17 Delicious Yet Healthy Ways To Flavor Your Oatmeal
Oatmeal is great. It provides a healthy dose of carbohydrates for energy, and unlike most carb-heavy meals, oats fill you up. Simply put, oatmeal is just about the perfect breakfast.
My “go to” oatmeal is cinnamon raisin, but there are many other ways to flavor your oatmeal. Just grab your favorite rolled or steel cut oats and some flavorings…
If you do need to add a sweetener to your oatmeal, try adding honey instead of plain white sugar. It’s healthier and more flavorful, but don’t go overboard – it’s still high in calories.
2. Flax seed
To add a nutty flavor and a light crunch to your oatmeal, sprinkle some ground flax seed (i.e. flax meal) on top. I usually do this after the oatmeal is cooked.
This also adds some important Omega-3 fatty acids to your cereal.
3. Chopped nuts
If you want a real nutty flavor and like big chunks, add some chopped nuts to your oatmeal. Walnuts are healthy and easy to chop, but you can also try almonds, pecans, and macadamia nuts.
4. Brown sugar and cinnamon
Brown sugar and cinnamon is a classic flavor combination, and it works great with oatmeal.
(Brown sugar isn’t exactly healthy, but you shouldn’t need to use very much.)
5. Cinnamon and raisin
As mentioned, the cinnamon raisin combination is my personal favorite oatmeal flavor. It’s very flavorful and it’s still sweet without any sugar, thanks to the raisins.
6. Maple syrup
Another unprocessed sweetener with a unique flavor is maple syrup. As with honey, go easy – maple syrup is still loaded with sugar.
7. Apple cinnamon
Peel an apple, slice it up into little chunks, and add it to your oatmeal. Sprinkle some cinnamon in there and you have a delicious flavor.
If you don’t like chunks, add applesauce instead. Or try some apple butter for a more robust flavor.
You can add all sorts of berries to your oatmeal. Fresh picked berries are the best, but frozen berries will work, too. Look for blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries.
9. Tropical fruit
Add coconut flakes, pineapple chunks, and mango slices to your oatmeal for a tropical breakfast.
I love to slice up a banana and add it to my oatmeal. You can do plain banana, or add banana to your cinnamon raisin oatmeal, which is delicious!
Banana chips may work, but I’ve never tried, because they’re pretty hard.
11. Chocolate peanut butter
If you’re not one for fruit flavors, add some cocoa powder and natural peanut butter to your oats. This will give you a chocolate peanut butter flavor, and it should taste quite a bit like a “no bake” cookie.
12. Wheat germ
To add a little crunch to your oatmeal without overpowering the existing flavor, sprinkle some wheat germ on top.
Like raisins, dates are a sweet little fruit that go well in oatmeal. A popular mix is to combine raisins, dates, and walnuts.
14. Sea salt
If you like to mix things up and do some “sweet and salty” type flavors, you could add a little sea salt to your oatmeal. I recommend a brand like Real Salt which is unprocessed and contains trace minerals, plus a good flavor.
15. Peanut butter banana
While I’m more likely to make a peanut butter banana sandwich or smoothie, the combo works in oatmeal just as well.
Dried cranberries have a sweet and tart flavor. They are good alone, but I think they’re even better when combined with banana slices and raisins.
Vanilla is a great flavor, and you can easily add some vanilla extract to your oatmeal for a boost in sweetness and flavor.
Vanilla goes well with bananas, chopped walnuts, and other additives.
There you have it – 17 different options (even more if you combine some.) That should spice up your breakfast for a while!
(Yes, you can buy pre-mixed oatmeal packets that are already flavored, but those don’t amount to much more than large sugar packets.)
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