Wake Up Your Breakfast with these Healthy Oatmeal Topping Ideas
One of our favorite ways to start the day is with a bowl of warm oatmeal. A single serving of oats is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help you start your day off strong. Our healthy oatmeal topping ideas make this simple food extra special. They’re also quick and simple.
One of our favorite healthy oatmeal toppings is the one we specialize in making: ghee! At Full Moon Ghee, we make batches of golden ghee every full moon. Ghee, a special type of clarified butter, is revered in Indian cooking and medicine for its nutrient content, digestibility, and its ability to promote the assimilation of the nutrients of other foods cooked with it. Before even using any of our healthy oatmeal topping ideas, we recommend adding a teaspoon of ghee to your oats as they cook for richer flavor.
Healthy Oatmeal Topping Ideas for a Sweet and Satisfying Breakfast
Even if you stopped eating Lucky Charms a long time ago, if you’re like us, you haven’t quite gotten over the appeal of a sweet breakfast. And for good reason. According to Ayurveda, India’s indigenous science of health, the sweet taste signifies that a food carries nourishment and helps build tissues. Grains, with their natural sweetness, can be an essential component of a diet that sustains us. Consuming too much of the sweet taste — especially in concentrated or processed forms, like white sugar and corn syrup — can have negative effects on the body. That’s why we love to get our hit of sweetness from whole grains like oatmeal, and the following healthy oatmeal topping ideas!
With either of the recipes below, we recommend the optional additions of the following toppings:
- Chia Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Hemp Protein Powder
- Toasted Coconut Flakes
- A Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt
- A Spoonful of Yogurt
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Oatmeal
Combine oats with 2 cups water and 1 teaspoon plain ghee. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook 5 minutes. While oatmeal is cooking, chop the strawberries. After oatmeal has cooked for 5 minutes, lift the lid and scatter the strawberries over the top. Cover and cook 5 minutes more, or until the liquid is absorbed. Divide the oatmeal into two bowls, and top each with 1 tablespoon Chocolate Ghee. Stir and enjoy!
Banana Walnut Oatmeal
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ tsp. cinnamon, plus more for serving
- 1 tsp. Full Moon Ghee
- 1 ripe banana
- ⅓ cup walnuts, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. Maple Ghee
Combine oats with 2 cups water, cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon plain ghee. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook 5 minutes. While oatmeal is cooking, coarsely chop the banana. After oatmeal has cooked for 5 minutes, lift the lid and scatter the banana pieces over the top. Cover and cook 5 minutes more, or until the liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile, toast the walnuts in a small pan until fragrant. Divide the oatmeal into two bowls, and top each with toasted walnuts and 1 tablespoon Maple Ghee. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve!