How To Make Oatmeal Taste Good | 12 Easy Tips

Do you want to know how to make oatmeal taste good? How about making it taste amazing? This post gives you the scoop on oatmeal and its nutritional benefits, and includes 12 easy tips for delicious flavor!

Do you want to know how to make oatmeal taste good? How about making it taste amazing? This post gives you the scoop on oatmeal and its nutritional benefits, and includes 12 easy tips for delicious flavor!

Are you an oatmeal fan?  If not, this post can help you become one!

Oatmeal is awesome and is SO good for you. It helps fill you up and leaves you feeling satisfied. It’s also a clean and healthy food that should be part of everyone’s diet. Oatmeal is a budget-friendly food and who doesn’t need to pinch pennies these days? And not only is oatmeal cheap to buy but it’s also versatile.

I love oatmeal – especially my overnight oats – and use it in lots of recipes, like Banana Oat Blender Pancakes. They are so easy to make and Dustin and the kids ask for them all the time, especially on the mornings when we’re hanging out together. Keep reading! You are going to see how to make oatmeal taste good – it’s as easy as can be.

Overhead image of a glass bowl of raw oats ready to be cooked and eaten.

What Is Oatmeal?

Oatmeal is a whole-grain food. It’s gluten-free and has a lot of vitamins packed into one bowl!

Let’s look:

  • Manganese is contained in oats – 191% of the recommended daily amount in a dry, half-cup serving, in fact! Manganese regulates your blood sugar, helps with digestion, and aids in bone growth among other things. It’s pretty important.
  • Oats have phosphorus which is great for the bones. Healthy bones and joints enable you to exercise, go for walks, and keep yourself motivated to move.
  • Copper, and iron are other essentials found in this power food.
  • B vitamins, like thiamin, are found in oats also, adding to the nutritional punch.
Oatmeal Recipes

What Type Of Oats Should I Eat?

First, we’ve got to look at oats and what kind you should be eating. I’m not talking instant oats (loaded with sugar, they are fake healthy food) or quick oats. When shopping for pantry essentials, look for steel-cut oats or rolled oats. Steel-cut oats are minimally processed and somewhat coarse. Rolled oats have been steamed and flattened, and partially cooked.

Why Should I Eat Oatmeal?

Eat oatmeal for tons of reasons! Studies show that oats are an excellent source of dietary fiber and are good for fighting cancer, along with helping lower cholesterol levels. Oatmeal is rich in antioxidants, too.

The fact that they are gluten-free makes them suitable for people who have issues with gluten. As mentioned above, they are highly nutritional, too. Eating oatmeal is a win-win. They are tasty, fill you with fiber to keep you full and away from unhealthy snacks, and are really versatile.

Close up image of glass dishes with overnight oats topped with peaches, with slices of peaches off to the side.

Can I Eat Oatmeal Every Day?

You can definitely eat oatmeal every day. Be careful not to top it with too much processed sugar; instead, opt for healthy fruits like blueberries and strawberries. Oatmeal will give you the fiber you need to keep your digestive system working smoothly and that’s something that will prevent bloating, a problem that none of us likes to have.

Fiber can also aid in weight loss if that’s your goal and is an essential component to foods you want to eat if intermittent fasting. Read my post on fiber and this one on intermittent fasting to learn more.

Does Oatmeal Taste Better With Milk Or Water?

That’s easy! Oatmeal tastes better with milk. You can use dairy milk, or a plant-based alternative if you prefer, like almond, cashew, or coconut milk. Remember, if you add milk to your oatmeal, you are adding more protein. That’s a good thing! Water can also make the oats kind of gummy. Milk makes oats creamy and more flavorful.

Overhead image of a white bowl filled with steel cut oats topped with strawberries and cream with a spoon and small carafe of strawberries off to the side.

How To Make Oatmeal Taste Good | 12 Easy Tips

Want to know how to make oatmeal taste good? Don’t think of oatmeal as a boring, low-calorie food, think of it as a high-protein addition to your day. Then, add all kinds of yummy stuff to make the oatmeal flavorful.

1. Add Some Spices

My favorite spice in oatmeal is cinnamon, cuz it’s just so good! Nutmeg and cloves are tasty, too. Turmeric is another amazing addition. It’s full of antioxidants and is also great for combatting inflammation

2. Top With Apples

Adding fruit is a simple fix and allows you tons of variety. Try my Healthy Cinnamon Apples as a topping. They’re easy to make and free of refined sugar–>bonus!

3. Combine It In A Bowl

These Strawberries and Cream Steel Cut Oats are a great way to enjoy oats, combined with coconut milk, almond milk, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and strawberries. The perfect combo!

Overhead image of 2 Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Protein Shakes in mason jars, one with a straw and with oats sprinkled around the jars.

4. Make A Healthy Shake

I love shakes and smoothies! What better way to incorporate oats into your day when you are always on the go? Protein is so essential to muscle repair and all kinds of things – and that’s why I often make this Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Protein Shake. Protein powder gives it an extra boost of goodness. 

5. Add Healthy Fat

Peanut butter, don’t you just love it? Peanut butter is one way to add healthy fat and make oatmeal taste good all at the same time! I make Honey Roasted Peanut Butter often. We love it and once you try it, you will, too. 

6. Try Overnight Oats

Overnight oats have ingredients like chia seeds, Greek yogurt, delicious dark chocolate chunks, and yummy fruit. Mix them with oatmeal for an amazing breakfast or snack.

Banana Nut Overnight Oats | The reason why ripe bananas were invented. www.asweetpeachef.com

7. Add Healthy Protein

Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and full-fat dairy milk are a few great additions to oatmeal. Not only will your oatmeal taste good, but you will also strengthen your hair and nails, boost bone health, and even reduce cravings!

8. Drizzle With Maple Syrup

I’m not someone who likes to add processed sugar to my oatmeal, but drizzling it with a natural sugar like pure maple syrup or raw honey is a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth.

9. Add Miso Paste

Looking for a savory way to eat oats? Try adding miso paste. Miso is a fermented food that has benefits like lowering the risk of stroke.

Overhead view of a bowl of homemade granola topped with blueberries and nuts, with oats, nuts, and raisins around the bowl.

10. Add Granola

You can eat your oats in the form of homemade granola, or top cooked oatmeal with granola. Granola (this recipe has oats in it!) is a great way to add a bit of sweetness and crunch to your oatmeal. It has coconut oil too!

11. Top With Seeds And Nuts

Chia seeds, pepitas (look at this smoothie bowl for another way to use pepitas), and sesame seeds add a unique flavor to oatmeal. Walnuts are fantastic on oatmeal also.

12. Bring On The Bananas

I love bananas in smoothies, shakes, muffins, and pudding, so why not on oatmeal? Bananas add a natural sweetness and have lots of potassium.

So there you have it, oatmeal tons of ways. You’ve learned how to make oatmeal taste good and I bet you’ll be reaching for it often as a choice for a delicious breakfast or snack!

Side view of a large stack of blender oat banana pancakes, topped with fresh raspberries and bananas.

Delicious and Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

Oatmeal can be used in many healthy recipes. Try these!

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

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