this with bulgur wheat and we call it trachana.

    Also I love these Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats Pancakes:
    1 1/4 c.quick steel cut oats
    1 c. non-fat plain yogurt
    1 tsp. honey or sugar
    1/4 c. whole wheat flour
    1/4 c. all purpose white flour
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1 tsp. salt
    2 lg. eggs , beaten or eggbeaters
    1/4 c. chopped walnuts

    In lg. bowl, combine oats, yogurt, milk & honey. Stir in flours, baking soda, salt. Add eggs, mix well. Add nuts. Batter will be thick.
    Ladle about 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto hot griddle. Cook 3 min. one side, 2 min. other side.
    Yield: 12 4″ pancakes


  9. Lindsay
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    This is such a good kick in the pants to change my morning routine. I have been eating the same oatmeal with a few nuts and dried fruit tossed in every morning for the last month and a half – it’s time for a change!


  10. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    He-he, I love that you had Nut Butter on the top of your list for toppings. ;)

    I absolutely ADORE my morning oats in the morning: thank you so much for sharing this way to spruce it up! <3


  11. Dawn (HealthySDLiving)
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    I could eat oatmeal for every meal, every day!

    I love almond butter, nuts and coconut topping mixed into mine but honestly…even just almond butter will do!


  12. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I can’t wait to try some of the recipes you mentioned! I am usually in a hurry and just put some brown sugar or maple syrup and a banana in my oatmeal!


  13. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    I eat steel cut oats at least twice a week. I soak mine the night before which shortens the cooks time and (maybe?) reduces the phytic acid to make them more digestible. I like mine topped with peanut butter and bananas. Mmmmm.


  14. Cherie
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

    I top my oatmeal with about 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt and 1 cup frozen strawberries that have been thawed in the microwave, cut up, and 1-2 t. Stevia added. It’s almost like eating strawberries and cream.


    • Emily
      Feb 15, 2012 @ 8:28 am

      I might try this today Cherie, thank you!


  15. Rebecca
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

    I add sunflower seeds, dry roasted almonds, toasted coconut flakes, virgin coconut oil, dried goji berries, fresh blueberries, cinnamon, natural vanilla bean extract, and almond milk.
    Sometimes I add in stevia or honey if i’m craving sugar.


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