Tribute To Oatmeal

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A tribute to the world’s greatest breakfast!

Whipped Banana Oatmeal

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup 1% or skim or soy milk
  • 2/3 cup water (I like my oats a bit liquidy – cut back to 1/2 a cup if you don’t)
  • 1/2 a banana, sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (they give the best fluffy texture!)
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Vanilla, stirred in at end

Start by combining rolled oats, water, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Slice a banana into VERY thin pieces, leaving just a few bigger chunks. Walk away for a few minutes while the oatmeal heats. Once it begins to steam or bubble, stir vigorously at times to “whip” the banana into the oats. The oats will take about 5 minutes on medium heat from start to finish to fully absorb the liquid. They’re done when they reach your desired consistency! Then I stir in vanilla (and often pumpkin or cottage cheese) and portion into bowls. Add any toppings you like, such as almond or peanut butter dollops, nuts, granola, coconut, crumbled granola bars, or trail mix – with dark chocolate chips! Or check out all the combos listed below.

The whipped method produces a really creamy bowl of oats. The bananas basically disappear, so there are no chunks. Since banana is an emulsifier of sorts, this method suspends the oats into a thick, creamy consistency and the whole bowl is sweeter because the banana’s sweetness permeates throughout.

Kath Classic Oats Instructional Video

Other Delightful Oaty Breakfasts

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ENJOY!

 

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Tiramisu on top!

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Eggy Oats

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With cookies!

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Pumpkin Pumpkin Seed

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Cornbread + Almond Butter

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Peanut Butterscotch Toffee Crunch

Hot + Toasty Walnuts

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Blackberry Graham Cottage Cheese Oats

S’mores!!

Cacao Coconut Butter

GREEN – blended with spinach

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Apple Cinnamon Raisin muffin top

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Cottage Cheese + Chia Seeds

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Cacao nibs

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With butternut squash puree

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Granola

Granola + Peanuts

With Bourbon Pecans

Pumpkin

Butterscotch Toffee Pumpkin Oats

ComfOat & Joy: Peppermint Egg Nog Oatmeal

In a KERF Bowl

In an almost-empty nut butter jar

Oats in a hazelnut jar

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With a crumbled KIND Bar

With a Carrot, Raisin, Walnut muffin

With Honest Foods Apple Country Square

With Crickets Chirping

Coconut + Candied Peanut Blizzard

Summer Dream Morning

Egg Nog + Cinnamon Bun LaraBar

PB + J

Blackberry Bran Muffin

Butternut Squash

Banana Split!

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  • 1 medium banana, split
  • 3 scoops of 1/3 cup prepared oatmeal made with half milk/half water and a few raisins
  • Raspberry jam, honey and peanut butter on the scoops
  • Ryeberries as “nuts” (they taste just like wheatberries and speltberries)
  • Granola plank for fun
  • A real cherry on top!

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With cottage cheese –

A Little Whipped Cream!

Butterscotch Brandy Oats

Birthday Cake!!!!!!!!!!

With Cottage Cheese –

Egg, Avocado + Cheese

With trail mix -

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Cranberry Sauce + Greek Yogurt –

Pumpkin + Cereal

Acid Washed!

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Fruitcake with dried fruit, nuts and coconut

Honest Foods Granola Plank

Pumpkin + Coconut

Frothed Milk

Sunny Side Oats

  • Oatmeal + wheatberry base
  • 1 egg, cooked sunny side up with a soft yolk
  • About 2 tbsp fancy shredded 2% cheese
  • Fresh basil

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The cheese + oats underneath the egg

Cranberry Sauce + Trail Mix

Topped with homemade granola

Savory Prosciutto Oats

Dried figs, goat cheese, strawberries, ryeberries, prosciutto +  honey

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Blueberries –

Pumpkin Coconut Pie!

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Steel Cut -

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Apples + Pecans

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SPOOKY Halloween Oats!

Apples + Toasted Almonds

Coconut!

Tropical Carrot Cake

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Pumpkin Snail Oatmeal

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Chocolate Pumpkin

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You can’t beat melted chocolate for breakfast!

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Butterscotch Chips

Pumpkin Love

Bourbon Balls!

All About Almonds

Almond liquor, almond meal, almond coconut granola, toasted almonds, almond butter.

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Here’s to the best breakfast ever!!

{ 476 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashley H February 19, 2008 at 7:51 pm

I love your ode to oatmeal! I am obsessed with oatmeal too! I always say if I could live off one food for the rest of my life oatmeal would be it!! I am very interested in your pear and date oatmeal I have never seen that one. Thanks!

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2 the husband February 19, 2008 at 8:50 pm

I thought I was your greatest love!

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3 Carlee January 2, 2011 at 3:43 am

hahahahaha

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4 hk February 20, 2008 at 8:55 am

hahah, oats are the best!!! just made a delicious bowl myself…topped with banana, cinnamon, and a sprinkle of grape-nuts for crunch factor :)

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5 MLT February 20, 2008 at 8:55 am

Hahah!

Husband, you’re funny. I guess the truth is out about Kath’s real love. :)

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6 Elina February 20, 2008 at 8:56 am

Haha…

I am new to oatmeal (always thought it was one of those healthy foods that your doctor says you should eat if you try to lose weight), but you put so many things in there that it looks more like dessert for breakfast. I’m going to try to whip this up this weekend.

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7 Rae February 20, 2008 at 9:38 am

Kath, you are too cute! I always thought I was strange to want oatmeal EVERY SINGLE MORNING….sooo many possibilities, soo much food….sooo goood!! Awesome addition!!

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8 Anne February 20, 2008 at 9:39 am

ha, love the new page! and the husband’s comment :)

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9 Anne February 20, 2008 at 9:40 am

(my fave variation is with blueberries and raisins, a little brown sugar, and walnuts)

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10 Karen February 20, 2008 at 10:39 am

Fun page!

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11 Christin February 20, 2008 at 11:12 am

How fun! Right on, I never knew oatmeal could be so charming!

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12 kay February 20, 2008 at 11:14 am

Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast too… I also have it for dinner, lunch, snack, dessert anytime I get a craving… I just love how you can make anything out of it with different mixins! I like to put a little cocoa in it sometimes; it is better than chocolate pudding! I like to put some chai tea in it and it tastes great too. I like it cold sometimes because I feel like I can taste the sweetness more. I like to mix steel cut and rolled oats or oat bran for more volume and fun texture! I could go on and on :) I just love love oatmeal ever since I was a litte girl! :) Did you know that the “Quaker man” is was not a real person? The company made him up!

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13 Tara February 20, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Suggestion: Perhaps a video of you making your classic oatmeal would be neat???

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14 Kath February 20, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Tara,
Good idea!! There’s really not much to it, but I suppose I could. Maybe this weekend!?

Kath

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15 Jill February 21, 2008 at 1:05 am

Maybe this is a silly question, but what exactly is the difference for “Scottish oats,” I know the difference for steel-cup and rolled, but Scottish I do not.

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16 Luv What You Do April 11, 2011 at 8:01 am

I was wondering the SAME thing!

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17 KathEats April 11, 2011 at 8:08 am

Scottish are steel cut pulverized in a blender or food processor so they have much more surface area and cook quickly

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18 Nikki February 21, 2008 at 1:17 am

Adorable! I love it. By the way – you may not be into dried fruit (I know a lot is pretty high in sugar) but when a friend visited me last week she added dried papaya chunks, shredded coconut and macademia nuts to her oatmeal. I tried it and loved it! Just in case you ever need to switch it up – although with a 100% awesome oatmeal formula, you probably won’t need to! :)

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19 Kath February 21, 2008 at 6:32 am

Jill,
After a quick Google search, it seems no one knows about Scottish, but I think they tend to be steel cut:
Steel Cut Oats or Scottish Oats or Irish Oats- These are groats which have been cut into two or three pieces. Cooking time is considerably longer than for rolled oats. I am still a bit puzzled by this. When I bought Scottish Oats from one company, they were rolled, but much thicker than the Quaker style rolled oats. Next time I found them from another company, I came home, opened the can and was surprised to find that they were the chopped Irish Oats. I have called and called and researched this, and it seems that no one knows for sure!

Nikki,
That sounds wonderful!!! I will have to look for papaya – or dried mango would be great! I have used raisins (of course), cranberries, cherries, apricots, and dates, but haven’t ventured beyond. I prefer using fresh fruit because it bulks it up more, but I do love dried at times. Someone recommended crushing a KIND bar into the oats – I’ve been wanting to try that too!!

Kath

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20 Jennifer White February 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Hello!
I was actually looking at Scottish Oats at the grocery store the other day and found myself asking the same question. I picked up a Bobs Red Mill package of Scottish Oatmeal and read the description, that seemed to have answered my question because it is a “course meal”. Take a look at what I read at the link below and see if it helps you out. I don’t necessarily see a huge difference other than the grounded texture, so maybe someone can answer our inquiries further.
Bests!
Jenn
http://www.bobsredmill.com/organic-scottish-oatmeal.html

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21 Karla B February 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Another nice, quick, filling oatmeal is 1 c. cooked rolled oats with 1 tbs. ground flax and a container of Motts Healthy Harvest flavored natural applesauces. They have strawberry, country berry, peach mango, and blueberry. Yum! :)

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22 RYRY March 5, 2008 at 3:13 pm

I feel silly asking this but I’m lost, what kind of oatmeal is everyone talking about? A box brand, bulk or do you make your own? What is the healthiest kind? I too love oatmeal and never thought to add things to it.

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23 Kath March 5, 2008 at 7:02 pm

RYRY,
All kinds of oatmeal!! Rolled oats and steel cut are both best in taste and nutrition. I buy Quaker brand, but we also get them in bulk. But nothing from an instant packet!

Kath

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24 Ashley March 23, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Scottish oats are different than steel cut oats. They are like giant regular old fashioned oats. They are very large (quite the opposite of steel cut or instant oats.) They give more of that oatty texture.

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25 Sarah March 24, 2008 at 10:55 am

Before I started reading your blog I always ate Quaker Instant Oatmeal, I thought all the flavors were so good. But you inspired me to make my own on the stove and mix in fruit, nuts, etc. I’ve tried a lot of your creations and have loved them all. Anyway, when I was home for spring break my sister was making a packet of instant and it smelled so good that I decided to have one too. Let me just say that I have never been more disappointed. It tasted so slimy, and FAKE! I could barely eat it, it tasted so sugary to me, and I seriously was hungry an hour later. It’s so funny how much your tastes can change after eating real wholesome food that is good for your body. This really was the defining moment for me that made me realize how my body wants and needs REAL food and not this processed nonsense : )

I say Quaker Oatmeal Man for President!

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26 Kath March 24, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Sarah ,
What a great testimonial!!! Thanks for sharing :)

K

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27 Gretchen March 27, 2008 at 9:50 am

I, too, have jumped on the oatmeal bandwagon! I absolutely love and crave it after my morning workout. I love using a splash of light vanilla soy milk for a hint of sweetness and LOTS of cinnamon (my favorite spice)! Thank you for sharing all your great variations…they’re on my list to try!

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28 Alison April 4, 2008 at 9:49 am

Oatmeal really is the best meal of any day! I am a huuuge oatmeal fan and real enjoyed your ode to oatmeal. I also do a banana oatmeal except I mix about a half tbsp of maple syrup into all of my oatmeal dishes in place of some water/milk. It gives the whole dish a tiny bit of burnt maple flavor which I love. I also mix my bananas in after the oats have cooked so they still cook but have a fresh flavor. With lots of cinnamon, a little bit of nutmeg and some salt to bring out the flavors and some dried cranberries and figs its quite spectacular. I really enjoy your blog! Thanks for posting.

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29 Anne April 8, 2008 at 9:52 am

Steel cut oats are part of my breakfast every morning. They take a long time, but are so worth it.

You were talking about adding protein to your morning oatmeat – a great way to do this is to add about 1/4-1/2 scoop of protein powder – my favourite is with BSN lean dessert in banana bread, sprinke a few walnuts on there and maybe a bit of vanilla, and it tastes amazing, and will fill you up for hours

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30 Kath April 8, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Anne,
I like steel cut for variation but I preferred rolled oats because they are more voluminous, are creamier and keep me full longer because of the bigger portion!

I also don’t use protein powder because I get enough protein in my diet from whole foods, but thanks for the suggestion.

Kath

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31 Stephanie April 13, 2008 at 8:53 pm

You are wholly responsible for the renaissance of breakfast in my life.

I love the banana oatmeal so much that sometimes I crave them for dinner. And I NEVER used to think I liked oatmeal.

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32 Kath April 14, 2008 at 4:20 am

Stephanie,
That just made my day!! So glad your quality of life has improved with oatmeal ;)

Kath

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33 eliza April 15, 2008 at 7:42 am

this may seem rediculous kath, but i feel like oatmeal is too heavy for carbs at night. is it ok to have it twice in one day? once for breakfast and dinner?

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34 Kath April 15, 2008 at 7:45 am

Eliza,
There is nothing wrong with carbs for dinner – weight maintenance (and health for that matter) is all about calories in/calories out. I wouldn’t have oatmeal for two meals a day on a regular basis simply for the sake of variety in the diet though. You’re missing out on veggies and other grains if you double up. But once in a while it’s perfectly fine!

K

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35 Yen May 2, 2008 at 7:38 am

Hi Kath,

I just found your blog and it’s wonderful! I’m planning on making this for brekkie tomorrow and I wanted to know if you add the apples at the beginning of the cooking process or at the end? These look sooooo good and I can’t wait to try it!

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36 lainb May 3, 2008 at 4:53 pm

I always see nut butter on your spoon. Since it doesn’t seem like you mix it into the oatmeal, how do you eat it?

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37 Kath May 4, 2008 at 10:28 am

Yen,
Add the apples in the beginning so they have time to cook down. Or you can simmer them separately in a little water for about 20 minutes to give them a “baked apple” texture and add them at the end to the oatmeal.

Lainb,
You’re right – I think stirring in the PB dilutes it and you don’t get the PB flavor! I just get some oats on the end of my spoon and get a little PB in every bite. It’s kind of a gross way to eat it, but it’s the best way to maximize the PB flavor!

Kath

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38 BethT May 19, 2008 at 9:51 am

Kath, with pumpkin oats do you stir the pumpkin in while cooking or at the end? Can’t seem to find that in any of your posts.

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39 Kath May 19, 2008 at 10:42 am

BethT ,
At the end – probably about 1 minute until they are done. Sometimes when I’m making oats for 2 and the husband does want pumpkin I heat it up in the bottom of my bowl and stir after I dump the oats on top. Just don’t add it cold or it’ll cool down the oats too much.

K

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40 BethT May 19, 2008 at 11:14 am

Yeah, I did it this morning while cooking and it all kinda dissolved — which was sort of cool, made it very creamy. I’ll have to try it the other way.

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41 Ashley May 27, 2008 at 3:30 pm

So, I feel kind of silly asking this buut.. alas i need some oatmeal guidence!
I love oatmeal as well, but have always bought the packages (usually low-sugar) because they are so convenient. I can throw it in my purse and i have breakfast at work when i get there. I guess my question is, about how long does it take to make up these wonderful oatmeal concoctions? I am pressed for time in the morning but am longing for some of this real goodness! Is there a way to make it in the evening and recreate it at work the next day (mic it?)… Thanks and have a great day.

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42 Kath May 28, 2008 at 4:21 am

Ashley,
The stovetop method takes about 5 minutes, and you do have to clean the pot, but I think it’s totally worth it compared to microwave methods. Maybe when you’re short on time you could microwave and just spruce it up with toppings and save the whipped banana stove top for the weekends? But by the time you get out your toppings out and perhaps get dressed, the stovetop batch would almost be done.

Enjoy!

Kath

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43 Lyn June 7, 2008 at 8:44 pm

I love your blog. All of it.

My question is this. Can you make your oatmeal and then keep it in the fridge, and heat it up later? For example could I make a double batch and then save half for the next morning? I wondered if the texture or flavor would suffer.

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44 Sami June 8, 2008 at 8:11 am

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I hope these work. . . =]

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45 Kath June 8, 2008 at 8:13 am

Lyn,
I do that with steel cut oatmeal, but not with my banana whipped rolled oats. I’m going to try that THIS week though, so I’ll let you know!

Kath

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46 Sami June 8, 2008 at 8:13 am

Ohh darn.
Well, I made, “My Greatest Love!”
And took a picture. =]

It’s really really really good.
It made me happy, lol.

Although, I added a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness.
It made it even better!

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47 Sandra August 1, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Just wondering, I know you always cook your bananas into your oatmeal, but I tend to shy away from doing this just because I feel like it destroys the nutritional value of the banana. I don’t have any real reasoning behind this, but I was wondering if you know anything about it.

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48 Kath August 2, 2008 at 6:06 am

Sandra,
Good question. I honestly have no idea. I know when you cook veggies in water and then drain them you are losing the nutrients with the water, but since the banana is contained into the oats, I would hope the nutrients would hang around in there. But I’m not sure. I’ll ask my food science prof. this fall.

Kath

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49 jdpolson August 20, 2008 at 11:08 am

Hi,

I’m currently researching various weight loss programs and courses.

So, if you don’t mind please answer in this topic: What’s your single most important question about weight loss?

Cheers, JD

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50 Zee August 20, 2008 at 5:33 pm

I adore oatmeal and you’ve just given me so many great new ideas! I can’t wait to try these out.

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51 Marianne September 11, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Oh, how I love my morning oatmeal. Thanks for some new ideas (that will also get me eating bananas more often now!).

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52 haya September 21, 2008 at 9:01 am

i watched your video on how to properly do stovetop oats. had a bunch of house guests over this weekend, so i did a test run of the banana “marshmallow” chunks yesterday and a half milk/half water mix yesterday and it was awesome. this morning it was a huge hit with the crowd staying over (all athletes heading off to a big bike race). we had homemade granola on top and it was excellent. so thanks for showing me that the stove is really better! and cooked bananas are yummy. (i think i’ve always just had the heat too high and the lid on and it just turns into a mess)

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53 SmA033 September 21, 2008 at 9:36 am

this might be a stupid question, but what’s vanilla hemp milk??

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54 Kath September 21, 2008 at 9:38 am
55 Ali September 21, 2008 at 7:20 pm

That is a great tribute! I love it!

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56 EJA September 29, 2008 at 8:03 am

Oatmeal – hot or cold, baked or boiled, plain or fancy – is my go-to breakfast food. I also like a mashed banana in mine. I can’t wait to try some of your suggestions.

When I was a little girl my mother used to stir chocolate Ovaltine powder into my oatmeal. Not only did the Ovaltine add more vitamins and minerals but it also added a little decadence to our breakfast. I think the chocolate oatmeal reminded my mom of a Filipino dish she grew up on – champurrado. Filipino champurrado is a porriage-like dish made with sweet glutinous rice and chocolate.

When I feel like “splurging”, I kick the basic chocolate oatmeal up a notch with one of the following combinations: chocolate peanut butter (natural), chocolate banana , chocolate peanut butter banana, or chocolate cinnamon (sometimes with a dash of cayenne). I never need additional sugar because the Ovaltine, peanut butter, and/or bananas are sweet enough for my taste. I haven’t tried unsweetened cocoa powder or dark chocolate chips. I guess the chocolate Ovaltine reminds me of Mom.

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57 LT September 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Unsweetened cocoa powder is really good to add some chocolate flavor- use a good quality and it adds about 15 cal per tbsp. I mix it with the milk first to evenly distribute the powder so it doesn’t clump together and usually add a little Splenda to sweeten!

Kath- your site is amazing- thank you so much for all the inspiration and ideas!

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58 michelle November 8, 2008 at 11:23 am

Kath, i think i love you a little!!

Seriously, this is the best post i ever saw on oatmeal!! I especially like the pumpkin snail oatmeal, it is so creative its almost a shame to eat it!!!

I now have so many oatmeal ideas. Thanks for this!

Michelle

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59 Betsy November 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Wow! You rock!

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60 Alanna @ A Veggie Venture November 19, 2008 at 9:04 am

Just tried your whipped banana oatmeal — excellent texture, sweetness, healthfulness. Perfect, Kath!

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61 Philomena Gavin November 22, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Thanks for the great recipes!

I love having variety in my breakfasts, but lately (now that its so cold) have been craving something warm every morning. Plain oatmeal IS great but I was getting a bit sick of it!

So far, I have tried the Pumpkin and whipped banana and I’m going to experiment with cottage cheese tomorrow…so exciting!

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62 Karmen November 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Love it! I always eat oatmeal in the a.m. but have yet to get creative as you have =) I guess I never really thought about it. Thanks to you, that’s all changed hehe

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63 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) January 9, 2009 at 9:22 pm

WONDERFUL!!

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64 Lena January 19, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Hi Kath (and Everyone else!),

Greetings from “down the street” in York, SC. :-)

Thanks for a a fabulous site on my new love: Real Food!
Any ideas for a girl who absolutely DETESTS bananas? I know they are SO healthy and all that, but dear fiance has to eat them in another room, I can’t even stand the smell. :-(
What can I substitute with to get that great “whipped” version of your oatmeal?

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65 m December 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

I know kath has made a whipped pear oatmeal so maybe you could try that?

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66 Kath January 19, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Lena,
Hi neighbor!! There’s really nothing like banana, but some of the other ingredients here (pumpkin) still make great bowls of oats!

Kath

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67 meg January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm

In the summer, I usually put in my oatmeal fresh nectarine, and now in winter frozen cherries. I was told banana is not good for weight loss, so I try to not eat it every day, but it’s hard to resist it when it tastes so good :(

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68 Kath January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm

meg ,
I lost over 30 pounds eating a banana everyday! The only way you’ll stall weight loss is by eating more calories than you’re burning.

Kath

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69 meg January 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm

thanks! you’re really inspiration to me :) I don’t have a lot to loose, I just want to improve how my legs look :D
thanks for this great blog, i love your recipes, and tried few of them :)

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70 Cindy V. January 21, 2009 at 11:44 am

Kath,

Do you not give the caloric/nutricion breakdown of your recipes? I just heard of your site and was interested. I’m browsing through through your recipes in search of something that I would like to try. But I’m restricting my calories and it would be more convenient to have the breakdowns at hand. Some recipes definate look appetizing, but the pick out process will have to wait till we calcualte whic recipes would fall in the caloric budget…other than that…

Great site! Thanks!

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71 Kath January 21, 2009 at 1:48 pm

CindyV,
I no longer calculate the nutritional information in my recipes. It is a ton of work to enter in the ingredients myself each time I post, so I figured those who were interested could do it independently. You can be assured that almost all of them are under 500 calories.

Kath

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72 Anticiplate January 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

What a great site! One of my friends recommended it to me because of your love of oatmeal. I have the same obsession. Looking forward to reading more!

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73 Abegal Joyce Sabayo January 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm

OMG! a new found oatmeal fanatic just like me ;) Oats for life ladies ;)

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74 Cristine January 23, 2009 at 4:18 am

WOW! I want to eat oatmeal every meal now so I can have all these wonderful variations! You’re amazing!

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75 Hänni January 23, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Hi Kath! I came across your blog while searching for a kale chips recipe. I have to say, you are a true oatmeal connoisseur. Your banana split oatmeal is inspired. I think I will try it as dessert. I’ve added your blog to my google reader. I’m looking forward to your posts!

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76 Courtney January 31, 2009 at 4:17 pm

This is the best page ever! I love it!!!

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77 Sarena January 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm

I love this! I did not thing there was anyone out there that loved oatmeal as much as I do! I love that there are so many options to do with it and every time you make it, it is unique! Thanks for making me feel like I am not the only one!

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78 Kara February 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm

I want to set aside a time in my day to just ogle all of these gorgeous bowls of oatmeal! This is fantastic, especially for someone (like me!) who has only just begun exploring the world of oatmeal options!

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79 Amy C. February 12, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I have read your blog for so long but haven’t looked at this page until today! I haven’t been having oats lately but now I’m craving them. I think I’m giving savory oats a shot tomorrow. Mmmmm :D

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80 Kerri February 18, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I tried adding vanilla yogurt (about 1 tbsp) instead of bananas. The oatmeal came out nice and creamy. Thanks for all the topper ideas.

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81 Candee February 21, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I love oatmeal and I tend to “experiment” like you do…honey, nuts, berries are some of the things I have added to mine.

Great site…great pics!
Candee

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82 EatingRD February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Have you ever tried to add a little pureed beets to your oatmeal? I posted about this a little while ago and it was really good! And it gives it a nice ruby red color.

-kristen

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83 Kasey February 24, 2009 at 12:41 am

I think this is going to inspire me for many, many months of work breakfasts…

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84 Kat March 5, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Wow, that’s a lot of oatmeal pics! Lots of inspiration!

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85 kelly March 8, 2009 at 7:25 am

Mmmm! Just tried this using coconut milk instead of dairy and is fantastic…very thai flavored with a nice dose of coconut nutrients.

Just one quick question – I used whole oat groats soaked overnight to soften, then cooked in the morning. This is actually my first oatmeal ever so not sure about cooking time for whole groats and what their final consistency is supposed to be. Mine were a bit chewy but not hard. Am I on the right track or should they be mooshy?

thanks for the great ideas!

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86 Kath March 8, 2009 at 7:28 am

kelly ,
Coconut milk sounds great! I’m not sure I’ve ever cooked with oat groats before, but if they are like wheatberries they will be chewy.

Kath

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87 Sarah March 10, 2009 at 9:13 am

Quick question….What kind of pot do you use to cook your oatmeal? Non stick? Stainless Steel? etc.?
Thanks!

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88 Kath March 10, 2009 at 9:16 am

Sarah ,
Circulon. It’s non-stick and perfect for oats.

Kath

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89 Heather March 13, 2009 at 2:57 pm

you have now inspired me! I just finished my first batch of homemade, and I used brown sugar, banana, and dried cranberries. Delicious!

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90 Tina March 19, 2009 at 3:02 am

I am a HUGE fan of oatmeal. I have a bowl every day and it’s my favorite meal each day! I look forward to it so much! This is so inspiring and mouthwatering. WOWZA!

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91 Penny March 31, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Wow!!!!! I love this.

I have never eaten that much oatmeal. The occasional bowl here and there and that’s about it. But your oatmeal looks to die for! I will definitely be visiting this page often for new ideas.
As soon as my baby is born, it is back on Weight Watchers….strictly. This will be VERY helpful.

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92 Erica April 2, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Thanks to you I have become an oatmeal addict and get excited each morning deciding what mix in’s I will include. Thanks for the great ideas and continued motivation!

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93 Cathy April 13, 2009 at 12:28 pm

My favorite is custard oatmeal. you stir an egg into the oats while they are cooking and you end up with a custard-like consistency (I actually used 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites to make it fluffier).

From there you can add anything: raspberries, banana, pumpkin. I love it!

and lately I make the oats and add plain yogurt and walnuts. so delicious!

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94 Ashley C April 18, 2009 at 12:35 am

I love looking at this page for oatmeal inspiration- when I get a little bored with my usual mix-ins that I’ve grown to love (99% thanks to you!!) I come on here to get some new ideas. And I love looking at the beautiful pics. My all-time favorite oatmeal creation of yours was your birthday cake slice on top– you are the only person I know of cool enough to add a slice to your oatmeal & I just thought that was great :-D

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95 Jen P May 14, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I have steel-cut oats (big batch made on sunday for the week) with cottage cheese, flaxseed, walnuts, a tsp of brown sugar, and fresh fruit every morning. I always mix up the fruit (whatever is in the kitchen..)

I haven’t gotten bored yet – but some of these ideas sound delicious! pb&j is definitely being tried. Do you use fresh pumpkin in your pumpkin varieties? Or canned?

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96 shannon shoelen May 23, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I can’t believe there is someone out there that loves oatmeal as much as I do. I am constantly incorporating it into recipes and can’t seem to get enough of this comfort food. Thanks for the new ideas.

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97 Jelli May 27, 2009 at 5:43 pm

I love this ode to oats. I’ve been trying to find ways to make my Latino husband like cooked oatmeal, since he never grew up with it. In Central America, they just blend it up with water and sugar and somehow drink it down. These ideas give me some new inspiration. Thanks!

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98 jody June 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm

this is seriously one of the greatest things ever! i love love love oats and eat them everyday. usually my concoctions are much more of your standard flax/berries/raisins variety though. i cannot wait to try some of these out! im new to your blog, but love it already!!

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99 Redeemedbyblood June 5, 2009 at 11:58 pm

I’ve tried to make the whipped banana oats multiple times, but it has never worked.

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100 Kath June 6, 2009 at 8:41 am

Redeemedbyblood ,
What hasn’t worked about it?

K

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101 Leah June 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I love the ideas. I have been eating what I call “Decadent Oatmeal” (hot water, banana, oats, wheat germ, vanilla extract, chocolate chips on top). I tried to add vanilla protein powder, but it tends to clump up nastily (even when I switched from whey – i.e. milk based – to egg white).

This post totally fired me up again. I found out that as a topping, 1/2 chocolate chips and 1/2 coconut sprinkles is fantastic.

Next I’m going to try the reader’s suggestion to whip a whole egg in during cooking for a custardy texture, and as soon as it’s cold enough for egg nog to be around again, I will try the egg nog variations.

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102 Julie June 13, 2009 at 1:52 am

Wow. This is very very very impressive!!!

Never seen anything like it!!!!! Oatmeal is my favorite thing and this page is my savior!!!!!!

You HAVE to make an Oatmeal “cookbook” with all of these recipes in it!!!

#1 bestseller!!!! I can see it now!!!!

-Julie

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103 Yenny June 18, 2009 at 12:16 pm

It looks so GOOD and YUMMY! I´m really into oatmeal!Thank U for huge inspiration. I like your page.

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104 Yenny June 18, 2009 at 12:18 pm

And..I´m interested in your potencial Oatmeal cookbook too;o)

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105 Tarrah July 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Yes to oatmeal cookbook!!!! Great blog- my husband and I just made oatmeal the other day with honey, lavendar, hazelnuts and dried apricots. We were then talking about how fun it would be to make different gourmet oatmeals all the time! And then….I found you, the patron saint of oatmeal. Next I’m going to try something with cherries- I froze too many of them last spring and need to eat them up! Maybe with chocolate?

Finally, for any of you oatmeal afficionados, may I recommend an oat roller- you can get whole oats at any health food store and roll them fresh- which is great because oats go rancid very quickly.

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106 SRM July 8, 2009 at 8:59 pm

kath, seeing how much you love peanut butter makes my heart sing with joy. thanks for so many great recipes.

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107 Stacey July 15, 2009 at 7:45 am

WOW! What an amazing recipe! I made my first single batch of this oatmeal this morning and it was heavenly! I started out simple by just adding the other half of my banana, some ground flax and some almond butter, but it was great. I can’t wait to try it again and start adding more delicious toppings. I e-mailed this link to my sister because I was so impressed! thanks for the inspiration!

Stacey

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108 Abby Ashton August 8, 2009 at 11:26 am

I love your tribute to oatmeal! I’m always looking for ways to spice up a morning’s bowl of oatmeal. I’m inspired! Thanks!

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109 katherine August 11, 2009 at 7:14 am

i love the rcipe, i may try that this morning. :)
and i might eat breakfast now that i see what i can do oatmeal.

i just saw the pod on current tv and i thaught that it would be a great idea to incorperate the recipes you blog into a cook book.

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110 Erin August 21, 2009 at 5:28 pm

oh my, i have been convinced! Oatmeal it is!!

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111 ray savant September 4, 2009 at 8:27 am

This is an AWESOME PAGE!!!!!!!

Oatmeal does rock and I have seen some incredible variations here.

I have obsessed about the best breakfast for a long time and my demonic brooding has produced the best breakfast for me. It gives me massive energy throughout the day and tastes amazing.

When I gained 30 lbs after a cross country road trip this breakfast is what jump started my weight loss.

Check it out here.
http://rayshealth.com/?p=1

Just try Step #1 of my 3 Greatest Secrets to a body you will be Proud of. It is a delicious sweet breakfast, almost like desert. All you buy is natural wholefoods from the supermarket. Email me if you want more clarification.

I was obese all thru high school and college. If I could go back in time and tell myself to do one thing different, this would be it.

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112 Edna September 12, 2009 at 9:17 am

Thank you so much for this page! I tried the banana whipped and enjoyed oatmeal for the first time in my life! Looking forward to trying all your variations!

Edna x

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113 Sandy September 17, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I just found your website and I’m looking forward to trying your recipes. May I substitute soy milk for cows milk in your recipes? Thank you.

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114 Kath September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Sandy,

Of course! I do all the time.

Kath

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115 Sandy September 19, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Hi Kath,
I’m interested in making a pumpkin spice type recipe for my morning oat meal. Do you have anything like that in your blog? Would I start with the banana base oatmeal?
Thanks!

Sandy

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116 Kath September 20, 2009 at 7:35 am

Sandy,

Just prepare the whipped banana oatmeal from above and stir in 1/4-1/2 a cup of canned pumpkin (such as Libby’s 100% Pure) at the end of cooking plus pumpkin pie spice and/or cinnamon.

These are two of my favorite pumpkin combos:

http://www.katheats.com/create-peace/

http://www.katheats.com/gettin-all-yoga-on-ya/

Kath

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117 Bekah September 20, 2009 at 11:35 am

One of my favorite blog posts of all time.

Too many oatmeal variations- too little time!
:) thanks for all the great ideas- I also like to add chocolate whey protein and chocolate chips to mine. (tastes like chocolate rice pudding. yum.)

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118 alli September 24, 2009 at 11:27 am

I found your blog through Caitlin, and oh my! I’ve never seen a more beautiful display of oatmeal in my life! I can’t wait to try some of these concoctions! Thanks!

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119 Lesli @ aHealthyKitchen.com September 26, 2009 at 7:10 pm

You’ve reminded me how great oatmeal can be. I’m gonna plan on having some for breakfast and I’ll be perusing your beautiful site much more often, now that I’ve found you!

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120 Abby @ Abby's VeGaN Eats September 28, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Wow, this post was super! I know what Im havin for breakfast tomorrow!! What amazing ideas.

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121 Cindy October 5, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Oh wow, thanks for this post! I was just about to comment or email you to see if you could do a post about oatmeal, what to put in it, etc. :)

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122 Q. October 7, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Finally someone as devoted to oatmeal as me:) This may inspire me to write a post on oatmeal. It’s amazing stuff – and absurdly versatile!!! AWESOME ideas here.

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123 ShyGuy October 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm

I like oatmeal for breakfast, and you have an excellent gallery to inspire me to new creations.

The biggest problem I face with eating oatmeal is I’m often lazy or pressed for time in the morning. I’ve been trying to fit it in several times a week lately.

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124 Nanci October 10, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Kath thanks for this site, it is great!

For those in a rush in the mornings, I learned a little trick for steel cut oats and a crockpot. (I use a small 4 cup crockpot). I usually make pumkin but now I am going to try some of Kath’s ideas. Anyway, I put soy milk (1/2 of what you need), steel cut oats, pumpkin, and nutmeg in the crock pot, stir it all together. I plug into a timer set for 2 hours. (come on at 5 am off at 7 am). Then right before I got to bed I put about 9-10 ice cubes from my ice maker on top (to make up other half of liquid). When I get ready to go I scoop out a serving (makes 2) and put a tablespoon of Hershey special dark chips on top. I usually take it to work. The first few time you may have to play around with the right quantity of ice. You could also measure out half the amount and freeze in a glass measuring cup and then remove the block of ice and put in crock pot. I like the ice cubes better.

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125 Alyson October 11, 2009 at 2:04 am

Most amazing thing I’ve found in a long time.. I want to try them all, yummy!

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126 devon October 13, 2009 at 7:35 pm

i start almost everyday with oatmeal and love the tribute! we are all rooting for you and the Foodbuzz featured publishers for the awaken your senses contest, best of luck!!

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127 Courtney October 15, 2009 at 1:02 am

This is fabulous! I adore how creative you are! This breakfast inspiration is excellent! :)

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128 Family Fresh Cooking October 15, 2009 at 11:13 am

LOVE YOUR BLOG!! I just discovered your blog and I adding it into my favorites folder. Your section on Oatmeal is awesome. I too love Oatmeal for it’s health benefits, broad range of use and of course flavor. I post about it often.
Please see 2 of my Oat Posts:
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/blog/2009/09/03/oatmeal-the-basics/

http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/blog/2009/09/07/oatmeal-bowls-7-flavor-ways/

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129 LC October 17, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Hmmmm……I don’t know what makes me happier: seeing all this yummy oatmeal or all that gorgeous dishware!

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130 Alex October 18, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I.love.your.oatmeal.masterpieces. Honestly. The way the nut butters and butterscotch chips melt in the photos……It’s food porn. Honestly. The birthday cake oatmeal looks ESPECIALLY tasty:) You should come out with a book called Kath’s Oatmeal Creations…..Or some other unique title. Really. It would be a best seller. KEEP UP THE FOOD PORN!!!!!!:)

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131 Tori October 19, 2009 at 9:28 pm

I love oatmeal and coffee in the morning!! Do you think coffee would work in an oatmeal recipe? Have you done that before and i just missed it? It seems like it would be a fun flavor to bring out in oatmeal for coffee lovers like me :)

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132 Andrea September 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I’ve done that. It does taste really good, especially when it’s something strong, like espresso. Oh, and definitely with chocolate.

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133 Heather October 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Instead of “Tribute to Oatmeal” it should say “Ode to Oatmeal”, hehe!

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134 Cary November 8, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Awesome!!! I love oatmeal! These are some great recipes and pictures.

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135 Mari November 12, 2009 at 3:14 pm

WOW I can just stare at this page all day long!

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136 Deborah Chud, MD November 18, 2009 at 7:09 am

If you eat oatmeal for its health benefits as well as its food appeal, you might want to check out my Wholier-than-thou Hot Cereal at http://www.adoctorskitchen.com/archives/wholier-than-thou-hot-cereal. Also, have you ever made breakfast cakes out of the leftovers as I do in this video
http://www.adoctorskitchen.com/archives/breakfast-cakes-2 . I’d love to know what you think of it!
Deborah Chud, MD
Food Columnist, Radius Magazine (a national lifestyle quarterly devoted to health and wellness)
Author, The Gourmet Prescription

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137 lorin November 21, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Ha, nice I like all the different ideas for oatmeal! I love oatmeal too but I have school in the morning so I have the 1 minute make kind, but I will definately try some of your oatmeal ideas!! I just started reading your blog today and it seems really cool. I saw the you were left-handed and I am too! I hope to become a registered dietician, i’ve wanted to for a long time, although i’m not in college yet. I have one question though, I love peanut butter and I see you like almond butter, but do you just keep the almond butter on the spoon or do you actually put it in the oatmeal?

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138 Kari November 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Hi – I just stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and I’m interested in your eggs and oats – I’m a big fan of oatmeal, but I also often crave savory breakfasts, so I’m wondering about the preparation. Do you just prepare the oats as usual and then add cheese/egg/etc to top? Any secret recommendations?

Thanks for the fun blog posts and interesting oatmeal ideas!

Kari

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139 Kath November 23, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Yes, on the eggy ones I make an oatmeal base (with or without banana) and cook the egg on the side and plop it on top when it’s ready. Best of both worlds!

Kath

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140 Todays Lady November 27, 2009 at 12:18 am

mmmm the whipped oatmeal is to die for!!!! I just started my own blog and I made this on my first post!!! So glad I did, it was amazing!!

How does it feel to have shown the world a new way to make oats!? :)

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141 Angela December 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm

OMG you are a GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!! OAT success today!!!!!!! hahaaa

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142 Matt January 3, 2010 at 10:06 am

I started eating this oatmeal on a regular basis and found a real improvement in my bowel movements. Thanks!

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143 Kori January 3, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your blog! I came across it by a lucky chance, and I’ve been hooked all afternoon! I’m about 1 year away from graduating in nutrition. I want to pursue a master’s in public health and become a registered dietitian, and I am even more inspired after searching through your webpage. On a side note, my twin sister and I have been using kitchen scales for about the last 1.5 years, and people never have fully understood why. I was INCREDIBLY excited to see that you use 1 too! In fact, the Salter version that you use was the 1st one that I had ever bought. I look forward to more of your posts.

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144 NewlyNutritionalBritt January 12, 2010 at 1:37 am

OH how this has me craving oatmeal more than usual! (That is difficult to do) Thanks for all of the inspirational combos! Yum yum! As you can see I am excited to try some of them out, =D

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145 Kelly January 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Wow!! I have never seen so many different kinds of oatmeal…I am so excited to try ALL of these!!!

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146 nick January 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm

i like your oatmeal so i like oatmal is thanks

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147 Rachel January 29, 2010 at 5:53 am

I have been following your blog for a long time and always wished I liked porridge (I’m a Brit!) more. I was always given it plain as a child and can eat it that way but rarely finished the bowl because the texture is so samey and gloopy and we weren’t allowed sugar! Well, been trying to get into it more by experimenting with it and tried your whipped banana oatmeal this morning with chopped almonds on top. Oh my word! I can’ t believe such a simple addition can make such a difference! I enjoyed it so much I got really excited and just had to post!! Thanks!

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148 Malin January 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm

What a great tribute, and well-deserved! Oatmeal is just great!
I’ve been thinking of making a tribute to oatmeal with all its endless varieties, except calling it “pimp my porridge” But you came up with far more and creative options than me! ;)
I’ll have to work my way through them all, they all look so delicious!

Do you have a favourite?

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149 Kath January 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Pumpkin, Chia Seeds, Cottage Cheese + Maranatha Almond Butter!

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150 Pam February 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I stumbled across this page by accident – LOVE it!! I NEVER used to eat oatmeal – I just couldn’t handle the creamy/lumpy texture which also omitted a few other foods. Anyway, for the past couple of months I switched off from my Chocolate Pop-Tarts =) (which I’ve eaten since my teens) and made the move to oatmeal. Mmmmm….now with all these ideas I’m going to be on a roll…… lol Yummmyyy!

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151 marge February 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I thought you might like this post about Oatmeal in New York City, Kath!

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/02/best-restaurant-oatmeal-in-new-york-brooklyn-manhattan.html

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152 Charlotte February 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

How many grams is 1 cup of raw rolled oats? Please, anybody? It’s really urgent! Love your blog , Kath!

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153 Anna February 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I LOVE OATMEAL! It really is the greatest breakfast ever! Have you tried “baked” oatmeal Kath?? It’s a yum-tastic variation that kind of makes it more like a muffin if you’re in the mood for a different texture :) I have it a lot and put up how to make it on my blog if you’re interested! (http://sizzlinsistas.blogspot.com/)

PS Love your blog! Very inspiring for a beginning-blogger :)

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154 Daisy February 21, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I. AM. IN. LOVE with oatmeal, well more so after I saw this. Could you specify the brands of oats, steel cut, chia seeds, and oat bran you use?

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155 Kath February 22, 2010 at 5:30 am

Hi Daisy,

I use Quaker Old Fashioned rolled. I don’t like steel cut oats, but I’ve tried them from bulk bins. I buy chia seeds from my Open Sky store (see tab at top) and oat bran is also bulk from EarthFare.

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156 Charlotte February 25, 2010 at 10:52 am

How many grams is one cup of raw rolled oats? I can’t seem to fin it anywhere. I LOVE oatmeal, but I don’t know the right amounts, because I don’t know how many gram one cup is. :(

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157 Cheryl March 31, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Rolled Oats

Cups Grams Ounces
1/4 c 21 g .75 oz
1/3 c 28 g 1 oz
1/2 c 43 g 1.5 oz
1 c 85 g 3 oz

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158 Melissa March 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I just wanted to let you know that you have made me an oatmeal junkie! Eggbeaters are so last year (actually, I can’t lie, I still love a good omelet – but oatmeal has now entered my dietary mix!) Thanks!!! :)

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159 Alexandra March 5, 2010 at 8:49 am

What is it with all of us food bloggers and OATMEAL?? Haha!

Lovely page, it’s pretty much food porn. I am going to have to come here for ideas for my future bowls of oats!

I just found your blog, and wanted to let you know that I love it.

Happy Friday!

-Alex

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160 Ashton Cigars March 7, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I love oatmeal! I could eat it every day.. only the real stuff though, no pre packaged crud. I Love Anything in my oatmeal, so all these pictures looked amazing! I’m so happy to see a tribute to oatmeal… it made my day. KUDOS!
-Sylvia

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161 Christine March 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I can’t believe I found somebody who loves oatmeal as much as I do. Yay!

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162 Judy Bruen March 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Hi,
I made your whipped banana oatmeal his morning and lovedlovedloved it! I manage to botch oatmeal every time I make it, but this turned out tres delicious! Thanks for all your great posts, I have fun reading your site.

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163 Monica @ Musings of the Granola Girl March 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm

have you ever tried making key lime pie oatmeal? that kind of sounds like something up your alley!

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164 Sophia March 19, 2010 at 3:05 am

I totally agree on the Food Porn comment above! All these look amazing and super yummy!! I have just fallen back in love with Oatmeal for breakfast – it’s like having dessert first thing in the morning!! I now even dream about breakfast before having dinner ;-) I will so come back to look for inspiration once my current favourite of PB, Apples and Cinnamon gets boring! Thanks for this and great website by the way!

Sophia

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165 Victoria Frosini March 19, 2010 at 9:36 am

I am absolutely in love with the oatmeal recipes! My favorite is the “All About Almonds!!” Great recipes for vegetarians too :)

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166 Susan March 21, 2010 at 12:53 am

Hi Kath!
Thanks so much for these recipes! I used to hate oatmeal myself, but now I CANNOT BUT HAVE IT EVERY MORNING!
I love the recipes you have put in, I have tried few and they are delish!
I wanted to suggest something if you dont mind.. is it in your plans to put in each its macros as in nutritional info?

ThankS!

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167 Kath March 21, 2010 at 7:26 am

Susan,
I’m not sure what you’re asking, but if you mean am I going to calculate the nutritional info for each of these recipes, then sadly no, I don’t have the time or memory of the recipes to do that!

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168 Roy Gardner March 21, 2010 at 6:11 am

We Can’t Say Its Cheese is OATMEAL
For GREAT vegan
Mac and Cheese
1 lb elbow mac.
1-2 containers of We Can’t Say Its Cheese

Cook mac until tender
Add We Can’t Say Its Cheese spread, mix and serve.

Its melts so easily and I like lots of cheese so I add more than 1 container.
It tastes just like cheese. Got the tip for this product from Veg News April pg 60 great new picks. A local health food store had it. Also, the local Whole Foods manager here in Ct said they were going to carry it in May. I never had a vegan cheese that tasted so good and melts for cooking like
We Can’t Say Its Cheese.
Check the website http://www.wayfarefoods.com
I eat this every day with so many foods in so many ways and it is OATMEAL!

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169 Kath March 21, 2010 at 7:29 am

Wow, cool product!

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170 Free Slimming Tips March 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Hi Kath,

I really love your blogs. I can’t visit too often though because it just makes me want to eat eat eat!!

Lisa

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171 Kristina Mattson March 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Yum Yum Yum! Love the Banana Whipped Oatmeal! SO SO good with PB too! I thought you may be interested in another bloger who is in love with oatmeal. http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2008/09/soaked-oatmeal-breakfast.html/comment-page-1#comment-23133

Blessings to you! Love your blog!

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172 Laura April 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Amazing tribute. I make a mean oatmeal, too… but there’s just one recipe on my blog: http://is.gd/bfNEs

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173 Jennifer April 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm

I notice you use Chia Seeds often in your oatmeal. I know a little about them, but not too much. I was hoping you’d explain what exactly are they and why do you like them so much?? Thanks a bunch!!

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174 Gina April 18, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I think this must also be a tribute to peanut butter!

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175 Anne April 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2010/04/13/ST2010041302171.html more evidence of the oatmeal invasion! What a trendsetter, kath! :)

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176 Becs in Britain April 20, 2010 at 7:24 am

Hey Kath, I read your blog every day and it always makes me smile :) Had a pretty rubbish week or so of just feeling fat and wanting to completely blitz my eating habits. I stumbled across a book on the South Beach Diet and was planning to start next week with two whole weeks of no carbs i.e. no oatmeal, and no fruit! But the thought of doing two weeks cold turkey with no oats was filling me with dread, so I’ve just visited this page to remind me how much I LOVE my breakfast, and LOVE my oatmeal and LOVE my fruit, and how replacing it with omelette and bacon just isn’t me! So it’s back to the drawing board. South Beach Diet is a no-go! Thanks for making me realise just how awesome oats really are! x

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177 Karen January 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Becs, I know this is January of 2011 and you commented back in April 2010, but I’m going to comment anyway. I’ve found that eating less processed foods and cooking more has been a big help in keeping me healthy. It’s been fun too since I have been experimenting with different recipes to vary up my diet. Anyway, I hope you find a food lifestyle that works for you!

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178 els April 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Let’s try it..
:)

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179 Sarah April 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Love all these ideas! I love oatmeal but it can always be dressed up :)

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180 Hwasun April 27, 2010 at 1:58 am

I just want to say thank you for all these great recipes! I live in Korea where a lot of people don’t even know about oatmeal. I had a chance to live in Australia last year and that was the first time I had oatmeal. To be honest I hated it “a lot” at the first time but after finding out that oatmeal is really good for you I tried to have it for breakfast. With your amazaing recipes I am actually enjoying it almost everyday!! Reading you blog, I am surprised how healthy your lifestyle is! You are giving a lot of tips and motivations to eat helthy food and enjoy them more. Thanks :)

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181 Jeni May 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Hi Kath…I just stumbled on your real food blog and I’m inspired!

I too, love oatmeal and I wanted to share my own tribute to oatmeal with you.
http://www.peppertowne.com/2010/05/ode-to-oatmeal.html
peace!

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182 jackie May 7, 2010 at 11:20 am

hi kath, just thought i’d let you know that i sent this link to my parents and their lives haven’t been the same since! haha thanks for all the work you do!

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183 Nichole May 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Popped by to say yum! This tribute is divine!! I could bookmark them all. T-oats! Eye candy for sure.

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184 Oat Roller May 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

Absolutely delicious.I love oatmeal that’s why I support you that whipped banana oatmeal is world’s best breakfast.But you’ve added excellent items,thanks for it.

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185 KerrforLife May 25, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Hello!!!
I just stumbled across your blog and when I read “Tribute to Oatmeal” I was automatically a fan! I absolutely love oatmeal too. I love everything you can do with it. When I was a kid I hated oatmeal and now I eat it almost everyday….it is actually a new found love! I recently found out that I am allergic to wheat flour so oatmeal is such a great substitute. Due to my excessive allergies, I have recently started my own blog where I can blog about the food I eat and the substitutions I have to make being allergic to huge food groups like: wheat, dairy, soy & nuts!
Look forward to following your site. I can’t wait to try some of your oatmeal ideas :)
-Kerry

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186 m June 6, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I will never eat cereal again.
hmmm, well maybe I will… but not as often.

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187 Emily June 7, 2010 at 8:54 am

Thank you for this post!! I really really want to like oatmeal, but I find the mushy texture unappetizing!! Does anyone have some tips on how to make crunchy oatmeal with old fashioned oats? (or at least not a mushy mess!)

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188 emily June 10, 2010 at 11:36 pm

hi kath,

i am a new reader :) & despite hearing about various whipped banana oatmeal methods for quite awhile, i’ve never tried it out. having the additional milk & banana calories always seemed so unnecessary when the end volume would be so similar…. but tonight i took the plunge anyway (i watched the video first, which was so fun).

the oatmeal was amazing. (shocker, i know!) so creamy & decadent & despite terrifying me– i think it was worth the calorie splurge. i added probably 1/2 c. more water than your 1/2:1/2:1/2 ratio, and kept it to the oats, banana, skim milk, & vanilla (i also added a dash of artificial butter flavoring and splenda).

anyway– thank you for the new food experience. i’m so glad to know first-hand what the rage is all about. :)

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189 Maddie June 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

Why is there a spoonful of (what looks like peanut-butter) in every picture? You probablly explained this somewhere but I didn’t spot it… Being myself I would assume you included it simply for the love of peanut butter (once I found my entire cupboard filled with peanut butter items: peanut-butter panda puffs, peanut-butter filled pretzels, justin’s nut-butter to-go packs…slight addiction!)
Ps. Yummy concoctions :)

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190 Kath June 15, 2010 at 11:15 am

Just because nut butters are delicious and add a nice spoonful of satiety to my breakfasts.

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191 Jen June 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

Oh my god I’m totally salivating.
I didn’t think anyone could possible love oatmeal more than I do (I eat it every night before bed without fail), but after seeing this I think I may have to bow down before you.
This should keep me occupied for quite a while…
I may have to start eating oatmeal at every meal of the day to work my way through your list of ideas more quickly.
Simply amazing. I’m definitely bookmarking your blog :)

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192 VeganRunner June 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Your oatmeal looks so good! Ah! Yumyumyum. How do you get so creative every morning? That’s a real question! I wake up, run, and am STARVING when I get back–no time to wait for creative juices to flow. Even if I’m not feeling creative in the future though, I’ll just have to steal one of your delicious combinations!

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193 Shauna June 24, 2010 at 3:21 am

Yea! I’m not alone in the world. All my friends and family make such fun of me for putting bananas and cottage cheese (with maple syrup or flavoring and cinnamon!) in my hot cereal. I will have to try some of your variations when the cold weather rolls back around.

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194 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun July 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm

So many amazing takes on oatmeal! I am bookmarking this page and using it for breakfast inspiration! Yum! :-D

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195 Mel July 16, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Hey KAth, i just wanted to tell you that ive found ur page to be so helpful. i am going through some personal issues now and one thing that ive been wanting to do for myself is lose some weight so that i can conquer my other problems. i just graduated from college and while there gained a lot of weight. i am 5’6 and 154 lbs. for the last two weeks ive been eating whole foods and ur oatmeal that i love! i am so determined! i also got married but unfortunatly my husband is not used to variety of food, or healthy ones and its battle to get him to eat what i eat. that is why i will show him with the new body i will have that healthy is the way to do it. he tells me that i advice him on healthy eating but that i dont practice healthy eating and exercise myself. the thing is i love food and i would eat anything. I havent been craving sweets or large portions of food. I am well satisfied with small portions… I cant even finish my salads. I will stick to what I know is best and I will keep in touch. thank you soo much for everything!

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196 Gena Reynoldson July 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I am an over the road female truck driver and absolutely am pleased to find your site. I have a suggestion that I haven’t tried yet, but thought maybe you or your readers who wanted to know what to do with left over oatmeal could try. How about OATMEAL SMOOTHIES ! I would suggest putting in a blender with additional liquid to make a smoothie consistency. I would suggest any kind of juice rather than more milk or water, for flavor. Add any ingredients as you do with your oatmeal. And then drink it through a straw or sipping it. Hopefully it will work. Please post and let me know how it comes out if you do try it.

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197 Hannah July 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Hi Kath!
I just wanted to let you know that your Whipped Banana Oatmeal recipe works with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats too!! I have Celiac Disease, and yet I can still enjoy most of your delicious oatmeal recipes :) It just takes a little while longer for them to cook and start to bubble. I am a sixteen year old ballerina, and this gives me the perfect amount of protein and energy each and every morning before I go to class. So thank you for all of this wonderful food inspiration! You are appreciated more than you could ever know!

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198 dcwright02 July 31, 2010 at 7:02 pm

HOLY COW! you weren’t kidding when you called this a tribute to oatmeal! So many varieties for me to try now! tyvvvvm! (had to throw some extra “very’s” in there!) :)

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199 Luka August 7, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Omg thanks so much… normally I would never crave oatmeal but these just sound amazing!!!

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200 Erica August 7, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Ok so I was craving oatmeal today and took a page out of your book. Two teaspoons sugar, a dash of vanilla, some crumbled up graham crackers, 1/2 teaspoon butter….
It felt like an orgasm in my mouth.
Thanks for the inspiration.

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201 Millie August 8, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Hi Kath-
I was wondering if the above recipes are for 1 serving or for 2. I noticed your recipe says “for two servings…” but in the video you double the recipe when making enough for two. I’ve been following the recipe – and have stayed VERY full until past my normal lunchtime. I’d hate to be eating a double-breakfast (even if it is sooo yummy)!

Thanks!
Millie

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202 Kath August 9, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Millie,

One serving has 1/3 cup raw oats. I double it for two. Hope that helps!

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203 britta August 9, 2010 at 12:47 am

I am bookmarking this page!! Can’t wait to follow!

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204 Jordan August 20, 2010 at 12:50 am

Kath, thank you so much for this page! I used to hate oatmeal, but now that I’ve learned to cook the bananas into the oatmeal and be creative with add-ins, I’ve had a complete change of heart. Now I look forward to a piping hot bowl of oats every morning. Thank you!

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205 Terri August 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I love this layout, incredible! I want to eat every bowl. Yummy!

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206 Maddie September 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Hi Kath,
I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and love it! Thanks for the delicious oatmeal recipes. I started eating oatmeal last summer and never really loved it but now I eat your whipped banana oatmeal every morning! The banana makes it so think and creamy. I love it.

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207 Jody September 5, 2010 at 11:23 am

Hi Kath,

I’ve been lurking on your blog for several months now and finally tried your whipped banana oatmeal. Fabulous!! I followed your recipe using chia seeds and almost butter. Because I need a lot of protein in my diet, I approximated the grams of protein to be about 10. You and others have mentioned adding cottage cheese and eggs, which I know will bump up the protein. Can you suggest any other toppings specifically for their protein content?

Thanks a lot for you blog, I gives me a lot a ideas on how to create healthier meals!

Cheers,
-Jody

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208 Kath September 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Jody, You hit all of my suggestions! Might add yogurt to the list or perhaps some plant-based protein powders like Vega’s Vanilla Chai? I haven’t ever tried that, but it might be good

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209 zombi September 5, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I am in LOVE. I have always adored the stovetop oats business, but all these ideas for add-ins…!! Mr Zombi & I both thank you very much (:

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210 Tina @ Nuclear Medicine Technologist Jobs September 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I am in-love with this post! I absolutely love oatmeal and seeing them all lied out in different kinds is just ecstatic!

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211 Jadey September 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

Wow, I’m not a fan of oatmeal at all, but after seeing this post, I’m going to try out your variations. Hopefully this will change my mind and taste buds forever!

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212 Fredrik Gyllensten September 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Wow, that was a lot of oatmeal – have to try some of them! :-)

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213 Matthew September 8, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I don’t know if anyone has tried this yet, but here’s my two fool-proof oatmeal recipes:

Breakfast:

1 cup quick oats
1 scoop soy protein powder (I tend to not have brand loyalty when it comes to the protein powder, but Giant Eagle’s Non-GMO Soy Protein Powder and Publix Whey Protein, either Chocolate or Vanilla, have worked wonders for me. I am sure that any old kind will do….)
I packet Truvia
1/4 tsp Iodized Sea Salt
Pumpkin Pie Spice to taste
1 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 banana
1 serv. raw almonds

Combine and microwave the first six ingredients. Stir, then add almonds, then banana. I find that if you add the banana first, it cools the mixture too quickly. Also, the protein powder makes the oatmeal quite thick, but I like my oatmeal that way:)

Lunch or otherwise:

First six ingredients from Breakfast recipe, minus the protein powder and banana. Instead of the raw almonds, I add 2 tbsp of Maranatha Almond Butter or Smart Balance Peanut Butter.

Both of these combinations came out of frustration: I’m a high mileage runner/cyclist with an already overactive metabolism. After a 19 mile run or a long bike ride, all I can think about when I get homes is slightly salty oatmeal slathered in peanut butter hahaha. Runner or not, if you need a well-balanced breakfast or lunch that covers all of your macronutrient needs, neither of these will EVER disappoint!

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214 Lisa September 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Hi Kath!
I love your blog–quick question about preparing oatmeal ahead. In the summer I love overnight oats, especially for their convenience, but with the start of fall I want to be able to make a big batch of oatmeal on the weekend for me and my fiance to take to work for breakfast. It would involve reheating the oatmeal and I’m just not sure how well that will work. Have you ever tried doing that?
Thanks!

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215 Kath September 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Yes i have and it works great but you MUST rehydrate the oats with milk (or water) before eating – otherwise they will have gelled into one big clump!

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216 Sara Jenks September 13, 2010 at 11:21 am

Hi Koops! Mike has been raving about oats lately so I decided I would jump on the bandwagon. I just made oats for the first time this morning, but I made WAY too much! I’m so glad to hear your advice for saving and reheating now. I’m really looking forward to trying all of your recipes :)

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217 Kath September 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Hey Sara!!! Glad you’re getting into oats :)

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218 SuDawn September 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I recently purchased the Marga Grain Flaker and ordered 50lbs of Organic Oat Groats from my co-op. Using freshly rolled oats maximizes the nutritional value, because oxidation has not had a chance to deteriorate the nutrients. I am also preparing my oatmeal using the two-stage process of soaking, fermenting, or sprouting the grain before cooking or baking, this will neutralize a large portion of the phytic acid, releasing these nutrients for absorption. This process allows enzymes, lactobacilli, and other helpful organisms to not only neutralize the phytic acid, but also to break down complex starches, irritating tannins, and difficult-to-digest proteins including gluten. For many, this may lessen their sensitivity or allergic reactions to particular grains. Everyone will benefit, nevertheless, from the release of nutrients and greater ease of digestion resulting from soaking, fermenting or sprouting grains… the added benefit is soaking the grains makes for a quick meal in the morning, cooking the oatmeal/porridge takes only 5 mins after soaking.

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219 Jessica F September 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I love your website, but now I’m having major issues with it. I can’t stop drooling over this photos and dreaming of all of the massive amounts of oatmeal I want to consume! My stomach can’t handle it! I need to reign myself back in and pace. No more staring at these wonderful creations. Best way to handle this issue….why curl up with a bowl of oatmeal, of course!

(I’m actually really glad you have a tribute to oatmeal. More people should.)

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220 Jacob September 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm

these look delicious! i’m craving oatmeal now

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221 Tamara September 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

Just made the whipped banana oatmeal for the first time. I love plain water oats w/almonds and never thought it would be much of a difference. OH MY GOODNESS, these have changed my LIFE. They are just…divine. I can’t stop thinking about them, haha. I am going to eat them for lunch, too, I can’t wait!

ALSO, I was looking for a way to cut out sweeteners and stevia from my oats since I have to have them really sweet, and I didn’t need any here because of the banana. Perfect!

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222 janet September 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm

When do you add the chia seeds? It seems to be missing from your instructions.

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223 Kath September 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

At the beginning!

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224 janet September 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Awesome! Thanks for getting back to me. :)

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225 Valeriekw September 21, 2010 at 11:57 am

Hi – have loved finding your website. A co-worker and I were talking about breakfast, what to make, etc. She is a big fan of oatmeal I pulled up your website to show her your “Tribute to Oatmeal,” and she let out a gasp when she saw all the pictures. I told her it was like showing her porn – oatmeal porn. :) We may have to consider blocking your website from the office network if her addiction gets out of control… :)

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226 Corrie September 22, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I just found your blog and I love it! These pictures are amazing. I’m crazing a big bowl of oatmeal now, and I’m thinking I’m going to have to make some overnight oats. I’ve never had it before, but it looks so yummy. I might have to feature my attempt on my newly formed blog. Thanks for the great blog and delicious recipes!

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227 Hollie September 22, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Wow-your oatmeal blog is fantastic. I am obsessed with pancakes and might just have to make an ode to them. These recipes are great and I cannot wait to try some of them out. :)

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228 simonsips October 2, 2010 at 11:38 am

I love oatmeal.

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229 Felicia October 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

dear lord, this may possibly be the best blog page i have ever seen!! i loveeeeeeeee your bowls and presentation girl! lovelovelove it all, you are so creative. thanks for sharing the ideas!

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230 Brooke Guthrie October 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm

I’m totally inspired by your tribute to oatmeal! I’m planning on doing a blog post of 365 days of oatmeal – good for my health and maybe my waistline. Thanks for the inspiration!

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231 brightKaye October 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I LOVE OATMEAL and now I love it even more with all your amazing ideas!!!! THANK YOU!!!

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232 LizLivingVegan October 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm

This is the most amazing dedication to oatmeal I’ve ever seen!

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233 Errign October 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

Hi Kath,

Do you add banana and chia in right when you begin?

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234 Kath October 24, 2010 at 10:44 am

Yup!

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235 Veronica October 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Hey Kath,
Just wanted to let you know that I am developing a cycle menu for my foodservice class, and I devoted a little square just for you, (whipped banana oats ‘a la Kath’ )!

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236 Kath October 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Haha – awesome!! I remember those :)

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237 Rachel October 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I love oatmeal! love the recipe and can’t wait to try it. Is there somewhere to find an explanation of chia. I have never heard of it – maybe i need to investigate further.
Looks so yummy!

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238 AGirlandHerCarrot October 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Kath,
You’ve truly outdone me in the OATMEAL department! I’ve been talking this grain up for years, but you win! :-). So happy to see such an inspiring person and fellow blogger.

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239 Kristen November 11, 2010 at 11:15 am

You inspired me to fall in love with oatmeal.
I saw this ode to oatmeal about three months ago and was like, “ohhh my gosh, you can do that with oatmeal??”
And now if I don’t have it for breakfast it’s like a bad day.
Also, I’m addicted to your blog.
Keep up the awesomeness.
:D

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240 OatmealMonster November 15, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I pre-mix my oatmeal using all of the dry ingredients and shake/store in a ziploc. I get up at 4:30a so I need to be ready to throw my breakfast in the microwave for on-the-go speed. I mix instant oatmeal that I buy in the 3lb can, brown sugar, cinnamon, and less white sugar. I’ve found the plain store brand tastes just as good/the same as the instant plain Quaker oats. This is great tasting but requires a lot of sugar to sweeten it up. Luckily I love sugar. I also throw maple syup, and am going to try fresh bananas thrown in after it’s microwaved after seeing some posts about that above. I LOVE OATMEAL!

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241 Steffi December 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm
242 the blissful baker December 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

wow, i’m so impressed with all your oatmeal variations! i love oatmeal as well. i usually eat cereal and milk for breakfast every day because it’s fast and easy, but lately i’ve been turning to oatmeal as the weather has been getting colder. i tried your whipped banana oatmeal the other morning, and it was so yummy that i made it again for lunch!

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243 Alyssa December 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I’m excited to try your whipped banana oatmeal! My husband, however, hates bananas. Do you think it would work in terms of flavor/sweetness to substitute apple, pear, or berries for the banana for him? He’s also not a pumpkin fan :( Thanks!

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244 Kath December 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Nothing will work quite as well as banana (or pumpkin) to get the creamy texture, but you could try a bunch of fruits just for flavor. Or applesauce, or even avocado MIGHT work – a little bit of it. Chia seeds or flax will thicken it some.

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245 Sunya December 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Wow! Oh yeah! Wow! This is amazing! This is what I was screaming in my kitchen this morning after my first bite of your amazing oatmeal. I did not have any chia or flax (will be pickup them up at the store today) but I did add a little brown sugar, cottage cheese and spoonful of chunky peanut butter. It made my morning! It will be a staple for me from now on! Thanks for a great Christmas gift.

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246 Susan December 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm

It’s amazing what you did with oatmeal! It looks so yummy and wow, my husband would like each of these recipes!

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247 Tish December 25, 2010 at 4:17 am

Thanks so much. About two months ago I switched to oatmeal for breakfast (b/c I lost my job…it’s cheaper) and guess what?! I’ve lost ten pounds….most noticeable in my waistline. Go figure, after struggling so much then it slipped off while I wasn’t looking. It really affected my appetite and cut the cravings for simple carbs. Found this post just as I was getting bored with oatmeal, milk and a dash of sugar. Thanks for the inspiration!

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248 Kathleen December 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I absolutely love your page dedicated to oatmeal!! Your creations look fabulous!!! I can’t wait to try them!!! Thanks for all of the inspiring recipes!!!

Just wondering: as a dietician, do you view quick oats as healhty as old-fashioned oats?

It is so cool that we both have the same name (“Kath”een). I can’t wait to read more!

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249 Kath December 27, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Hey Kath :)
Nutritionally they are the same, but rolled oats likely behave a little differently in your bloodstream due to a smaller surface area and slightly slower digestion. But if you prefer quick oats, then feel good eating them.

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250 Maria January 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Of course, great site. Can’t say enough about how much I enjoy it. Finally went through the oatmeal tribute. Excelente!

I saw the post regarding an Oatmeal Smoothie. Also the post from the Latina, wondering how to make oatmeal appeal to her husband.

The answer is Horchata. It is a sweet Mexican drink normally made with white rice. My husband modified it for me since oats are so much better for your health. (His recipe was featured in the AZ Republic a couple of years ago.) Note: He also reduced the sugar.

Here it is:
*4 c water OR 2 c soy milk, + 2 c water

*1 c old-fashioned oats

2 t ground cinnamon

1 T granulated sugar

2 t vanilla

1 T ground flaxseed (optional)
flaxseed will make drink much
thicker, espec. if it sits for a while

2 T olive oil (optional)

* The drink is creamier if you put the oats in
2 cups of water THE NIGHT BEFORE; cover and refrigerate.

Put ingredients in a blender.

Blend on stir until ingredients are well mixed.

Pulse on liquify for about 2 minutes (or until
most of the oats seem to be liquified).

Serve chilled.

Makes 4 servings.

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251 Amanda January 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Hi!!
I just found your blog and I love it! I tried the whipped banana oatmeal and added some of my own homemade jam and almond butter! It was delicious! Definitely something I will eat more often!! (especially in the winter!) Thank you so much for all the great recipes! I will be one busy bee trying a new one or two each week!

Amanda

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252 Melissa January 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I am obsessed with these oats!

I wake up excited to make my daily bowl. I think I’ve had them daily for two months straight now. :D I even ate them the morning of my Dec. marathon. They were perfect running fuel. I add maple extract, pumpkin pie spice and top with reconstituted PB2. I’ve got my bestie hooked on them, too. :)

Even if I eat a really amazing breakfast I crave these oats.
I had a phenomenal vegan feast at a B&B this morning… and I miss my oats! ;)

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253 McKenzie January 26, 2011 at 12:37 am

Oh my goodness…I love this blog so much!! Ever since discovering it a few days ago, I have looked at it every day. The recipes make me want to drool…haha. I love healthy, whole foods, so people often refer to me as a “food snob.” They are skeptical that healthy food can be delicious. I should just direct them to your site! Thanks for the inspiration!

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254 J.Lynn January 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

The best breakfast indeed. So yummy and so versatile! :)

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255 sari January 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I love your love for oatmeal. I am used to making green monster smoothies for breakfast every morning. My nutritionists have always turned me away from oatmeals and heavy carbs for weight loss. Would love your thoughts on this. There isn’t any real protein in these dishes – how do you make up for that? WIll eating oatmeal for BF create more trouble for weight loss?

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256 KathEats January 27, 2011 at 7:15 am

actually there is a lot of real protein in the dish! Oatmeal has as much protein as an egg. The mixins (like milk, peanut butter and nuts) all provide more protein. And I often add cottage cheese and chia seeds = more protein! I’ve had no trouble maintaing or losing weight eating this breakfast for years.

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257 EmilyAK October 2, 2011 at 11:28 pm

This tribute makes me so inspired! I’m most excited by the idea of adding eggs. I’ve also read that oatmeal has as much protein as an egg, but do you know if there’s a significant difference in the amino acids/quality of the protein? Supposedly oat protein is on par with soy, but i’d love to get your thoughts on the oat/egg-protein comparison.

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258 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 7:51 am

You can see the amino acid profile at NutritionData.com (a great site!) The egg does have a more complete spectrum, but this is why I always make my oats with milk (or cottage cheese and chia seeds) – it boosts the oat profile to about the same (or beyond) the egg’s. And also provides the energy I need for the day from the complex carbs, which the egg doesn’t have (unless you pair it with toast!)

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/breakfast-cereals/1597/2

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/dairy-and-egg-products/111/2

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259 EmilyAK October 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

Neat! Thanks :)

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260 sari January 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

What about steel cut oats. I seem to enjoy them more and they are less processed. I do overnight steel cut oats (1/2 cup steel cut oats, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 almond milk) sit in the fridge over night and then pop it in the microwave. How does that sound?

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261 KathEats January 27, 2011 at 8:05 am

Nutritionally they are the same as rolled, but they are a good choice. You’d do better with cow or soy milk because almond milk has barely any protein! Also, I’d add a little healthy fats – nuts, nut butter for a longer satiety and balanced macronutrients.

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262 Jess February 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Dang, that is a lot of oatmeal!!
Jess
I <3 oatmeal, especially oatmeal cookies. hehe!

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263 jane cassie February 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I’m so impressed by all these oatmeal variations! I always think I’ll add stuff to it, but just eat the plain oatmeal (or with flax seed) every day. But now I’m going to try adding stuff!
http://liverichandfree.blogspot.com/2011/02/oatmeal-called-it.html

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264 Michele Sparrow February 2, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I love this page. I have never seen so many delicious looking bowls of oatmeal! I, sadly, cannot eat grains, but I love to LOOK at pictures of oatmeal as it is was my most favorite food growing up! Bravo for your creativity and for having the patience to document it all with photos for us! FUN!!

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265 Maria February 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

Technical Question: I find that the oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Extra Thick Rolled Oats) cook to a creamier texture if I put them in the fridge the night before with the liquid that I plan to cook them in. Does this decrease the nutritional value? Perhaps weaken the fiber or something?

Love the chia seed idea. Have been adding that since I discovered your site.

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266 KathEats February 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

It should not affect the nutritional components

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267 Cyndi February 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Oatmeal is the best! I love the explosion of texture in photos – creamy, gooey, chunky, raw … it’s beautiful.

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268 olivewineandfood February 11, 2011 at 9:30 am

ok…where do you get all your cool bowls and spoons?!

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269 Taylor February 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I think oatmeal is the best breakfast ever! But now that I am in college, I am limited to stovetop oats as a special treat when I am home on breaks. Do you have a good microwave method?

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270 Tania February 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

I microwave steal cut oats. I usually try to start out with already hot water and then microwave on high for a minute or two and give it a good stir. They tend to overflow/explode so I a) use a bigger bowl/mug than usual and b) keep an eye on it.

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271 Manda February 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I just wanted to say that I love this recipe, and thank you for sharing! :D I make it without the chia seeds because I don’t have any, haha, and I’m afraid to get a big bag of them to find out that I don’t like them, but I tried a pumpkin variation this morning, and it was DELICIOUS! :D I added 1/4 C pumpkin, a drizzle of real maple syrup & cinnamon. It was tasty. :D

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272 Tania February 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

hah. That is a heck of a lot of oatmeal. Then again, if I took a photo of every oatmeal breakfast I ate, I would probably have that many photos. Though they wouldn’t be nearly as pretty- I tend to eat oatmeal out of the same mug almost every day.

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273 Kay February 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I love this. I used to HATE oatmeal. I grew up in Louisiana, and I was always more of a grits girl. When I started reading KERF, I realized that I was always doing it wrong — oatmeal requires delicious and creative toppings! Thanks for the heads up!

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274 Bud Branch February 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

So, I gather you take your oatmeal pretty seriously?!

It turns out, I do too! And I’ll try those chia seeds. For what it’s worth, I microwave my old-fashioned oatmeal for 2.5 to 3 minutes every morning, all skim.

Rock on!

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275 Jessie S. February 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm

So great! Oatmeal is such an easy and healthy meal that I try to have it as often as I can. I had a hard time trying to find a portable container that would keep my oatmeal warm while I made my trek to the office, and I finally found a great insulated jar that I can just stick in my purse and forget about it. It’s from http://www.LaptopLunches.com and is definitely worth checking out!

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276 Jillian Babbel March 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm

did you see that tastespotting is doing 28 days of oatmeal? I totally thought of you!

Here are the details: http://www.tastespotting.com/features/oatmeal-project-28-days-of-oatmeal-heart-health-month

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277 KathEats March 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Oh fun!!! I left a comment :)

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278 Gina Dingman March 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I eat oatmeal everyday. But, the kids and husband don’t like. Thanks for all the variety! yummy!

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279 Molly March 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I tried making overnight oats and they came out very runny. This might be a dumb question, but do the oats need to be cooked before they go in the fridge? Maybe that was my problem…

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280 KathEats March 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm

No, they are never cooked. My guess is your ratio of oats to milk to yogurt were not equal and you added a bit too much milk?

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281 Célèste March 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Thank you so much for writing this. Your blog has made me become obsessed with oatmeal and so today when I thought I wanted to see a variety of toppings you’ve put on it I found this page and got really excited. Your the best.

P.S. I never would have known about your blog if it weren’t for that awful Marie Claire article that totally misrepresented you. I just thought you might like to know that some good may have come from it (readers like me and I’m sure others). I guess all press really is good press.

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282 Nichole Dunst March 19, 2011 at 12:08 am

Just made some with canned yams and cinnamon this morning… It was AWESOME :)

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283 Louisa March 24, 2011 at 9:13 am

My roommate just showed me your website and I made the whipped banana oatmeal this morning. I added some, PB, Agave nectar and plain Fage yogurt!! It was to die for! Literally still licking the bowl. Looking forward to making more of your oatmeal and other recipes! Keep up the good work!!

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284 Christine March 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Hi Kath. I have been following your blog for a month or so and absolutely LOVE it. You are so creative and realistic. I made the famous whipped banana oatmeal this morning and it was the best oatmeal I’ve ever had. Watched your video on Saturday and went to Costco to buy the Oats (yes, cheapest around). Added chia seeds, toasted walnuts, sprinkle of pumpkin seeds, and sunflower butter from TJ’s (I have never had this in my life and it is SO good). Can’t wait to try other toppings. Also looking forward to a road trip to C’ville Great Harvest someday. Thanks :)

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285 Luv What You Do April 11, 2011 at 8:05 am

Oh, which oats at Costco? I am there every week!

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286 KathEats April 11, 2011 at 8:08 am

Quaker

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287 Andrea April 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Just stumbled across this a few weeks ago and was inspired to try my own overnight oats. It’s my new favorite breakfast – it’s filling but not heavy and I can be as creative as I want to be. The best part is my 3 year old always wants to help, so we’ve started making our overnight oatmeal together before he goes to bed.

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288 Luv What You Do April 11, 2011 at 8:04 am

You are so creative and I LOVE the look of your parfaits. I made my first batch of overnight oats last night (without the Chia seeds because I ran out). I have a question…can you make them with steel cut oats or just regular oats? And any tips as I experiement with add-ins! Thanks!

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289 KathEats April 11, 2011 at 8:09 am

I think steel cut would still be crunchy in the AM. I have never tried them.

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290 Luv What You Do April 11, 2011 at 8:33 am

I agree. Do you ever make a bigger batch ahead of time? I know a silly question, but I am always looking for easy breakfasts that I can make in the beginning of the week. Enjoying my first batch of overnight oats right now. Excited to make some more!

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291 KathEats April 11, 2011 at 8:46 am

Yes, I have made whipped banana oats in a big pot on Sunday and reheated (with milk) in the microwave during the week. It works great and is much better than cooking oats in the microwave

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292 Luv What You Do April 11, 2011 at 9:39 am

Thanks! I agree! I tried the whipped oats for the first time on Saturday and I have been thinking about them ALL weekend. There is a Clean Eating breakfast porridge that uses tons of different oats in the crockpot that I love too! Happy Monday!

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293 Nicole April 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I just wanted to chime in on the steel cut oats. I make them overnight and it has worked out really really well. I do a 4 to 1 ratio water to steel cut oats. Bring water (and pinch sea salt) to a boil, stir in oats, cover, remove from heat and let it sit until morning! So easy! I add some cinnamon to it too. In the morning reheat and let the oatmeal be your canvas. You and each member of the family can make theirs however they like it best!

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294 Luv What You Do April 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm

THANKS!!! I will definitely try it.
I just made carrot cake oatmeal this morning. I love experimenting with new flavors!

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295 Cori April 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Can you make a tribute to Fage Greek Yogurt? That is my favorite breakfast with fruit and Kashi.

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296 Zee April 21, 2011 at 12:43 am

How do you go about making healthy “Cinnamon roll” oats?? Any idea….I have had this craving and instead of buying some cheap cinnabon protein powder to mix with, I was wondering if you could maybe chime on this…

BTW I, too LOVE all things oats. I eat these 3x a day and totally been obsessed for months! I haven’t eaten anything else except oats ;) and of course, a good multi before bed!

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297 KathEats April 21, 2011 at 8:13 am

I haven’t ever done cinnamon roll, but that would be great! I’m thinking cinnamon (duh) plus cubes of bread and some kind of yogurty icing!

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298 Zee April 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

Hey Kath, I just found a great recipe for a CINNAMON ROLL/CINNABON Oatmeal!!!! Check it out…((((Oooo…I was also thinkin’ about adding some sugar free da vinci or torani CARAMEL flavor to the mix to make it more of a cinnabon flavoring!!! what do ya think??

http://www.parentsconnect.com/dishes/cinnamon_roll_oatmeal.jhtml

1 cup milk
1 cup water
? tsp salt
¾ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup pecans/walnut pieces
1 cup “old-fashioned” oats
¼ cup raisins
Brown sugar to taste

-In a medium saucepan, bring the milk, water, salt, cinnamon, vanilla and nut pieces to a low boil.

-Add the oats, stir and reduce the heat to medium-low.

-Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, adding the raisins during the last minute of cooking time.

-Once the oats are soft and the oatmeal is your desired consistency, remove from heat and let it stand for 5 minutes.

-Serve topped with brown sugar.

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299 Nicole April 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm

These are amazing combinations! I can’t wait to try them all one by one! I’ve been craving oatmeal ever since I found out about baked oatmeal which I made for easter breakfast yesterday. This is exactly what I wanted to stumble onto! Thanks so much for putting this together!

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300 Kate April 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

I love oatmeal, any time of year! A baked (or chilled) oatmeal would be a great addition to an Apple Sandwich (nut butter + apple slices + raisins + oats/granola). Bon Appletit!

http://bread-n-chocolate.blogspot.com/2011/04/thinking-outside-bread-box.html

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301 Katherine May 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Seems lots of “healthy” people are talking about how great oatmeal is. WHY???

I am just beginning on this health journey. Can someone please explain WHY is is so healthy. Seems to have lots of calories, with very little protein.

I am NOT doubting you, I am just trying to learn.

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302 KathEats May 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Because it’s good for you! It’s a whole grain and a great source of fiber, phytochemicals, and nutrients. Tons of studies show that eating oatmeal may help lower cholesterol, diabetes and reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s cheap and a real food. It’s not high in calories – it’s pretty average for a whole grain. And best of all, it’s a blank canvas to customize however you like with toppings.

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303 Megs May 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I made “real” oatmeal for the first time this weekend and I am addicted!! I used to eat the instant kind, but I will never go back to those now. My husband is a big oatmeal fan and thought the whipped banana oatmeal was fantastic! I had been wanting to try it ever since I found your blog. The pictures had me salivating :-)

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304 Andy King May 25, 2011 at 6:45 am

Oatmeal is my fav breakfast.

Boil milk with sugar, pour it in a bowl, then put some oatmeal in it, add some pieces of dates, add some almonds, cover it with some lid, keep it to cool for about ten minutes.

Then add some pieces of banana… And serve to yourself…

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305 O.C. June 5, 2011 at 10:05 am

Mmm oatmeal porn!
Love the birthday cake and the pumpkin coconut but they all look delicious! This page totally brightened my day. Now I have breakfast inspiration for months :D

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306 Colleen June 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Oatmeal is awesome, but steel cut oats is AWESOMER! It’s a bit crunchy and hearty and yummy! I think it’s better for you because it’s less processed, too. I just finished making my batch that I’ll heat up for breakfast during the week. Mmmm mmmmm good! They sell it by the pound at Whole Foods. Give it a try! You might be a steel cut convert!
(P.S. The new Whole Foods by K-Mart and Kroger is opening soon! Woo hoo! Can’t wait for Trader Joes!)

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307 Meredith June 17, 2011 at 10:37 am

Wow, I made your whipped banana oats for my post-hot yoga breakfast this morning, I’m never cooking oats any other way again! The banana makes them so sweet, yummmm.

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308 Olivia June 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm

i just found your blog and ever since i saw your this video on how you make your oatmeal, i’ve been making it every day and i loveee it. thanks for sharing :)

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309 Moses June 20, 2011 at 4:28 am

Hi Kath,

I just followed your procedure last night (down to the creamed bananas) and it was perfect. Now I do a bunch of weightlifting and therefore eat a diet high in protein. One of my favorite meals is “proatmeal” cooked in the microwave (usually: water/milk, protein powder, oats). One thing I like about microwaving the oats this way is the insane volume you get, whereas cooking on the stove seems to yield a more creamy texture.

I don’t know if you’ve had any experience with making more voluminous oats on the stove top, perhaps with protein powder? Would be curious to know. Thanks!

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310 KathEats June 20, 2011 at 7:48 am

I’ve always felt microwave portions were smaller!? My tricks for volume are to use more water, add a banana and whip in some chia seeds, pumpkin, cottage cheese or an egg. I don’t use protein powders – I believe in getting protein from real foods (like cottage cheese or egg above!)

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311 Moses June 21, 2011 at 8:01 am

No I’ve noticed that if you really nuke the oats for long in the microwave they fluff up immensely. It’s much thicker consistency than the creaminess you get from stove-top.

I generally try to ensure that at least 2/3rds of my protein intake comes from whole foods on a daily basis but when you’re raking in 200g a day sometimes you just need to rely on the powders.

Have you ever tried intentionally adding more water than necessary, pre-cooking the oats with some mix-ins and then leaving them in the fridge overnight to soak up? Sort of like cooked overnight oats I guess.

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312 KathEats June 21, 2011 at 8:16 am

200 grams- whoa!! Why so high?

I haven’t ever cooked oats and then put them in the fridge to soak after before

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313 Moses June 21, 2011 at 8:23 am

That amount of protein is pretty standard for a male involved in heavy resistance training (aka weight-lifting). Exactly what I need to keep the body’s protein stores topped off and allow the creation of new muscle fibers!

Believe it or not if I was dieting the requirement would be higher than that! Ok well I’ll give these “cooked overnight oats” a try and let you know how it goes.

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314 KathEats June 21, 2011 at 8:30 am

Unless you weigh over 300 pounds, that’s still really, really high. I doubt you need that much!

“Anding recommends that vegetarian males looking to build muscle eat good quality protein at every meal, and aim for a daily intake of 1.4 to 1.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. For a 180-pound male, this works out to between 114 and 147 grams of dietary protein. Research shows that eating any more protein than this has no benefit.”

Source: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442463961&terms=protein+intake+athlete

And also:
“Protein recommendations for endurance
and strength-trained athletes
range from 1.2 to 1.7 g/kg (0.5 to 0.8
g/lb) body weight per day. These recommended
protein intakes can generally
be met through diet alone,
without the use of protein or amino
acid supplements. Energy intake sufficient
to maintain body weight is
necessary for optimal protein use
and performance.”

Source: http://www.eatright.org/About/Content.aspx?id=8365&terms=protein+intake

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315 Moses June 23, 2011 at 6:43 am

Research is actually pretty inconclusive on the role of dietary protein and it’s impact on net muscle protein synthesis. Basically they haven’t definitively established whether it is the act of being in a positive calorie balance alone that leads to lean mass gains or whether the quantity of dietary protein has a direct effect on this as well.

One measure that is frequently thrown around in conjunction with protein intake and athletic performance (endurance, strength, whatever) is the so-called nitrogen balance of the body. When measuring nitrogen balance in athletes it was shown that to maintain a zero balance (neither positive nor negative) i.e. protein maintenance, a protein intake above 0.8 g/kg was needed, but no upper limit has conclusively been found.

So if some is good, more must be better. Given that we know that high protein diets aren’t unsafe it seems reasonable to eat this amount of protein to prevent catabolism and promote growth. Besides, limiting dietary protein makes things difficult when bulking, since past a certain point more dietary carbohydrate won’t really benefit you, yet you still need to supplementake the energy intake either through fat or protein.

Btw: not vegetarian ;)

Source for first two paragraphs: http://www.uni.edu/dolgener/Advanced_Sport_Nutrition/protein_intake.pdf

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316 KathEats June 23, 2011 at 6:53 am

Your first two paragraphs might be supported, but I don’t agree with your third!! More is NOT always better (I’ve read studies where too much vitamin D led to higher risk of cancer) and high protein diets can be detrimental to the kidneys.

I appreciate the discussion very much, but let’s let these comments get back to oats – email me if you wish!

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317 Holly June 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

Just found you through Bess be fit. It’s a small world because I live in Waynesboro! Do you work for UVA?? My youngest has PKU and so we go to the clinic there. I love all the oatmeal toppings and will have to try some of them!

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318 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Hi Holly! I am a professional blogger and just opened a Great Harvest Bread Co. bakery near downtown Cville. Come in and give our breads a taste!

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319 Anne June 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Kath!! I went grocery shopping today and saw Biscoff spread. I thought of you and this tribute to oatmeal :)
What does biscoff spread actually taste like? flavor wise? is it like peanut butter? I was going to buy a jar to try it out but it’s a tad expensive and I’d wanna know what flavor it takes on before buying a whole one :P

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320 KathEats June 28, 2011 at 8:39 am

It tastes like a Biscoff cookie! Which tastes a bit like a gingerbread man. It’s only like PB in texture. It’s delicious!

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321 Holly June 28, 2011 at 7:00 am

it’s like graham crackers. My youngest has a metabolic disorder and so we use it as a peanut butter substitute since she can’t have the real stuff. You can get it on Amazon for a pretty decent price.

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322 Kelsey K July 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Kath,
Your website has changed my life. I am a 19 year old college student who has always been very interested in food and eating healthy. I’m always open to trying new things yet I have never been a huge fan of oatmeal. After viewing all of your gorgeous pictures of the many different ways to make oatmeal, I finally decided to try it! I just made my first homemade batch of oats with banana, almond butter, walnuts, and granola. It was de-licious, I’m already craving my next batch! Kudos to you and your gift of inspiration! You have truly made me want to live a healthier lifestyle. I often find myself saying WWKD (what would Kath do?). Keep up the great work!

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323 KathEats July 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Thank you!!

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324 Chelsea July 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I just tried you’re recipe this moring and LOVED it! I usually whip an egg into my oatmeal, which gives it more protein and a more custardy texture, but today I’m lovin the banana. Thanks so much!

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325 Ash July 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Oatmeal is awesome! Great tribute

~ The Tuckerbag ~

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326 Emily July 17, 2011 at 9:09 am

Have been making overnight oats every morning for the past two months, thanks for the great ideas! So tasty! I’ve even gotten my mom on board with eating them :)

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327 ashley July 19, 2011 at 9:57 am

Hi Kath. Have you tried Peanut Butter & company’s peanut butters? They have a sandwich shop in NYC where you can get all kinds of peanut butter sandwiches as well as PB cookies, PB ice cream sundaes, and smoothies, etc. But they also produce jarred peanut butter and sell it online and in some grocery stores (they should have it at Whole Foods). I eat oatmeal for breakfast just about every day so I am always looking for mix-ins. My latest favorite is PB & co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter. It is really delicious with sliced bananas! I don’t know if you could find it in stores out there, but here is their website in case you would like to buy online. Just thought you’d like to know if you hadn’t already tried them! : )

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328 KathEats July 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

I have tried a few of them!! They are delicious! I just seem to have so much PB that I haven’t had the chance to buy them :) When I’m out of a flavor I crave simple styles

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329 Erica July 22, 2011 at 6:45 am

Thank you so much for this… i used to make your style of oatmeal (minus the bananas) before school everyday… I always had so much energy, and it really helped with my diet. I always hated oatmeal before I found this website, cause it was just gross the way my mom and grandma made it… Oatmeal is amazing, great with a bit of peanut butter, vanilla, and either granola or graham crackers… I will start eating oatmeal again, now that I found your page again

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330 Thryn July 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Hi, I’m 28 and into eating too, and my daddy lives in Roanoke. So, I’d appreciate your insights on how one might dehydrate and flavor up purple shamrocks in a similar manner as you made the kale chips, yum! Do you know the pot-herb to which I refer? Its purple clover-like leaves are sweet and lemony, and a delightful edible raw, but like anything else, more delightful still coated in oil and salt. Maybe its relative sorrel would better weather such a treatment, as Oxalis triangularis is too delicate for baking at 375 and quickly charred up. Is there another cooking method you would recommend?

I’m also curious about other vegan (or less sodium intensive) flavoring choices you could recommend. Brewer’s yeast is a great substitution for shredded cheddar. Maybe there are certain spices, like paprika, cayan, curry one well employ in a simple marinade for vegetable chips?

Thank you so! Look forward to hearing any cooking and healthy ingredient tips you might have for an aspiring vegan gourmand

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331 KathEats July 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I’ve never heard of shamrocks!! I’d recommend salt + smoked paprika :) It’s my spice of the year! Thanks for reading :)

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332 Janie July 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Oh. My. God. I have just fallen in love with oats even more!
Thank you for taking the time to invade all those breakfast moments with your camera, just beautiful pictures! Janie x

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333 Ben August 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I love it except that nuking your food destroys all the nutrients.

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334 robin August 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

when you make overnite oats do you warm them or eat them cold?

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335 KathEats August 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Cold!

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336 robin August 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm

really?

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337 robin August 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm

why so much pumpkin, because of the nutrional value? Or the taste?

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338 KathEats August 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Because it’s delicious and filling and nutritious!!

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339 Sarah August 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

A big THANK YOU to you, Kath! I know eating breakfast is important, but I have always hated figuring out what to eat because most of the things I want are terribly unhealthy. I’ve tried oatmeal on various occasions, but I’ve just never been able to enjoy it. And then I found your blog and the introduction of the banana. Oh, how I love the pillows of tangy sweetness! Yep, I’m a new convert. Thanks again!

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340 Kelly August 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Kath! You are so inspiring! I have been getting more into oatmeal lately and you just opened up a whole new world to me! I am goint to try the whipped banana oatmeal tomorrow.

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341 Stacie August 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I have to admit that I have spent a lot of time talking myself out of oatmeal…I have never cared for the look, smell or taste of it. But I think that is all about to change! These all look sooo yummy! I can’t wait to try some of them. Thanks for the inspiration!

-Stacie

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342 hillary August 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

you take beautiful food photos! i love oatmeal and cook it up with bananas, vanilla brown rice protein powder, and almond milk almost every morning, but now i have some new ingredient ideas to add to the mix–thank you!

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343 hillary August 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

you take beautiful food photos! i love oatmeal and cook it up with bananas, vanilla brown rice protein powder, and almond milk almost every morning–but now i have some new ingredient ideas to add to the mix. thank you!

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344 watercolor nutritionist August 23, 2011 at 6:07 am

Oatmeal does deserve a grand tribute. It’s a beautiful grain and I hope the food industry doesn’t mess it up as it has done with wheat. Many people do opt for a very finely ground oat flake for porridge which I guess is not the best option nutrition-wise.

When preparing my oat porridge, I always make sure to stir in a handful of uncooked jumbo flakes at the very end and let the mix stand for a while. Gives it a nice chewy structure, intensifies the oatiness and satisfies the brain. I’ve also found that it’s much less flavorsome when piping hot.

Have a nice day!

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345 Deanna Regina September 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Hi :) I just stumbled across your blog and absolutely love it. ESPECIALLY this page. I will have to try some of these recipes out, as well as your other non-oatmeal recipes. I look forward to following you!

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346 Yesenia September 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

OH MY GOD!!! I never thought you could make oatmeal look and be that good!! I’m going to try every one of these oatmeal recipes! :D ?

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347 Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous September 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Who would have thought oatmeal could be so beautiful!? I’m craving some! Having it for dinner! (:

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348 steffy September 29, 2011 at 1:45 am

hi Kathe
i wanted to ask if it makes a difference if i use raw chia seeds than chia seeds? is there i difference?

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349 KathEats September 29, 2011 at 7:59 am

I think all chia seeds are raw… :)

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350 meghan October 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Hey Kath,

Sorry as this may have been posted in the comments, which I just scanned. But I couldn’t find any mention in the recipe about when the chia seeds go in and I don’t have much experience with them.

Also, to clarify- the ingredients listed are for one serving, but you normally double it when making for two?

Thanks and again, sorry if this is redundant. But though I’m sure oatmeal is worth reading 344 comments, it is Saturday night ;)

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351 KathEats October 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Hey Meghan,

They go in in the beginning – when you add the milk, water, banana and pinch of salt!

And yep, it’s for one serving

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352 Kristen October 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Absolutely LOVE the oatmeal varities!However, I’m not sure if someone asked this question above, but how can I get creamy, almost drizzle like peanut butter to pour over my oatmeal? I try to put almond butter in the microwave and it seems to fry everytime, and my peanut butter just isn’t that creamy and also tends to cook. Any suggestions?

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353 KathEats October 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm

It’s all about the nut butter you choose. Some brands are drippy, others are rock solid. The best for drips are Trader Joe’s peanut butter, Sunflower butter and homemade almond butter.

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354 Ali October 22, 2011 at 8:52 am

Oh wow… I’ve been a regular oatmeal devotee for years, but I never realized what I was missing out on! I tried the whipped banana this morning and it sort of blew my mind… I think this post has re-ignited my love affair. Thanks!

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355 Andrea (From Seed to Stomach) October 26, 2011 at 9:19 am

There’s a great diagram in my favorite cookbook, CLEAN FOOD, by Terry walters. It depicts a continuum of degrees of processing for oats with groats on the left (unprocessed) and instant on the right (most processed). It really helped clarify things for me. I usually soak rolled oats (I find whole oat groats a little tougher to digest even when properly prepared) overnight and strain and rinse in the morning to remove the phytic acid. Then I’ll just cook with water, raisins/currants/dates, banana/apple, raspberry/strawberry/blueberry/pumpkin all depending on what’s in season and on what I have at home. I’m curious, Kath – did you learn anything about phytic acid when you were pursuing your RD?

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356 KathEats October 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

We did cover it – but it didn’t seem to be a huge issue with nutrition in healthy adults

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357 Andrea (From Seed to Stomach) October 26, 2011 at 9:55 am

Thanks! I’ve been reading a lot of ‘traditional’ food blogs lately and there seems to be a lot of hype about phytic acid, but a lot of the nutrition blogs I read don’t seem to mention it, so I’m trying to figure it all out for myself. My understanding is that it is present in grains like oats, can block mineral absorption, is linked to inflammation, and can make digestion more difficult, but I’m no RD! The learning process is very interesting :-) I will say that soaking overnight certainly makes cooking a lot faster!

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358 KathEats October 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

I think on a small scale those are true – but they are blown out of proportion a bit. Most healthy people can eat oats daily and not have any nutrient deficiencies or other health problems.

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359 Anneli October 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm

since i am an oatmeal lover myself (i am eating oatmeal right now for dinner).. i typed in oatmeal blog into google.. and your blog came up. so i checked this out and absoultely love your oatmeal pictures/ideas! I am defintely obsessed.. i am studying abroad in italy right now and i freaked out when i first got here because i couldnt find any. But then i found the natural foods store and they have rye flakes.. which are soo amazing! I live on oatmeal to get enough carbs in my diet… since im ALWAYS HUNGRY training for the florence marathon in november! Nice work!

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360 es October 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Do you and your husband have the exact same weight and height? I used to split meals exactly in half with my husband to make it equal/fair, but eventually realized that he needs more food than I do (and I needed less than I was eating) So I usually take 2/5 and he gets 3/5 of a meal or snack. How many more kcals do men use than women? Since are usually bigger, do think they’d burn more calories…?

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361 KathEats October 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Generally men do need more, esp. if they are bigger, taller and/or more active. Matt usually gets 2/3 of our dinners.

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362 taylor November 1, 2011 at 8:26 am

i LOVE oatmeal, but you just made me love it even more. I cannot wait to try every one of your recipes. BEAUTIFUL pictures.

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363 Alina November 6, 2011 at 7:32 am

I absolutely adore oatmeal!
I’m currently recovering from my ED and I find oatmeal to really fill me up in the mornings :) Is it okay to go crazy about putting nut butter in my oatmeal?! Because I love the flavor that it gives! I put a little more than a tablespoon in mine.

Love your blog Kath!

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364 Mattie @ Comfy & Confident November 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm

This is amazing! The pics just keep going and going. How did you come up with all these great ideas?

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365 Miche November 22, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Yumm Try chopped dried mangos and apples in pot before you boil. I’m going to try adding peanut butter thanks so much!

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366 Billy December 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

I always loved how when I was little my mom would make me oatmeal. I loved the brown sugar and butter with it to. Tasted so good.

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367 Graziella December 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I absolutly love your Classic Kath Oatmeal. I add raisins since I have no idea where you buy chia seeds. I loved it so much I added the recipe to my website, giving you the credit of course.

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368 noell December 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

beautiful looking dishes!…this makes having an oat allergy REALLY depressing :-/

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369 Anne December 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Loved your tribute to oatmeal! I couldn’t get enough…not even sure where to begin…do you have a run down of all those on your site somewhere?

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370 KathEats December 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Welcome! These are just a sampling – if you look for Oatmeal in the Tag Cloud you’ll see all my oatmeal posts :)

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371 Kait December 8, 2011 at 11:17 am

OK so I have always struggled to make oatmeal. When I do it in the microwave, it bubbles over and I lose half of it. Or I burn it on the stovetop because I get impatient and crank up the heat too high. Or something.

So THANK YOU. I can now make killer oatmeal. The only thing is that my almonds didn’t toast when I microwaved them. :( It was still delish!

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372 Liz December 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Hi,
Thanks a lot, i really love your oat recipes, they are really wonderfull
Kisses,
Liz

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373 Cassandra December 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I am like you and many of your followers. I LOVE OATMEAL. So was so very pleased to find your site. It is so versatile and yummy! But…

Having had oatmeal for breakfast everyday for quite some time, I was quite distraught when I discovered that oats are high in phytic acid (a mineral inhibitor) and that even after soaking them 12 or more hours, the level of phytic acid is only reduced a little bit. Which means when eating oats, you can absorb iron, manganese, magnesium, etc.

I have to follow a gluten free and dairy free diet .. and might I add that I am also iron deficient. I always loved eating oats as a main source of fiber, vitamins, carbs, and iron. But now after finding that oats are so high in the mineral inhibitor, I have had to change my breakfast .. and sadly leave my favorite food.

I switched to Amaranth! You can make all your fantastic oat recipes with amaranth as well! It is just as versatile and very yummy! The great thing about amaranth is that if you soak it 12 or more hours, than the phytic acid is greatly reduced and allows the body to absorb all the fabulous minerals from the amaranth, nuts, chia seeds, or whatever else you might add.

I thought I would point this out to you or other oat lovers. If you have problems absorbing iron, this would be something important to look at. : )

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374 Rosemarie December 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

That was a fitting tribute to the nutritious, affordable and easy-to-prepare oatmeal.
I have just discovered this morning that oatmeal porridge is also helpful in recycling and drowning out the loads of sweetness of the leftover nanaimo bar mixed into it.

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375 Madison @Peanut Butter Lover January 2, 2012 at 8:10 am

Love this page. I have oatmeal almost every morning!

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376 Kate January 2, 2012 at 9:03 am

Thanks for making oatmeal so much fun!

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377 Teri January 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I’m dumbstruck. I’ll have to bookmark this page just to read through it later! Fantastic.

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378 Darlene January 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Hi there! I just found your oatmeal tribute. WOW! Love all these ideas. I made a variation of your Whipped Banana Oatmeal with ingredients I had on hand. It was yummy! Thanks so much. I blogged about it here http://www.morefussandfeathers.blogspot.com

I will definitely try more of your recipes (with the correct ingredients!) Thanks again!

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379 Leah E. February 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm

i’m so in LOVE with oatmeal and this page!!

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380 Shannon March 1, 2012 at 8:43 am

My new favorite is steel cut oats, blueberries, a dollop of low-fat ricotta cheese, a smear of peanut butter, and some maple pecan granola sprinkled on top. Delish!

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381 Kati March 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I just made oatmeal from scratch for the first time using your recipe, it was so yummy! Thanks!

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382 Kathleen March 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I find that KERF oatmeal is one of the few things that keeps me full all morning. It never ceases to amaze me how satisfying it is.

For people who don’t feel like they have time to cook and eat: Buy one of those mini thermoses (the one-cup ones), fill it with boiling water and let it heat up. In the meantime bring the oats, banana, and liquids to a boil. When they boil, empty the thermos and fill it with the hot oat mixture. When you get to school or work just stir it well to blend in the banana and it’s ready to eat. You can bring the chia/flax/toppings in a separate little container. If you’re really in a hurry to leave in the morning, don’t even bother washing your pot. Fill it with soap and hot water and leave it in the sink. It’s easy to wash later on!

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383 Oatmealy April 3, 2012 at 6:45 am

Am I the only one that needs to ask this question? The recipe tells you to “whip” the oatmeal. I’m not sure what the quotations mean, but my main question here is with what?? A hand mixer? a fork? a whisk?

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384 KathEats April 3, 2012 at 7:57 am

Whatever you normally stir your oatmeal with – a wooden spoon, a spatula. In this case whip just means stir with vigor

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385 ruchi April 4, 2012 at 6:27 am

Indianised version by my mother

1 cup milk
1 cup water
? tsp salt
¾ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup almond/walnut pieces
1 cup “old-fashioned” oats
¼ cup raisins
Jaggery for sweetening (iron)

-In a medium saucepan, bring the milk, water, salt, cinnamon, vanilla and nut pieces to a low boil.

-Fry oats on a pan separetely till crisp.
Add the oats in the saucepan, stir and reduce the heat to medium-low.

-Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, adding the raisins during the last minute of cooking time.

-Once the oats are soft and the oatmeal is your desired consistency, remove from heat and let it stand for 5 minutes.

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386 Kristen April 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I just want to say I LOVE the banana oatmeal. Holy cats man, that stuff is delicious. It is my new favorite thing. It was my gateway yum to oatmeal – I had never made it myself before. I eat lots of whole grains but for some reason oatmeal was not one of them, now it is! I crave that banana oatmeal for a midday snack. The only change I made was after the first two times making it, I tried it without any brown sugar. I’ve made it four times without the sugar now and have not missed it. The bananas make it sweet enough. I top it with the cinnamon, strawberries and walnuts and it is unbelievably good. THANKS!!

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387 Donna April 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I recently discovered your blog and I love it! I especially thank you for your Tribute to Oatmeal. You have completely changed how I look at oats and I have already made several recipes and variations of your recipes, all wonderful! I had done overnight oats before but your smoothies in a bowl?? Never heard of that before and it is simply brilliant. I love just seeing what I have on hand, what my mood is and making some new variation of yummy oats every time.

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388 KathEats April 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Thanks and welcome Donna!

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389 sheona April 28, 2012 at 6:24 am

Hi Kath
I absolutely love your blog, I now look forward to reading it everyday! And I am getting all my friends hooked :)
I was just wondering- what are all the yummy brown toppings on your porridge?
Are they nut butters?

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390 KathEats April 28, 2012 at 6:26 am

They are! All different kinds

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391 Pam April 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Kath,
You have the best looking bowls of oats ever!
I’m sure you already know that, but they are really so pretty to look at. I wish I could grab a bowl off the screen and eat :)
Pam

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392 KathEats April 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm
393 Pam April 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Do you serve your KathEats oats at Great Harvest? I’m sure so many people would love a bowl, I would stop in just for that if I lived nearby.

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394 KathEats April 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm

We don’t have the means to make oatmeal on the stovetop, but that would be one fun item to have!

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395 MALINA April 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm

so you not only love oatmeal but also a variety of bowls and spoons. hmmm very interesting!

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396 Wednesday May 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm

this is one of the first pages i saw, and i was shocked. i’ve always liked oatmeal but you made me adore it, truly. all these things you’ve done with them, i didn’t even think was possible. you have a gift.
just for this page alone, i really want to give you a hug.

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397 eni May 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm

omg love oatmeal.thanks for this treat!
great blog as well,adding it on my blog list:)

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398 Jordan May 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Thank you so much for the amazing video tutorial on how to make whipped banana oats. I actually made them for dinner tonight and my brother loved them so much that he was literally licking the bowl. I assured him that I can make them again any time because of how easy they are, not to mention delicious. A question: the recipe says 1/3 cup oats; is this for one person or two?

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399 KathEats May 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Glad you liked them! 1/3 cup is for one!

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400 Mia June 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I thought I was crazy for thinking of putting little angel food cake pieces with strawberries and cream in my oatmeal, but hey, if you put a whole piece of cake in there, I guess the options are endless!! Lol! nice blog and tribute! :)

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401 Nicole June 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Everything looks so delicious. This excites me about eating healthy food!

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402 Molly June 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

I never really know what to make in the morning, which often results in me eating a bowl of Cheerios or grabbing an English muffin. I’d experimented with oatmeal, but couldn’t get it “just right” with any consistency.

So I bought chia seeds and tried your recipe out– perfection. Thanks a lot! :)

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403 Steve June 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

i posted this elsewhere, but maybe more people will see it here:

“I was thinking of adding some dark chocolate chips to the overnight oatmeal. i was wondering how much should be added though. i have read an ounce of dark chocolate a few times a week can be heart healthy, though the one ounce is arbitrary because there doesn’t seem to be a magic number. eating too much becomes bad for your health. anyone have any idea?

a handful, half a handful? less than that?”

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404 KathEats June 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Steve, this depends on your needs. I’d go with just a little – a few tbsp at most

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405 Steve June 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Kath, thanks for the quick reply once again. its not really a need, as much as just a way to mix up what to put in the oatmeal every morning. i figured, well if chocolate can be heart healthy why not throw in a few chips every now and then.

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406 KathEats June 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Sure, I’ve done it before!

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407 Steve June 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Kath, you’ve been so wonderful and polite with your responses. I was curious, which brand of chia seeds do you buy and how often do you find yourself buying them?

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408 KathEats June 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I buy them from chiaseedsdirect.com – 1-2 lbs at a time -which means I only buy them maybe twice a year

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409 Little Sis June 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I can honestly say that oatmeal has been a keystone in my own personal real food revolution. So versatile, so delicious, and on your page also beautiful. I need to work on my photography skills – your shots are so fabulous and truly convey the deliciousness that real food has to offer. Anybody who has a tribute to oatmeal is AOK in my book. :-)

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410 KathEats June 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

:) Thanks!

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411 Vidya June 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Simply love this! :) Your pics and recipes for oatmeal are so creative!

I know what I am going to have for dinner tonight :)

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412 Delishhh July 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I just found this post and i had no idea there were other folks that put banana and chia seed in oatmeal – i thought i was the only crazy one. I also put walnuts and raising, cinnamon and coconut in mine. And the great thing is that once your little one comes, you actually produce more milk when you eat oatmeal. The days i do not i can tell a difference. Love this post! One of my favorites out there.

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413 Lauren July 25, 2012 at 8:11 am

I just want to say that this page is what inspired me to begin reading your blog years ago. Anyone who shares my oatmeal obsession is someone I want to follow! So awesome!

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414 Emily July 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

I just made your whipped banana oatmeal this morning after having read about it for ages on your blog.

Oh…my…

Yum.

Delicious.

I might have this every day for the rest of my life.

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415 Ilse August 4, 2012 at 2:33 am

thank you for your video on oatmeal! I recently changed my breakfast to oatmeals but struggled with making it right, you video was a great help

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416 Edith August 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Excuse my language but that’s oatmeal porn…..they all look so good!!!!!

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417 MommyPage August 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I loved watching your video. It was a lot of fun to see how you make oatmeal. All of your oatmeal dishes look incredible. I love the variety!!

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418 Lucy August 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

I used to eat packaged oatmeal before school everyday. Never again! Kath, your oatmeal was a million times better! It was super sweet (which I love) and healthier! The extra fiber and protein kept me full all of the way to lunch. I also love the nut butter on the spoon idea. I’ve started doing it with my cold cereals too! My only problem is that kerf oatmeal takes considerably more effort than just throwing something in the microwave. I’m worried I’ll go back to my old ways out of convenience once school starts. Do you think I could make a big batch on Sunday? How would you store and reheat it?

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419 KathEats August 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Yup – you totally can. You just have to add some liquid back when you reheat it. In fact, this is a great idea for baby time that I should remember too!

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420 Meg August 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

OH MAN ! I tried your recipe and it tasted AMAZING ! The banana gave it the taste of those chinese deep fried bananas in caramel !!1
Thank you so much for the recipe ! love you (:

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421 Diana @ Eating Made Easy September 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I eat oatmeal every morning so I really appreciate all this inspiration!

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422 Mary September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I was wondering, what are your thoughts on flax seed and the omegan 3 fat in it? Does it turn into omega 6 fat when exposed to heat? For example, if I baked some muffins with some flax seed inside, would the omega 3s turn to omega 6?? Thanks!

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423 Suzanne Holt September 28, 2012 at 11:25 pm

I love your oatmeal recipe! I have never added banana, but whipping that in sounds so yummy. Maybe it will even get my kids to eat their oats! Thanks for sharing!!

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424 Emilie September 29, 2012 at 6:29 am

Thank you so much for this recipe! I tried it this morning and loved the texture! I added some Banana Muesli and a spoonful of Peanut Butter to make it the perfect fuel for my day.

Looking forward to reading your blog a bit more!

Emilie
live.eat.smile.

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425 Josiane October 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

OMG!! I JUST WANT THAT SPOON!!!!!!!

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426 Djuan Means October 4, 2012 at 9:27 am

As an old fashioned oatmeal junkie this post is quite awesome to me. I’ll be spicing up the routine a bit! Great recipes and ideas!!

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427 Leslie November 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

I just tried making (and eating) your whipped oats for the first time and they were heavenly! I am in love and think I have found my new favorite breakfast! Thanks so much for sharing Kath!

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428 John Buckley November 16, 2012 at 9:10 am

Amazing oatmeal. I am inspired. Thanks!

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429 Dan @ NYC Healer November 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

Very creative, indeed. “Tribute To Oatmeal” is an understatement…

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430 kalamckala December 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm

This is the greatest montage of oatmeal I have ever seen! The best breakfast ever does deserve it’s own page – a homepage tab, at that. I love knowing that there are other people out there that feel the same way about those little oats as I do!

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431 Devon M January 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm

My twin sister and I have recently stumbled across your blog and have fallen in love with your entire collection of oatmeal recipes. We decided we are going down the page and making all of your favorites! Just this morning we made a greek yogurt parfait and topped it with toasty multigrain bread, chai seeds, and peanut butter. It was delicious. Such a genius idea we never would of thought to do ourselves. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas with the rest of the blog world. I could not help but let you know that people like you show just how easy it is to eat healthy, nutritious foods. We can’t wait to hear what new oatmeal bowl you come up with next. Oatmeal is one of the greatest foods known to mankind. We LOVE it.

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432 KathEats January 13, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Thanks so much Devon!

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433 365daysfitblog February 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

thank you for all this great suggestions …. i love oats and will try a lot of this recepies!

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434 Dao Ming Choi February 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Oats has been part of my daily diet for 3 years now and I’m loving it! I have no regrets!

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435 Anastasija March 12, 2013 at 8:39 am

Your blog is truly great! the pictures are so bright and baby is so cute to look at! I was really wondering about two things: I am not able to buy where i leave any chea seeds do they really change the taste or texture? and second one: where do you get such a beautiful spoons?? I was searching for anything of that kind for years now and couldn’t find anywhere (event on the internet)! Can you please share where it is possible to buy those?
Great blog, looking forward to next oatmeal and overnight oats recipes ! :)

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436 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

They really do change the texture, but no so much the taste. You can find them online, and they are becoming more mainstream in grocery stores too. Most of my iced tea spoons were my grandmother’s! Check antique stores? They can be expensive though. You can find less intricate iced tea spoons online – I love the long handle!

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437 Emily March 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

WOW…I just made your Kath Classic Oats and they are divine…seriously!! Thank you for all of these delicious oatmeal recipes! :)

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438 Clare Burgess March 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I salute you Kath. Your devotion to all things oaty is absolutely mind-blowing! I have recently started a blog and am looking forward to telling people about your amazing site. I haven’t even got any further than the basic whipped banana addition, which I think is lovely. I just have that with more fruit and some yogurt on top. Delicious. Btw have you ever tried pinhead oats? My apologies if they’ve been referred to here and I missed it. They’re really nice, quite a different texture and nutty. I mix them with rolled oats and let them cook a bit longer than usual. Nice. Anyway well done Kath – you are undoubtedly the oat queen!

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439 Joao March 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Kath,
I’m a huge fan of your blog and even more of the oatmeals ! However, I Always had a GIANT doubt: oatmeal its engordative? I know that every food which you eat in excess can acumulate fat, but oatmeal has a lot of calories and your delicious recipes includes some ingredientes as nuts or peanut butter that also contribute to increase the calorical amount… I’m very active (love gym, cycling, running and swimming…) but I would like that you explain to me how oatmeal fits in your diet and if its possible the nutritional info of a bowl, because sometimes I do a miserable oatmeal with 3 spoons of rolled oats and milk, afraiding that if I improve my breakfast I could exceed my daily amount of calories…

Thank you and congratulations !!!

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440 Healthy Grocery Girl April 10, 2013 at 7:56 pm

YUM! Beautiful pictures! And I LOVE oatmeal too! So many delicious ways to make it, so healthy & so tasty.

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441 Ian April 14, 2013 at 6:23 am

Oatmeal is one of my all time favorite breakfast foods. It is simple but versatile just as you have shown with that remarkable array of photos and recipes. You can have it uncooked, soaked overnight or cooked into porridge. My preferred option is to use them straight, uncooked into the bowl. By adding some yoghurt and fruit in season – often a banana, some blueberries and say a sliced peach or a plum topped with a little skim – you have a quick low GI breakfast.

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442 Lorin April 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Hi,
Sorry silly question probably but where are the recipes for all the pics? I can’t click on the individual pic of the oatmeal…

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443 KathEats April 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

They aren’t all linked. Some have posts linked and others are just photos, unfortunately

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444 Nikki April 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I eat oatmeal everyday, usually with almond butter or maple syrup in these colder months but now it’s getting warmer I’m definitely going to try all the recipes with fruit…and possibly even oatmeal with an egg on top, could be interesting.

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445 Kate April 28, 2013 at 3:44 am

Hi Kath-

Love your site! Quick question about your “Eggy Oats.” Is it best to add the egg in the beginning or closer to the end? Have you ever used just the egg whites? I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for all your recipes- they really are wonderful and inspiring!

Thanks again,
Kate

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446 KathEats April 28, 2013 at 6:14 am

Add it at the end! I learned this the hard way recently. Just whites are fine too

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447 Karissa Valles May 25, 2013 at 12:27 am

These oats look so good! What fun and creative ways to eat oatmeal, Thanks!

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448 Jess July 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Hey Kath! Sending a long overdue thanks to you and your tribute to oatmeal :) I ate the standard American diet for most of my youth, until your blog helped me get excited about healthy eating when I was 17. I started with oatmeal and slowly began to love all kinds of healthy, real food. Over 1000 hearty breakfasts later, I’m 22 years old and taking my passion for nutrition with me to med school. Thanks for the inspiration, all the best!
Jess

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449 Eliza, The Clean Green Girl July 8, 2013 at 4:52 pm

This is the most fantastic ode to oatmeal I have ever seen! Coming from an oatmeal enthusiast myself, you have give the best breakfast a whole new meaning and shown what creativity can do. I eat oatmeal every morning but find myself to stick with the same ingredients. This will certainly help as I try to spruce up my bowl a bit. Thanks so much for sharing!

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450 Justin July 14, 2013 at 8:45 am

I love oatmeal and thats a huge variety of different flavors! I would image the carrot, raisin, walnut muffin to be a heart warmer….mmm

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451 Evan July 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Thanks for an AMAZING post on oatmeal, the world’s best breakfast. It blows my mind how few people choose oatmeal as their breakfast option and instead go with sugary cereal or toast and butter. It takes as long to prepare an oatmeal breakfast as it does to wait for the bread to toast and the oatmeal is exponentially healthier than sugary cereal. I hope lots of people come by this post to see how delicious oatmeal can be made because I’m sure the average person pictures oatmeal to be some boring and bland breakfast.

Thanks!

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452 Rana September 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Hi Kathy,
I am very impressed with this blog. I really love it. I came upon your website while looking for eggs and oatmeal pancake, Love the recipe and video, I will probably try it this weekend. I really love this page on all the ways you can eat oatmeal, I wasn’t raised in the states so oatmeal was never part of our diet, so it was really impressive to see everything you can do with it but now I am very excited to try every single one of these. I am on a diet now lost 30lbs so far and still have 60 to go.. but once I get back to my ideal weight I’ll be trying all these nutritional recipes that you have… Great job!!! Nice blog!!! Thank you!
Rana

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453 erin September 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

Thanks for all these wonderful oatmeal pictures!

I have been eating Irish oatmeal every morning for over a year but it has always been the same combination: a packet of stevia and some pumpkin pie spice. It is so good that it’s hard for me to think about changing the routine, but given all these options, I just may!

Thanks for this website and keep up the great work!

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454 catalin manea September 26, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Nice, I have to try something like that, I’m bored of just oatmeal and protein powder mixed together, so boring..

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455 Ana October 9, 2013 at 3:20 am

Hi Kath!! I’m a Spanish teenager, so sorry if my english is not correct at all. This is the first time i try oatmeals as it isn’t very popular in Spain and eventhough i’m not at cooking, i just fell in love!!! I made them as un you recipe, with banana, and they were incredible; so first of all thank you very much! One thing i’d like to ask you is if i can also have them for dinner. I’m a very thin girl, as i had eating problems and also I come from a thin family (which i think also influences in my metabolism). Now i’m in a low wieght and i’m trying to gain some, combining with muscles routine. Do you think having them for dinner would be a good idea for me? Thank you very much and congratulations for your blog, it’s great!

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456 Jordan Younger October 18, 2013 at 10:22 am

Kath… I just had to stop in to say, you are AMAZING. Your site is so hugely inspirational to me. Not only are the recipes wonderful and innovative but the site design is beautiful. I just created a blog roll on my site and (of course) added you to it, so I have been clicking on your page frequently in the last few days and have found myself astonished at the passion and detail that is put into all of your posts. Keep on being awesome, darling!

ALSO… we have the same last name. How awesome is that?! Maybe related somewhere down the line…? Ya never know ;)

xo

Jordan (The Blonde Vegan)

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457 Haley L October 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

I LOVE OATMEAL! This is the best page, I can’t wait to try your whipped banana oatmeal!
Thanks!

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458 Kathryn November 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I tried this today for breakfast and it was SO delicious! Thanks for sharing

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459 Jess November 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

I stumbled upon your blog yesterday and love it! As a new-ish (2-years) resident of Cville it’s great to see how you have embraced this City! I tried the oatmeal recipe this morning and it was fabulous! My 11-month old loved it too. Thanks so much and keep up the great work! See you around!

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460 KathEats November 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

Hi Jess!! Hope to see you around too!

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461 Caiti November 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Kath, from a fellow oatmeal lover, your pictures are actually inspiring. But I have one question: I am seeing multiple concoctions that look like nut butters, and I was wondering what kinds you use. I’ve tried peanut butter, but am not actually the biggest fan and am hoping for some other ideas. Thank you!!!

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462 KathEats November 14, 2013 at 6:23 am

Almond butters of different flavors and sunflower butters!

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463 Caiti November 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Thank you!

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464 Molly December 4, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Why do you use 1/3 cup of oats instead of 1/2 cup?

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465 KathEats December 5, 2013 at 7:44 am

Because I often add toppings like granola

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466 Katie December 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

How do you find all the recipes without titles, not under the categories oatmeal smoothies and overnight oats? They look delicious I really want to find them! When I click on the pictures of them, the recipe doesn’t show up :(

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467 Heather December 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I also am having trouble accessing the recipes. When I click on the picture, a recipe does not show up. The pictures all look so delicious and I would love to try them!

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468 MinnieBinnie January 6, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Hi Kath, happy new year. :-) I stumbled upon your site while looking up sleep training info for my little Chloe. I started off reading your entries on berf (you have a gorgeous boy!) and somehow ended up here. Just wanted to say I really enjoyed reading all your baby and non-baby postings and got a lot out of your wonderful recipes. Even your oatmeals are very creative! My favourite oats are cooked with a hint of cardamom seeds and served with fresh oranges and orange blossom honey. :-)

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469 Frajes January 20, 2014 at 2:36 am

Hello Kath! Oatmeal is one of my favorite, I have actually mention it in my blog as a very nutritious meal. Especially for those who tend to have hard time falling asleep.

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470 Steph February 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Hi Kath!

I found you and your wonderful blog through your Baby KERF blog! I absolutely love your outlook on pregnancy, parenting and FOOD!

I love oatmeal, and eat it almost daily – but mine is nothing like what you make! So I really want to try your recipe! I had a quick question for you though – I am allergic to bananas :( so I was wondering if I could just leave the banana’s out of the recipe, or maybe add something else to replace the bananas!

Thank you!

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471 KathEats February 19, 2014 at 3:51 pm

How about pumpkin?!

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472 SerendibBeginnings March 3, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Hi, totally love this page. I am a fan of oatmeal in all its glory as well! Great work!

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473 Heather April 19, 2014 at 11:25 am

Can u make the whipped banana oatmeal in bulk (like 3 breakfasts worth) if i refrigerate it then, heat it up again the next morning?

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474 KathEats April 19, 2014 at 11:59 am

Yup! Just use a little extra milk when reheating

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475 Steve July 3, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Absolutely agree…Oatmeal is the world’s greatest breakfast. I have it everyday with different kinds of Oatmeals. But, not as much as what you have shown in those pictures. I wonder how you have come up with so many ideas for breakfast. Amazing…great post.

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476 Stephenie July 14, 2014 at 9:35 am

I love oatmeal too. I eat oatmeal every day for breakfast or anytime when I am hungry between meals. I am amazed that you can make so many different mixes with oatmeal. Thanks for the great ideas. I will try some of your ideas next time.

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