Take an ordinary “oatmeal bar” and turn into a beautiful breakfast or brunch spread with a pot of oats: An Oatmeal Lovers Breakfast Board. On the table in 20 minutes!

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Friends, just in time for summer holidays or family coming to town, enjoy this Oatmeal Lovers Breakfast Board with fresh summer fruit! Or, just use seasonal fruit for any time of year, for this “Oatmeal Bar” on a board!

Oatmeal Lovers Breakfast Board

Hello, oatmeal lovers. Goodbye, boring pot of oatmeal, served with bleah toppings. I’m taking oatmeal up a notch today, and I think you’ll want to share this with your family and friends this holiday season! Why do we love this board? Because everyone serves themselves with bright, vibrant, delicious food and a big pot of oatmeal in the center.

a beautiful round board with pot of oatmeal, small bowls with toppings, fresh fruit, and blueberry muffins

Oatmeal Breakfast Bar on a Board

Think “Oatmeal Bar” but instead, serve it on the big board! Grab the links at the bottom of this post to get your own food safe board. The board in these photos is no longer available (has been out of stock for a couple of years) and was NOT food safe. My new boards are amazing!

This is fantastic for entertaining, as it’s a casual way to serve your guests.

And it’s on the table in less than 20 minutes!

You need a big pot for the oatmeal. One that you can cook it in, and serve it in. I like a low-line wider pan (rather than a high pot).

Use unique small bowls, different sizes and colors. I have found mine throughout the years at various shops and secondhand stores.

a woman standing and holding an oatmeal breakfast bar on a large tray

Make a plan when building a board

A board is easy to prepare, but you usually need a plan. I have a notebook I keep in my kitchen, so I’m always jotting things down, and making notes to myself.

close up of an "oatmeal bar" on a large round tray

The Big Board is casual

And why serve a board? The big board is casual!

For the perfectionist, you have a game plan (follow your notes). Easy!

For the person who likes to step it up a notch, a board is a beautiful way to serve food.

Then there are people like me, who are really into casual hosting these days, so a board is casual and makes everyone feel at home.

Where do you buy the boards? Visit my Best Charcuterie Boards to Buy post, or The Big Board page for more inspiration.

an epic wood board with a pot of oatmeal, toppings, and fresh fruit

What can I put on top of oatmeal?

  • Any kind of fruit in season
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Peanut butter or almond butter
  • Dried fruit (we love coconut)

How can I make oatmeal taste better without sugar?

For non-sugar toppings, think about making oatmeal this way:

Instead of using sugar, boil your water with diced apples, chopped dates, or even apricots, to add a sweetness to the water. The oats will cook in this sweetened water and become sweeter themselves.

You can also stir in spices like cinnamon, cardamom, or nutmeg.

looking down on a round tray with an oatmeal breakfast (pot of oatmeal and toppings)

4th of July Oatmeal Board

I love the American red, white and blue for Fourth of July, but of course, you can change out the fruit and serve this any time of year.

We love oatmeal, and this is a delicious way to serve it—with all the toppings!

a pot of oatmeal, surrounded by small bowls of toppings and fresh fruit

How do you make sure the oatmeal is hot?

You start building a board with the main ingredient in the center.

I like to place a hot pad down in the middle of the board, then the empty pot. Build around it.

Of course remove the pot and cook the oatmeal. Right before serving, place the pot back onto the hot pad. KEEP THE LID ON until you’re ready to dive in.

This way the oatmeal is hot. ENJOY!

The Big Board®

Friends, The Big Board® is here! Yes, I’ve partnered with JK Adams, the premier woodmaking company in Vermont, with my own line of RE boards!

  • 20-inch round, maple
  • 26-inch round, maple
  • 12 x 36-inch maple
  • 12 x 24-inch maple
  • NEW 12×24” travel board
  • 26-inch ebonized BLACK, cherry
  • 12 x 36-inch ebonized BLACK, cherry
  • A board with a lip (or raised edged) so the food doesn’t fall off
  • Made in the USA
  • Undercut handles (a unique design)

Thank you for your support, as we’ve sold out so many times already!

Order The Big Board® today!

More easy breakfasts:

Pesto Crescent Breakfast Ring

French Toast Breakfast Board

English Muffin Breakfast Board

Sheepherder’s Breakfast

looking down on a round tray with an oatmeal breakfast (pot of oatmeal and toppings)
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Oatmeal Lovers Breakfast Board

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 4 cups cooked instant oatmeal, follow directions for 8 servings
  • 6 blueberry muffins
  • Fresh fruit: berries and apricots
  • Toppings:
  • Brown sugar
  • Raisins, mixed raisin medley from Trader Joe’s
  • Shredded coconut
  • Chopped pecans
  • Slivered almonds
  • Maple syrup


  • On a large board, place a hot pad down in the middle of the board, where the pot of cooked oatmeal will be. [You can place it there and start building around it.]
  • Remove the pot and cook the oatmeal (follow directions).
  • Build around where the pot of oatmeal will be. Set down the muffins, add the small bowls of toppings, and fill in the remaining open areas with fruit.
  • Right before serving, place the pot back onto the hot pad. KEEP THE LID ON until you’re ready to dive in.
  • ENJOY!
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
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woman holding a round tray with oatmeal breakfast ingredients (like a breakfast bar)