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Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'll respond in one message so I don't make this an even longer thread. :)

I bought a can of pumpkin to stir in ... Bananas would probably also work.

Pumpkin sounds interesting...

And, since you mention a typical pie filling, it makes me think about other pie fillings. Cherry pie filling might work better than dried cherries, since I find their gummy-bear texture off-putting.

I've tried bananas, which they do offer us. I like them in a breakfast cereal, but not so much in oatmeal. And they are usually still green. But I've let them ripen at home and then brought them back in a little container after they were cut into slices.

My kids love oatmeal, and put a variety of things on top.

They regularly offer up brown sugar, raisins, and a small pitcher of milk with the oatmeal. Not a big fan of raisins, but the brown sugar has been good from time to time. I prefer butter to the milk.

I've considered a good boysenberry jam. And they do have a nice raspberry syrup, usually for when they offer pancakes, waffles, or french toast.

I like to add chopped pecans to my oatmeal. Dried cherries are good too (but a little on the expensive side).

I was kind of hoping to find a nice crumble with a variety of nuts -- pecans, walnuts, almonds, macadamia, pistachios, etc.. I haven't liked the texture of dried fruit in the mix, but have use thawed out frozen cherries (also expensive).

They do make a wonderful "green" (i.e. pistachio) muffin here, when they make them.

Hmmm. I love almond pastries made with almond paste (similar to a pie filling). I wonder if the almond paste would mix well with the oatmeal, or be a good base for a crumble? Maybe too sweet.

but I cook my oatmeal in apple juice then add cinnamon and walnuts most days.

Do you chop up the walnuts into small pieces, or leave them in larger pieces?
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