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20 Instant Ways to Make Any Oatmeal 20 Times Better

Food52 logo Food52 06/02/2019 Emma Laperruque

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I eat oatmeal for breakfast at least once a week. It’s nourishing and filling—and riffable and cost-effective and time-efficient. Whether I’m starting with instant oats or old-fashioned, microwaving a bowl never takes more than five minutes from start to finish.

So, which toppings can we assemble in that amount of time?

Actually, a lot. Not only do toppings make an otherwise sleepy breakfast bright-eyed (and bushy-tailed!), but the just-about-endless possibilities avoid any oatmeal fatigue. Here are 20 ideas that you can pull together while your oatmeal is cooking.


  • Any milk + flaky salt
  • Butter + flaky salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil + flaky salt


  • Butter + maple syrup
  • Tahini + chopped dates
  • Greek yogurt + honey
  • Heavy cream + strawberry jam
  • Crème fraîche + grated chocolate
  • Canned pumpkin + maple syrup
  • Golden raisins + brown sugar
  • Grated apple + cinnamon
  • Coconut milk + toasted almonds
  • Cocoa powder + peanut butter


  • Leftover roast veg + olive oil
  • Soy sauce + chili crisp
  • Avocado + salsa
  • Fried egg + hot sauce
  • Grated cheddar + fried egg
  • Grated pecorino + black pepper
  • Pesto + toasted walnuts

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