Build-Your-Own Oatmeal Bowls

Build-Your-Own Oatmeal Bowls

I did not grow up eating oatmeal.  This probably seems odd given that I grew up on a farm. After all, it’s hearty, healthy, cheap and comforting. We didn’t eat oatmeal.  We used it … in cookies and meatloaf. Only a few years ago did I discover what I was missing.  If you aren’t a fan or if you currently tear open a paper packet and add water and microwave it for a couple minutes, I have three words for you:

Steel. Cut. Oats.

oatmeal bowls

It is trendy to use the word “bowls” as not just a vehicle for holding ingredients but as a descriptor of a meal that is beautiful and composed and satisfying. In this case, oatmeal may be the main ingredient of this breakfast but it’s the flavor profile you build by choosing toppings and mix-ins that keeps your spoon returning to the bowl.

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How to choose?

Think of your favorite quick breads, muffins or doughnuts …

Banana Nut Bowl

Oatmeal Banana Nut 2

Bananas — Walnuts — Cinnamon — Brown Sugar

Berry pecan Bowl

Oatmeal Berry Pecan

Strawberries — Blueberries — Candied Pecans — Honey — Nutmeg

Apple crisp bowl

Oatmeal Apple Crisp

Apple Sauce — Apple Slices — Walnuts — Cinnamon

Or go eccentric with a peanut butter-banana-bacon or chocolate-hazelnut-coconut (Nutella, hazelnuts and toasted unsweetened coconut flakes) bowl.

The combinations are endless and personal. Kids love to make choices. Let them create their own masterpiece … just help them decide appropriate amounts. You never know. You’re little chef might come up with the most unexpected concoction and they might make a pretty delicious discovery!

what makes your stomach growl?

Mix-Ins: peanut/almond/cashew butter, hazelnut spread, jams or jellies, apple sauce, brown sugar
Drizzles: flavored vinegars, honey, maple syrup
Nuts: pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, pepitas, walnuts
Fruit: raisins, dried cranberries, bananas, apples, berries, peaches, pears
Toppings: chocolate, granola, bacon, coconut
Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, turmeric

CAUTION: It is very easy for this nutritious breakfast to become a sugar-bomb. Find your balance and maintain control of your proportions. Oatmeal is the main ingredient. Choose your healthiest toppings first. Go light on the sweeteners.

overnight oatmeal recipe

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Oatmeal Bowls

Warm, comforting, nutritious, simple and customizable ... oatmeal is the perfect breakfast. Using steel-cut oats and an overnight soaking method, everyone in your family can create their own perfect bowl!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6 bowls


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt


  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Rinse oats with water in a fine-mesh sieve until water runs clear.
  • Add oats and salt to boiling water. Stir. Remove from heat and cover.
  • Allow to "soak" overnight.
  • In the morning, stir and slowly reheat over low to medium-low heat, stirring frequently to avoid scorching.
  • Gently simmer for 10 minutes or until oatmeal is thick and creamy. Remove from heat. Serve immediately or allow to cool and refrigerate.
  • To Reheat: Place desired amount in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup of liquid (milk, water, coffee, etc) and stir to combine. Microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time until hot.
Keyword healthy, nuts, oatmeal, recipe, simple


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