Oatmeal Toppings Bar

DIY Oatmeal Toppings Bar

My husband and I love oatmeal, so much so that we drink oat milk! When you’re an adult in your 40s+ you know all the reasons why oatmeal is a smart breakfast choice, from heart-health, to fiber and making it to lunch with some energy to spare.

However, 0ne of the biggest complaints I get from my teen boys is that it’s…BORING. I guess when you’re 14 heart-health and fiber are not the first thing on your list when you consider breakfast options. So I set out to make oatmeal fun!

Spice up your oatmeal game

I took a look in my pantry and as it turns out, I already had lots of options on hand for adding some pizazz to our morning oatmeal. I’ve included a full list in the recipe. But here are some of our favs: Nuts like raw almonds or macadamias, any type of berry, dried cranberries and apricots, and shredded coconut or dark chocolate chips to really sweeten it up.

Hence, pick your own oatmeal adventure was born. Once I make a pot of healthy oatmeal for breakfast, I peek in the pantry and fridge to see what I already have, then divide the toppings among small bowls for everyone to peruse and add a spoonful to meet their cravings. Boring? I think not! And secretly, I get to use up whatever fruit is already hanging out in my fridge.

World’s Best Oatmeal Topping Combo

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
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Oatmeal Toppings Bar

  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Add some excitement to your morning oatmeal with an easy toppings bar that will satisfy the cravings of your whole family.



  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 21/2 cups water, milk or almond milk
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

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


  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.

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