I know, I know, it’s hot outside and all I want to do is drink slushies. Now that it’s the weekend, maybe I should slug back a couple with a jigger of rum or two. But sometimes breakfast comes first. And an easy breakfast without a whole lot of fuss would be best.
This morning I was seriously craving some granola. The unfortunate thing was that my granola jar was empty and I only had one cup of old fashioned oats on-hand. So I tried my hand at the next best thing, toasted oats. I toast steel cut oats before I boil ’em so why can’t I toast regular old oats and just eat ’em as is? No reason at all! So that’s what I did…but I added a bit of this and a bit of that to, you know, jazz things up. The result? It was so good that I declared myself a genius on the spot!
The oven was barely on, so it didn’t heat up the house which is always a nice bonus for summer. We ate this topped with vanilla yogurt and fresh raspberries and it really hit the spot. The oats aren’t as crunchy as granola and because everything is slightly toasted, it has more flavour than muesli. I’m heading to the store shortly to stock up on oats, as I can see this getting regular play in my kitchen.
toasted oats with berries & yogurt
1 c old fashioned oats
1 T brown sugar
1/4 t cinnamon
2 T shredded coconut
1 T walnuts, chopped
2 c yogurt
1/2 – 3/4 c raspberries (or any fresh berry you have on hand)
Turn on your oven’s broiler. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon and brown sugar, then spread it evenly over the baking sheet. Bake for 2 minutes on the top rack, checking frequently so that nothing burns. Remove from oven and sprinkle with coconut and walnuts and bake again for another minute or so…again checking frequently. You want golden, not burnt. Remove from oven. Add yogurt to 2 bowls, divide oat mixture evenly between the two and top with raspberries.
Um, yes. You are a genius. I will be making this tomorrow.
I am on the lookout for ways to vary what I add to my breakfast fruit and yoghurt. Toasted oats just got added to the list 🙂
yumm.. this is simple yet healthy.. the first on my list to make for tmrws breakfast. thanx for sharing 🙂
Hi- found you at foodgawker- and I just wanted to mention how cool it is to see uppercase mag in your lovely food pic. Uppercase is one of the coolest things about Art Central (and Calgary in general).
what a great idea- i'll have to remember to try this out!
Those raspberries look so lovely. Just saw that they're on sale at Whole Foods, and now that I look at that photo, I need to get them!
LOVE that magazine! it´s the coolest
This could honestly be my new favourite breakfast – YUM!
Thanks for sharing! Love your blog!
Great idea to toast the oats. I'm a huge muesli fan. Thanks for sharing!
Yum! Those raspberries look picture perfect!I planted some raspberries in my backyard but it will be at least 2 years before it yields anything substantial. I still have to rely on market raspberries imported from the US or Mexico…boo!
Mmmm sounds like a delicious breakfast (or snack)!
Oh yum. I love anything oats! What a tasty, healthy, satisfying breakfast. Is it wrong that I want oatmeal now, at 10:27 p.m.?
I hate that "my-granola-jar-is-empty" feeling. Glad you did something about it!
I made granola for the first time a few weeks ago, I'm addicted now 🙂 Pour some over greek yogurt with a little honey and some strawberries is my favorite!
thanks becka, and you know me in real life! haha.
bump it up on the list, Daily Spud, it's a good one.
hope you love it, nora!
lydia, get yourself some of those $3.99 raspberries! yum.
thanks john! it's a great magazine.
justine, i hope you do!
lobstersquad, it's pretty awesome. almost as awesome as my breakfast 🙂
i'm not really a muesli fan, but this is awesome. i hope you try it hayley!
bijoux, you can easily sub in any other fruit, but raspberries are so nice!
eatme, this does make a great breakfast…i've already eaten it a few times since friday!
no, cookiepie, i'd say you're completely fine. nighttime oats? what's wrong with that!
stephchows, i love granola, but this is a nice change.
This post showed up just in the nick of time. Woke up Sunday to empty fridge and no desire for my usual hot oatmeal. I subbed unsalted sunflower seeds for the coconut, then added ground flax seeds and raisins after everything was toasted. No fruit in sight, so yogurt, toasted oats, honey and a few bittersweet chocolate chips…yummm…
Way to go, making something wonderful from what's on hand! This is genius, indeed.
my breakfast just whined at me that your breakfast kicked it in the nuts.
i just discovered your blog. love it!
Julene sounds like the perfect make-do breakfast. I like.
Thanks Lynne! I was pretty impressed with how tasty it turned out.
haha, celine!! What can I say, this breakfast has balls 🙂
Found you via Tastespotting and I'm so very glad I did! Can't wait to dig through your archives!
This is my new favourite breakfast, replacing Bob's Red Mill 10 grain cereal . .hot cereal is not for hot days. This is so refreshing, even if i did burn the first batch. Darn kids requiring my attention!~
Donna, so glad you found me! I know, it's the best breakfast and so easy!
Those raspberries look like I could just pluck them from my screen….YUM. Fabulous idea by the way, anything that accentuates the flavor of oats, is all right by me.
mari, i agree with you 100%!
What a great idea to toast the oats. This is simple and healthy.
Can't wait to see your posting. Will try it out soon. Great recipes, Thanks so much for sharing.
yum yum yum. i love homemade toasted oats. i just made a nice little almond butter and honey oats mix with dried cherries… raspberries are tops for toppings… !
Lyndsay, your breakfast sounds pretty good too! And I def agree about raspberries…tops!!
Great idea! Perfect for summer.
I tried toasting some oats in the oven and kept checking but nothing was happening. Wouldn’t you know, when I turn my back away they’d get burnt? I removed the dark brown ones at the edges but the rest of it still doesn’t taste good at all.