Kick your breakfast up a notch with these delicious oatmeal add in ideas! How to make the perfect oatmeal for a healthy breakfast and 15 delicious ways to bring some variety to it.
How to Make Perfect Oatmeal
We love enjoying a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning for breakfast, especially on these cold winter mornings! It’s inexpensive and can be made quickly.
Our basic oatmeal recipe is quite simple; 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup old fashioned oats is how to make perfect oatmeal!
Basic oatmeal can get boring pretty fast though so here is a little inspiration on some oatmeal add ins to add some new variety to your morning bowl!
What to Add to Oatmeal
Here are some of our favorite oatmeal add-in ideas.
Blueberries & Cream: Substitute half the cooking liquid with whipping cream or half and half and add ¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries with 1 teaspoon sugar per serving.
Cinnamon Raisin: Mix in 1 Tablespoon Raisins, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Sugar and 1 teaspoon butter.
Peanut Butter & Jelly: Mix in 1 Teaspoon Peanut Butter when cooking oatmeal. You can mix in or drizzle the top of oatmeal with your preferred jelly or marmalade.
Apple Cinnamon: Peel and chop a Granny Smith apple and place in microwave safe bowl with 1 teaspoon butter and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Microwave for 1 minute on medium heat or until tender. Mix into cooked oatmeal. May top with a dollop of whipped cream for a “dessert” feel.
Honey Nut: Mix in 1 Teaspoon organic honey and 1 Tablespoon toasted chopped pecans/walnuts or almonds.
Banana Walnut: Mash ½ ripe banana and mix into cooked oatmeal along with 2 teaspoons chopped walnuts.
White Chocolate Cranberry: Mix in 1 teaspoon mini white chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons dried cranberries along with 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon butter.
–We love these Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars for a snack!
–Love oatmeal? Here’s a delicious Oatmeal Cookie Recipe to try!
Chocolate Chip: Mix in 1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon butter. For added flavor you may wish to drizzle the top with chocolate syrup.
Nutella: Mix in 2 teaspoons Nutella or your favorite hazelnut chocolate spread.
Bacon & Cheese: Crumble 1 Piece Fried Bacon and 2 Teaspoons Cheese into oatmeal. Salt and pepper to taste. Can also mix in fried onions as desired.
Maple Syrup & Prunes: Mix in 2 Teaspoons Maple Syrup and 3 chopped Prunes.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut: Mix in 1 teaspoon mini white chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons chopped Macadamia nuts.
Pecan Pie: Mix in 2 Teaspoons Molasses and 1 Teaspoon chopped pecans.
Hot Cocoa: Mix in 1 packet hot cocoa mix (no marshmallows and cook using milk or ½ water and ½ whipping cream. You could also add in Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix.
Chocolate Peanut Butter: Mix in 1 Teaspoon Peanut Butter and 1 Teaspoon mini chocolate chips.
If you love oatmeal, here are some more recipes you will enjoy:
Here are 20 actual Oatmeal Breakfast recipes for even more inspiration!
What are some of your favorite oatmeal mix ins? Share your ideas in the comments on how to make perfect oatmeal!
This post with Oatmeal Add Ins was originally published on Little House Living in January 2014. It has been updated as of January 2020.