I remember the days when oatmeal would be considered punishment in breakfast form. Hear me out. A stock standard breakfast for me as a child would be toast with Nutella, toast with butter and jam, toast with vegemite, or toast with a glass of milk. You get the picture.
From my early primary school days until the early days of high school, we’d have to attend mandatory school camp and I remember always dreading their breakfasts. It would always be oatmeal. Before you start rolling your eyes and proclaiming how whiny I’m being, let me direct you to how it’s been made. Water. Oats. Sugar. That is it. Half the time sugar wasn’t even an option – we’d have to have ‘borrowed’ those packets from a café beforehand to have our fill.
It’s safe to say, my childhood did not have positive memories associated with oatmeal. Since becoming a Healthy Living Blogger and developing an interest in nutrition, I slowly let oatmeal back into my life. I started with the basics – swapping milk for the water and adding berries and brown sugar in place of … air. Soon enough, I began experimenting more with different combinations, different add ins and soon enough – oatmeal had become my favourite meal and something worth waking up for.
While honey, fruit and maple syrup might be standard toppings to spruce up your breakfast bowl, consider trying one of these amazing combinations. Before you roll your eyes thinking you’d get diabetes or have a sugar hangover before your mid morning coffee, think again. All of these 10 are healthy, full of fiber, low in sugar and without a doubt a sinfully nutritious start to your day.
1. Caramel Cookie Dough Oatmeal via The Big Man’s World
I am obsessed with cookie dough and caramel cookies, so why not combine both with this ridiculously easy and healthy oatmeal recipe which promises to be just like a caramel cookie dough?
2. Chai Spiced Pear Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal via Hummusapien
Nothing beats the texture of steel cut oats. This could only be enhanced by chai spices and a baked pear! I can already imagine how epic my kitchen will be smelling now.
3. Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal via The Healthy Maven
They say that the slower you cook the oats, the fluffier they become. This recipe can be made the night before. Cook it on low heat for a deliciously healthy treat to greet you the next day!
4. French Toast Oats via Kiss My Broccoli
You know those days you crave French toast AND oatmeal at the same time? How about you combine them? Why not? The texture of French toast in your breakfast bowl will make your day.
5. White Chocolate and Macadamia Oatmeal Pudding via The Big Man’s World
Perhaps one of the world’s ultimate favourite cookies transformed into a bowl of oatmeal? I can live with that. Healthy too? That, my friends, is a bonus!
6. Brownie Batter Peanut Butter Swirl Oatmeal via Fit Foodie Finds
Just a look at this beautiful bowl of oatmeal would ignite a sugar rush … but it’s deceptively healthy, you could eat two bowls. And brownie BATTER? Dessert for breakfast!
7. Caramelised Pear Steel Cut Oats via Minimalist Baker
Another pear and steel cut oatmeal combination, with the pear being caramelised, it’s sinfully nutritious!
8. Vegan Chocolate Chai Overnight Oats via Fit Foodie Finds
How about combining a popular warm beverage in your bowl of oats with a touch of chocolate? I could get on that. Vegan to boot!
9. Mocha Overnight Oats via The Healthy Maven
Next time you ever think to skip breakfast because of a lack of time, think again. Done the night before? Check. Quick? Check. your cofee is encompassed in it too? Check.
10. Fig and Date Oatmeal via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen
A delicious duo which would scream Fall comfort in a bowl. I can see this on repeat this season!
Who here is excited for breakfast now? Brown sugar and cinnamon? Old news.
Featured photo credit: Arman Liew from thebigmansworld.com via media.lifehack.org