The Best Toppings for Oatmeal

Are you tired of your regular run-of-the-mill oatmeal toppings? Are you adding a handful of blueberries or white granulated sugar, or nothing at all, and wondering why your mornings are so boring? Do you want to revamp your hot cereal game? Well, look no further because this list of oatmeal toppings has everything from unassuming to unhinged and we are sure you will find at least one outrageous topping on this list that piques your interest. So, take a look see and hopefully one of these options will float your oats!

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

This is the classic for a reason. It is sweet, molasses-y, aromatic, deep, dark, rich, and comforting. This combo will never not be a winner. Plus, if I ever acquire twin kittens these will be their names (and don’t you worry, I’ll call Brown Sugar “B. Shug” for short—it will be adorable).

Pearl Milling Company Original Syrup

Ah yes, brown sugar’s Canadian and Vermontian cousin, although this particular pancake syrup has nothing to do with New England or Canada. No, Pearl Milling Company’s syrup is not from a tree, but it warmed our hearts with its quintessential breakfasty smell and taste. Sporked senior writer Jordan Myrick noted how it “smelled like breakfast the moment you opened the bottle. The flavor is buttery and sweet and a little salty. The level of maple was powerful without being overwhelming.” If you are a maple fiend and are looking for a new vehicle for your maple-y goodness, try this stuff out as an oatmeal topping and love your life.

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Trader Jacques’ Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce

I know, sacrilege. But I ask you this, oh reader person, how different is caramel sauce from maple syrup? Like, actually. The answer is pretty darn not different. So, if you like a roasty, toasty caramel flavor profile, add this to your rotating list of oatmeal toppings. You could even throw some apples in there for a caramel apple vibe, or some bananas for a Bananas Foster vibe, or even some fudge sauce for a Sunday Morning Morning Sundae (patent pending) vibe.

Related: Best Caramel Sauce for Coffee, Ice Cream, and Eating Straight Off the Spoon

Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Speaking of Sunday Morning Morning Sundaes, it’s always after dinner somewhere, baybee! Which means we should be putting vanilla ice cream on our mental list of “what to top oatmeal with.” I know it’s untraditional but hear me out: It’s like waffles and whipped cream, but the porridge version. Plus, you can use, as Jordan put it, “the most perfect and most delicious vanilla ice cream you can imagine,” add some berries, and take your oatmeal topping game to the next level. Is this really any more dessert-y than a crumb coffee cake, a chocolate muffin, or an almond croissant? I ask you this. Plus, I think this would make a delectable late-night study snack.

Related: Best Vanilla Ice Cream: Go Ahead, Be Vanilla

Crumbled-up Christie Cookie Co. Oatmeal Raisin Gourmet Cookies or some Purely Elizabeth Original Ancient Grain Granola

Meta. Oats on oats on oats. An oat-verload, if you will.

Read the full rankings of the best granola and the best oatmeal raisin cookies

St. Dalfour Strawberry Fruit Spread

This one is my jam. No really, good jam is actually so insanely flavorful, tart, sweet, and fruity as all get out. That being said, mixing jam into your oatmeal is like mixing fruity syrup into your oatmeal. That is to say, it is a great oatmeal topping and you should do it. And this strawberry jam tastes like heaven in a jar. “This jam just feels like it was made from fresh strawberries,” one taste tester said. That’s a hard thing for a supermarket jam to achieve.

Related: Are You Jelly? We Ranked the 8 Best Strawberry Jams

 Oikos Lemon Meringue Yogurt

Okay, I will put one healthy(ish) one on here (fine, mom). With the popularity of things like overnight oats and parfaits, you probably know by now that yogurt and oatmeal go together quite deliciously. Plus, if you use this lemon meringue yogurt from Oikos, you get “the tartness of the lemon and the natural tartness of the rich, decadent yogurt,” as well as the “the creamy meringue flavor they managed to cram into this little cup.” In other words, you can use this to make a super creamy lemon meringue pie-flavored oatmeal, and that is pretty darn awesome.

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About the Author

Jessica Block

Jessica Block is a freelance contributor to Sporked, a comedian, a baker, a food writer, and a firm believer that Trader Joe's may just be the happiest place on earth. She loves spicy snacks, Oreos, baking bread, teeny tiny avocados, and trying new foods whenever she can. Also, if you give her a bag of Takis she will be your best friend.

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  • An egg and chili crisp is my favorite addition to oatmeal