How To Make Instant Oatmeal Taste Good When You Don't Have Much Time To Make Breakfast Every Morning

Instant oatmeal is a convenient, super fast, and relatively healthy breakfast option, not to mention it's extremely simple to make. But let's be real — finding ways to make instant oatmeal taste good can be something of a challenge. When compared to "homemade" oatmeal that's stirred on the stove with hot water or milk until it's creamy perfection, instant oatmeal is kind of like hot, wet, soggy cereal, which by comparison, is pretty gross. Unfortunately, we don't always have time to make our own oatmeal from scratch, and so we reach for a packet of the instant stuff, add some water, wait one minute and 30 seconds, and then pretend it's delicious.

Fortunately, though, there are some ways to make instant oatmeal taste better. If you've just been eating it plain, or depending on the bits of dry fruit or flavoring that are supposed to be in there... I'm sorry. You've been missing out. You can do so much better than that, and I'm going to show you how to get there.

There is no reason you shouldn't enjoy a fast breakfast that also tastes awesome. So, spend a few extra minutes grabbing some of these items, because it's worth it. I guess you could use all of these ideas at once for one giant oatmeal bowl, but that seems a little intense. Instead, pick one or two different tricks, and experiment until you find the recipe that works for you. Here are 11 ways to make instant oatmeal taste so good, you'll forget it's instant.

1. Add Real Fruit

Fresh fruit will taste much, much better than the dried up "fruit" you'll find in an instant oatmeal packet. My personal favorites are any kind of berry, bananas, or kiwis, but you can add whatever you'd like.

2. Add Honey Or Brown Sugar

Something sweet will make almost anything taste good. I love adding honey to oatmeal. Brown sugar is also great, because it dissolves nicely and adds lots of sweetness.

3. Use Nut Butter

If you've never added Justin's Almond Butter to your oatmeal, you're not living. Just a tablespoon of it makes a bowl of oatmeal so much better. If you're not into almond butter, you can use peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, chocolate almond butter — whatever you want! It makes oatmeal creamier and flavorful.

Justin's Almond Butter, $15, Amazon

4. Make It With Milk Or Almond Milk Instead Of Water

Making oatmeal with water is the healthier option, but not exactly the tastiest one. Try using milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk in place of water for something that feels heartier.

5. Add Spices

Spices can add lots of flavor, and they're a great option if you don't have much time to get fancy with your bowl of oats. I love using cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice, but you can use whatever you like best.

6. Add Dark Chocolate Chips

Who says you can't have candy for breakfast? A few dark chocolate chips will make a huge difference for your instant oatmeal.

7. Put Cereal On Top

If you prefer crunchiness over sweetness, pour some of your favorite cereal over your instant oatmeal. Yum!

8. Sprinkle On Some Coconut

In case you haven't realized, coconut is kind of a miracle food. It tastes delicious on oatmeal, and can give a little extra sweetness or crunch. You can use coconut flakes, or pieces of coconut — whichever you prefer.

9. Add Maple Syrup

This is another delicious way to make your instant oatmeal sweeter and creamier.

10. Add Some Crunch With Nuts

Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts... whatever you're into, put it right on top.

11. Add Fruit Preserves

If you don't have fresh fruit on hand, add a spoonful of preserves. They're sweet, and will taste almost as good — if not better.

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