10 Easy Oatmeal Hacks to Make Your Breakfast Even More Delicious

We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we all know that, whether or not that's actually true, eating something in the morning gives us the energy to power onward all day. It's great to indulge in a luxurious brunch every now and then, but on most days, it's all about eating healthily and quickly. A no-fuss bowl of oatmeal is the perfect option for keeping you full all day long without breaking the bank or spending too much time on prep. And before you start in on how boring your oats may seem at first glance, hear me out. With a few simple alterations, you can fancy up your bowl so that it feels like you're eating a gourmet meal.

Because chances are, if you think you don't like oatmeal, you probably just haven't experimented with it enough. You don't have to have a sweet tooth to enjoy this versatile meal, and it doesn't have to be mushy and flavorless either. No matter what your taste, there is the perfect oatmeal combination ready for you to discover it.

Whether you're a cereal devotee or an egg addict, you can concoct the perfect bowl of oatmeal to get your morning started on the right foot. Try out these 10 hacks the next time you need a quick and filling breakfast, and we guarantee you'll be an oat convert in no time.

1. BRING ON THE BROWN SUGAR

Forget the ready-made oatmeal packets that are filled with preservatives and way more sugar than you actually need — just a little bit of brown sugar gives you the right amount of sweetness.

2. POUR ON SOME MAPLE SYRUP

A drizzle of maple syrup instantly adds some autumn vibes to your bowl o' oats. Skip the sugar, and try this sappy goodness for a change of pace.

3. MIX IN NUTS

If you're worried about starting your day with enough protein, never fear. A couple of almonds or walnuts (or a spoonful of nut butter) add the perfect texture to your oatmeal, while powering you up for the day.

4. TOP WITH FRESH FRUIT

Slicing a banana and tossing it on top of your oatmeal takes basically no time, and adds an instant dose of potassium. Try using seasonal fruits to give some variety to your breakfast.

5. MAKE IT OVERNIGHT

Instant oatmeal not really your thing? Try this instead: Pour your choice of milk over your oats, completely covering them, and place everything in the fridge overnight. By the time you wake up, you'll have ready-to-eat oats that can be heated up or enjoyed cold.

6. STIR IN CHIA SEEDS

There's nothing like some good ol' superfood to start your day. Mix in a tablespoon of chia seeds while cooking your oatmeal on the stovetop or preparing overnight for a thicker texture and extra boost of nutrients.

7. BAKE IT

For a different take on warm, comforting oatmeal, turn off the stove and start preheating that oven. Mix oats, toppings, and milk together like you normally would, and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes for a gooey-centered treat.

8. PUT AN EGG ON IT

Really though. Is there anything an egg doesn't improve? Add some extra yolk-y goodness to your oats by topping them with a fried or sunny-side up egg. You can bake your oatmeal with an egg on top for a different take.

9. ADD SOMETHING SAVORY

Despite popular belief, oatmeal doesn't have to be sweet. If you're more of a savory person, mix in spices like cumin and paprika, or add herbs like parsley and basil. Stir in vegetables, and sprinkle with cheese or nutritional yeast. Experiment and find your new favorite savory combo.

10. BRING ON THE CHOCOLATE

It may not be the healthiest option, but a little chocolate never hurt anyone. Chocolate chips melt perfectly in a warm bowl of oatmeal, and cocoa powder adds a richer, more bittersweet flavor.

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