How To Make Oatmeal Taste Good: 10 Easy Tips

bacon in oatmeal to make it taste good

Look in your kitchen cupboards and you’ll likely find a container of oatmeal. It may even have been in there for a while — untouched and unopened — because you don’t know how to make oatmeal taste good.

That’s a shame because consuming oatmeal as part of a balanced diet is an easy method for eating your way to good health. Fortunately, we’re here to make oatmeal taste great again!

In this article, the experts at The Soulfull Project give you easy — and nutritious! — tips on how to make oatmeal taste good so you can start your day off right.

We’ll also let you in on how you can be a part of The Soulfull Project’s unique community efforts to supply delicious and nutritious servings of our hot cereal to food banks in your area.

How To Make Oatmeal Taste Good

How to make oatmeal taste good by adding honey, pecans, and raspberries

1) Kick Up The Liquid Flavor

Water and milk are both ideal for cooking oatmeal, but for a unique spin on the process, try other liquids as your base.

We’ve had great success with alternatives such as:

  • Matcha green tea
  • Earl Grey tea
  • Chai tea
  • Coconut milk
  • Almond milk
  • Bone broth
  • Vegetable stock
  • Chicken broth

If you’re curious about how to make oatmeal taste good with tea, brew up a cup or two of your favorite tea first, then cook it with the dry oatmeal on your stove or in your microwave.

Milk and broth alternatives don’t need preparation first — just add them right to the dry oats!

2) Tweak The Texture

Runny oatmeal is very uninspiring as a meal. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for watery gruel at breakfast! Modify your liquid-to-oats ratio for a heartier, more filling final product.

The easiest path to thicker oatmeal is to pull the lid off one of The Soulfull Project’s hot cereal flavors, add your liquid of choice, stir, and let sit. Now you’ve got a hot and delicious meal ready to go!

If you cook your oatmeal on the stove or in the microwave, try these ratios to see what works for you:

  • Quick-cook or rolled oats: 1 cup liquid to ½ cup oats
  • Steel-cut oats: 1 cup liquid to ¼ cup oats

Don’t be afraid to adjust even further for your own particular taste.

3) Try A Toasty Treat

Need a unique way to flavor your oatmeal without adding other ingredients? Try toasting your oats before cooking.

Melt a dash of butter or coconut oil in a frying pan, add your oats, and toast for about five minutes or until the oats are golden brown. Then cook the toasted oats just like you would un-toasted oats.

Toasting your oats before cooking intensifies the flavors for a stronger, more savory meal.

4) Go Against The Grain

The great thing about oatmeal is that it’s infinitely customizable. You can add other grains to your oatmeal to change the flavor and kick up the nutrition in the process.

We like to add rye, quinoa, flax, barley, and chia to our morning meal, but you can spoon in whatever tastes best to you. You can even try hemp seed or protein powder if the craving hits you!

5) Get A Little Fruity

Oatmeal with strawberries

Fruit is an ideal addition to oatmeal or any hot cereal. We recommend blueberries, raspberries, apples, or cherries, but any fruit will do.

You can even experiment with fruit combinations — blueberry, raspberry, cherry is delicious! — for a truly unique meal that’s all your own.

Pick your favorites, slice them in, and enjoy a hearty meal anytime.

6) Spice Things Up

Sprinkling in spices is another great way to make oatmeal taste good. Your cabinet is probably full of spice containers, but which ones work best?

Try these flavorful options:

  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Allspice
  • Paprika
  • Red pepper
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Clove
  • Nutmeg

You can also mix your spices to create a fun treat.

Want to try some gingerbread oatmeal? Add in ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice, and a dash of molasses. Mmmm, delicious!

7) Veg Out

how to make oatmeal taste good by adding strawberry and nuts

For a truly nutritious, filling, and delicious addition to your meal, try dicing in your favorite vegetables to a mug of hot oatmeal.

Carrots, zucchini, and spinach work well, but any vegetable will boost the flavor.

The added vitamins and minerals kick up the nutrition value of your oatmeal, while the extra mass from the vegetables makes your oatmeal last longer so you’re snacking less between meals.

8) Go Nuts

Healthy fats are one of the three important macronutrients (along with carbohydrates and protein) that make up a healthy, balanced diet.

The easiest source of healthy fats are nuts, and they make an appetizing addition to your morning oatmeal!

Tried-and-true options include:

For even more kick to your morning, try flavored varieties, such as sweet chili pistachios, praline pecans, or vanilla almonds.

9) Let Your Wild Side Shine

Let your wild side shine — and make your oatmeal taste amazing in the process — by scooping in your favorite dry cereal.

It’s a great way to add a dash of excitement to your morning meal, and there are so many options available that you could try a new concoction every day.

If you want to keep things healthy, choose a simple flake cereal (e.g., Wheaties) or high-fiber variety with dried fruit (e.g., Mueslix).

Or relive your childhood with your favorite sweet and colorful cereals, such as:

  • Frosted Flakes
  • Froot Loops
  • Cap’n Crunch
  • Fruity Pebbles
  • Frankenberry
  • Applejacks
  • Trix
  • Honey Smacks
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch

The sky’s the limit on the flavor and color combinations you can try, so don’t be afraid to get a little wild!

10) Create A Savory Treat

Want a quick and easy way to add flavor and nutrition to your hot oatmeal? Try stirring in your favorite nut or seed butter.

Most kitchen cabinets contain peanut butter, so all you have to do is scoop in a teaspoon of your favorite brand. If you’re looking for less-processed alternatives, try almond, pecan, hazelnut, cashew, or walnut butter.

You can even choose seed butters if you like the taste of those better. Common options include sunflower seed butter or pumpkin seed butter.

Check your local market to see what type of nut and seed butters they have to offer, and try the ones that sound good to you.

Oatmeal That Fills Your Body And Soul

Package of The SoulFull Project 4 grain blend oatmeal

At The Soulfull Project, we know all about the health benefits that oatmeal has to offer. We want everyone to experience those benefits for themselves!

That’s why we make a variety of hot cereal products for every taste and preference. Our flavors include:

No matter which hot cereal you choose, you’ll get hearty — and heart-healthy — ingredients, including:

  • Rye
  • Quinoa
  • Flax
  • Chia
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Pecans

You can also add your own ingredients to our filling hot cereals for a truly unique and delicious meal.

When you experience what hot cereal can do for you, you’ll want to share those benefits with others. With The Soulfull Project, you can!

For every serving you purchase, The Soulfull Project will provide a serving of our hot cereal to a regional food bank in your area. Our program will help fill you up while contributing to the health and happiness of your neighbors.

Who knew a single serving of hot cereal could do all that? We did — and we want to share that knowledge with the world!

For more information on the serving-for-serving program and to check out all our delicious hot cereal flavors, visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.