Fact: Getting your mammalian butt out of bed on a cold morning is a pretty grim start to the day, especially if you don't have time to prep something hot to eat. But listen: it doesn't have to be that way, because you're only ever a few steps away from a truly satisfying and cozy bowl of oatmeal.
We're here to prime you on just a few of the ways that a solid bowl of oatmeal — and yes, instant oatmeal counts! — can be jazzed up to become the deliciously piping hot autumnal breakfast that you deserve. Read on for make-ahead toppings, creative add-ins, and some slightly more ambitious (but totally worth it) recipes that will change the way you think about breakfast.