I eat oatmeal for breakfast at least once a week. It’s nourishing and filling—and riffable and cost-effective and time-efficient. Whether I’m starting with instant oats or old-fashioned, microwaving a bowl never takes more than five minutes from start to finish.
So, which toppings can we assemble in that amount of time?
Actually, a lot. Not only do toppings make an otherwise sleepy breakfast bright-eyed (and bushy-tailed!), but the just-about-endless possibilities avoid any oatmeal fatigue. Here are 20 ideas that you can pull together while your oatmeal is cooking.
Emma is the food editor at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles on the fly, baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., and writing about the history of pie in North Carolina. Now she lives in New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's award-winning column, Big Little Recipes (also the cookbook in October 2021!). And see what she's up to on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.