toasted oats with berries & yogurt

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.

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30 comments to “toasted oats with berries & yogurt”

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    becka   June 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Um, yes. You are a genius. I will be making this tomorrow.

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    Daily Spud   June 6, 2009 at 8:37 am

    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 :)

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    nora@ffr   June 6, 2009 at 11:53 am

    yumm.. this is simple yet healthy.. the first on my list to make for tmrws breakfast. thanx for sharing :)

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    jfmanzo   June 6, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    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).

    best-

    John Manzo
    Calgary

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    Justine   June 6, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    what a great idea- i'll have to remember to try this out!

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    Lydia   June 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    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!

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    lobstersquad   June 7, 2009 at 2:15 am

    LOVE that magazine! it´s the coolest

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    Finsmom   June 6, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    This could honestly be my new favourite breakfast – YUM!

    Thanks for sharing! Love your blog!

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    Hayley   June 7, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Great idea to toast the oats. I'm a huge muesli fan. Thanks for sharing!

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    Bijoux   June 7, 2009 at 7:53 am

    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!

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    eatme_delicious   June 7, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Mmmm sounds like a delicious breakfast (or snack)!

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    CookiePie   June 7, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    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.?

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    The Leftoverist   June 7, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I hate that "my-granola-jar-is-empty" feeling. Glad you did something about it!

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    stephchows   June 8, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    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!

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    kickpleat   June 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    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!

    thanks finsmom!

    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!

    thanks, leftoverist!

    stephchows, i love granola, but this is a nice change.

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    Julene   June 8, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    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…

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    Cookie baker Lynn   June 9, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Way to go, making something wonderful from what's on hand! This is genius, indeed.

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    celine   June 10, 2009 at 11:43 am

    my breakfast just whined at me that your breakfast kicked it in the nuts.
    stop it!

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    leni   June 11, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    i just discovered your blog. love it!

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    kickpleat   June 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    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 :)

    Thanks Leni!

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    Donna   June 15, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    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!~

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    kickpleat   June 17, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Donna, so glad you found me! I know, it's the best breakfast and so easy!

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    Mari   June 22, 2009 at 10:46 am

    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.

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    kickpleat   June 23, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    mari, i agree with you 100%!

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    Sam   June 25, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    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.

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    lyndsay   June 29, 2009 at 11:20 am

    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… !

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    kickpleat   July 2, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks sam!

    Lyndsay, your breakfast sounds pretty good too! And I def agree about raspberries…tops!!

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    Gemma   June 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Great idea! Perfect for summer.

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    aravis   January 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    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.

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