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September 13, 2010

The return of greatness: Scottish Pumpkin Coconut Crunch

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Ever since I discovered Bob’s Red Mill’s Scottish Oats last year I’ve been thinking about them. They sticky, sweet "blended dough" texture. But every time I reach for a package, I wonder if they are worth the higher price per ounce.

So with my food processor out the other day to make pesto, I decided to whirl some oats and see if I could arrive at the same texture.

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Pretty sure I got it!! It’s basically a bit finer than quick oats. But quick oats have been par-boiled most of the time and so these have a better flavor than they do.

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I used my same proportions (but left out the chia today for texture purposes) and note how creamy they were!

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Another bit of greatness: coconut butter. One of the best food finds of the century!

The texture of coconut butter is highly dependent on temperature of the room. In the summer it’s like a melting bowl of ice cream; in the winter it’s hard as wax. To make it useable, just heat it a bit. I used to microwave it, but since we don’t have one, I just put the whole jar in simmering water for a bit (this is probably a much better method anyways..)

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As it heats, give it a stir and try to incorporate the oils back into the meat (much like you would a natural peanut butter)

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Worked great – I had a drippy liquid after about 5 minutes. This is fabulous on a smoothie in a bowl as "magic shell" because the cold smoothie makes it harden again and clump together.

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To make this bowl the best EVER, I was missing cottage cheese, but it was pretty darn close!

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The Mix

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I have a deal for you at lunch!!

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1 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 13, 2010 at 8:10 am

I love it when I figure out ways to make cheaper versions of things at home! Have you ever tried to make your own coconut butter?

Beautiful pics! Have a great morning!


2 Kath September 13, 2010 at 8:13 am

Nope, not yet


3 Christine September 13, 2010 at 8:22 am

Oh it’s so easy – you should! Granted I’ve never bought the real stuff so I don’t know how it compares – but my $3 bag of coconut yielded about 8 oz of “butter.”


4 sweetersalt September 13, 2010 at 8:11 am

I need to get me some coconut butter. I have yet to try it and am always so jealous!



5 Jessica @ How Sweet September 13, 2010 at 8:12 am

That’s a great way to melt the coconut butter! I always use the microwave too, but this seems better.


6 Hannah September 13, 2010 at 8:12 am

Ahh! I have to try this! I *always* use straight oatbran for my porridge because I prefer the creamier, consistent texture, but oatbran is more expensive than normal rolled oats. I feel like this may help me approximate my bran-love!


7 Stacey September 13, 2010 at 8:13 am

I haven’t seen coconut butter in any store around here :( Your oats look amazing! Oooohhhh, wonder what kind of deal you’ll be bringing us at lunch?? 😉


8 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 13, 2010 at 8:14 am

WOW… this is the first time oats have looked good to me in forever!!
YUM :)


9 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 13, 2010 at 8:15 am

I always see Scottish oats, but have never tried them- this really makes me want to splurge!! That bowl in general looks absolutely AWESOME. And thanks for the coconut butter tip- mine has separated recently, so I’ll definitely be trying that! Hope you have a great Monday!


10 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

Great idea re: the Scottish oats – I only buy the GF oats, but now I could turn them into that texture. Awesome! Thanks for the tip :)


11 Evan Thomas September 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

I’ve never tried pumpkin and coconut, but if it’s anything like sweet potato and coconut I’d bet I’d love the flavor. Must find pumpkin!


12 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

I love the fall colors in your bowl this morning!

With all your pumpkin talk I finally went to the store yesterday, no pumpkin of any kind — not even the expensive organic kind :(


13 Tina September 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

My oats have to be creamy!! I think that looks just perfect without the cottage cheese…probably because cottage cheese is one of the foods I cannot stand.


14 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday September 13, 2010 at 8:21 am

What kind of oats did you put in the food processor?


15 Kath September 13, 2010 at 8:29 am

The usual – rolled


16 Marina September 13, 2010 at 8:22 am

I seriously need to get some pumpkin, some coconut butter, and make that buckwheat granola.
Can’t wait for that lunch :)


17 Seglare (in Copenhagen) September 13, 2010 at 8:23 am

I have never tried coconut butter before (it’s really, really expensive here), but as I keep seeing it on your blog, I really want to try it. Maybe I’ll buy a jar for a birthday present to myself. 😉


18 Kristy@ September 13, 2010 at 8:25 am

I’ve decided i need coconut butter in my life. Looks so good! :)


19 barefootgirl (our first CSA) September 13, 2010 at 8:30 am

looks yummy!

I always blend oats in the food processor… It’s the base to my chocolate chip cookies 😉

now I want a cookie ..


20 Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini September 13, 2010 at 8:30 am

That almost looks like cream of wheat which I LOVE!


21 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 13, 2010 at 8:31 am

I must make that granola, it looks fantastic! :)


22 VeggieGirl September 13, 2010 at 8:34 am

STELLAR breakfast!!!

Let’s make a deal 😉


23 Katie September 13, 2010 at 8:38 am

I don’t think I’ve had oats in months, but I think I’m going to have to break them out soon.


24 emily September 13, 2010 at 8:38 am

Have you noticed any negative effect on the texture (taste, etc) melting/solidifying the entire jar repeatedly?


25 Kath September 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Not at all


26 Heather September 13, 2010 at 8:40 am

I love to blend oatmeal and add it to smoothies – great way to thicken them up and add a little extra fiber and filling power.

Looks like a delicious bowl of oats!


27 alyssa September 13, 2010 at 8:56 am

I’ve been dying to blend my oats! Does it make them cook faster?


28 Kath September 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm



29 Liza @ Health Nutting September 13, 2010 at 8:57 am

MMMMM I need to get me some coconut butteerrrr!!! :) Looks sooo deliciouss!


30 shannon (the daily balance) September 13, 2010 at 9:04 am

pumpkin and coconut – what a combo! 😉


31 Kelly September 13, 2010 at 9:04 am

haha yeah I noticed that my coconut butter doesn’t like it now that it is ‘cool’ outside. Thanks for the microwaving tip! I didn’t even think of that… I thought I’d have to wait til next summer to eat it again. lol


32 Esse September 13, 2010 at 9:07 am

I may have missed this in earlier posts but do you just add the pumpkin right from the can?


33 Kath September 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm



34 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 13, 2010 at 9:10 am

That looks mighty tasty! I need to try some coconut butter. I always thought coconut oil was the same thing! 😮



35 Emily September 13, 2010 at 9:10 am

very interesting oat experiment! did you see the recent iron chef oatmeal battle? alton did a great little explanation of the different oat offerings.


36 Annie@stronghealthyfit September 13, 2010 at 9:16 am

Still dying to try coconut butter but it’s too expensive! Hopefully soon I’ll decide to splurge on it :-)


37 Amanda September 13, 2010 at 9:19 am


I love your blog! I have been following for quite some time now and decided to start my own! I’m just in the beginning stages but already featured Garlic Gold and Kodiak Cakes on there because of you! Thanks for all of your tips, recipes, and advice. Sounds like you’re doing great things!


38 Joanne September 13, 2010 at 9:21 am

Interesting mix. I’m a little unsure on the coconut butter. I think I’ll stick to the same old, same old, PB. But that morning wake up bowl of goodness sure looks appetizing.


39 Elina (Healthy and Sane) September 13, 2010 at 9:22 am

I’ve lost the appeal for oats a little while back (maybe it was the summer heat?) but this bowl really does look marvelous. I want that granola topping!!!


40 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 13, 2010 at 9:22 am

Sounds great, Kath! I’m not a big coconut butter fan, but do you think it would still be good if I were to swap the coconut butter for nut butter? I’ve never tried Scottish Oats either – all this time I thought they were the same as steel-cut. (I’m ashamed to admit this too, being Scottish!!)

Have a great day! :)


41 Kath September 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm

You mean make oatmeal with nut butter instead of coconut butter?! Of course that would taste delicious.


42 Tracy September 13, 2010 at 9:25 am

Kath, that looks amazing! You’ve inspired my breakfast for this morning. 😀


43 Natalia @asideofsimple September 13, 2010 at 9:26 am

What a great idea! I’m definitely going to try to make some homemade scottish oats. I’ve wanted to try them but I didn’t want to buy a bag in case I didn’t like the texture. This saves me the trouble. Thanks Kath!


44 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 13, 2010 at 9:31 am

Looks like a delicious breakfast! What a good idea to try and replicate the texture of more expensive oats at home.


45 hira September 13, 2010 at 9:32 am

ok i need to stop looking at your pictures, or find some rolled oats in torino ASAP. i already miss my almond milk :(


46 Ashley September 13, 2010 at 9:40 am

I’m OBsessed w/scottish oats :) I’m pretty sure steel cut are about the same price in the bulk bins as rolled oats…and Scottish are made by grinding steel cut oats to that slighty crunchy, powdery texture. I think when I run out of Scottish I’ll just buy the steel cut b/c of the price difference and grind them whenever I want. I just realized I could do this the other day…duh! hehe


47 Kath September 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I didn’t realize they were STEEL cut! How do they get all that powder? Maybe I’ll try grinding them up too


48 Megan September 13, 2010 at 9:42 am

I had been wondering what the difference between the regular and scottish oats was, so I appreciate your post. And now I can even save myself some dough and try them out!


49 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 13, 2010 at 9:45 am

that’s so awesome! i would never have thought of doing that but it sounds amazing!


50 Christie {Honoring Health} September 13, 2010 at 9:47 am

I have some whole oat groats and don’t really like the texture of them as they are but now, I am inspired to throw them in my food processor and see what happens. Thank you for the idea!


51 Camille September 13, 2010 at 9:48 am

I love all the orange today!
Props on adjusting the food you have for the food you want. I need to learn how to do that to save some money!


52 notyet100 September 13, 2010 at 10:10 am

coconut butter,..:–)


53 Holly September 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

I cannot believe that I went grocery shopping yesterday and came home WITHOUT pumpkin! Where are my brains!?!


54 Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme September 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

I’m so glad these are similar! Ashley at EP always makes me crave Scottish oats, but I haven’t gotten around to buying them yet. I’m glad I can try them out for a bit cheaper using just my regular oats! Thanks kath 😉


55 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 13, 2010 at 10:15 am

Looks incredible. :) I’ve never tried coconut butter before but I dont doubt it’s absolutely perfect with pumpkin oats! Yum!


56 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 13, 2010 at 10:22 am

thanks for the tip – gonna totally give my oats a little whirl and try this!


57 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 13, 2010 at 10:41 am

That is one gorgeous bowl of oatmeal, and I don’t even like coconut!


58 Katie September 13, 2010 at 10:59 am

I think I am the only blogger who doesn’t like coconut. I have a jar sitting unopened in my cupboard.


59 Amber K September 13, 2010 at 11:05 am

I always put about half as much liquid as anyone else for my oatmeal and add a couple of tablespoons of powders (protein and cocoa) because I want it to be super sticky and chewy. So I’m definitely curious about these Scottish oats!


60 Kath September 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Well these were definitely NOT chewy – more creamy/sticky


61 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 13, 2010 at 11:13 am

I wish I had a food processor to try this out. Maybe a blender will work.


62 Wei-Wei September 13, 2010 at 11:15 am

I can’t stop laughing. At first I associated “Scott” with “scotch”, and I was like – DUUUUDE, Kath hast just taken “indulgent breakfast” to a whole ‘nother level, man…


63 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 13, 2010 at 11:21 am

Love that bowl you had your oats in! You and Matt have the best dishes. I wish we liked sweet oats in this house. Seems crazy, but I can’t ever seem to finish a bowl of sweet oats… not sure why. Give me savory oats and its gone in minutes. VEIRD.


64 Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous September 13, 2010 at 11:48 am

I love that bowl!


65 Carrie H September 13, 2010 at 11:49 am

Ha ha, did you get that water-in-a-pot heating idea from nursing mothers, Kath? :) I don’t have babies, but when I’ve watched my nieces and nephew, their moms have left breast milk in the bottle for me to use later … this is how you reheat it too, since microwaving damages breast milk somehow.

Yummy looking oats!


66 Pat Kilmain September 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm

For those of us who remember life before microwaves, it’s the way you did back then. :) I always use this method to thin down my honey when it starts to crystallize – but it needs to be in a glass jar! Those plastic bears melt…..


67 Kath September 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Naw – just a cook’s tip!


68 Carrie H September 13, 2010 at 11:50 am

I don’t have babies YET. 😉


69 chelsey September 13, 2010 at 11:54 am

YES!!! I totally found pumpkin this weekend – I am making this immediately!


70 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm

What a great idea. I’ve always seen scottish oats when I go grocery shopping, but I just don’t have enough time I guess.


71 jamie @ jamelafamela September 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm

great idea to blend the oats! this looks great!


72 Dee September 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm

This looks amazing! What a neat idea!


73 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I love all of your cool bowls and spoons! :-)


74 Sarah September 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Hey Kath, I was looking at the granola topping you made and it made me think that I want to try making granola with wheat berries. Have you ever tired that, if so, any recipe recommendations?


75 Kath September 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I hadn’t thought of that yet, but I think why buckwheat works is you can actually eat it plain (as I now know from Edible Perspective). It’s almost like a hollow grain? Wheatberries on the other hand, aren’t really edible when not cooked. So I dont’ think they’d work the same. Let me know if you try baking them!


76 Sarah September 14, 2010 at 8:32 am

Well, jsyk, wheatberries do NOT make for a good granola additive. I almost broke all my teeth this morning :) I read that if you toast them in a skillet before adding them to the oats, they should pop, I might have to try that next time. Epic failure, but lesson learned.


77 Kath September 14, 2010 at 8:53 am

Oh noooo! Hope your teeth aren’t too tired :)


78 Laura September 13, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I live in Scotland so I approve!!!!


79 stacey-healthylife September 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Those oats look delicious. Great idea with the food processor, I’m going to try that.


80 Bee Goes Bananas September 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Wow, that looks incredible!

Kath, where on earth do you come up with all of these creative recipes?

I’m a bit of an amateur in the kitchen and my meals tend to turn out a bit boring. How do you find your creative inspiration for making meals?


81 Kath September 13, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I have no idea!! :)


82 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Thanks for the coconut butter tip! I usually just scoop out the hard butter and use it like that, but I’m probably just getting a whole lot of oil that way and not a lot of the meat!


83 Sara @ September 14, 2010 at 6:46 am

YUM! Those oats look deeeeeelicious!


84 Meghan September 15, 2010 at 4:25 am

I added simply a spoon full of the canned pumpkin you showed in a previous post, to my oatmeal. I was very excited to try this because I love pumpkin flavored everything. I was extremely displeased. It made my oatmeal taste bitter. I tried adding some sugar but to no avail. Any advice?


85 Kath September 15, 2010 at 8:27 am

Perhaps the pumpkin was bad? It shouldn’t taste bitter. Gourdy, yes. But not bitter.

Did you try it raw? Pumpkin is a bit of an acquired taste, so if you don’t like it at all raw, you won’t like it much in oatmeal.


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