Thursday, October 27, 2011

Oatmeal Roundup including Vanilla Oatmeal, Pumpkin Oatmeal, Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal and Irish Oatmeal

Steamy bowls of oatmeal were not part of my food repertoire as I was growing up.  Words like "porridge" or "mush" were associated with the bubbling pot, and for me the oats were simply not appealing.  Then I stumbled upon the realization that perhaps the issue was not the oats, but me who didn't know how to cook them correctly and I set to researching the subject.  I even began a thread on my favorite foodie message board asking how to make oatmeal, and after receiving a few chuckles along with the some basic tips I started anew and have been a converted oatmeal fan ever since.

Today, oatmeal is nearly a daily occurrence in our household no matter the season.  For the most part we serve it plain, simply adorned with a few raisins, walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon, however on occasion branching out and mixing things in brings a spiced or flavored bowl to the table.

Each time I've posted an oatmeal recipe I've been surprised at the number of enthusiastic responses.  From the comments it seems many people only eat oatmeal in the colder, winter months.  Many people, (like me) never thought to add different spices and toppings, and a good number of people view Irish Oats as either too difficult or too time consuming to make.

With cooler weather on the horizon and a good amount of oatmeal searches showing up, a round-up of our favorite Oatmeal recipes seems to be in order.  Whether it be a simple unadorned bowl or a Baked and Spiced Pumpkin concoction, these oats are good for you.  Oats, via their high fiber content, are known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream.  So break out those heart healthy oats, warm yourself up with a steaming bowl, add a few mix ins and enjoy!

Vanilla Oatmeal with Spices
Basic rolled oats stirred with a touch of brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg received just the flavor boost they needed with a simple sprinkle of floral vanilla powder.  Regular vanilla extract would indeed work the same magic, bringing a boring bowl of oatmeal up to a new level and sending a tropical feel to your chilly morning.

Irish (Steel Cut) Oatmeal with a Ginger-Orange Cashew Topping

I am surprised at how many of my friends won't make Irish, or steel cut, oatmeal as they say it "takes too long".  Many of them love it, but buy it frozen at Trader Joe's or simply don't make it at all.  I have a trick!

Before you go to bed heat 4 cups of water in a sauce pan.  When the water reaches a boil, add the steel cut oatmeal and turn off the heat.  Cover, and go to bed.

When you wake in the morning the oatmeal simply needs a quick heating and maybe a few minutes of cooking, but your prep time will be cut down considerably making this healthy bowl of goodness an easier and much quicker start to your morning.

Spicing it up, we topped our oatmeal with ginger and orange enhanced cashews, finding the orange permeating nearly the entire bowl and giving lending a lovely fresh flavor.  Finishing off with diced banana and mango (just what we had on hand, any fresh or dried fruit will do) the kids started their St. Patrick's Day morning with a nutritious and somewhat Irish breakfast.

Left over steel cut oats?  Try this Irish Oatmeal Bread!

Oatmeal Soufflé

Marrion Cunningham's, The Breakfast Book, provided us this wonderful recipe.  However, Ms. Cunningham's version was a bit too rich for our tastes with a 1/2 cup of sugar, 3 eggs and butter, but by simply reducing the sugar and butter and replacing an egg with egg whites we produced a healthier yet still tasty soufflé, perfect for our weekend morning.

Pumpkin Oatmeal

This stove-top version gives a nice steaming bowl of hearty goodness in about 10 minutes.  Flavored with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, studded with plumped raisins and dried cranberries and topped with a generous scoop of walnut pieces, this steaming bowl is sure to warm you from head to toe.

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal with Walnut Streusel Topping
Mixed and baked the evening prior, this baked version is stored in the fridge overnight and reheated in the microwave for a quick, flavorful and heart healthy start to your day.  The Walnut Streusel gives a nice crunch and an welcomed autumnal flavor boost

These are a few of our favorites... what are yours?  Feel free to leave links below, we love hearing what everyone is making.


  1. Nothing more comforting in the morning than a big bowl of oatmeal! You have some seriously gourmet ones here that could be served at a 5star restaurant. What a great round up!!

  2. I usually have oatmeal for breakfast a couple times a week. Thanks to you, now I have a few more new recipes to try!

  3. I'll have one of each, please. They all look SO delicious!

  4. Just came over to say, I'm jealous, jealous, jealous, lol. Beautiful oatmeal too.

  5. Pumpkin oatmeal has been one of my favorite morning routines lately :) I've never tried it baked though...clearly, I need to add this to the list!

  6. All of these look delicious. If only the husband could enjoy pumpkins! Love the clicks .. beautiful light.

  7. I like oatmeal as long as I didn't make it! :) I'm not a good oatmeal maker. Naturally I think the oatmeal bread looks delicious and I want to try this vanilla oatmeal! I hope you had a good week my friend!

  8. What a wonderful roundup. I'm so excited to have found your blog. I am going to use your pumpkin cinnamon roll recipe today. ;)

  9. aha, found the trick! and I was cooking my Irish oat for almost an hour in the morning. Don't know how I missed the previous post but I'm glad you brought them back. Thanks Kim!

  10. Mhmm! I love oatmeal! It's the perfect breakfast..especially in the winter when its cold. I always go crazy with toppings and mix ins (fruit, nuts, cereal, granola..) :)

  11. Those look great! (and comforting!) I am off to check out that baked pumpkin oatmeal now.

  12. Yum!! I love oatmeal. Definitely taking some ideas from here. My normal fave is sliced apples, raisins, cinnamon and a bit of brown sugar.

  13. Ok, I tried to pick a favorite, but I can't! They all look so yummy!

  14. They all look so good! I used to make oatmeal bread and it was delicious.

    I'm definitely going to try your overnight steel oats tip. I like to feed my son and husband oatmeal in the morning, but I'm not going to get up THAT early to make it! ; )


  15. everything looks so inviting! Love the idea of starting my day with oatmeal bread!

  16. What a great roundup of oatmeals! I had a pumpkin and pecan oatmeal for bfast this morning. Steelcuts are my favorites and so easy if you do the night before prep. Love your idea of ginger and orange. Going to have to try that one and a few more of these!

  17. Love all of these different ways to fix up some oatmeal!

  18. I've been meaning to stop by an read this post after I saw it on foodbuzz. Excellent! I force myself to eat more oatmeal, these recipes are inspiring. Love the idea of pumpkin oatmeal.


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