Gingerbread + Snowconut

December 6, 2009

I had to do a double take this morning to make sure this frost wasn’t snow!! Our grass is usually GREEN (or BROWN) but not white!

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I made a supercharged holiday bowl of oatmeal just for OPRAH this morning!

Deck The Blog, Deck The Oats

Gingerbread Oatmeal with Freshly Fallen Snowconut

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I started with  Scottish oatmeal

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…and added some frozen ripe bananas because we’re all out of fresh! Good to know this worked perfectly (as I found out in my food science experiment last spring)

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And the special gingerbread topping was two Biscoff cookies that Sarah (and her sister!) got for me!!! Thanks ladies!!

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The Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup Scottish oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • ~1/2 frozen banana slices
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Combine all in pot, crank heat to medium and stir until all liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes total.


  • 1 crumbled Biscoff, 1 for eating plain :)
  • ~2 tsp coconut snow
  • Spoonful of Barney Butter 

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Peppermint creme coffee!

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Lots fun stuff planned for today:

  • Yoga with Emily
  • Xmas tree!? + decorating
  • A final Real Food Consultation (I’m closing these out for the year, but I hope they’ll be back when I’m a REAL R.D. soon!)
  • Some singing (currently loving "Popular" from Wicked!)
  • A recipe to be developed involving mac and cheese

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1 Biz December 6, 2009 at 10:33 am

Have a fun day! Decorating is on my agenda too. 😀


2 Food Makes Fun Fuel December 6, 2009 at 10:35 am

Such seasonal oats :-)
Cant wait to hear of this mac n cheese recipe. I scored a box of Whole Wheat Back to Nature brand yesterday for 66 cents


3 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 6, 2009 at 10:36 am

Ooh! I didn’t know that you could order Biscoff cookies!

Or did they just get them on a plane and save them for you? Hmm…

Have fun decorating! Love those frosty yard pics :-)


4 Kath December 6, 2009 at 10:38 am

You can buy them at Walgreens!


5 sarah (ghost world) December 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm

i found them at harris teeter (supermarket in NC)!


6 Karla December 6, 2009 at 10:37 am

I should keep some frozen ripe bananas in the freezer at all times. Today my oatmeal was banana-less because they weren’t ripe enough. Sad day!


7 Erin December 6, 2009 at 10:37 am

That is so pretty — looks warm and delicious! :)


8 candice December 6, 2009 at 10:39 am

Frosty grass makes me really sad. It’s like fake snow… it disappoints me. :( On the other hand, I love the snowconut in your oats! I need to go and buy some sweetened coconut, or sweetened coconut shavings, or something to celebrate the snow that just got dumped yesterday o_o


9 Susan December 6, 2009 at 10:44 am

The first snowfall of the year is always my fave – so pretty! Here’s hoping you get yours soon!


10 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 6, 2009 at 10:46 am

I love the name of this post! What a beautiful bowl of oats!


11 Lindsay December 6, 2009 at 10:49 am

Oooh gingerbread and coconut! Your oatmeal bowls always look just as pretty as (i’m sure they) taste 😀


12 Kristen December 6, 2009 at 10:49 am

Perfect weather for getting a Christmas tree! It was cold down here in Wilmington this morning but you keep that frosty snowconut up there! We aren’t ready for that yet! Try to stay warm! :)


13 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 6, 2009 at 10:54 am

POPUUUUULAR!! I secretly looked out the window this morning hoping to see some now :)


14 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 6, 2009 at 10:55 am



15 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) December 6, 2009 at 10:55 am

Gingerbread and coconut are two of my favorite flavors! I enjoyed some gingerbread spice tea and a Quaker delights coconut granola bar before bed last night :-)


16 Courtney December 6, 2009 at 11:11 am

Really pretty post this morning. The gingerbread oatmeal and the frosty grass are just perfect for December!

adventures in tri-ing


17 emptynutjar December 6, 2009 at 11:28 am

Is there anything you can’t do? Care to switch lives? :)


18 Cole December 6, 2009 at 11:30 am

Mmm…Biscoff in oatmeal looks delicious.
And frosty mornings like that are wonderful. They definitely help to get into the holiday spirit.


19 Cait (Cait's Plate) December 6, 2009 at 11:31 am

I remember waking up as a kid and seeing frost and mistaking it for snow then being bummed it wasn’t a snow day. haha.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your holiday oats! I love gingerbread but I’ve never tried it with coconut…i see an experiment in my future. Haha.

I hope you get to decorate today! I barely made it until the end of November before I had to get my tree up!


20 Light Delight with TouTou December 6, 2009 at 11:40 am

The bowl is so pretty 😀 I like it!


21 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) December 6, 2009 at 11:44 am

What a festive breakfast! I love that bowl as well. Ginger is the perfect addition to most holiday baked goods.


22 Anna December 6, 2009 at 11:48 am

I love the Wicked soundtrack! Its such a great car CD to sing along to.
I have to content myself for the frost covered grass – which happens quite a bit, but actual snow… not so much (ie once every 7 years or so). I will admit, your post gave me hope that maybe THIS would be the year that we’d see a tiny bit of snow out here.


23 Alison December 6, 2009 at 11:48 am

the deck the blog posts
are going great!
i’m so excited you’re posting for OPRAH~!
i LOVE gingerbread breakfasts –
pancakes, fruit & yogurt, toast, lattes,
whatever –
have you tried adding chopped up
crystalized ginger?
the bite is so reminiscent of
the brisk frost and the christmas potpourri…
and the ginger molasses cookies of course. :)


24 Jo Stockton December 6, 2009 at 11:49 am

Peppermint creme coffee?! Your breakfast looks festive and delicious.


25 mary ann December 6, 2009 at 11:51 am

So I was thinking about how I cook rice, and often toast the uncooked rice in a little bit of butter or evoo before adding the liquid to bring out the nuttiness of the rice. I was wondering if you could do this with scottish/irish oats too, I just love the texture that toasting it brings out in my rice and thought this could be a fun experiement!


26 Kath December 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm



27 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 6, 2009 at 11:55 am

It sure it looking a lot like Christmas! The first frost/snow is always exciting, but I think it gets old pretty fast. 😉


28 valerie December 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

Kath, I love the bowl in the pics. Where did you get it? Thanks! Valerie


29 Kath December 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm



30 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans December 6, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I love the “snow” in your oats! Good luck on the Christmas tree hunt!


31 Jamie December 6, 2009 at 12:25 pm

such a festive pretty bowl of oats… love it!


32 Mama Pea December 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Come on, Oprah or no Oprah, you would have had those oats anyway :) You should try the Glee version of “Defying Gravity” from Wicked. I’m obsessed.


33 christie @ honoring health December 6, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Our yard was the same way this morning. I had to de-ice my car before I could go anywhere. Good thing I left home early!

oats look great!!


34 Sarah December 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

We’re decorating too today, don’t know if we’re up to the tree yet though. We’re still making garlands for the living room!


35 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 6, 2009 at 12:51 pm

i am totally going to buy a bag of shredded coconut – it just looks so festive


36 Neal December 6, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I LOVE the photo of the oatmeal and coffee! The steam of the coffee combined with the holiday colors of the bowl are terrific.

I also LOVE holiday coffee! May I suggest the Archer Farms (Target brand) Peppermint and Chocolate coffee? Pure bliss.

Happy Holidays~


37 Lee December 6, 2009 at 1:03 pm

I love Defying Gravity from Wicked. Do you know that one?


38 Kath December 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Yes yes!! Love it


39 Amanda December 6, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Kath, now you’ve got to get to NYC to see Wicked (once you finish the book) The play is amazing!!

I just got an iphone yesterday and was wondering if you might include a little blurb about some tips/tricks/suggestions and some of your fav apps? I am loving all of the features, but feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the possibilities :)


40 Kath December 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm

We’re going in January! To NYC that is, for a wedding. I hope we can see Wicked – perhaps get last minute tickets for Saturday night? (The wedding is Sunday). It’s coming here in May though, so we might just wait for that.


41 Kath December 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm

PS. Apps I like: TweekDeck, Pandora, Spend, Weather Channel,, Around Me, Seafood Watch, Movies


42 Cynthia (It All Changes) December 6, 2009 at 1:07 pm

I love the look of fresh fallen snow.


43 sarah (ghost world) December 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm

i am honored that the cookies had something to do with OPRAH :) my sister will be so happy, too!


44 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) December 6, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I know I’m a little bit on the late train but….congrats on OPRAH! Very exciting for you, and definitely well deserved!!!


45 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 6, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I have white grass all around me. It’s so pretty :)
And so is your breakfast! Delicious.


46 Pam December 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Good lookin brekkie!

Just bought some peppermint coffee meself!



47 Lauren @ eater not a runner December 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm

That is such a pretty breakfast! I love your red and white dishes :-)


48 Jenna December 6, 2009 at 2:05 pm

that bowl of oats looks so good! i love the colors of the bowl and mug, so christmas-y :)


49 Simply Life December 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm

What a seasonal breakfast – looks great!


50 Marissa December 6, 2009 at 2:49 pm

What a perfect holiday breakfast! That coffee sounds really good!


51 Tania @ Moment Anew December 6, 2009 at 3:20 pm

OMG, talk about walking in an oatmeal wonderland! :)


52 Amanda @ the Hungry Wanderers December 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Can’t wait to hear about the mac n cheese recipe! Wish I could have been at yoga this morning!


53 Kath December 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm

We missed you!


54 Sheila | Live Well 360° December 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Have a great day decorating!

Girl, I give you props. I am posting a food journal through Dec 24th and it’s a lot of work. I have a new appreciation for your efforts.

iPhone apps… My favorites are: Grocery iQ, Tweetie 2, Pandora, Trip Cubby (for tracking miles for the biz expenses), Shazam (what song is this?), Pano (for taking easy panoramic pics), Cheap Gas, iHandy Level, and… my husband loves the game called Nut Chuckin (squirrels). lol.


55 Lisa @bakebikeblog December 6, 2009 at 4:04 pm

oooh those festive oats look AMAZING!! It is summer over here – so I am not really craving warm breakfasts at the moment! I miss my oatmeal!


56 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty December 6, 2009 at 4:31 pm

I am soooo in love with your bowl!! I love cherry blossoms!


57 Tamzin December 6, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Ooooooo your breakfast sure looks yummy! I love the bowl so pretty x x


58 Stacey December 6, 2009 at 6:29 pm

I thought it was snow too! I woke up at 7 to take the dog out and I was like OMG…but then I realized it was just frost 😀 I can’t believe it’s been so chilly this weekend. My hands are freezing!!!! Happy singing :)


59 Jenn (www. ) December 6, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Love that bowl. It reminds me of a red robin sitting in snow. :) The oats look great! I have to try Scottish oats sometime.



60 Jess of Veg Out! December 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Yum! This post just made me want to make gingerbread oatmeal… Like, immediately. Great idea!

I love that bowl, too! So pretty.


61 Sana December 6, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I am kinda excited for this mac&cheese! Its my fav dish everrr!


62 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 6, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I loooooove mac n cheese!


63 Lindsay Perrone December 6, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Kath–where the hell can I find you on Oprahs website? I briefly looked through the eating part but apparently my eyes are failing me. ADORABLE oatmeal presentation. Doing good lady.


64 Kath December 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm

It’s complicated!!

Food –> Party Planning –> Deck The Blogs –> Page 2

(I came up with the title and she used it on the whole site!!)


65 Maria (realfitmama) December 6, 2009 at 8:34 pm

I’m a little behind this weekend – CONGRATS on Oprah. SUPER EXCITING! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and following you on twitter and you are so inspiring to me. I’m currently training to run my first marathon. I’ve given myself one full year to train because I just recently really got into running. Your blog and tweets keep me on target and give me great ideas for food. I LOVE THE OATMEAL TODAY!! I’m an oatmeal FREAK! I eat it EVERY morning in a million different ways. Keep it up girl!!


66 Meagan December 6, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I love your seasonal oatmeal!! (For a full gingerbread expererience look out for Saratoga Peanut Butter “Catch me if you can”… I invented it!! :-P)
Hope you had a great dayyyy! 😀


67 Kate December 7, 2009 at 2:35 am

Soooo jealous of the cold…living in SoCal, we don’t have the remote possibility of snow!


68 Rona December 7, 2009 at 5:35 am

Read this yesterday and thought of you!
How about you coming to Scotland (the home of porridge) and entering the World Porridge Making Championships? Happy to show you around the fair city of Edinburgh!


69 Kath December 7, 2009 at 8:52 am

You know I would love to come!! If someone would sponsor my trip….Quaker? Bob’s Red Mill??!


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