I start almost every morning with a hearty bowl of oatmeal because it takes less than five minutes to make, it’s full of fiber and it provides a natural energy kick in the morning. Oatmeal alone is a great option for a quick breakfast but it’s even better if you load it with fruit, nuts and other delicious toppings.
I use quick oats most of the time for convenience but I prefer the texture of steel cut oats if I have time to make it. Typically it takes about 20 minutes to cook steel cut oats on the stove so to save time I like to make about 6 cups of it for the week to store in the fridge. If you do this ahead of time I think it’s even more convenient to just microwave the cooked oats out of the fridge rather than making quick oats because you don’t have to worry about adding water.
None of this recipes call for milk but I do add skim milk or almond milk a majority of the time but that is also just a preference! The options are really endless but here are 30 combos that I’ve made and loved:
1. Oats, Bananas, Strawberries and Almonds.
2. Oats, Almonds, Raspberries and Blackberries.
3. Bananas and Blackberries.
4. Pumpkin Puree, Cinnamon, Chia Seeds And Honey.
5. Blueberries and Mango.
6. Bananas and Peanut Butter. (To drizzle it like in the photo just melt in carefully in the microwave in a mug and then pour it over your oats!)
7. Peaches, Strawberries, Banana, and Almonds.
8. Banana, Peaches and Granola.
9. Peaches, Banana and Dark Chocolate Morsels.
10. Mango, Apple, Strawberries and Granola.
11. Apple, Blueberries, Peanut Butter and Banana.
12. Raspberries, Peaches, Granola and Apple.
13. Apple, Strawberries, Blueberries.
14. Banana, Peanut Butter, Almonds and Granola.
15. Protein Powder, Blueberries, Banana and Strawberries. (To add the protein powder just add some more hot water to the cooked oats and mix in the powder until its blended.)
16. Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Banana and Granola.
17. Apple, Granola, Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, Blueberries and Crunchy Peanut Butter.
18. Pecans, Blueberries and Apple.
19. Peaches and Blueberries.
20. Mango, Blueberries and Banana.
21. Blueberries, Pecans, Raspberries and Granola.
22. Peaches, Granola and Blueberries.
23. Blueberries, Raspberries, Unsweetened Shredded Coconut and Mango.
24. Peaches, Blueberries, Granola and Almonds.
25. Blueberries and Granola.
26. Raspberries, Raisins, Banana and Blueberries.
27. Pineapple, Strawberries and Granola.
28. Strawberries, Peaches, Banana and Granola.
29. Banana, Granola and Strawberries.
30. Peaches, Blueberries, Strawberries, and Granola.
A few more things to remember:
1. First of all don’t be intimidated by the photos. I don’t always make my oatmeal look this complicated, I only try to make it look pretty when I need pictures to show you all! Usually I just throw all the ingredients on top of each other!
2. Fresh fruit always is the best option. But a lot of the time I use frozen fruit that’s already sliced for convenience…except for bananas those ones are pretty easy to slice in a hurry!
3. As far as the frozen fruit goes, you can just put it in the microwave with your oats and it should thaw out perfectly after you mix it all together!
4. Try having a different variety of granola and nuts in your kitchen so it’s easy to mix the flavors up and keep things interesting.
XOXO – Abbey
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