{BREAKFAST} Oatmeal with Topping Bar

One of the resounding themes during our Picky Eater Challenge was the idea of getting kids involved with meals. Letting them help pick ingredients or toppings that go into a meal give them a reason to be excited about that dish. So, today we’re sharing one of our favorite breakfasts to personalize: oatmeal! The toppings are endless, but we’ve included a few healthy suggestions.

{BREAKFAST} Oatmeal with Topping Bar


  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 2-1/2 cups water, milk or almond milk
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Cooking instructions:

  1. In a 2-quart saucepan, bring water or milk to a boil
  2. Stir in oats and salt
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Divide into bowls and add toppings as desired.

Best Oatmeal Toppings:


  • Walnuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Raw almonds
  • Hazelnuts

Fresh Breakfast Fruit

  • blueberries
  • bananas
  • raspberry
  • blackberry
  • strawberry

Dried Fruit

  • pineapple
  • raisins
  • cranberries
  • apricot


  • ground cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • nutmeg

Sweet toppings

  • shredded coconut
  • honey or maple syrup
  • chocolate chips
  • sautéed apples or applesauce

My kids favorite combination for world’s best oatmeal toppings:

  • 1 Tablespoon chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon raw almonds
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1 Tablespoon golden raisins
  • ½ medium banana, sliced

Looking for more breakfast ideas? Check out: Italian Egg Toast and Morning Smoothies On-the-Go.