Thursday, October 9, 2008

Awesome Oats

I'm generally a savory breakfast fan, but every once in awhile, I crave something creamy and sweet, like oatmeal. It's so warm and hearty on a fall morning, even if it's not that cold here yet. But I can't eat my oats nekkid. Sometimes, I stir in my favorite peanut butter for Dark Chocolate Dreams Oats:

My cat Ozzie loves chocolate peanut butter oats too!

I microwave 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, and a dash of salt. Then I stir in one or two tablespoons of the chocolate peanut butter after cooking. This time, it didn't seem sweet enough so I drizzled some agave over the top.

Inspired by a post from Shelby at La Belle Vegan, I tried Pumpkin Pie Oats this morning:

This was like eating pumpkin pie for breakfast, only with oats in it (which I guess seems like a rather obvious description, but sue me). I used a bit of homemade pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice), 3 tablespoons of canned pumpkin, Earth Balance, and a liberal drizzle of maple syrup. Suffice to say, I'll be eating this again in the morning.

38 comments:

thedalyn said...

I'm also more of a savory breakfast person, but the pumpkin oats look and sound like they're worth trying.

I think I'm in love with Ozzie. I have a soft spot for brown tabbies...

Amey said...

mmmm. I like oatmeal in the cold months. that dark chocolate peanut butter sounds freaky good. I'll look for it.

ozzie is cute!

kindkitchen said...

YUM! I never have time for oats in the AM, but those oats might be worth getting up for!

Celine said...

ha! I'd act exactly like kitty and dig my head in there, too.

shellyfish said...

Ozzie is sooo adorable! Oh, I'm sorry, were we talking about food or something? Blinded by kittie-cute!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Love your photo of curious Ozzie!

Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies said...

Great idea for the coming cold months...

My cats are always trying to dig in too... silly things!

Breedale said...

Those oats are gorgeous. I love peanut butter in mine too, but I have never seen the chocolate kind. Too cool! Pumpkin pie is also a fav so I will give that delicious recipe a try. Thanks for sharing as always! Ozzy is a rockin' little kitty!

Shenandoah Vegan said...

Oh Ozzie!!!! I hope to see more of your kitties.

VeggieGirl said...

Scrumptious oats!!!

Aww, Ozzie :0)

jelymo said...

i love the pumpkin pie oats recipe. i'll be trying that! as for choco-oats, i just throw a handful of chocolate chips in the oatmeal after it has been cooked. yummy!

shelby said...

I love your oatmeal combinations! They are so simple and look so good. I usually throw whatever I can get my hands on in the pot of oatmeal. I'm so glad you tried pumpkin oats, they are so delicious.

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

I would have never thought to stir something like that into my oats. And dark chocolate peanut butter? Count me in! We usually do savory breakfasts here too - or just fruit.

That pumpkin one sounds like it might be good too. Pumpkin is something that I never used to like, but my tastes have changed so much since going veg, perhaps I should give it a shot.

evestirs said...

dark chocolate peanut butter....mmmm

Erin of Care to Eat said...

Love both of those. But not as much as Ozzie.

jennconspiracy said...

Aww.. good kitty, eat your oatmeal!

Cyn said...

Oooh, pumpkin oatmeal sounds delicious, and I am generally not an oatmeal person. Plus your kitty is so adorable!

Happy Herbivore! said...

I live on oatmeal in the winter :) I have been meaning to try pumpkin oatmeal since it started popping up on blogs... yours is just another reason for me to wish it would cool off in los angeles!

don't even start me on that pb. i think we own every vegan flavor they make. (and i feel like i just left that same note on someone elses blog recently! mofo madness!)

River said...

Kitty McCutie!! You know those oats have to be good if they are the Ozzie seal of approval!

jessy said...

did you say chocolate peanut butter?! holy shit - really?! i swear i live in a cave (under a rock), Bianca! mmmmmmmmm! i put regular peanut butter in my oatmeal with some jam on top, but i'm gonna have to get some chocolate peanut butter! wow! your kitty = the cutest! and the pumpkin oatmeal sounds soooooo good! i need to get some pumpkin soon, too! pumpkin, chocolate peanut butter - yeah, i need those! superw00t!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Can I distract you and steal your yummy-looking oatmeal? Hmmm, looks like I will have to distract your smart kitty as well!

alaina said...

that is the best peanut butter ever.
i usually plop a spoonful in the middle of my oatmeal and get a little bit with each bite :)

Lauren said...

omg arent those flavored peanut butters the most awesome things EVER? haha ive tried them all except the maple one..but i really neeeed to! and ozzie is so cute, he'd be friends with ziggy..definitely =)

Monika K said...

Oats and breakfast seem like the perfect fall combination. Now if only it would stop snowing here... (:

Alice (in Veganland) said...

pumpkin pie for breakfast :-)
If only we had pumpkin puree cans in Germany...

Urban Vegan said...

I love the idea of PB in oatmeal--that adds a whole new dimension to it.

Ozzie looks a lot like BossaNova.

seitanismymotor said...

Oats and peanut butter? What an excellent idea!

Green Eyes, Green Heart said...

Oatmeal kicks ass. It's so versatile.
Confession: I sometimes just eat uncooked oats. Just grab a punchful from the container with the old guy on the front and shove it in my mouth. Very chewy. :)

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

I love oatmeal for breakfast in the fall. I usually put maple syrup on it or sometimes brown sugar. I'll have to try your excellent ideas soon!

Peace, Love and Veganism said...

I looove oatmeal! That pumpkin pie version looks amazing. Gotta' try that soon...Good luck with your cookbook! We really need a vegan Paula Deen ;)

Avery Yale Kamila said...

Wow, those oats look amazing! I've got to break away from my blueberry addiction and try some other toppings on my oats.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I've never made breakfast oats, but you sure make them sound good!

Vegan On Stage said...

that looks amazinggggg... i am obsesed wtih pumpkin pie! and for breakfats!>! cant beat it!

Zoey said...

Hi Bianca,

Your oatmeal looks delicious. I might make pumpkin pie oatmeal tomorrow morning, it sounds incredible. I also love the picture of your cat sniffing the oatmeal, he's a cutie.

T said...

oooh, I have that stuff and it rocks. I just really need a vega croissant to slather it on.

Vegan_Noodle said...

I am so ready to do this with my oatmeal! I have dark chocolate dreams that I need to use....

funwithyourfood said...

if you want to make it REALLY sweet try adding some dark chocolate chips :).. it's amazing.. and hey, doesn't dark chocolate have antioxidants or something actually healthy for you in it?? lol

teddy

vegannifer said...

Must be something about the cooler weather, but I've been having oats in the morning recently, too. Peanut butter stirred into oatmeal is the best, but I can see how CHOCOLATE peanut butter would be even better!