Looking for ways to jazz up your oatmeal? This is my Fully Loaded Oatmeal, a delicious breakfast to set you up for the day with a smile on your face.

Fully Loaded Oatmeal - Who says my breakfast can't look like dessert!

I don’t mind porridge/oatmeal, but I’m definitely a toppings girl.

I think it comes from the same part of my brain that used to dislike risotto.  Mouthful after mouthful of the same taste.  Even if it’s good, it’s going to be boring after the fifth forkful.

Then I discovered toppings! Like the crispy garlic crumbs on my creamy tomato risotto.  That was a revelation that led to a whole new risotto-eating Nicky.

So now I think of porridge in the same way.  Hmmm what toppings shall I have today?

Apple, cinnamon, nuts and raisins?
Fruit and nut porridge
Yep, that’s a good one to go with a large Latte.

I even add extra toppings to my granola half the time.  Like the mini coconut macaroons and extra fruit on this breakfast:

Coconut Macaroon Granola - Hands-down the best granola I've ever tasted. Gluten free too!

In fact, having just had a quick (ahem 20 minutes probably isn’t that quick, but i’m easily distracted) peruse through my pinterest board, I think I may be obessed!
Toppings of crispy onions, bacon, coconut, pomegranate, candied nuts……the list goes on……

Wow.  I guess everything just tastes better with toppings.

This fully loaded porridge is covered in chopped strawberries and banana, then swirled with dark melted chocolate and Greek yogurt, and finally sprinkled with a few Chia seeds.

Fully Loaded Oatmeal - Who says my breakfast can't look like dessert!

A delicious breakfast to set you up for the day with a smile on your face.

The Fully Loaded Oatmeal Recipe:

5 from 1 vote

Fully Loaded Oatmeal

Fully Loaded Oatmeal - Who says my breakfast can't look like dessert!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 2 bowls
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American


  • 100 g (1 cup minus 1 tbsp) whole rolled oats check they're gluten free oats if required
  • 520 ml (2 cups + 3 tbsp) milk
  • 1 small banana sliced into rounds, then sliced again into half moons
  • 6 strawberries sliced into rounds, then sliced again into half moons
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 20 g dark chocolate melted (melt in the microwave in 20 second bursts, stirring in between each burst) - check it's gluten free is required
  • 1 tsp Chia seeds
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  • Place the rolled oats and milk in a pan and bring to a gentle boil. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring regularly until the porridge is thick and creamy.
    100 g (1 cup minus 1 tbsp) whole rolled oats, 520 ml (2 cups + 3 tbsp) milk
  • Pour the porridge out into two bowls. Place the sliced bananas on top, in a pattern around the edge of the bowl (see picture), place a piece of strawberry on top of each piece of banana.
    1 small banana, 6 strawberries
  • Spoon the Greek yogurt in the centre of the bowls in 4-5 small dollops, the spoon out the melted chocolate in 4-5 small dollops. Use a cocktail stick to swirl the chocolate and Greek Yogurt around.
    2 tbsp Greek yogurt, 20 g dark chocolate
  • Top with Chia seeds and serve.
    1 tsp Chia seeds


Nutritional Information is per serving.


Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 882mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 26.3mg | Calcium: 362mg | Iron: 3.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.



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  1. Minnie says:

    5 stars
    Such a great way to start the day, different topping every day. Love it.

  2. Amy says:

    I’ve already started on my winter porridge kick, but because I’ve been making it at work it has been pretty plain: oats, milk, pear/apple and cinnamon. Seems I need to kick up my toppings game. I’m sure I can fit a stash of nuts and seeds in my drawer so that I can jazz up on the go! Thanks for the inspiration Nicky 🙂

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Yes go for it!! I like the idea of pear on the oatmeal though – hadn’t though of that one. Mmmm pear and blueberry….

  3. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says:

    Oatmeal is actually one of my favorite go to foods for breakfast. The toppings just make it better! I need to try a few of your ideas. I always go for the same old thing.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      I sometimes consider just dropping the oatmeal so I can concentrate on the toppings, but that would probably be bad 😉

  4. Claudia @The Breakfast Drama Queen says:

    I love oatmeal so much! And there’s so much you can do with it 🙂

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Absolutely!! I’m loving your carrot cake oatmeal <3

  5. Julie is HostessAtHeart says:

    I’m with you Nicky. I love to add toasted pecans and raisins with a bit of brown sugar. Yum!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Ooh yum! sounds delish!!