Chalk Talk

March 28, 2011



Felt like blending up a smoothie this morning – I love blended oats!


Note the fabulous speckled texture:


Oat Dough

For TWO smoothies

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup raw rolled oats
  • 1 cup plain kefir
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Pinch salt
  • Splash vanilla extract
  • Sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • Toppings: Lynda’s granola (man I wish I hadn’t eaten all the clusters so quickly!) and Naturally Nutty Vanilla Chocolate PB (made especially for Great Harvest)


Note my chalkboard glass!!?! Follow me on OpenSky to find out the details soon!


Cup half full:





Have a great one – snow showers predicted or not!

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1 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey March 28, 2011 at 8:21 am

Mmm, doughy oats. Just finished my OOIAJ, thanks to you introducing them to me. They have grown on me, as I wasn’t a fan at first. But, yum!
Love the glass!



2 Holly @ The Runny Egg March 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

I love adding some oats to my smoothies — I first read about it in New Rules of Lifting for Women and I thought it sounded insane — but it adds really great texture!

Those chalk glasses are super cute!


3 Baking 'n' Books March 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Does it make it thicker? Never been a smoothie fan because I prefer thick stuff…and just eating the food 😉 But if it was more like a thick shake or something it’d be more appealing.


4 Colleen (What's Baking in the Barbershop) March 28, 2011 at 8:25 am

Oooh, love the chalkboard glass! So fun! Have a great Monday :)


5 Ashley March 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

Love the grass sticking up out of the glass in the last photo. :) Blended brekkie sounds delish!


6 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 28, 2011 at 10:58 am

I was just about to say the same thing :)


7 Jen @ March 28, 2011 at 8:38 am

The oat dough looks fab! Love the chalkboard glass- too cute! :)


8 Marisa @ Loser for Life March 28, 2011 at 8:39 am

Love the chalkboard glass!


9 Megan @ Loving the little things March 28, 2011 at 8:42 am

Oooh, I love oats, but have never tried blending them in a smoothie. Methinks I should! Yum!

I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog – something fitness related – you should check it out!


10 Christine @ Merf In Progress March 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

I absolutely can’t believe there could be more snow. I’m all for the chilly weather, but not snow!


11 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

The smoothie looks beautiful, but I have no idea how you do cold eats when it’s this cold out. I am freezing! I hope you have a great week!


12 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 28, 2011 at 8:46 am

You could probably make that glass with a bit of chalkboard paint.


13 Jennifer White March 28, 2011 at 8:50 am

I am dying to make blended oats! They look amazing.
Do you blend them while they are hot or after they’ve cooled? If you blend them while hot do you serve them hot as well?
I have roommates and have a hard time making blended items in the morning. I am going to try to start making them at night, so do you think I could make these oats at night? Keep them chilled in the fridge and serve them chilled? Or possibly just throw them in the microwave for a few seconds?


14 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

Keyword being “RAW oats” :)


15 Jennifer White March 28, 2011 at 9:13 am

Oh! That was silly of me. I guess it’s going to be one of those days! Thanks Kath


16 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

LOVE the chalkboard glass! Almost as much as the oat smoothie mm! :)


17 Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

Love all the chalkboards you guys have!! I have always loved that “look” and think it will be awesome in your bakery :)


18 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

Ahhh, love this new chalkboard craze! :)

That smoothie sounds amazing! Great way to defy the snow you got yesterday. 😉


19 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) March 28, 2011 at 8:54 am

I keep meaning to blend my oats – I even write notes to myself to do it, then I forget :( it’s infuriating! Maybe I need a chalkboard too :p


20 Christie {Nourishing Eats} March 28, 2011 at 8:54 am

Those glasses are totally cute!!

Stay warm today! We don’t have any snow in the forecast but it is very cold!


21 [email protected] Sweet Life March 28, 2011 at 8:54 am

Looks so delicious. I LOVE the chalky glass!


22 Kristi @ KristiAteIt March 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

LOVE that glass. Can’t wait to hear some details about it. I woke up wanting a smoothie this morning too…but yours looks much better than mine was!


23 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

MMMmmmm that sounds delicious! Love the glass too! One of my friends just painted an entire wall in her kitchen with chalkboard paint and it looks amazing. I’d love to do it too, but I don’t think it would look right in my house. Have a great day Kath!


24 Lisa Fine March 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

Love the photo of that cat – too cute!

I also love adding raw oats to my smoothies, which I started doing last summer. I’m always amazed by how filling it is to add them in, and nut butter too. Have a great Monday.


25 L.G. March 28, 2011 at 9:05 am

Does blending change the nutritional value of food at all (with smoothies or oats)? (Does the body have to do “less work” because its already been broken down some?)


26 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

It only changes the glycemic index – or how fast it enters the blood. It doesn’t change the nutritional value


27 Natalia - a side of simple March 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

I’m having some doughy oats right now! So tasty. I always feel like I’m eating a cookie batter for breakfast!


28 Joy March 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

How are you eating breakfast outside? It’s chilly willy up here in DC :(


29 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Just photographing! And it was freezing


30 Hannah @ Healthy Whip March 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

I love raw oats in a smoothie, yum! I have a chalk board mug, always fun :)


31 Lesley Lifting Life March 28, 2011 at 9:22 am

That sounds like a fabulous breakfast combination!! :)


32 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather March 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

Such a cute glass! I picked up some pint glasses with a small chalk board on them a while back from world market. I want one of those now!


33 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 28, 2011 at 9:26 am

Mmmm doughy oats! I almost wonder if you added a couple more ingredients if you could bake this into cookies or muffins?

Might be a fun experiment!

I love the chalkboard idea. Would be great for labeling in a blind taste test or with people’s names during a party – FUN!


34 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 28, 2011 at 9:28 am

Sorry accidentally linked to my friend’s blog:) But if you want to hear about her beekeeping adventures check it out!


35 Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

The glass is adorable, so is the cat. Any opensky promos on him? 😉


36 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Haha. Maybe a portrait of him!?


37 Heather March 28, 2011 at 9:36 am

Love the new glass – a great way to help people keep track of their glass at a party!

Enjoy your day.


38 Khushboo March 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

Smoothies blended with oats are so yummy! Top it with some choc chips and presto- choc chip almond butter cookie dough mmmm


39 Toni March 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

I’ve never made a smoothie like this! I’m going to have to try it! I’m assuming that the oats make it really creamy!!

P.S that cat is adorable!! :) Looks just like my mothers cat!


40 Katherine: Unemployed March 28, 2011 at 9:44 am

oh my goodness; I am totally all about that glass! I’ve seen other chalk ones with the label on the side but this is so much better. I wonder if there is a way to devise a DIY one


41 Hope March 28, 2011 at 9:51 am

Those are the best looking oats! So creamy and delicious! I love that glass! It’s so cool that there is chalkboard on the glass! :)


42 MonsteRawr March 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

I freakin’ love those glasses! They’d be fantastic for parties.


43 dee March 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

re: chalkboard glass – Me want! 😛

Mmm… those blended oats looks so good. I will have to try that soon!


44 Jasmine March 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hi Kath,
I was down visiting my sister yesterday and she mentioned that she was going to ask me to go to Great Harvest Alexandria to pick her up some of her favorite bread. I was happy to tell her she would soon have a much closer option in Charlottesville and turned her on to your business site. She was asking for the Spinach Feta bread, I notice it isn’t on your list of favorites. I had thought maybe it was Popeye (it made sense) but then looked that up to find out it was another Spinach bread. Any chance you will be making the Spinach Feta? Also her twins are Rosemary and Olivia and we think you should be able to come up with a great Rosemary Olive bread. Looks like things are going well with the bakery. Good luck to you and Matt.



45 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm

They are slightly different – Popeye has herbs and red pepper and Spinach Feta is just spinach and feta. We don’t have SF on our opening menu, but we will probably do it as a special sometime. And I LOVE the names Rosemary and Olivia!! Rosemary Olive would be a great bread!


46 Estela @ Weekly Bite March 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

Your ‘Oat Dough’ sounds amazing :)

Have a great day!


47 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Are you going to the VDA meeting next week!?


48 Estela @ Weekly Bite March 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I’d really like to go but am not sure yet. It’s going to depend on my husband’s schedule which is always last minute :(

I should know by the end of the week. I’d love to hear Ellyn Satter talk on Sunday morning.

-estela :)


49 Katie March 28, 2011 at 10:21 am

Oat Dough makes a monday much better ; ) yum!

Have a great day Kath!! Im sure it will be a busy one, but productive ; )


50 Victoria March 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

Looks delicious Kath! :)


51 lynn @ the actor's diet March 28, 2011 at 11:04 am

hmmm i am housesitting at a place with a vitamix. might be time for some oat dough!


52 Jac March 28, 2011 at 11:06 am

Oooo. Blended oats? won’t that be… raw-ish?
The cat is just too cute!! No cats visit me though, my dog would bark his head off (while wagging his tail… )


53 Kristina March 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

That is such a great glass – they would be fantastic for parties!


54 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

cool glass idea!


55 Anne @ Baking Me March 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

Cute glass, your breakfast looks very elegant :)


56 Amy March 28, 2011 at 11:46 am

Saddest day Kath! Our local GH closed its doors! :(


57 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Oh noooooo :( where are you?


58 Amy March 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Mishawaka, Indiana. I’m so sad to see them go! They always seemed busy and the farmers’ market booth they had always sold out. Its tough times for small businesses.


59 Laughter-Loving Stacy March 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

Yummy! That smoothie sounds good, I wish I had a blender! :)


60 Abby March 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Ahh love the glass! Too cute!


61 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Love the chalkboard glass!! So cute. I have the regular chalkboard glasses from Pier 1, need to get those now, too! :)


62 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Love the glass! That would be so much fun for parties.


63 stacey March 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

that little kitty has THE sweetest face!!!!! :)


64 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Your smoothies with oats blended in always sound SO good! I need to try it!


65 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day March 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

That sounds so delicious!


66 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I love chalkboard paint! So cute!


67 [email protected] March 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I still need to try blended oats they looks so delicious and doughy!


68 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I love chalkboard anything! It makes everything fun and whimsical!


69 Emily G. March 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Ohh..I HAVVVVVE to know where those glasses came from. They would be PERFECT for mother’s day!..My mom and grandmother always complain about who’s glass is whose..and where their glass in! Love the idea!!


70 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Subscribe! There’s a deal in the making with a glass and vase :)


71 Marina March 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I love your glass, and the company you had for breakfast :)


72 Emily @ Savory and Savage March 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

More snow on the horizon for you? Oh, no :-(

I love the glass with the ‘chalkboard’ bottom – very fun!


73 Lauren Grier ( @ Grier Mountain) March 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Such a cute glass! Need to order a couple:)

I wanted to ask you a silly question about your pictures. The pictures that are somewhat slanted…do you roate the picture in lightroom or do you actually photograph the photo that way? Sorry, random question!


74 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I just angle the camera that way!


75 Kristen, Sweetly March 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I can’t wait for some doughy shake! That glass looks like it would be the perfect party glass. I bought my friend a chalkboard coffee mug; she loved it. But I forgot to ever buy one for me!


76 Namaste Gurl March 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Mmmm, I love cookie dough smoothies… :)


77 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

i love chalkboard decour, especially since I am a teacher!


78 Alaina March 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Love that glass! Sure beats having wine doodles. You can put their name and what type of wine. :-)

I used to think that smoothies wouldn’t leave me full, but your doughy oats may change that!


79 cassie March 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

i must make the oat dough this week.. looks so yummy…. i have most of the ingredients except chia seeds and the kefir… can’t wait to try it..


80 Laura @Foodsnobstl March 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Love those glasses!! I also liked the candle votives from your dinner the other night at the winery. I’m totally stealing that idea.


81 Hannah March 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm

This looks amazing! I’ve never found kefir in Canberra but I can make it with normal soy milk, I’m sure :)


82 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I always eat the granola clusters first too. 😛 I hate it when I’m just left with crumbs at the bottom!


83 lauri ( March 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Oh, that smoothie sounds DELISH! I’m going to plan on making it For breakfast Wednesday! (Already have overnight oats in the fridge for tom 😉 )


84 kelly March 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I made a smoothie like this but mine was very “chalky” I put it in the Vitamix and blended away a bit more, but still very chalky, not smooth at all. Any specifics on how you blend yours?!!!


85 KathEats March 29, 2011 at 7:51 am

Hmmm I really have no idea. You didn’t put any protein powders in it, did you?


86 Serena April 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Oh blended oats! i’ve heard of blended cooked oats but never blended uncooked. mm


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