It’s a standard running joke that we “crunchies” are “particular” to the oats – mainly granola.    Don’t know if  there will ever be an end to granola/hippy stereotypical jokes.  Heck, the poor thing’s  even in the Urban Dictionary Geez, some of the descriptions, not too kind.

No matter, one of the most requested recipes on the blog is our Skillet Granola.   But in winter a warm bowl of oats hits the spot.

Jordanne recently forwarded me a recipe with lip smacking title  “Butter Toasted Oatmeal” and been hooked ever since.    I topped it with a few slices of canned (homegrown) apples from our pantry and a touch of molasses.   Yum!

The method is simple : In a deep skillet, melt & brown 2 tbl butter.  Add 2 cups of rolled oats.  While the oats are getting toasty(should be light brown) in the pan (stir so the oats don’t burn) boil 4 cups of water.  Add the boiling water to toasted oats.   Careful, the water an the hot oats sets up a huge cloud of white steam.   Cook, simmering for 20-25 min.  Top with your favorite toppings.

Oats are certainly a  cheap and versatile food and it’s a bulk staple here on the urban homestead – sitting in our larder along side the other “basics” flour, rice and sugar.

So call us what you may.  But for us frugal folks, oats rule and are healthy too!

What creative ways do you eat Oats?


  1. Julie says:

    That looks delicious…I am definitely gonna have to try this recipe!! Thanks for posting it!

  2. Bethany says:

    You said it! Yes it’s the stereotype but I love to eat oats in… granola! 🙂 I like to have granola with milk or on top of greek yogurt & honey. Sometimes I try to liven things up a bit – my standard granola is cranberry & pistachio but I’ve been known to make it with coconut, chocolate and almonds also. More of a dessert than anything, eh? I also bake a honey oat bread for the family that uses quite a bit of oats. Oats are a “superfood” so I do like to add them in where I can.

    • Anais says:

      @Bethany: Yum, yum and yummy

  3. Jeni says:

    I must try this ASAP!!!

  4. Candice says:

    My breakfast usually consists of oats with dried cranberries and almond slices, and I usually make it with half water, half milk (don’t like it without the milk for some reason!)

    You’re making me want to try it with cooked apples, though! It sounds yummy!

  5. Veronica V. says:

    I don’t think I do anything the rest of the people on here don’t do, but I do do it in a different way. Instead of cooking my granola in a skillet I pop it in the oven right before I turn it off (after cooking something else in it). I only stir it once and let it cook unitl the oven is cool. That was I’m not useing anymore energy, and I get a week or two’s granola for me.

    • Anais says:

      @Veronica V.: Great energy saving cooking tip, thanks for sharing.

  6. rachael says:

    Of course I’m reading this the week I’ve given up grains…there really is nothing like oats in winter – terrific recipe.

  7. Kathy says:

    I was reading a couple of weeks ago about Savory Oatmeal 🙂 Just google savory oatmeal recipes 🙂 My daughter has always liked hers with butter and fresh ground pepper.

  8. Heather :) :) :) says:

    Oats rule in our house, too 🙂 🙂 it’s easy, simple, tastes good…and I still feel good after eating it, too. In fact, my father is making a grocery run for some more today 🙂 🙂 Your recipe sounds really good!!! I’ll have to try that. Have a lovely week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather 🙂

  9. Ginger says:

    A Little Ginger Fruity Muesli—I soak 1/2 c. oat groats for 24 hours. In the morning, I make “milk” with 1 c. steaming water, 2 T. flax seeds, and a banana in the blender. Next I add cinnamon and a little ginger plus the drained oats. Pulse a few times or blend until smooth as per your preference. Put it in two bowls and top each with 1/2 a chopped apple, 1 T. sunflower seeds, and a dash of cinnamon and ginger. This is a hearty breakfast for two.

    • Anais says:

      @Ginger: Another great recipe, thanks for sharing. Too bad, though, not sure my hand cranked blender can “pulse” 😉

  10. Timothy says:

    Only one way to eat oats for me…toasted rolled oats in milk. In a pinch (or a hurry) I eat them raw and dry. Never been able to stand oatmeal. Can’t handle the texture.

    • Anais says:

      @Timothy: Raw, really? Guess that’s just like the European way of eating their oats, aka, muesli. I’m not much of an oatmeal fan myself so that’s one of the reason I like this toasted oatmeal, seems to help with that “oatmeally texture”

  11. dragonfly says:

    Years ago someone taught me a slow cooker oats casserole. It would probably be perfect in a sun oven, and makes a nice large amount (I keep it in the fridge for heating a few days in a row).
    In a large casserole add 2 cups of oatmeal, toasted
    a large can of your own home canned peaches (pears are nice too)
    I vary the sweetener depending on the fruit I use – if it’s apples I add cinnamon and molasses or maple syrup. With pears I add a touch of honey. Usually with peaches they are sweet enough. I use only a bit of sweetener since I add the entire can of fruit and syrup.
    2 cups of milk or almond milk (I also buy dried coconut milk powder from the local Indian grocery and that is nice sometimes).
    1/2 teaspoon of salt
    splash of vanilla
    2 eggs beaten

    I add everything (including juice) but not the fruit in a greased casserole and mix it up. Then I throw in the fruit and bake for an hour. I consider this one a “special” dish, great for brunches, when you have the gang over, perfect to tote with you to someone elses house…it’s so good!

    • Anais says:

      @dragonfly: Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple says:

    I’m pretty much addicted to these whipped banana oats, ever since I tried them. But the butter oats…hmmm…might have to try that too.

    • Anais says:

      @Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple: Sounds yummmy! Now if we can get our bananas to produce! 😉

  13. Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple says:

    Plus, I was so excited when I saw you guys on TV! I couldn’t believe my luck! Not that I want to admit that I have a tendency to watch reality TV. But when I saw the previews, I told my husband “my idols and some of the the most annoying people I’ve ever seen, in one show!”

    • Anais says:

      @Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple: Seems that everyone’s seen it but US! LOL

  14. anita says:

    I eat oats most mornings, year round. The night before I measure 1/2 cup oats in a pan, add ground flax seeds, 2 Tb. plain yogurt,1/2 C. water and mix. In the morning I add 1/2 more water and a cut up banana or other fruit and bring it to a boil. After it comes to a boil I turn off the heat and add pure maple syrup, a little butter and a little half and half. REAL YUM !Let it sit for about 10 minutes or more and you’re good to go.

  15. Carol says:

    I like oatmeal but my partner doesn’t. We also like to incorporate raw meals into our diet when we can do so simply and inexpensively. Oat groats (whole, unprocessed) are great for that. They are also cheap to buy and they need only be soaked in water overnight. After draining in the am, I add raisins, almonds, honey and milk of some kind. It doesn’t exactly give you a warm breakfast but it requires no energy and is really great in summer.

  16. Stephanie says:

    Looking aghast into their bowls this morning, the “We HATE Oatmeal and Always Have Pancakes on Sunday Morning” club tentatively dip in their spoons. Ever so slowly they take a minuscule taste. Looking sideways at each other, keeping in mind the household law “though shalt not complain about the food in front of you lest you cook it yourself” each club member goes back for a slightly less minuscule taste. Suddenly realizing carefully prepared oatmeal covered in apples and organic cane sugar is quite a bit more delicious than the instant variety, the club declared Path to Freedom oatmeal a breakfast winner and mother of the aforementioned club was advised to MAKE IT AGAIN.

  17. elaine says:

    I usually make a batch of oat bran muffins per week and get my oats that way. The recipe is mix 2 C. oat bran, 1/4 C. flaxseed meal, 1 Tblsp. baking powder, 1/4 C. sugar, l tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, ginger, allspice in a bowl. Add l C. milk, 2 egg whites or 1 large egg, 2 Tblsp. oil, 2 Tblsp. unsulphured mollasses (dark), and 1/4 C. raisins. Mix well. Add 1 small grated apple, zuccinni, banana, strawberries or whatever fruit is in season. Mix well. Put into greased muffin tin and bake at 425 degrees for 20 mins. Muffins keep well in freezer also. Enjoy!

  18. Ginger says:

    Well….I can’t post a reply to today’s post. That’s OK, because I have no idea what is going on and probably don’t want to know. But I do know this, you have inspired my choices and direction with your pioneering spirit. You are a very giving, kind, and loving person. Even with the little I’ve interacted with you, I know this is true. I don’t know your sister, brother, or father, but the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and by their fruits ye shall know them. My advise to you is to remember who you are, what is true, and what you stand for, take a deep breath, step back, and remember the Psalm ‘be still and know that I am God.’ It will all work out in the end. Peace…be still…

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