I decided to add buttermilk to my oats today after Magpie’s suggestion. I picked up a tiny carton while out yesterday. I haven’t had a lot of experience with buttermilk, but I’d describe it as yogurt milk. Very tangy and sour, but in a “safe tasting” way.
The verdict? It was good, but not as good as sweet milks like hemp, vanilla soy and even regular skim. Maybe I should have added some brown sugar to balance the sweetness? But I definitely enjoyed it!!
- 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk, 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup speltberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- Vanilla + pinch salt
- Spoonful almond butter
With Good Earth Sweet n Spicy (not my favorite despite being naturally sweet. It makes me want to gag for some reason. I’ve only got 3 bags left)
My stomach is hurting a little. Not sure if it’s the buttermilk, tea, large portion on a not-that-hungry stomach. I need to digest a little before going to the gym mid-morning.
The husband and I did a little late-night kashi snacking while Olympic watching. The bad part about staying up late is there are more hours in the day to get hungry whereas I’m never as hungry when those hours are in the early morning.
I probably had half a serving?
caitlin (see bride run) says
lol nice picture of the hubby.
sometimes i go to bed early just to stop myself from snacking! LOL
Interesting- I never would have thought to add buttermilk to oatmeal, although I know people who will actually drink it straight (YUCK). Hope you feel better soon!
I have to tell you Kath, I noticed that your oats always looked so much more creamier than mine with the exact same proportions of milk/water and banana. I had been using organic rolled oats that I get in bulk at my natural foods store, and so I tried using Quaker Old Fashioned Oats. Verdict: perfect creaminess! I think my rolled oats were a little thicker and didn’t fluff up like the Quaker Oats. Now I’m in oat heaven!
Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) says
I also never would have thought of adding buttermilk to oatmeal. I learn so many different additions to oatmeal from reading blogs!
I think I might love oats almost as much as you do… Have you ever tried adding some shredded carrots to your oats? I do this every morning (about a 1/3 to a 1/2 C. worth)… it helps get some extra veggies in! I usually steam / blanc the shredded carrots first, or cook them with the oats, just so they’re tender… If you like carrot cake, this hits the spot. Esp. with some raisins and cinnamon…
Love the blog – keep up the good work!
Allison K. says
I hate that tea as well. My mom always makes ice tea out of it, and I can barely get a glass down.
Tina O. says
I love buttermilk! And yes I drink it straight. I know, gross. But my dad’s from Tennessee and that’s how I grew up drinking it.
I also wanted to say good luck with the breast cancer fundraising. My sister is walking in the Cleveland 3-day this weekend in honor of our mother. She had to raise $2200 or she wouldn’t be allowed to participate, so all my donations are for her this time or I would donate.
I agree – hempmilk reigns supreme in oatmeal 🙂
I like the sweeter non-dairy milks MUCH better as well. I think that the dairy products give a heavier feel to the oatmeal. But then again, I’m no expert. Also – dairy hurts my stomach as well so I’m quite biased. Haha.
Is that a new spoon, btw? it’s Beautiful!!
Kath, (an other hemp-milk lovers..!)
Im vegan, as well as lactose intolerant… And though im quite partial to Soy, i always like to change it up a bit for some variety… Last week i bought some Hemp milk to try and OMG it was like sipping mud! And it made me kind of queasy… Im very curious to know what brand you all enjoy, i MUST have gotten a differnt kind! Also, if you have any other suggestions, as to another non-dairy milk, i would love to know! Thanks!!
Kath-another oat lover here! I make mine with almond milk (vanilla, unsweetened.) But I use the McCann’s “Quick and Easy Steel Cut Oats”, cooks in 5 minutes.
I notice you combine water and milk. Is that to change the texture of the oats or to save calories? If I were stranded on an island, oatmeal would be one of my top 5 foods to have with me.
Happy Day to you—
I think if a tea made me gag and I only had 3 bags left I would just throw them out, something that makes you gag has to be pretty bad! 🙂
vanilla almond milk is a good option too. only 40 cals in diamond breeze unsweetened.
i think life is too short to drink something that makes you gag!
I used buttermilk today, too… in pancakes!
Hope tummy is feeling better!
Is the husband’s spiffy attire for us blogreaders, or is he always so well-dressed kickin’ around the house late-night? Not that I want risque photos of the husband, but our Olympics-watching, cracker-eating usually takes place in boxers/pjs– I guess elastic waistbands are a bad habit if you want to avoid late-night snacking.
Hi — just wondering if you could give a quick lesson on speltberries? I’m not familar with them, I tried wikipedia but there’s no entry there.
Thanks love the blog!!
Interesting thought- buttermilk in oats! So listen, heres the deal- I never buy buttermilk…its kind of expensive. You can actually make a substitute for buttermilk and use it in baking/cooking- check it out:
Yep, I have the same problem with staying up late. It’s gets to be 10:30/11:00, and I want to EAT!
You getting excited to visit Beantown?!?!?
I am working on eating healthier and losing weight as well
Love looking at your blog and all the pictures of your meals.
Of course I want to eat everyone of them!
One question, did you start with cookbooks and if so can you recommend some….
also what kind of nuts do you buy? in bulk???
I love the idea of using my own recipe of trail mix for snacks.
Kat's Veggie Life says
Can anyone recommend a quality dehydrator???
I am going on a hiking trip this weekend and will be doing some trips this winter as well so I would love to have one so that I can pack light while still getting enough energy! Thanks a bunch!
I also noticed the husband’s late night polo shirt 😀 When MY husband and I get home, it’s tshirts and jammie pants – like, at 6 p.m.! Haha.
If you have any leftover buttermilk, Ellie Krieger has an awesome buttermilk/whole wheat pancake recipe.
The Olympics are killing me! I’m so tired right now from staying up and watching. And I have a DVR, so absolutely no excuse!
Hey Kath, I know you’re a reader like me so I thought I’d recommend a book for your next read, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I can’t put it down it’s so good! Sort of a romantic suspense novel.
that’s funny about the yogurt milk. there is a middle eastern drink that is basically watered down yogurt (it is very refreshing in the hot summer) that tastes almost exactly like buttermilk which is made through an entirely different process!
my work just sent out an email about a corporate team for run for the cure on oct 5. i don’t know if i will sign up though. my boyfriend has a bike race in another city 2 hours away that weekend and it’s the week after my marathon, so i might be taking a couple weeks off from running. on the other hand, it might be fun to participate in a team even like that. and i can always just run the 5k slowly (i’m sure a lot of people will be!)
So glad you tried the buttermilk 🙂 I hope that’s not why your stomach’s not feeling so well! I like to add a bit of honey to mine – sometimes I’ll actually drink buttermilk+honey – it’s kind of like Kefir.
Anyway, feel better 🙂
angelcubbie- Rebecca is one of my VERY most favorite books. 🙂 Love!
also, buttermilk pancakes are so delicious. Buttermilk OATMEAL pancakes are the best! With cinnamon… yum.
Good to know! We used the thick rolled for a while (they’re nice for a chewy change) but I agree the old fashioned are creamier.
I have!! There’s carrot cake oatmeal on the Tribute To Oats page.
Three cheers for your sister!
Not new, but I don’t eat oats with it much. It’s good for stirring things!
Living Harvest Vanilla. It’s in a bright purple carton. I’ve never had any other kind, but I hear it’s the best.
I do half and half because I think half milk adds enough creaminess to make a great texture, but it still saves calories and stomach room for toppings with crunch and chew. So I’d rather have half milk and something on top than all milk and less.
He’s always dressed in something nice 🙂 Except sometimes if he’s going to exercise in the afternoon on the weekends he’ll wait to shower all day. Eww!
What does 1026 mean for you!!?? It’s my birthday 🙂
If you look at “A Wheatberry Lesson” (https://www.katheats.com/?page_id=4309) there’s info on wheatberries. Spelt berries are basically exactly the same except they don’t require an overnight soak. Actually, I’m not sure wheatberries do 100% either, but I haven’t had the chance to make them without soaking.
We haven’t ever really relied on cookbooks because the internet has so many possibilities. We do have a book called “The Soup Bible” that is a HUGE collection of soups. And we have one called “Cooking for Two” that I think is from Barnes and Noble (store brand). I highly recommend http://www.Recipezaar.com and http://www.myrecipes.com for the easier way to find what you’re craving.
I buy nuts at Trader Joe’s. They are much cheaper there. Although we do get almonds at Costco.
Writing it down…
I’m late in posting – but this oatmeal looks pretty good. Great idea with trying out the buttermilk; I’m sure it’d be better with a touch of brown sugar. I love the way that spoon looks like it’s in charge of your bowl!
Thanks for the good luck wishes on my blog today!
I’ve got another question regarding “milks”…Im some what concerned about relying to heavily on soy products, and like i said before, i DO try to get as much variety as i can, but i always get stuck back w/ soymilk! I guess i think all the other alternatives provide too much sugar with not enough nutrients to make up for it… Am i right, or just too picky? How much sugar should i be limited to when choosing my “milk”? I usually drink unsweetened soymilk- seeing as it has the most protein w/ the least amount of sugar… Do you have any suggestions for another alternative that provides some nutrients? I think i may just be overlooking somethings and getting too caught up on the sugar content… Thank you!!
The big nutrient concern with milk is calcium, so if your substitutes have added calcium, you eat a lot of yogurt, or you take a calcium supplement, no worries. It also depends on how much you are drinking/using. If it’s one cup a day, I wouldn’t worry about the sugar content. If it’s 5 cups, maybe alternate with an unsweetened version. HTH,
Hey Kath I was just wondering if you have ever tried Kashi Very Vanilla Oatmeal? And if you did what you though of it? I love your blog and how you are raising money for VERY important issues!
Nope, I’ve never had it. I don’t think I’d ever buy a box because I like rolled oats best, but if someone gave me a packet or I was traveling I definitely would.