This bowl of oatmeal was soft and fluffy like a huge soft robe. Thank the chia seeds and ripe banana for that one! Whenever Matt is around this is how oatmeal turns out (even if he’s in the shower while I’m making it). Today he was – he slept in a bit and just biked down to the bakery. It’s always fun to wake up together!
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 banana
- Pinch salt
- 1 tbsp dried cherries
- Hail Merry Grawnola [The Orange Cranberry is my favorite]
- Sunflower butter
Birthday Tea mixed with Golden Moon Vanilla Mint – a fabulous combo!
SUN is out. Woot.
Have a great one!
[email protected] says
That’s the first thing I thought of this morning when I woke up–SUN!!!! Your tea looks like hot chocolate :). My mind is still on those Chocolate Ohs!
Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl says
Ripe bananas … good use. I love to use them for banana nut bread. Never a wasted ripe banana 😉
Always put mine in the freezer, I think about a year ago, I had 18! I made a lot of banana breads with them to use them all up because I needed freezer space! HAHA, I tend to put them in there when fruit flies come a “knockin at my door”!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says
Fluffy oats sound perfect on a day like today – it is SO cold! Chia makes everything more delicious. 🙂
Krissy @ Shiawase Life says
Great minds! What a wonderful feeling to see the sun as we drove to work.
Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says
Our oatmeal bowls are very similar this morning! I’m all about the soft and fluffy! 🙂
kathleen @ the daily crumb says
so yummy. i’ve just started adding chias to oatmeal… a good decision for sure! mmmm i love a big cozy robe on a cold morning.
Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot says
Oooo those oats do look perfect! Mine did not go well today at all even though they ended up tasting well in the end…
Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat says
I’ve got to investigate this Golden Moon Vanilla Mint stuff – I love both flavours! Lately I’ve been adding mint extract to my hot chocolates and can’t get enough of them. Happy Thursday Kath!
Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious says
Oatmeal perfection. Who knew 10 years ago chia seeds would become a staple in our diet? Love them!
Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles says
My run was so much more enjoyable this morning with the sun shining down on me! Bananas and oatmeal are the perfect marriage in my opinion…breakfast looks delish!
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says
Sun is out, but there is SNOW on the ground here. I’m hoping it melts by the afternoon! I had oats with an underripe banana this morning and they were gross. Hate when I do that. Have a great, sunny day 🙂
SNOW! How fun!
The produce man the other day was commenting about how any people have bananas in their carts. I had about a dozen, if we don’t eat them as is they are great in oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, and baked goods. Orange cranberry granola is yummy. I use chia seeds everyday in my oats. Kath have you ever heard of or used Linwoods product? I have been using a ground flax, sunflower, pumpkin & sesame seeds & goji berries one and bought 2 others that I haven’t opened yet, one with cocoa.
I haven’t heard of those, no
One of the others is ground flaxseed, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts & co-enzyme Q10 with health benefits listed of omega 3, fiber, iron, zinc, and vitamin B1 and the other is ground flaxseed, cocoa, strawberries & blueberries with health benefits listed of omega 3, fiber, iron, zinc, vitamin B1, magnesium, and selenium. They give lots of ideas of what to add them to for each meal. So far I’ve used them in oatmeal, banana bread, fruit and yogurt bowls/smoothies, and salads.
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
What a great start to a SUNNY day! 🙂
Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn says
You have sun?! We have….snow.
Chias and ripe bananas are my oatmeal essentials- guaranteed perfection!
The sun is so exciting! This is the kind of winter I love 🙂
My oats were extra fluffy this morning even without banana and chia… I think it’s the generic rolled oats from Safeway- they’re perhaps rolled more? Which is sad, because I like to buy the bulk organic oats from Whole Foods, but the oatmeal they make just isn’t as soft… I guess I’ll have to turn to chia seeds and banana for that!
Lynn @ the actor's diet says
Haven’t shared a bowl of oatmeal w my hubby in a year!
The sun is out here, too–YAY!!! We need all the vitamin d from the sun when we can get it during the dreary winter months.
I am having a hard time cooking steel cut oats, they’re still hard afterwards. Any suggestions? I cook normal oatmeal soft….. I do follow the instructions, stove top and microwave. Didn’t try it in the oven yet!
This is why I don’t like steel cut oats! I really don’t have much experience cooking them…but Carrots n Cake did this week
Thanks for the tip, went to her website and found Erin’s idea, will try it tomorrow!
If you have a crock-pot I would recommend cooking them overnight in one. I make a weekly batch in mine and they come out perfect.. and they’re not too bad reheated either.
Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy says
Yay for a sunny day! Love the bowl you used this morning! I realized this morning that I am almost out of oatmeal! I need to get to the store.
Katie @ Peace Love and Oats says
I love chia seeds in my oats! Amps up the volume!
Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous says
Birthday tea? Sounds like a good way to start the day!
Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio says
I’m so glad the sun is out!! It’s a beautiful day in Washington, DC!
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
Those oats do look really fluffy! Fluffy oats are the best kind in my opinion! 🙂 It’s a beautiful sunny day today!
Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says
I have to repeat it too- HOORAY for the sun! It’s amazing how my mood did a complete 180 between yesterday and today. And it’s supposed to stick around all week! YES.
(though I have to say- the students were quite upset that we didn’t get that snow that was expected. I wasn’t upset in the least- plenty of time for snow later!)
Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach says
mmm. I could have killed for a bowl of oats like that this morning. Instead I rushed out the door with a larabar for breakfast (boo). I know you love sunflower butter. Have you heard of Sunsational? It’s a new nondairy milk made from sunflower seeds. I LOVE IT! I’m doing a giveaway and have extra if you want to try it. LMK.
Sounds cool!! I’ll keep my eye out for it
Marissa @ Apples of My Eye says
hahaha wait the analogy between oatmeal and a huge soft road is slightly ridiculous – love it. looks perfect on a chilly morning 🙂
Marissa @ Apples of My Eye says
*robe – … wow.. typo? or maybe it’s cause I’m staring at a road from inside the coffee shop I’m at.. freudian slip?
Carrie H says
Mmm, I haven’t had a great bowl of oatmeal in awhile. I’ve been on a smoothie-for-breakfast kick, even with snow on the ground. May have to change that.
Kath, I read this today and of course thought of you: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/07/143304131/superfood-kale-in-the-limelight. Had you heard of this, either? http://www.npr.org/2011/12/06/143195033/chicken-vs-kale-vt-artist-fights-chick-fil-a-suit (If you’ve already discussed it and I missed it, sorry!)
Carrie H says
(I have to add — the last reference in the blog is about sukuma wiki, the Kenyan kale staple. I think you had it when you went to Kenya, and so did I when I visited my Peace Corps volunteer sister there in August!)
Oh cool, I will check these out. And yes – I had forgotten about sukama wiki!!!
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
soft and fluffy like a huge soft robe = that sounds lovely!
glad the sun is out…Enjoy!
It’s rainy here today but it’s like 88F so no complaints 🙂
Boo rain in paradise
Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife says
The sun is out today here too! Woot. Love oats.
Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather says
I slept in a bit today so I got to wake up to a non dark sky. It was wonderful! Fluffy oats are the best 🙂
I just ate the best repurposed roasted veggies over regular salad fixings lunch, thanks to your inspiration! Never thought of putting leftovers on a cold salad like that but the roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli over broccoli was so healthy and hearty. Thanks for the idea!!
haha ** roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli over salad, rather
Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles says
Yay for fluffy oats & yay for sunshine! Enjoy! =)
Heather H says
Your oatmeal looks so yummy and full of awesome toppings. I have to add more fun stuff to mine!
[email protected] says
I’m telling you~you make everything look delicious, always! 😀 Although I do love cloudy weather, I can see how it’d be hard to never see the sunlight. We need the viiiitamin!!
Emmy (WIne and Butter) says
Hi Kath! Oh you always make me crave oatmeal.. I just have a problem keeping bananas in the house long enough to let them ripen properly – I always get too impatient and eat them! I also (shameless self plug again) did a post on coffee today which I was wondering if you (as a sometimes coffee fan!) might be interested in.
Jealous of your sun. Its light here for like 2 hours of the day at the moment – still lots of Xmas trees! 🙂
Buy them when they’re super ripe – sometimes you can even find them on sale because of this! Or buy two batches – one yellow one green so you’ll have different stages
Last time I was at the store the produce man had just pulled the ripe bananas and I chased him down the isle yelling, EXCUSE ME, EXCUSE ME, PRODUCE MAN!!!! He definitely thought I was nuts. Was well worth it. Not sure why he pulled the bananas so fast, they were still edible for another day or two.
It’s funny how I love looking at pictures of your oatmeal so much. It’s like I can taste and smell it wafting out from the screen. Hmm, maybe I should eat something soon.
Quick question for you: When you cook your oatmeal, do you bring the liquid to a boil and then add the oats or do you add the oats to the liquid before you even turn on the heat? Just curious
I don’t bring anything to a boil – check the tribute to oatmeal page for the whipped banana technique!
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
Chia seeds and bananas are musts in my oatmeal! Whenever I go home to visit my parents, I’m always disappointed with my chia-seedless oatmeal. I guess I need to start getting my parents on board with chia seeds so that they’ll start keeping them in their pantry. 😉
this breakfast pair looks so comforting. i don’t know how or why, but it really does. 🙂
Where oh where is that mug from? My dad is a cyclist and would ADORE waking up with his morning cup o’ joe and that mug:)!!
It was a gift from a reader -from Brooklyn I think?