Kath Eats Real Food
a healthy food, nutrition, and lifestyle blog
February 24, 2008
You asked for it – you got it!
Kath Eats “Classic Kath Oatmeal”
February 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm
Oh my God, I’ve totally been doing it wrong this whole time. I’m serious. I usually boil the milk first and then add the oats and turn the heat down.
February 24, 2008 at 3:33 pm
ya I’m really glad you made a video!! It’s always interesting to see how you weigh things too!
February 24, 2008 at 3:42 pm
Thanks so much for the video, Kath! I had been making instant oatmeal up until last week, when I too found the amazing Quaker bulk box from Costco — so cheap! I’ve been experimenting but haven’t quite gotten it, but after watching your video I am confident I’ll be good to go next time!
February 24, 2008 at 3:43 pm
thank you kath!! now i can perfect the oaty-goodness! 😀
Ruby Red Vegan says
February 24, 2008 at 4:22 pm
Thanks for sharing your fun, Kath! I enjoyed watching the video. I always add my vanilla extract in the beginning of the oatmeal cooking process. Do you think this would make a big difference flavor-wise?
February 24, 2008 at 4:28 pm
too cute, I love it! thanks 🙂
February 24, 2008 at 4:33 pm
You guys are too cute with your video posts 🙂
I’ve become addicted to real oatmeal since you inspired me to try it out! I’m actually really glad I watched your video because I was a bit puzzled by the nuts in the microwave technique. I looked it up online and the person I found put their in the microwave with butter which really put me off! I’m glad to see that you do it dry. Will definitely try it that way next time 🙂 Thanks Kath!
Oh, quick question — do you include ground flax primarily for the omega-3s or does it have other health benefits?
February 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm
thanks for the video post! I always enjoy seeing how things are made! I know you said it’s easier if you weight out by grams, however, I don’t have a scale, just measuring spoons/cups…and I’m not good at math :0( you said you used 30 grams of walnuts..how many tablespoons would that be?
Also, can you do a video post on “Kath’s Oatmeal Pancakes”? Those really look delicious!
February 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm
Thanks so much for sharing! Now I finally feel confident enough to try it myself =D
February 24, 2008 at 5:24 pm
Adding the vanilla in the beginning will make a huge difference in the flavor. Because vanilla extract is mostly alcohol, if you add it before much of the flavor will cook out.
February 24, 2008 at 5:39 pm
Kath does have a video of the oatmeal pancake…
If this link doesn’t work, just click the “video” link under “Pages” on the right side of the home page and scroll down until you find the oatmeal pancake post.
Hope that helps!
February 24, 2008 at 5:48 pm
great vid! You are a total chemist. 🙂
February 24, 2008 at 7:25 pm
thanks, JennK! I’m gonna go check it out now!
February 24, 2008 at 7:54 pm
You were right, Kath, when you said, “Perfect and fabulous” – not only is your oatmeal breakfast a perfect and fabulous way to start the day, but your deliverance in the video (and Matt’s camera skills) are perfect and fabulous as well – here’s to more enjoyable, informative videos from you two!! :0)
February 24, 2008 at 7:58 pm
Kath- how many calories per serving of that oatmeal (not including the nuts)?
February 24, 2008 at 8:44 pm
I’ve always heard to add vanilla at the end or it will all cook out, like Majr. said. Switch yours up and see if you notice a difference.
Flax also has lots of fiber!! And a host of other nutritional benefits – and I like the nutty taste! But I guess the omega-3s are what got my foot in the door 🙂
The 30 grams was for 2 of us. I showed in the video that my portion is usually 2 spoonfuls.
Thanks for the sweet comment!
Without the walnuts but WITH the almond butter it was about 366 kcal per serving.
February 24, 2008 at 10:04 pm
Are those steel cut oats?
February 25, 2008 at 12:12 am
Kath your oatmeal looks super yummy. You should seriously try the McCann’s 5 minute Quick and Easy Steel Cut Oats. They come out just as creamy as the ones you made.
February 25, 2008 at 5:19 am
No, they are old fashioned Quaker rolled oats.
I do want to try McCann’s but they are probably way more expensive per pound!
March 1, 2008 at 12:01 pm
This is a great video! I thought I was the only one who portioned thing out on a scale. I love the accuracy.
September 22, 2008 at 10:02 am
I absolutely love your video. I’ve never cooked my oatmeal on the stovetop before. All I’ve done was scoop out the old fashioned oats into a bowl and pour boiling hot water over top and let it sit until the water has been absorbed (I know boring!). I didn’t mind eating it like that but after seeing your ode to oatmeal and watching your instructional video I will be sure to try your oatmeal recipes because you have renewed my love for oatmeal (and I don’t feel weird for announcing it). THANK YOU! Hopefully I can get my 4 and 2 year olds to eat it and fall in love with oatmeal too.
By the way, you and your husband are so adorable. Very refreshing to see such a lovely couple who have the same love for health and nutrition and for life.
September 22, 2008 at 10:10 am
Thanks Cate ! Enjoy your oatmeal 🙂
November 19, 2008 at 12:16 pm
Wow!I’m glad you linked to this today! Watching this proved I’ve been doing the milk adding at the wrong time! Thanks Kath!
November 21, 2008 at 6:46 pm
I’m looking forward to trying out your oatmeal method. Although, I want to warn people to be careful when microwaving nuts because I tried it this week and the glass bowl they were in broke from the heat. I guess I did it too long?
January 24, 2009 at 6:12 pm
Hi! Just tried this out this morning for the first time (I normally just eat packaged oatmeal), and this was fantastic! I felt like such a dork playing your video by my stove but it worked out perfectly =). I can’t wait to try it with pumpkin…thanks!
April 9, 2009 at 11:43 am
Kath – if you want to try steel cut oats but are scared of the hefty price tag for McCann’s, I have a suggestion.
I used to buy McCann’s and I love it, but not the price. I tried Quaker’s steel cut – don’t bother. And I’ve tried another brand that comes in a clear plastic “bag” (they sell flax seed and other grains, but I can’t remember the name) – good and less expensive. But here’s the real winner…
Check out the bulk section of your stores. I have found bulk steel cut oats at Whole Foods, Central Market (if y’all have those) and even Kroger. They were all the same quality as McCann’s and a fraction of the price. Where I was paying $7-8 for McCann’s, I can get the same amount in the bulk section for $2 or less. I just dump it back in my McCann’s can. Ha!
Anyway, I love your blog. You have really inspired me to spice up my oatmeal, try barney butter, and to eat more real food. Thanks so much!
April 18, 2009 at 12:21 pm
Just wanted to let you know I made your oats this morning, and they were delicious. I used pecans instead of walnuts since I didn’t have any, and the frozen overripe bananas I had in the freezer, and I used brown rice milk. It was the BEST oatmeal ever! Thanks for the recipe, and the video!
August 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm
I just discovered your site, and just made this for my husband and I for breakfast this morning, and added nectarines to it at the end. We were both blown away! Lovely, wonderful, filling, tasty, special and healthful. Love it.
November 10, 2009 at 10:46 pm
Hi there! I recently started a food blog of my own and I discovered yours in all of my internet surfing and it’s absolutely wonderful! Your header is great and I absolutely love how into oatmeal you are! It’s so great. I was actually inspired by your tribute and came up with my own fun recipe! You can check it out if you’d like at http://www.twentysomethingandstarving.wordpress.com. Keep up the great work I’ll definitely be reading regularly 🙂
November 13, 2009 at 1:28 pm
wow..u have no idea how this video has helped me. thank you !
December 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm
Thanks so much for posting this great video- one quick question – what brand is your scale?
December 1, 2009 at 7:47 pm
The Salter one, but I now have the EatSmart Precision one, which I like more because it’s very lightweight
Courtney Worthington says
January 3, 2010 at 11:46 pm
I never thought to toast nuts in the microwave! Genious, what a smart lady your aunt is!
Vegan Runner says
February 13, 2010 at 6:59 pm
Oh, wow this is helpful! I had no idea you had to cook the banana into the oatmeal! Love the almond butter on the spoon!
February 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm
Kath, what a GREAT recipe! Some of my friends and I are leaving for a fun girls’ trip this week and discussed what we’d be eating over our mini-vacation. I’m growing into a huge healthy cook/baker junkie over the last year and have offered to make most of our meals, and this recipe has just made itself into one of the breakfast slots! 🙂
Love your blog and philosophy on life – it’s very inspiring!
March 31, 2010 at 9:44 am
Hi Kath. Just discovered your blog yesterday (I’ve recently been reading more and more food blogs) and I tried this recipe this morning, sans the vanilla extract. I actually did a whole banana for just one serving, which was a little strong flavor but it was SO good! Thank you for sharing. Love the blog! 🙂
April 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm
what bothers me is that on the quaker oatmeal package is TELLS you to boil water first and then add the oats
but I do what you do (taught by my mom,of course 🙂 ) and boil the water WITH the oats. the other way comes out HORRIBLE!!
Amber K says
May 30, 2010 at 11:11 pm
Definitely WAY more liquid than I add, but then I’ve always liked thick, chewy oatmeal. Almost like the consistency of a soft cookie. But any way you like it, it is yummy!
August 14, 2010 at 12:08 pm
Wow… Just tried this for the first time. So delicioso! I added blue agave maple syrup instead of brown sugar. Yummy! Thanks for the tutorial!
October 14, 2010 at 11:51 am
So you use this recipe as the base for all of your other oatmeal recipes? I’m kind of confused! The variations look SO good!
October 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Yup! I always do half milk, half water and add banana.
October 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm
Is there any particular reason you do half milk, half water? I’m sorry for the questions. I stumbled here in a quest for more recipes to feed my love of oatmeal and I’m still quite new to the game!!
October 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm
It makes it SO much creamier. I guess I don’t use all milk just to save going through our milk too quickly
October 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm
Understandable! I plan on trying this tomorrow! I’m going to try to make a single serving though since I only cook for me!
October 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm
Last question… Is there a difference when you use quick-cooking oats rather than old-fashioned oats? I still cook the quick-cooking oats on the stove now.
Yes, definitely. Quick cooking have been chopped up so there is more surface area, therefore reduced cooking time. I’d recommend old fashioned rolled!
Susan Vilbert says
December 20, 2010 at 9:33 pm
Wow, we eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning and have tried different variations, but this is really awesome. Hubs couldn’t figure out what I did so differently!! I’m not even sure how I jumped from one blog to another and stumbled upon yours – but I’m so glad I did!! Thank you!!
January 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Oh.my.gosh. This was wonderful!! I have always microwaved by oats, not sure why, and always just choked it down, not really enjoying the flavor or texture. This was the BEST bowl of oatmeal I have eaten in my life. Even my 4 year old liked it! I made it just like your video, and added almond butter, jam, and chia seeds. The pillows of cut banana were like heaven. From now on, I will always take the few extra minutes to make my oatmeal this way. Thank you!!
Amber P says
January 2, 2011 at 3:01 am
Maybe this is sacrilege, but do you think this would turn out okay with either all water or milk substitute? Maybe almond milk?
January 2, 2011 at 8:21 am
Definitely a milk subs (all water is bland to me). I’ve used soy, hemp and almond milk.
Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) says
February 15, 2011 at 11:26 pm
This video changed my life, Kath!! 🙂 I made the oats “Kath Style” today and I am never going back to how I used to do it!! Thanks a bunch!
February 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm
Okay, definitely going to try your method next time I’m making oats! Also, I thought I was the only one who -had- to eat the film on the bottom of the pot, hah! It’s so yummy, can’t help myself!
March 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm
Since I saw this video I’ve been cooking my large flake quaker oats in half milk, half water, stirring in vanilla, cinnamon, and a little real maple syrup at the end. Cooking in milk does make it taste so much creamier and adding the vanilla and cinnamon makes it taste amazing! Put in in my preheated little Thermos and eat it when I get to work, and it’s still piping hot and thickened to the perfect consistency. Thanks for the tips:) I used to just cook them in water and top with brown sugar and milk, which was OK, but this is just way better.
Dan @ NYC Healer says
November 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm
Oatmeal! Great way to start your day! It’s amazing how your taste buds can adjust to and learn to appreciate even the simplest of flavors when you use no milk or sugar (not that you use sugar with oatmeal), just plain filtered water instead. Also, if you cook organic oatmeal (either steel cut or rolled), you’ll find the taste so much richer…
Robert haile says
May 7, 2013 at 3:23 pm
My wife and I are both very active, but if she eats the same amount as me, her weight would skyrocket because of size and sexual differences in nutritional needs, which has also been affected by aging(we are both64). Therefore, I am not sure why you need to be equal when your oatmeal mix is not low calorie, about 500 Kcal per bowl. I do agree oatmeal is delicious. I use homemade almond milk, bananas, raisins, and honey which is very satisfying, tolerable, and provides me with adequate nutrition for surfing, tennis or running plus my 45minute warmup. I’ll give your recipient a try. Thank you.
May 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm
It’s not 500 calories per bowl – it’s about 250 without toppings per bowl.
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