20+ Oatmeal Toppings That Will Make Back to School Breakfasts Extra Fancy

20+ Oatmeal Toppings That Will Make Back to School Breakfasts Extra Fancy

Oatmeal is a fall staple. The perfect breakfast to kick off back to school mornings.

It is warm, filling, and for many of us, a comfort food. Slowly, but surely, I’m convincing my children that oatmeal is the greatest when it comes to breakfast choices. And, one by one, they’re coming around. But it isn’t because I make an amazing bowl of oatmeal. It’s because I’m the master of topping choices!

And let me tell you, kids LOVE to take control of their meals with things like toppings. Plus, let’s be realistic, no one really likes a plain bowl of oatmeal. That’s just mush! But, when topped with a blend of nuts, fruit, and other favorites, it becomes something fancy; something everyone will love.


Featured above we have my personal favorite — brown sugar, chia seeds, banana slices, and unsweetened shredded coconut.

My daughter is all about the PB&J — peanut (or almond) butter and a swirl of homemade jam. She’s definitely riding the back to school wave.

My son attempts to turn his oatmeal into a dessert — mini chocolate chips, honey, and whipped cream on top. But who am I to complain? He’s eating oatmeal!

The toddler? He will gobble up anything and walks from chair to chair begging for bites 🙂 My kind of kid… an oatmeal buffet!

Now it’s time to get your oatmeal topping creativity flowing! Here’s a list of 20+ oatmeal topping ideas. Chime in with your own and let’s rock the oatmeal breakfast together this fall!

  • Nuts: Chopped pecans, slivered almonds, hazelnuts (which pair perfectly with peaches!),
  • Nut Butters: Peanut, almond, sunflower, etc.
  • Nutella
  • Shredded coconut
  • Fresh Berries – blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries
  • Jam
  • Seeds: Chia, pumpkin, pomegranate, flax
  • Brown sugar
  • Mini chocolate chips or butterscotch chips
  • Dried Fruit: Cranberries, apricots, cherries, raisins, mangoes
  • Fresh Fruit: Diced apples, peaches, pears, sliced bananas, nectarines
  • Spices: Cinnamon or pumpkin pie blend
  • Sauces: Hot fudge (to celebrate making it to Fridays!), caramel, hot buttered rum
  • Lemon curd
  • Orange zest
  • Maple syrup, and, our other favorite, boysenberry syrup
  • Honey
  • Healthy Add-Ins: Wheat germ and protein powder
  • Marshmallows
  • Whipped cream

What are your favorite oatmeal toppings?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).


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