morning oats: scottish oatmeal


If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you’ve certainly been made aware that I love oatmeal. I’ve made steel cut oats for breakfast, two different kinds of baked oatmeal and some gussied-up porridge. What I have never tried until now was the deliciousness of Scottish oatmeal. Hello, take my hand and follow me around forever, you yummy oat! Scottish oats are very similar in consistency to steel cut but cook in way less time yet yield that nice chewy texture provide the perfect sustenance to get you through any rough morning.

This isn’t really a recipe. It was just me for breakfast today so I decided to prepare myself a large bowlful of oats. I just took the directions off of the package of Bob’s Red Mill Scottish Oats and cut the amounts in half. What really made this breakfast special was the addition of pecans, dried cherries and a touch of brown sugar. Yum!

EDIT: The next morning, I made oatmeal again and while I made mine the same way with pecans and cherries, I made some for Cornelius with some bananas caramelized in butter and brown sugar and topped with pecans. Yes, he was very, very thankful.

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17 comments to “morning oats: scottish oatmeal”

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    Joanne   January 26, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Don’t you just love ‘Bob’s Red Mill’ products ? I can easily spend a good 20 minutes perusing the selection.

    Oatmeal is a popular choice for brekkie in my home too. And, we too, add nuts and dried fruit to it.

    One thing I find to be an absolute must in my oatmeal is some brown sugar and cinnamon – lots of it!

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    Scribbit   January 26, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    you’re wonderful. I love my McCann’s Irish oatmeal but it does take forever to cook. I’m going to figure out where I can get the Scottish kind and give it a try.

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    Maven   January 26, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Oh, I feel you on the oat love, sister. I’ve been making steel cut oats in the crockpot, which is genius. Put the stuff in, go away and sleep for 8 hours, wake up and you have a brilliant meal. I can’t get enough!

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    Marie   January 27, 2007 at 12:05 am

    If you like Oats go here http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariealicejoan/MariesMuses/ and check out my entry on the 22nd Jan. Now that’s a bowl of oats. These are the best I’ve ever had actually. Love your journal by the way. I visit every day. AM most dissappointed when you haven’t written anything.

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    crystal   January 27, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    i don’t eat oatmeal but a cafe near my office has it with dried cranberries, walnuts and something else. they give it to you and you mix it in and two ladies i know are addicted to it.

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    hag   January 27, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    sounds yummy and wholesome. where do you get your dried cherries? I love to have them on hand , but can never find unsweetened ones that don’t cost a fortune.

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    Linda   January 28, 2007 at 7:23 am

    this is exactly what my boyfriend brings to me in bed every morning — i know i’m too spoiled (don’t worry, it can’t go on forever). I LOVE OATMEAL. I’ve been having it for breakfast every day for, gosh, 6 years now. you’d think I get sick of it but somehow I look forward to it every morning. Thanks for posting this!

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    kickpleat   January 28, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    i love cinnamon in oatmeal too, joanne, yet i always seem to skip it when i cook a heartier oat. not sure why!

    thanks, scribbit! the scottish kind is truely worth it.

    maven, i knew we had more in common than the diva cup and a love of thrifting ;) one day i’ll just have to get me one of those crockpots!

    thanks marie! those oatmeal muffins look awesome.

    hag, i used sweetened dried cherries and they’re from costco (i hate to admit). but they are tasty and pretty reasonable and not all dried out like some others i’ve tried.

    crystal, it’s so good to hear from you! i can’t belive you don’t like oatmeal! i’m in shock ;)

    linda, i think you are pretty damn lucky!

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    emeraldtiger   January 29, 2007 at 7:42 am

    i love oatmeal. love it! i’ll have to try scottish oatmeal. sometimes i eat it plain, other times i put in brown suger/honey/cinnamon, or sometimes cranberries. whatever way i eat it, i find that it is soothing inside and out! :-)

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    Caroline   January 29, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    God, I just love porridge. You’re making me so sad that I don’t have it in my kitchen right now. I’m running out to buy some!

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    Jennyj   January 30, 2007 at 4:53 am

    Yep and I love your baked oatmeal too! I eat it every day, about 4 bars :S

    I didn’t even know there was a different type of oats to Scottish.

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    kickpleat   January 30, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    emeraldtiger, you are a brave lady. i love oatmeal, but i just can’t eat it plain. must have a bit of sweet, in dried fruit form or the type of crack known as brown sugar ;)

    cazzer, run don’t walk and get thee some porridge!

    jennyj, the most common oats here in north america are the flakey oats that can be eaten raw like in granola. scottish oats are a bit more harder to come by!

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    Gwen   January 31, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    I will be eternally grateful to you for alerting me to Scottish oatmeal! Irish oatmeal is my favorite breakfast food, but too often I don’t have the time to make it (nor the inclination to dirty a pot first thing in the morning). I had Bob’s Scottish oats this morning, made in the microwave, and they were delicious.

    I made them “blueberry muffin style”, which is the preferred way to eat oatmeal in my house: Cook the oats with milk instead of water. Before cooking, stir in a handful of dried wild blueberries (this way they plump up and get nice and warm). Top with a small pat of butter, a sprinkle of salt, and a teaspoon of brown sugar. Yum!

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    kickpleat   February 1, 2007 at 1:40 am

    gwen, i love the sound of “blueberry muffin style” oatmeal! yum.

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    paperdoll   February 27, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    The simplest way to cook steel cut oats is to bring three cups water to boil, stir in oats, whisper a kind good night, , put on a tight lid, turn off and leave until next morning. Perfect oats.

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    Anonymous   February 27, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Sorry…that would be a cup of steel cut oats that you stir into the three cups water.

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    c   August 30, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    That’s how I do it, too, paperdoll. The oats come out so wonderfully toothsome. I’m usually no fan of the microwave, but making several cups of steel cut oats that way, refrigerating, and then nuking a serving each morning, with raisins, brown sugar, cayenne and garam masala… I know of no finer breakfast.

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