Operation OATMEAL: Get In Ma Belly!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 9, 2009

Today was the first snowfall of the season!


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:


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.


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

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


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…



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!!!!!



  • 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

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


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???


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.


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!


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katie December 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm

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!


nicolene December 10, 2009 at 4:53 am

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


yours looks great



ALysha December 10, 2009 at 1:05 pm

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.


Cara (Cara Craves...) December 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm

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.


Sarah R December 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm

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.


Lauren December 9, 2009 at 6:39 pm

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! ;)


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 9, 2009 at 6:42 pm

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!!


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 9, 2009 at 6:42 pm

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!


Liz December 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm

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


sweeto December 9, 2009 at 6:46 pm

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!


Jackie @ TriToLose December 9, 2009 at 6:53 pm

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/


MAJL December 9, 2009 at 6:56 pm

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


sarah (ghost world) December 9, 2009 at 6:57 pm

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 :) )


Lindsey @ Sound Eats December 9, 2009 at 6:58 pm

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!)


Leah @ L4L December 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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.


Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) December 9, 2009 at 7:01 pm

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


Jamie December 9, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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!


Susan December 9, 2009 at 7:12 pm

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 ;)


Molly @thevegandorm December 9, 2009 at 7:14 pm

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.


Jenna December 9, 2009 at 7:18 pm

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. :)


Amy December 9, 2009 at 7:21 pm

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.


Jordan December 9, 2009 at 7:23 pm

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


Katie December 9, 2009 at 7:28 pm

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!


Kristie Lynn December 9, 2009 at 7:33 pm

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 :)


Mara @ What's for Dinner? December 9, 2009 at 7:37 pm

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


Lesley Lifting Life December 9, 2009 at 7:39 pm

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!


Jolene December 9, 2009 at 7:41 pm

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


Jolene xoxo


Ryane December 9, 2009 at 7:44 pm

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.


Tiffany S. December 9, 2009 at 7:49 pm

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!


Janna December 9, 2009 at 7:50 pm

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!


Amanda December 9, 2009 at 7:51 pm

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!


stina December 9, 2009 at 7:59 pm

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!


[email protected] December 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm

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


rungirlrunn December 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm

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


Steph December 9, 2009 at 8:17 pm

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.


Ang December 9, 2009 at 8:17 pm

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!


Niki (Running in Pink) December 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm

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


lz December 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm

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!!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 9, 2009 at 8:46 pm

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


Angie (Losing It and Loving It) December 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

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.


kaila December 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

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)!


Jerilynne December 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

If you want to combine your GMs and your oats you can try making them Polly’s way http://www.yogaisyummy.net/?page_id=442. I’ve never done it (don’t have a hand blender.. even though you could probably just use a regular blender) but I would love to try oats this way!


Melissa December 9, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I have a little less than 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 heaping teaspoon ground flaxseed, 1 heaping teaspoon walnuts, 1 heaping teaspoon raisins, 1 heaping teaspoon brown sugar, and cinnamon. I add 3/4 cup water and microwave for 2 minutes. Then I add skim milk, soy milk, or almond milk. I also put some maca in mine sometimes. For a change, sometimes I use honey and natural peanut butter instead of brown sugar and walnuts.

I eat this at 5am, exercise for 1 hour, and I don’t get lunch at work until noon sometimes. It really keeps me going!

All these ideas sound delicious!


Kath December 9, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Yay!!!! Your oats are gorg.

I recommended 1/3 cup cause you said it made you too full. I bulk my up with pumpkin, wheatberries, cottage cheese, muffin, granola. You GOTTA try it with pumpkin!!! Or butternut squash puree.


Amanda December 9, 2009 at 9:18 pm

I LOVE bobs red mill steel cut oats. I have eaten them for dinner with almond butter drizzled on top and milk. MMmmmm


Carolyn December 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Wow, that’s a lot of bars. One of these days I’ll be able to afford to try them. Maybe in the new year. I’m afraid I’ll get hooked, though. :)


Jenn (eating bender) December 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I love that picture of you shoveling – priceless!! So excited for you and your upcoming TV spot, Ange. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were SUPER busy after that! You may need to expand ;)

My perfect oatmeal was my Peanut Butter Cup oatmeal that I made with fresh PB and Ghirardelli chocolate drops. Holy delicious.

My mom is coming to visit me tomorrow, too! HAVE FUN!!


caitlin December 9, 2009 at 9:30 pm

definitely use 1/2 cup or even 2/3… i would die on 1/3 cup oatmeal.


Trail December 9, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I use Arrowhead Mills organic steel cut oats. It’s actually instant (6 min in microwave), which I love since I’m not much for long cooking times. I cook it in apple juice, melt vegan butter in it, and use a healthy dose of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. It’s delish! The next time, I plan to also stir in a little oatmeal to make it even creamier. Your version looks wonderful too!


jen December 9, 2009 at 9:58 pm

i struggle with oatmeal too. I’m still working on trying to like it, I had it the other day but still not loving it. I will have to try some agave next time.

BTW, I’ve become addicted to your blog. You’re an inspiration, though I’m sure you don’t realize it.


Caroline December 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I think the longer you cook the oatmeal the more it cooks down. I usually only cook mine for 7 minutes or so. The first time I made it I cooked it too long and it was tiny. I personally vary between 1/3 cup (uncooked) and 1/2 cup depending on whether I ran the day before (I’m always hungrier the day after since I run in the evening). Pumpkin oatmeal with pumpkin spice and brown sugar is a must try!


Lizzie December 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm

I like Scottish porridge oats – they’re a lot smoother than American oats – if that makes sense. But I have started using oat bran and love it. I make it with 1% milk and chia seeds (microwave for 2.5 minutes) then mix in all natural peanut butter and either honey or agave . . . . soooo good! My husband thinks I am weird as I always get so excited about having that for breakfast the next morning (don’t have it every day). I usually break for cold cereal (like Kashi) in the summer, but missed it too much and was back by August :)


Kelly December 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I made shoveling part of my work out both Sunday and today. I’m not sure I’m ready for this winter thing, but I will say it is good for the abs and arms!


Lindsay December 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Oh my gosh… I LOVE oatmeal. I eat it everyday! I usually make it with 1 C soy milk (I’m thinking about trying it with Almond Milk soon!), 1/2 C oats, then once it’s done I add Stevia and 1 tbsp of Peanut Butter. Sometimes I add 1 tbsp of ground flax seed. I’ve also used Almond Butter and Sunflower Butter and they were equally wonderful :)


Jenny December 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm

some toasted quinoa would probably be great!


Iris December 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm

I eat “overnight oats” for lunch on days I am not working. The ingredients are as follows: 1 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/2 cup of apple juice, 1/2 cup of soy milk, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and a dime-sized amount (or even less) of honey.

I mix this all together and let it sit overnight, hence the name. :) It is simple-tasting but good – love it!


Rebekah December 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I make my oats with 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup water, and 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk with banana…just like Kath! :) I add the vanilla at the end then top with half an apple chopped up, a pinch of almonds, and a pinch of dark chocolate chips. DELISH!


Erika December 9, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Mmmmm oatmeal, my morning staple….I make mine several ways to vary the taste, but always use 1/2 cup of oats and 1 cup of liquid (usually water)…I then add milk after cooking.

My favorite way is with a wee bit of brown sugar. I also enjoy sliced up apple cooked with the oats and then sprinkle some cinnamon on top, maybe. And then of course there is the raisins with a wee bit of cinnamon as well….. And I always always top my oatmeal with a banana (I have to eat a banana a day or my muscles pay for it). This helps keep me full from 6 am until lunch time at 12:15 on work days. YUMMY>>>>>. have yet to try oatmeal with almond butter, but that may be coming up soon in my morning adventures :)


Cynthia (It All Changes) December 9, 2009 at 10:45 pm

I did the same thing today. I shoveled snow with Hunni and got a great workout.

Perfect oatmeal for me is pumpkin, agave, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.


Katie December 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm

If you don’t want to miss out on your Green Monsters in the morning, but at the same time you are craving some oatmeal, why not combine the two?

Maybe some soaked oats in almond milk (or another nut/seed milk of your choice; oat milk is fantastic!) then, in the morning put them in a blender with some spinach, banana, and any other mix ins (nut butters, other fruits, etc). Top with preferred toppings (granola, coconut, wheat germ, flax) and enjoy your Green Monster Oats! :)


Tay December 9, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I always make 1/2 cup oats unless I’m adding a lot of cereal as a topping. I also always use double the liquid (so 1 cup milk to 1/2 cup oats). And adding in an egg makes it extra creamy!! So maybe you can make your flax eggs? ;-) And then I top it with nut butter and cereal/granolas!!


Kelly Michelle December 9, 2009 at 11:08 pm

I use double to triple the liquid as oats and use about 60g banana, I only use 1/4 cup of oats and it always comes out a lot. I also always add 1/2 a serving of unsweetened brown rice protein and it works perfectly, can’t taste it and I think it bulks it up and makes it filling. My favorite combo right now is the melted banana and then dark hershey’s cocoa and peppermint extract, holiday style


alyssa December 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm

When I make it I use a 1/2 cup of oats. I also use a banana and about 1/2 cup of pure pumpkin. It reallllllyyyy bulks it up without adding tons of calories. Add in a little pumpkin pie spice, (and some extra cinnamon,I cant get enough of the stuff) and you one awesome bowl of oats!


Trail December 9, 2009 at 11:30 pm

This is really random, but I think around Thanksgiving you were wishing that you could find a vegan marshmallow. Katie posted s’mores fudge babies with a product called Ricemellow. (Here’s the link: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2009/12/09/smores-fudge-babies/) It’s a creme, but maybe it would work for your marshmallow needs? My brain just connected the two and I thought I’d pass it along!


Anne P December 9, 2009 at 11:35 pm

I love my oats with skim milk, cinnamon, banana, blueberries, chia seeds… etc!


Emily Eats and Exercises December 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm

I always make 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, .5 ormaybe 1 cup water (depends on other mix-ins), and 1/2 banana, I’ve taken to adding tons of fruit to make it even more filling. Some examples: canned pumpkin, softened apple pieces, pear, fresh cranberries, etc. YUM.


katie December 9, 2009 at 11:56 pm

i have oatmeal pretty much every day at work – my standard go-to is 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, 1 tbsp. ground flax [something 1/2 tbsp chia seeds], 1 banana sliced [added with about 1 min. left in the microwave], a big scoop of naturally more peanut butter, and some cinnamon on top. so good and so filling. last week i had pomegranate arils with it as well, and they made it even better.


Danielle December 10, 2009 at 12:22 am

A big bowl of oatmeal is breakfast every morning! You only ate 1/3 cup of rolled oats?! You silly girl, the serving size is 1/2 cup. I think Kath uses less to leave calorie room for all her yummy toppings (granola, nuts, etc). Sometimes I even use 1/4 cup of steel-cut oats instead for a slightly smaller serving, a little more texture, and the same scrumptious satiety. Enjoy the snow :)


Amanda December 10, 2009 at 12:32 am

I usually use 1 part oats to 2 parts liquid. Banana is absolutely key, and I also loooove adding canned pumpkin for more bulk. It’s great topped with maple syrup, nut butters, and anything CRUNCHY!!


Katie December 10, 2009 at 12:40 am

So funny that you ask about savory oats, since I just posted about mine here: http://makingfoodandotherstuff.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/more-snow-and-food/
I usually use 1/3 cup oats, but I put in a TON of veggies. My most basic and favorite savory combo is salsa, spinach, and any winter squash. Adding in nutritional yeast gives it a nice cheesy flavor too. This would be great for lunch (though I eat it for breakfast!).
Congrats on such a successful bakery! It must feel so good to be doing exactly what you want to be doing.


Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 10, 2009 at 12:43 am

My perfect recipe for oatmeal is 1 cup water with 2/3 cup rolled oats – nice & thick!

Do you still make the RUN GLOW BARS???


mrs. biscuit December 10, 2009 at 12:58 am

I agree with you…when I made the portion size that Kath Eats recommended I was still hungry. I do 1/2 c. oats and 1 cup water (no milk) and banana. I always forget the vanilla. I top it with almond butter and chopped dates. best. breakfast. ever.


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin December 10, 2009 at 1:58 am

For my favorite oatmeal I use a ratio of 1-part oatmeal to 3-parts liquid. I love using oat bran instead of rolled oats, too! It’s more of a cream-of-wheat texture.

I season mine with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of sea salt, then top it off with a bit of almond butter and pure maple syrup! It’s my favorite– although, I agree, I think I prefer it for lunch, so I can have my morning green drink for breakfast!! :)


Erin December 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla, usually) + 1/2 cup water + 1 tbs PB or AB (added at the end of cooking!). Top it with berries and whatever else I feel like…and a sprinkle of brown sugar!

I’ve never added the banana… hmm.


Marina December 10, 2009 at 4:26 am

I adore oatmeal!
I usually put 20grams of oats,but just because I want to save calories, and I’m usually hungry after that. I love all combinations. With banana and pb, cherry cocoa oatmeal, green oats (you should try that, just add spinach when the oatmeal is cooked and blend), apple oats..yummy


Oxidaisy December 10, 2009 at 5:00 am

I always use Kath’s recipe for oatmeal. The mashed banana makes it sweet and it just tastes so good! I don’t know how much I use, i have this little cup I use to measure equal amounts of oats, milk and water, I think it is about 1/2 cup. Most of the time I use half a banana, but if I use an entire one it turns out thicker. When it gets too thick I just add a little milk. I top my oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins.
I am curious for savory oatmeal recipes, haven’t tried that yet!


Nicole December 10, 2009 at 5:16 am

Here is one of my fav’s:


I would have mixed in half a mashed up banana to the oatmeal though if I had to do it over again. It was really good!


Judy December 10, 2009 at 6:04 am

I love my Reese’s oatmeal in the morning. Do it in the microwave, have to admit. One of the few things I do in there. 1/2 cup oatmeal & water (I like my oatmeal thick). Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Stir. top with 1 tsp chocolate chips & 2 tbsp peanut butter. Mix all together. It’ll keep you full for hours!


Jen December 10, 2009 at 7:21 am

My boyfriend and I use this recipe:
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup water
1 cup vanilla hemp milk (Pacific) – it smells SO GOOD while it’s cooking!
1 banana

We’re BIG eaters….

I add PB and carob chips


Melanie December 10, 2009 at 8:49 am

For me, it’s 1/2 cup oatmeal and 3/4 to 1 cup of hot water. I just let it sit until it absorbs the water rather than actually cooking it (learned this from HEAB). It works just fine with old-fashioned oats. My favorite way to eat them? Straight out of the PB jar ala HEAB, maybe with 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, although I’m going to be honest, they’re also pretty good with BBQ sauce (if you’re feeling savory). Today, I’m trying smores oats…have a couple of marshmallows (could use vegan ones or vegan MM creme…I had some regular left over that I need to use up) and a few chocolate chips. We’ll see if it’s good or not!


Laura Georgina December 10, 2009 at 9:08 am

The first snowfall, how pretty! (and how wet, and how old it will get soon, right? Sorry, waxing rhapsodic over snow because I miss it so…)

I’ve been rockin’ my oatmeal lately with cranberries, but I love any fruit in them. My absolute favorite combination is oatmeal with pineapple chunks and coconut, cooked with half water and half pineapple juice–like a pina colada, no rum needed. Funnily enough, I tried super-pimped oats (peanut butter with my usual banana) yesterday, and I couldn’t get them down me. I may be the only person in this world that can’t stand peanut butter in oatmeal!


Kate December 10, 2009 at 9:09 am

Yummy! I LOVE oatmeal! Especially on a winter morning. Mmm! My favorite bowl of oatmeal is slightly watery, but with a few chunks made with vanilla rice milk and topped with bananas, shredded coconut, and a few spoonfuls of almond butter but you have to make sure to add the almond butter in right after the oatmeal gets poured into the bowl and is nice and warm! Melted peanut butter in oatmeal is the bomb!


elliebelle December 10, 2009 at 9:13 am

I love oatmeal too – I use a 1/2 cup of oats, with water, then I add a tiny bit of brown sugar, ground flax, shredded coconut, tons of ground cinnamon, and a whole chopped apple (which I heat in the microwave for 1 minute to soften). It tastes like apple crisp! I LOVE it and it really fills me up.


brandi December 10, 2009 at 9:32 am

I always do 1/2 cup of oats, but adding more liquid will give it more volume if you don’t want to add more calories by upping the actual oats.


Sarah December 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

I love oats! I usually do 1/2 cup but I use less liquid (like 3/4 cup instead of 1 cup or more) because I like mine thick and not runny. My favorite toppings are banana and peanut butter but I also like making it with canned pumpkin, topping it with raisins, chocolate chips and peanut butter.

I think protein powder would help you! Heather (HEAB) used to make this green blended oats you might want to check out for lunch. I think she used spinach, steamed broccoli, etc.


Gillian December 10, 2009 at 10:33 am

I definitely need at least 1/2 cup of oats and 3/4 – 1 cup of liquids (some water, milk combo) for oats to fill me up for HOURS – POM seeds are delightful on oats this time of year – I add them cold and its like little crunchy present in your oats…yummmm!


skinnyrunner December 10, 2009 at 10:53 am

wow it looks cold there in canada!! i cant believe how many orders you are doing, you go girl! or should i say, you glo girl?!?


Anne Marie @ New Weigh of Life December 10, 2009 at 11:10 am

My perfect oatmeal has bananas in it. I tend to be simple with my oatmeal. That’s exciting about the orders!


Claire December 10, 2009 at 11:36 am

I bet one of those boxes shipped was mine:-) I can’t wait to try present!!My family loves glo bars,too.cc


Leanne December 10, 2009 at 11:36 am

Check out Keen footwear, specifically their ladies boot called Blackcomb. It is amazing and desigened for -25 to -30 degree weather and have a wool footbed (keeps feet dry and warm). They have 2 types of lugs on the sole of the boot which work great on snow and ice (except on wind blown ice which is what Calgary has plenty of these days). They also have Keen Dry technology for keeping your feet dry. (Many Canada Post employees ask for these boots). Just be sure to get a size that allows your toes to move around, you need air to flow – so your toes don’t “pinch” and then get cold.

I have a pair and love them.
Keep warm !!


Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) December 10, 2009 at 11:50 am

you def need a 1/2 cup oats, I tried the whole 1/3 cup oats thing, but it didn’t keep me full for very long!

oats for lunch??? now that sounds good =)


Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 10, 2009 at 12:02 pm

my perfect oatmeal always contains PUMKPIN! ;)


Tricia December 10, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I have a love affair with oatmeal every morning! I usually use between 1/2-2/3 cups oats, then either all water or 1/2 water, 1/2 almond milk.
This morning I had 2/3 cup oats with the water/almond milk combo, 1/2 banana, couple tablespoons of pumpkin, cinnamon, maple syrup and a spoonful of Peanut Butter Co.’s Bee’s Knees peanut butter melted in.
soooo gooooood, and satisfying!


Meg's Gut December 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Oats are wonderful!
I do 1/3 cup oats with about 1 cup of rice milk and put it on the stove for about 8 minutes or so. It seems to make more a larger portion and then I put my toppings on- usually pumpkin seeds/sunflower seeds, cinnamon and a bit more rice milk- I like my oats “mushy” I don’t like them too thick and I don’t like them too runny.
Now I’m craving oats!


Amanda December 10, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Mmmmm, I LOVE oatmeal. My current favorite is oats cooked in milk and topped with diced, fresh pear, flax meal, and natural peanut or almond butter. I usually only use 1/4 cup oats and 1/2 cup liquid because for some reason, I can’t tolerate a lot of volume first thing in the morning. I make up for the small portion of oats with all the fruit and nut butter I add, though!


Carolyn December 10, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Today I actually had oatmeal AND a green monster for breakfast. I make steel cut oats in the crockpot (amazing and sooo easy) but I only have a mini serving. Today it was with chopped up apple, cinnamon, and a little PB. The mini serving is so I can also get in some veggies with my green monster. I spread these out a little too so it lasts me to lunch with no problem.


Leana December 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I love Bob’s Red Mill too!! I’ve been eating the Scottish oats lately. I make mine in the microwave and follow the directions on the bag – 1/4 cup oats with 3/4 cup water. Once it has cooked I add in a splash of milk and bulk it up with 1/2 a diced apple. Throw some pomegranate on top with some coconut…yum!

I also like to stir in some canned pumpkin too and that also helps to bulk it up.


Lisa December 10, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I’ll have to give Bobs a try. I’m just used to the occassional Quaker instant cinnamon; since usually I just grab something before running out the door to work. Or getting something quick @ work.


Brittany December 10, 2009 at 1:48 pm

LOVED the banana oatmeal! I needed something quick, warm and filling this morning before my husband ran out the door to work, and considering I need to go grocery shopping today, I didn’t have much on hand! I saw your oatmeal recipe this morning and knew I had a ripe banana, oats, milk, vanilla and I was out of agave but had maple syrup, not as healthy but it didn’t take much to sweeten it! It was GREAT!! and the hubby loved it… You saved my morning ;)

I too have only made homemade oats a few times and it NEVER came out good…..until I made this recipe! Thanks ;)


Vicki December 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I feel like I could live off of oatmeal. Love it!! Glad you enjoyed yours. I almost always do a 1/2 cup dry oatmeal and that’s just about right for me as far as portion size goes.


Bree (beeskneeslife) December 10, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I shoveled for the first time yesterday too! It IS a great workout. Especially if you have a big/long driveway. I wore my heart rate monitor a few times last winter just to see, and if I remember right, it was comparable to a brisk walk or easy jog for the same amount of time.

Oatmeal is my go-to weekend warmth breakfast :)


Melinda December 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Look at all that snow. Glad you got those glo bars out. Maybe I should say glad mine are on their way!


Lauren December 10, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I almost ALWAYS use 1/2 cup of oatmeal with 1 cup of liquid. It usually keeps me full for 4 hours, so it’s defintely worth the extra calories (but the scoop of pb helps :D)
1/2 cup of oats
1/2 cup of water
1/2 almond milk
1 heaping tblsp of natural pb or ab
at least one serving a fruit

add first three ingredients into a microwavable bowl then microwave for 1.30-2.00 minutes! Then I add the pb (or ab), fruit, granola, cereal, dried fruit, seeds, nuts, cinnamon, pumpkin seasoning, vanilla, chocolate, whatever! I love just throwing in things from the cupboard :D


Juliane December 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I also love oatmeal that much! Here you can read how I like it:


ari December 10, 2009 at 7:16 pm

yeah you should definitely use more liquid. i do 1/3 cup oats and like 1.25 cups water. deeeeeelish!


Nora December 11, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I love steel cut oats. I cook them in the slow cooker and they are delicious! love the nutty texture.

1 cup of steel cut oats
6 cups of water
cook on high for about 5 hours

When I make them, I usually cook a batch for the whole week.

My favorite add ins are:

dried cranberries

almond butter

canned pumpkin


Michal December 12, 2009 at 9:09 am

mmm that looks like the perfect bowl of oatmeal! i like to keep my combos simple with a ripe banana, pumpkin pie spice, almonds or some nut and agave. YUM!


Jessica December 12, 2009 at 2:55 pm

You’ve got to try the “baked” apple technique! I loooove adding a sliced up apple, mid-stir and drizzling it with lots cinnamon, peanut/almond butter and maybe some raisins :)


Hilary December 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm

You should definitely try steel cut oats/look into the nutritional benefits vs. regular oats. You can make them quickly by heating 1 part oatmeal to four parts water in a pot until it boils, then letting it simmer for three minutes. After that, turn off the stove and put the lid on the pot and leave it over night – they’ll be ready in the morning! Much quicker way to make these oats and I honestly couldn’t go back to regular oats now.

Good luck!


Marianne January 3, 2010 at 5:51 am

I almost always cook up 1/2 cup oats to 1 cup liquid of your choice (usually half water/half milk). Often I’ll use a whole banana as well. That definitely makes for a filling bowl :)


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