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.

DIY bowl of oatmeal with a variety of blueberries, fruit & nut toppings with coffee on a white marble surface

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.
Woman stirring a fresh batch of oatmeal in a white pot on a black metal cooktop

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.
Woman stirring a fresh batch of oatmeal in a white pot on a black metal cooktop Woman stirring a fresh batch of oatmeal in a white pot with a bowl of oatmeal & a variety of toppings with coffee on a white marble surface

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