Spicing Up Your Bowl of Oats


Gone are the hot, sticky days of summer, blown away by a crispy fall breeze, foliage change and the occasional snowstorm. It’s a time of everything cozy and of course, the beginning of oatmeal season. To me, oatmeal is the ultimate comfort breakfast, filled with high quantities of fiber and a rich, heavy texture. However, because winter in Jackson seems to last forever, a daily bowl of oatmeal can take on a monotonous tone. Here are a few ways to shake up the beloved morning breakfast.

Embrace the season

Make a pumpkin pie oatmeal that screams “fall!” Add ½ cup of canned pumpkin purée to each serving’s worth of oats and use a creamy milk (like coconut or oat) when cooking. To finish, add one teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and a generous dash of vanilla extract while cooking, then top with a drizzle of maple syrup and some crunchy pecans. Apple pie oatmeal is just as simple. Chop up a small apple and add into the initial oatmeal mixture before cooking. Toss in a pinch of cinnamon and a touch of vanilla and you are basically eating dessert for breakfast. For an extra touch, add a spoonful of ghee on top before serving.

Add an egg

This may be a bit out there, but I got this recommendation from a friend in New York City. She swears by adding an egg to her oatmeal, resulting in a thicker, creamier and more protein-packed bowl. After cooking the oats, add an egg and stir in vigorously until mixture begins to look fluffy (1-2 minutes). Cover pot and let sit five minutes before serving. Don’t hate it before you try it!

Add protein

Protein provides the building blocks to repair and build muscle, skin, tissue and bones.  It’s also extremely satiating, which is why it’s great to start your day with a protein-packed breakfast. Try adding in a tablespoon of nut butter, or a scoop of clean protein powder or collagen peptides. Notice how you feel a few hours after the meal, your energy should be up!

The crunch factor

Topping your oatmeal with seeds like chia, flax and hemp adds plenty of health benefits, but it also offers a bit of much-needed crunch. This idea of varying textures can take a bowl of mushy porridge into a tasty and satisfying dish. Some of my go-tos include a handful of nuts, diced apple, seed filled berries or some homemade granola. My favorite granola is the recipe from Healthy Being Juicery. It is packed with healthy ingredients such as pumpkin seeds and coconut oil. Check out the recipe below and try this awesome recipe on your next bowl of oats!Rawnola.3.Allison.Arthur

Healthy Being's Rawnola


  • 10 cups rolled GF oats
  • 2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup hot water


  • Process 4 cups of oats in a food processor until you achieve oat flour. Mix oat flour with remaining oats and pumpkin seeds in a bowl. Set aside. Blend maple syrup, honey, sea salt, vanilla extract, melted coconut oil and water in a Vitamix or blender. Layer blended mixture on top of the dry and mix thoroughly with clean hands. Spread mixture on a lined dehydrator. Dehydrate until crunchy and crispy: about 10 hours at 140 F or 8 hours at 160 F. Or, bake in a conventional oven at 220 F for 4-5 hours.



About Author

Tory is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, working at the Meno Clinic in Wilson, WY. As a former Bostonian, she moved to Wyoming simply to ski some of the world's best terrain. Although the mountains brought her here, it was the people and aura of Jackson itself that has convinced her to stay. Tory takes full advantage of the outdoor access here in Jackson, spending most of her time trail running, mountain biking and skiing. Follow along for yummy recipes and healthy living ideas!

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