Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly!

111 comments

Today was the first snowfall of the season!

IMG 7615 thumb   Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly!

It was the perfect day to embrace my inner Project Snow Strength and get shoveling! The snow today was soooo wet and difficult to lift. My abs got in a killer workout which is perfect because Whittle My Middle ends tomorrow!

Here I am in my duds:

IMG 7837 thumb   Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly!

I am so cool it hurts!

A sure sign you need new boots? You go to lace up your boots and the shoe lace falls off in your hand. hahaha. I’ve had these since I was 15 yrs old!!! I’m pretty sure they are going to poof into thin air one day.

IMG 7625 thumb   Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly!

Here are some great tips for shoveling snow without hurting yourself.

The snow day was also perfect for a Glo Bar shipping day…

IMG 7622 thumb   Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly!

With Eric’s help (he took the day off), we hit a new shipping record for one day- 80 orders went out!!!!! We went craaazy all day, but it flew by. I feel so good. My stack of orders is now much more manageable.

Don’t worry if you haven’t received your ‘shipped’ status- they will be going out all week, promise! If you are thinking about placing a holiday order, now is the time before my CTV interview airs in Ontario on the weekend (time TBD!). It could get insanely crazy after that, I’m not sure.

It was also the perfect day for…

IMG 7602 thumb   Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly!

OATMEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you can believe it, I have only made homemade oatmeal twice in my life and it made me feel sick after eating it! In university I lived off instant oatmeal. I know, I know, it’s not real oatmeal, but I didn’t even know where to start with a homemade bowl. I LOVE oats so I always knew I needed to give it another shot!

I used Kath’s classic oatmeal recipe using Bob’s Red Mill organic oats. Oh Bob, you make amazing oats. Glo Bakery is switching over to Bob’s oats- I am super pumped as I am a HUGE fan of Bob’s Red Mill products!!!!!

IMG 7589 thumb   Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup organic oats
  • 1/3 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 very, very brown banana (ooey and gooey and ewww)
  • 1/2 t organic vanilla

Directions: Throw in above ingredients into pot and simmer on medium, stirring very fast until desired consistency is achieved after about 10 mins. or so. (Note: Kath’s directions are more detailed, but I was in a huge rush today and just dumped it all in!)

My toppings included:

  • 1 T gogi berries
  • drizzle organic raw blue agave (soooo good)
  • Organic chia seeds
  • unsweetened coconut
  • Organic crunchy peanut butter

IMG 7607 thumb   Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly!

The toppings were out of this world delightful!!!! I loved the raw agave drizzled over top.

IMG 7606 thumb   Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly!

The only thing I was surprised with was how SMALL of a portion it made!!! It was tiny! Any suggestions? What amounts do you guys use when you make oatmeal? 1/2 cup oats vs. 1/3 cup? More liquid???

IMG 7592 thumb   Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly! 

Even though it was tiny, it still kept me full for about 2 hours which was more than I expected it to.

I might try adding some hemp powder to my next batch for protein.

IMG 7605 thumb   Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly!

With Christmas tea.

What did I think of the oatmeal this time around?
I can’t wait to make my next batch already! I now think I am crazy for waiting this long to try it again. I think the problem with my first batch was that I made it too thick and too large of a portion. Consider me a homemade oatmeal fan for life!

When will I eat it?

I see myself eating oatmeal for lunch more so than breakfast! I know I can’t give up my morning Green Monster, but I can totally see myself making kick butt oats for lunch. Mmmm.

What does your PERFECT bowl of oatmeal look like?

Please share!

Does anyone have any savoury oats that would be great for lunch (and vegan)?

~~~~

OSGMOM arrives tomorrow. I am sooooo excited to see my mom! Wish the whole family was coming…

Peace out homies!

Angela Signature thumb11   Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly!

Previous post:

Next post:

Previous Posts

{ 111 comments… read them below or add one }

katie December 9, 2009

YUMM! about those oats!! im so glad you liked them!! when i use 1/3 cup i usually use atleast 1 cup of liquid.. and with 1/2 cup of oats i usually use 1 1/2 cups of liquid, more volume!! and you so rock those boots!

Reply

nicolene December 10, 2009

hey Ang! oats is great. I sometimes cook mine in apple juice to sweeten it or i cook in milk then add a bit of apple sauce and cranberries

yum!

yours looks great

Nix

Reply

ALysha December 10, 2009

I have been on an oatmeal kick for the past few months. Instead of adding any type of sweeter (like maple syrup or brown sugar), I add in a big dollop of yogurt – like strawberry banana. I also always add in dried cranberries and some homemade granola before I cook it.

Reply

Cara (Cara Craves...) December 9, 2009

I was so happy when I woke up to snow this morning…I thought Southern Ontario was never going to get any snow! Hopefully it sticks around for Christmas.

Reply

Sarah R December 9, 2009

Love, love, love my oats in the morning. I look forward to getting up everyday! Lately I’ve been using 1/2c. oats, 1/2c. milk, 1/2c, water, 1/2 very ripe banana, toppings include toasted pecans, apple butter, dried cranberries and a sprinkle of granola. I also love adding some canned pumpkin in at the end of cooking. Yum! Makes me want oats for dinner now.

Reply

Lauren December 9, 2009

Mmm, I love oats! I make oatmeal “pancakes” with 1/2 cup oats ground into a flour, 1 Tbs. of ground flax, 1 Tbs. vanilla brown rice protein powder, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg and ginger. Add water to make it a batter consistency and then cook it in a pan with coconut oil. Once done, I spread on cashew/peanut/almond butter, and enjoy! It’s sooo good!

I hated how it had to rain and ruin all our lovely snow though!

Congrats on getting 80 orders out- you are a baking machine! ;)

Reply

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 9, 2009

I do bananas in my oats whipping them in just like Kath! Bob’s Red Mill are my favorite oats. I wasn’t a huge fan of oats either (I liked the instant Quaker flavored crap), but I can now eat Bob’s. They are so good!!

Reply

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 9, 2009

I usually go for 1/2 or 1/3 cup depending on my hunger levels and what I’m eating it with. THe goji berries look so perrrty!

Reply

Liz December 9, 2009

Love me some oatmeal. It is my morning staple. I don’t think I could down a cold green monster in the morning! I ususally use about 1/2 a cup and add lots of water (1 cup) then I microwave it with a pinch of salt, cinnamon, sweetener and 1/2 of a ‘naner. I nuke it for about 3 minutes, stir stir stir, add some more water, and microwave for another couple of minutes. I add lots of liquid, enough so it’s volumous but not runny! It’s an art Ang :-p

Reply

sweeto December 9, 2009

Yay! Delighted you like oatmeal! :) You might like to try steel cut oats sometime, they take longer to cook & might need to be soaked but they’re super yummy and are the whole oat grain.
I have the rolled oats every morning and the steel cut oats sometimes on weekends!
I agree with Katie about using a lot of water to give more volume!

Reply

Jackie @ TriToLose December 9, 2009

My favorite oatmeal is oat bran. I call it the Banana Bread Oat Bran. It smells and tastes a lot like a really good banana bread. :) You can find my recipe here: http://tritolose.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/im-back/

Reply

MAJL December 9, 2009

PC Blue menu Steel Cut Oats with pomegranate, soymilk, wheat germ, and flax!

Reply

sarah (ghost world) December 9, 2009

my favorite oats are so boring — just oats (or oat bran), pb, and banana, made with water! but i love.

savory vegan oats . . . how about MediterraneOuts? oatmeal, chick peas, olives, roasted red pepper, and sundried tomato! i’d add feta too (but obvs not vegan :) )

Reply

Lindsey @ Sound Eats December 9, 2009

I love pumpkin oats for volume!

1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup each rice milk and water
tablespoon of ground flax
TONS of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice
–towards the end add in:
1/3-1/2 cup pumpkin
spoonful of almond butter
–top with pumpkin seeds, drizzle of maple syrup and more cinnamon

with the volume, healthy fats, whole grains and protein in this bowl it lasts forever (and tastes like dessert!)

Reply

Leah @ L4L December 9, 2009

The way I make my oatmeal is similar to you… sort of.

I always make some for me AND my fiance. I use 1 cup of oatmeal, 2 cups of vanilla soymilk, 1 banana. And my fav mix ins are chopped dates, walnuts, and topped with shredded coconut. I split it so that he gets a bit more than I do so I would say I eat anywhere b/w 1/3-1/2 a cup at a given time and it leaves me stuffed to the brim.

Reply

Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) December 9, 2009

I love steel cut oats with natural PB and homemade cranberry jelly! So good.

Reply

Jamie December 9, 2009

Hi Angela! I like to put more liquid in mine. I do 1/2 cup oats and over 1 cup of milk/water. It definitely plumps it up. Also, adding pumpkin helps for volume like others mentioned. It looks like it was a great bowl though!

Reply

Susan December 9, 2009

I do 1/2 cup dry rolled oats and 1 1/4 cups water. You have to cook them longer with the extra water, but they fluff up more and I love ‘em mushy ;) If you want volume – go for oat bran! It’s smaller cut, creamier and puffs up to make a huge bowl. As for my favourite way to eat it – any way so long as it has nut butter on top ;)

Reply

Molly @thevegandorm December 9, 2009

i love that houston got snow before canada (granted none of ours stuck!)
i use a 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup soymilk or almond milk, 1/2 cup water, plus banana & PB. i also like it with cried cranberries and soymilk.

Reply

Jenna December 9, 2009

It depends on my hunger. If I’m really hungry, I do 1/2 cup, but sometimes 1/3 cup is enough if I have enough fixings.

I almost always whip in a banana (one that is browning), some agave, and most importantly, a little bit of half & half. The half & half makes the oatmeal so deliciously creamy. And always a spoonful of nut butter. :)

Reply

Amy December 9, 2009

A couple of things:

My jaw hit the floor when I saw all your orders. Congratulations Angela, your bakery is certainly a HUGE success. :)

I shovelled our double car driveway all myself tonight. Holy workout batman. I skipped spinning to ensure that I made it home to let the dog out, but needles to say I don’t even feel guilty for missing my workout.

Reply

Jordan December 9, 2009

As soon as it gets chilly the oats come out to play! I add oat bran into mine most times (about 1/3 C of each) to give some changeup in the texture. I made ‘french toast oats’ the other day with vanilla extract, cinnamon, almond milk, ripe banana and real maple syrup!

Savory oats…so many options- oat bran with tahini and roasted squash stirred in (delicata, kabocha, buttercup, butternut any kind :) ) is good. Other things: avocado, hummus, roasted eggplant. MMMMMMM

Reply

Katie December 9, 2009

To plump up the oat portion, add more water and cook slower! It might be less chewy than today’s oats but it will add volume. Usually I use 3 or 4 times more liquid than oats. So many fun things you can add to oats.. never a boring bowl!
Katie

Reply

Kristie Lynn December 9, 2009

I use 1/2 c. water + 1/2 c. almond milk for 1/2 c. dry oats. It ends up being REALLY voluminous, and when I add pumpkin it is even more!! LOVE oatmeal :)

Reply

Mara @ What's for Dinner? December 9, 2009

Now you have to try steel cut oats!!! They’re AMAZING!!!! Let me know if you want my fool-proof crock pot recipe!

Reply

Lesley Lifting Life December 9, 2009

I hope it does get crazy for you after your interview airs, that would be exciting!

Ha, though that could be both good and bad. ; ) I’m sure the good would definitely out way the bad!

Reply

Jolene December 9, 2009

Ooooooooh one of those boxes in that pic is mine!!!!!!! Yipppppeeeeeee! I cannot wait to try the new flavour.

My perfect bowl of oats is what I call Mocha Coconut Oats:

1/2 cup coffee
1/2 cup almond breeze
1/2 cup oats
1 T mini chocolate chips
1 T coconut

Divine!!!

Jolene xoxo

Reply

Ryane December 9, 2009

I usually do 1/2 cup serving with a whole banana whipped in. I’ll only use 1/3 cup if I’m going crazy with lots of toppings – examples a la Kath – crumbled muffins, granola bars, etc.

Reply

Tiffany S. December 9, 2009

I had to teach myself to like oatmeal about 20 years ago but now I love it! I really love Oat Bran (even though I thought the texture would be sludgey, it’s not) and Steel Cut. Thank you for supporting Bob’s – they are a family-run business I believe!

I only eat oatmeal on the weekends because I don’t have time during the workweek – just a quick smoothie in one hand while I do other things, like brush my hair, with the other hand. I should learn overnight oats but haven’t yet. Welcome to the wonderful world of oats!

Reply

Janna December 9, 2009

Yay! You hopped on the oatmeal train!!!

My perfect bowl of oats is

1/3 cup Oats
1/2 ripe banana
1/3 cup water
1/3 almond milk
Topped with carob chips, butterscotch chips and scoop of Barney Butter! YUM!

Reply

Amanda December 9, 2009

One of those is my order. YES!!!! I have been looking forward to this day for awhile. Actually, I have been looking forward to the day they arrive. :) I can’t wait to try them. I know they will be amazing!

Reply

stina December 9, 2009

I usually do 1/2 c. of oats and 3/4 c. vanilla soy milk. It keeps the oats a little more “oat-like”

This week I’ve been making PBB&J oatmeal. I make the oats and then I toss them in a bowl with a mashed up banana, a 1T. of peanut butter, and 1T. of fruit spread. It’s pretty delish!

Reply

Michelle@Eatingjourney December 9, 2009

1/3 c. never kept me full. I always used 1/2 c.

Reply

rungirlrunn December 9, 2009

My favorite oatmeal is oatmeal, almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cottage cheese, pumpkin puree, unsweetened coconut, pecans, and a spoonful of PB melted on top!

Reply

Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2009

IM DROOLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks everyone!!! yummm

Reply

Steph December 9, 2009

I cook 1/3 cup of oats in 1 cup of water. Then I mix in a scoop of almond butter, a bit of maple syrup, 1/2 a banana (sliced), either ground flax or chia and a dash of cinnamon. So tasty! Sometimes I add goji berries and sub the maple syrup with unpasteurized honey.

Reply

Ang December 9, 2009

Nothing is better than a bowl of oats on a cold day! It was only eight degrees here when I woke up but no snow yet!

Reply

Niki (Running in Pink) December 9, 2009

One of my favorite toppings for oatmeal is coconut, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. It’s just like a dessert!

Reply

lz December 9, 2009

Angela, isn’t the snowfall so peaceful and tranquil? It snowed for the first time this year here in CT, too! Your oatmeal looks so soothing and creamy–it seems like just the dish for the weather! And yes, Bob’s Red Mill is the best!!

Reply

Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 9, 2009

I LOVE oats – especially with some sweet blueberries and soy milk :)

Reply

Angie (Losing It and Loving It) December 9, 2009

Our first big snowfall as well here in the Chicago area. I also shoveled and burned almost 400 calories in about 50 min. That stuff was heavy!

Glad you enjoyed your oats. I love homemade and make it a variety of ways. But I love peanut butter on top. Never tired agave on it so I will do that sometime.

Have fun with mom! We were able to visit with my family for Thanksgiving and it was so great to see them because it had been way too long.

Reply

kaila December 9, 2009

I use 1/2 cup oats and 3 cups of water .. it makes it seem like a huge bowl oats and they are extra creamy and delish! its takes alittle while longer to cook but sooo worth it! almond butter is great on top with sliced bananas and also frozen blueberries with yogurt and almonds is good ( the cold berries with the hot oatmeal is great)!

Reply

Page 1 of 3123»

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: