5 Sweet Spins on Oatmeal Bowls
Fruits, nuts and spices turn your oatmeal bowl into a delicious breakfast or dessert.
Fruit and Nut Combo: Maple-Broiled Plums with Pistachios
Drizzling plums with maple syrup and broiling them for a few minutes really brings out their flavor. They effortlessly transform a humble bowl of oatmeal into something sublime. You can use this method with peaches, apricots or nectarines, too. If you can’t find fresh fruit, a good plum conserve is the perfect swap. Don’t forget the pistachios for brilliant color and added crunch.
Apple Pie: Grated Apple, Golden Raisins, Nutmeg, Cinnamon and Toasted Pecans
Here, the comforting flavors of apple pie and oatmeal are combined to create a breakfast you’ll want to get up for. Grating the apple brings out the flavors and juices, and the apple tastes delicious with the sweet golden raisins and plenty of cinnamon. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey to taste. To prevent the apple from going brown too quickly, you can toss it with lemon juice, which also adds a nice brightness to the other flavors.
Greek Morning: Figs, Honey, Walnuts, Thyme and Flaky Salt
These transporting flavors will make you feel like you are on a Greek island. The fresh thyme and sea salt add a welcome surprise to this otherwise sweet oatmeal topping. If you can find honeycomb, a small piece is a lovely touch. When fresh figs are not available, soak dried figs in water overnight, then drain and slice before topping your oatmeal with them.
All About Almonds: Almond Butter, Almond Milk, Raspberries and Chia Seeds
Adding almond butter to your morning oatmeal lends a rich and nutty flavor that is especially delicious with a splash of almond milk. The chia seeds add a subtle crunch and an Omega-3 boost while the raspberries bring a burst of flavor and color. This combination is so tasty and satisfying you’ll want to eat it every day.
Island Dreaming: Tropical Passion Fruit, Banana, Mango and Crushed Macadamias
Splurging on a passion fruit is a sure way to elevate the common banana garnish for your daily oatmeal. Add slivers of fresh mango and a shower of crushed macadamias and you’ll think you’re on a beach in the tropics.