7 Sweet Ways To Doctor Up Your Instant Oatmeal
Instant oatmeal can either start your day off on a completely positive note or put you in a terrible mood. No one wants a sad bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, and just because you’re trying to save money and eat healthily every morning doesn’t mean you need to settle for a bland bowl of blegh. Instant oatmeal can be delicious if you have the right add-ins by your side. Here are some sweet ways to doctor up your quick breakfast.
1. Peanut Butter And Jelly
We can’t deny our love for peanut butter and jelly, especially when it comes to oatmeal. If it works between bread, you know it’ll work mixed into oats. Have your favorite peanut butter and your go-to jam ready the next time you’ll heating up oatmeal for breakfast.
A healthy way to get some extra creaminess into your oatmeal is with a tablespoon or two of yogurt. Make sure you add the yogurt in after you heat up the oatmeal so that you don’t zap all of those naturally occurring probiotics out of it (or curdle the dairy). We usually use plain Greek yogurt or vanilla Greek yogurt with our oatmeal, and it definitely does the trick.
3. Pumpkin Pie Spice
The right spice combination can take something from bland to almost restaurant quality if you know what works. We’re into the cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice combination. Once fall comes around, this pumpkin pie spice quartet is pretty perfect. You’ll feel like you’re eating a creamier version of pumpkin pie minus the sugar and fat overload.
4. Dark Chocolate Brownie Batter
Keep a bar of quality dark in your kitchen to give your oats a major flavor upgrade. As soon as you’re finished heating up your oatmeal, break a few pieces of dark chocolate into the bowl, along with a little bit of oat milk, almond milk or Greek yogurt and give it a good stir. It’ll taste like a bowl of dark chocolate brownie batter. Yummm.
5. Honey And Oat Milk
We’re big on the oat milk at Swirled. It adds the perfect amount of non-dairy creaminess to everything. Instead of cooking your oatmeal with water, cook it with oat milk and add in your favorite honey afterward. For a rich taste, try buckwheat honey.
6. Coconut Cream
Add some tropical creaminess to your oatmeal with coconut-flavored yogurt. From Chobani to Noosa to siggi’s to So Delicious, you have a lot of options to choose from. Just add two tablespoons of coconut yogurt and sprinkle in some coconut flakes for a creamy coconut concoction.
7. Maple And Pecan
It really doesn’t matter which flavor of oatmeal you have in your hands. A drizzle of maple syrup and a handful of crumbled pecans can make anything taste like Vermont. Make sure you’re using pure maple syrup for the full effect.