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June 16, 2011

Hi friends! ๐Ÿ˜€

I have a secret to share with you guys today. Actually, make thatย two secrets.

Secret #1? (And Mom, if you’re reading, please stop now…)

I’m a plant killer.

… it’s true.


Caught red dirt handed at the scene of the crime….

With my mom gone for the summer, the care of our household plants fell onto my shoulders; their lives were in my hands. Now, I have nothing against plants – in fact, I actually kind of like them quite a bit – but taking care of them? Whooooole other story.ย Previous summers where my mom’s been away, we may or may not have lost a few plants to uhm… dehydration. I would forget to water them, and unless it was a cactus, it would be either shrivelled up or hanging on to life by a thread by the time my mom came back.

This summer, I’m proud to say that I more-or-less kept on top of the whole watering thing, but I must have some sort of subconscious vendetta against plants, or something, because despite my best efforts, they die anyways. The other day, while I was on the last leg of my water-duty rounds, I walked into one of the plant stands, sending the poor thing crashing to the ground, leaves flailing and roots exposed.

It wasn’t pretty.

In my defense, however, I did try my best to resuscitate it. Short of giving it mouth-to-mouth, I did all I could to keep it alive, including putting up with the extremely unpleasant feeling of dirt under my fingernails *shudder*. As of right now, the plant is on life support [read: an empty vase supporting it’s hanging branches];ย but I’m hoping that, with time, it’ll re-root itself and pull through. Fingers crossed.

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BUT… let’s move on to happier subjects with Secret #2:

How to cook eggy-bananafied steel cut oats.

I’ve had quite a few questions as to how I make my oatmeal, so I figured it was time to spill the beans. Now,ย I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a complete snob when it comes to my oats – I love ’em, but only when they’re prepared just so. Not too runny, not too voluminous – just thick and dough-like perfection. I’ve experimented with a lot of different techniques over the years, and this one is by far my favorite.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup water (or milk)
  • pinch of salt
  • ย ยผ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • ยฝ banana
  • 3 Tbsp. steel cut oats + 1 Tbsp. scottish oats/oat bran

This yields one serving. Steel cut oats are more compact than rolled oats, which is why one serving isย ยผ cup instead ofย ยฝ. I prefer using steel-cut as opposed to rolled because of the crunchier texture… You can use a wholeย ยผ cup of steel cut instead of adding the scottish oats, but I find that the combination of the two leads to a slightly creamier consistency. I use Bob’s Red Mill for both kinds:

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What you’ll need to do:

1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a small pan over medium heat. When water is boiling, add oats.

2. Reduce heat slightly just until oats are gently bubbling. Allow them to cook for ~20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to thicken and most of the liquid has been absorbed.


3. Reduce heat to low and slowly stir in your egg white. You’ll need to pour and stir at the same time to prevent the egg from setting before it can be fully incorporated into the oats. The important thing to remember here is to add the egg white gradually and mix continuously. Allow it to cook for ~10 minutes.

4. When the egg white has set and been fully absorbed by the oats, add inย ยฝ of a thinly sliced banana andย ยผ tsp. of vanilla. Stir like crazy before allowing to cook for an additional 10 minutes.


5. Remove oats from the heat and allow them to cool for a few minutes. This will allow them to thicken up a bit more and give them a more doughy/cakey/creamy consistency.

6. Transfer to bowl and garnish with the toppings of your choice!



Happy Eating!

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What did you have for breakfast today?

Are you good with plants?

Wow. Talk about questions that have absolutely nothing in common…

… unless you eat plants for breakfast….

… no judgment if you do…

… (but oats are better)

64 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2011 5:29 pm

    I had chia old fashioned oats with 1/2 cup blueberries. Yummy! Are the steel cut oats much different? Sinced they’re more $$$, I assume they’re healthier, but hopefully it’s not by much!

  2. June 16, 2011 5:31 pm

    I’m a microwave or kettle girl…stovetop is too intimidating for me.

    I didn’t know your parents read your blog – its terrifc that you have such a good relationship like that.

    (p.s…i just wrote a post on a book dealing with eating issues…like u , i prefer fictional books to escape in…but this book i read did have many thought-provoking points).

  3. theflourishingfoodie permalink
    June 16, 2011 5:38 pm

    Yum! Your steel cut oats look great. Well I slept in a bit and then was doing other stuff so I didn’t eat anything until 12 or 1. But, since I hadn’t has breakfast I had a english muffin/egg/turkey/gouda/rasberry jam sandwhich for lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. June 16, 2011 5:47 pm

    Yummmmmy yummmy yum yum. I don’t usually put an egg in my oats but I have before and loved it. Im not actually sure why I DONT put an egg in there, maybe because it takes longer and Im always rushed for time? Sheesh now I feel bad for neglecting my eggy oats. I guess there is always tomorrow right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. June 16, 2011 5:48 pm

    yay! so happy you did a post on this! i can finally give your oats a try ๐Ÿ™‚ This morning I had cottage cheese and cereal. It was awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ and i’m a plant killer as well. I was not born with a green thumb.

  6. June 16, 2011 5:52 pm

    I have an Ivy plant that girls at my college are given as first years and we’re expected to keep it alive until commencement- ivy day. I’m doing okay although my mom takes care of it since it is now living at home.
    I need to try your oats. I love that bloggers are all putting up their recipes- so much variation! I like making my oats overnight in the slow cooker. I like cracked wheat because of the chew as well. so much yum there!

  7. Emily permalink
    June 16, 2011 5:58 pm

    Those look so perfect! Ilovee steel cut oats but I’m not patient enough to wait 20 minutes for them to cook.
    I was inspired by all of your…um….interesting sandwich combos so I had facon, egg, cinnamon and blueberry jam on an everything bagel. YUM.

  8. June 16, 2011 6:01 pm

    I’ve got grim reaper thumb…however keep on making those eggified oats (as if you’d stop anytime soon ha!) because the egg shells (if you use them) make great fertilizer. I have never actually tried that so please use your google and fill in the blanks. I have no idea how to get from egg shell to fertilizer. (0:

  9. June 16, 2011 6:22 pm

    your oats look wonderful. i admire how much care and love goes into your breakfast…lately i just pour stuff out of a box ๐Ÿ˜›
    …even if you don’t always show plants as much care and love. oh my word, i am TERRIBLE with plants. I never remember to water them, don’t take care of them…it’s bad. luckily, my mom is here to water my fig trees for me. otherwise, they’d have died months ago.

  10. June 16, 2011 6:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing your oats secret! You must be so patient with your breakfast, I’m not sure I would be able to wait that long ๐Ÿ™‚

    • June 16, 2011 7:18 pm

      It’s actually quite a relaxing way to start the day. I hate being rushed in the mornings, so this sets a nice tone for the rest of the day ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. June 16, 2011 6:33 pm

    I love seeing how different bloggers make their oatmeal! I’ve never tried steel cut oats or egg whites in my oats before. That’s something I’ve got to try soon! This morning I had apple and fig oatmeal for brekkie.

  12. June 16, 2011 6:33 pm

    Haha i make my dad water/take care of the plants!! I really hate the dirt feeling under the fingernails 2 ๐Ÿ™‚ I had my oats this morning, done my way….BUT I will try yours 2morrow!! I just bought some steelcut oats today ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. elleeatsvegan permalink
    June 16, 2011 6:59 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this! Your oats always look amazing, I was curious how you made them ๐Ÿ™‚ I just had steel cut oats for dinner actually, and I had a bowl for breakfast too… I topped my breakfast ones with a pear, raisins, pb, and almond milk. SO GOOD.

  14. June 16, 2011 6:59 pm

    I definately don’t have a “green thumb” like my dad but i do enjoy taking care of plants. Every summer i have a small herb garden or some tomato plants – i don’t always have success but i try!!
    Great recipe – thanks for sharing – i was always wondering how you make your oatmeal always look so thick and creamy!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ aim

  15. June 16, 2011 7:07 pm

    my dad is so passionate about gardening and it’s really really stinking cute. In fact, he’s growing raspberries for me in the back yard. They taste like dirt but I eat them to appease him. I guess it’s the least I can do since he, like, gave me life and all.

    Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a microwave just so I could find the motivation to whip up a legitimate bowl of oats. I just hate cleaning all them pots and pans.

  16. June 16, 2011 7:18 pm

    I’ve never tried steel-cut oats but they look a lot easier than I thought! Have you ever cooked a whole egg into your oats? It’s simply divine!

    • June 16, 2011 7:30 pm

      That’s actually on my list of things to do. I’ve been curious how that would change the texture of them…

      • June 17, 2011 2:14 pm

        Yeah, you definitely have to whisk it vigorously (I can’t believe I just typed that!) or you may end up with some interesting egg bits. I’ve never had them with just egg whites, so I can’t really say how different it would be.

        Have a happy weekend!

  17. June 16, 2011 7:36 pm

    I didn’t eat plants for breakfast – and I’m surprisingly not killing plants lately, which is saying a lot for me!

  18. Kaila @ healthyhelperblog! permalink
    June 16, 2011 7:37 pm

    I love steel cut oats but I hardly ever make them because they take so darn long to cook. I never thought of putting an egg in….looks good though! I am gonna have to try this out for sure!

  19. June 16, 2011 7:50 pm

    I’m HORRIBLE with plants of all sorts. Honestly, I killed a bamboo…how does someone do that?!! Kind of funny too considering my name’s Mary. Everytime some says “Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” I can;t help but politely inform them it doesnt. Never has, probably never will lol

  20. June 16, 2011 8:08 pm

    I need to rekindle my relationship with oats =)

    I wont tell on you for being a plant murderess! โค shhh

  21. June 16, 2011 8:55 pm

    Hmmm I’ve been curious about eggy oats, will have to give this a try sometime! I am actually okay with plants…although I’m just now getting better at watering. Having lettuce and tomato plants that NEED watering every day makes me much better at it!

  22. June 16, 2011 9:02 pm

    Oooh, thank you for the steel cut oats tutorial!

    Breakfast today = Nature’s Path Maple Sunrise Cereal (tastes just like Cap’n Crunch) with unsweetened hempmilk.

    I’m good with growing flowers, herbs, and vegetables (surprisingly) – hope it stays that way, haha.

  23. June 16, 2011 9:20 pm

    I am a plant killer too! Well, either I kill the plants or my cat will kill them. Fail.

    And ahh interesting how you make your oats. I have to say, it’s a bit too much work for me first thing in the morning.. well you know, when I go back to work and all.

  24. Tina- Vanillandspice permalink
    June 16, 2011 9:20 pm

    I can’t keep a plant alive for the life of me. I don’t even try anymore.
    Those oats look so good! I would eat them each and every way.

  25. June 16, 2011 9:22 pm

    I still have to try eggy oats. For breakfast I had a sandwich thin with cream cheese, raisins, and cinnamon. An apple on the side ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m no good with plants… my mom’s green thumb skipped a generation.

  26. June 16, 2011 10:26 pm

    Girl, you are hardcore! My body cannot handle hot oats in the summer. If it makes you feel better, my sister and I once had a babysitter who knocked over a plant onto our cream colored carpet then cleaned it up with bleach… Yeah we ended up getting new carpet

  27. Teniesha permalink
    June 16, 2011 10:44 pm

    Oats are indeed better! In fact, oats are the best. โค

  28. June 16, 2011 10:47 pm

    love your little eggy oats tutorial.

    i also love hearing about houseplants. i know that sounds weird. but really i do. i have a soft spot for them. mainly because i don’t have to take care of them (otherwise they would probably die, i doubt i have a green thumb) but my dear roommate at school had 2 lovely plants and i was their godmother. all that that required was walking past them and smiling at them and once in awhile singing them a lullaby.

    you probably think i’m crazy ๐Ÿ˜‰

    well that’s not too far off!

  29. June 16, 2011 11:25 pm

    Hi Amanda:)
    Great to see how you make you famous oatmeal! I have only tryed rolled oat, but the steel cut ones looks yummy too (we dont have them in Norway though..).
    For breakfast today, Im having oatmeal with cashew butter and strawberries ๐Ÿ˜€ I really cant wait, but I have too.. Im at work so I have to wait for my break, only 2 hours left ๐Ÿ˜€ 2 hours suddenly felt like a really long time ๐Ÿ˜›
    And you are not the only plant killer around.. I love plants, but they always die, so I buy new ones all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. June 16, 2011 11:57 pm

    I kill plants. Enough said there ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gahhh I MUST try this way of cooking oats soon! I’m always SO jealous of your oats!

  31. June 17, 2011 12:51 am

    I eat plants for breakfast nearly every day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Right now I’m on an asparagus kick, but zucchini, spinach, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and butternut squash all make frequent appearances. I wish I could say that I grow this delicious morning veggie fuel, but the truth of the matter is, I kill plants too. It’s far better for me to purchase them from farmers–those people who are *slightly* more responsible in the garden. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the eggy oats tutorial! I’ve never been an oats person, but I’m pretty certain it’s because I don’t prepare them right.

  32. June 17, 2011 2:15 am

    HAHA I’m the same with plants!! I had the EXACT same thing happen to me!! I looked after my momma’s plants and they died…yeah she wasn’t too happy about that! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Oooh I REALLY want to try steel cut oats!! They sound so yum!! I just had my breakfast, and guess what? It was OATS!! It was PB chocolate chip cookie dough baked oatmeal, and it was HEAVEN ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. June 17, 2011 3:03 am

    EEEE thanks for sharing! I can’t stand having oats just made with water. Mine at least need some milk ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. June 17, 2011 4:02 am

    Oooh thankyou so much for sharing because your oats always always look SO amazing. I’m still new to the whole oats thing..I love my cereal too much. But I’m starting to get with it and have only tried Carrie’s method so I’m definitely going to try yours and compare!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Guess what I had for breakfast?! Cereal of course haha! But GAH I’ve run out of my Puffins…I am truely truely devastated.
    I actually have quite ‘green fingers’ and like growing things like herbs and I have some strawberries, raspberries and a lemon tree growing at the moment! They always seem to turn out well ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. June 17, 2011 4:43 am

    BAHAHAAH i dnt rly have any plants… but i would suck at keeping them healthy! im bad with flowers… so wait.. yeah those are plants! duhh.. yeah i SUCK!.. WOAH only 3tbsp makes that much!! impressive!

  36. Evan permalink
    June 17, 2011 5:57 am

    Gorgeous oats! Thanks for letting us in on your secret ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Breakfast is usually overnight oats – but my way, not the soak-raw-oats-method. I just love ’em!

    And I’m pretty decent with plants, I grow herbs and lavender during the summer. In my yard, the deer tend to eat everything else; I’d love to grow Swiss chard, though, since I eat so much of it!

  37. June 17, 2011 7:29 am

    Your oats look great! I’m gonna try adding egg whites into mine next time I make them.

    I had two slices of Ezekiel toast with three egg whites for breakfast today. I actually have it every day because it’s low in sugar, has lots of protein and keeps me full for quite awhile.

    I am no good with plants. You name the plant and I’ve probably killed it. Most recently it was these beautiful orchids I bought. It’s funny because the reason I bought them is the tag said they were so easy to take care of. Haha!

  38. June 17, 2011 8:45 am

    It looks fantastic! But I just don’t have the patience to cook a breakfast for 40+ minutes. And even if I had it, rolled oats are hard enough to find here, let alone steel cut. My breakfast today included some maple and honey rolled oats with a sliced banana (yum!) but it wasn’t enough for the hungry bicycle-riding beast so I had some (way too expensive) pumpernickel bread with coconut spread.

    As for plants – I can write a dissertation on plants and emotions. Sometimes they just die, no matter what you do for them. I almost killed 2 begonias like this. They were perfectly fine and then one by one they lost all of their leaves and turned into ugly naked stems covered with mould. I had a bad period and they suffered with me. I still can’t believe they survived. So maybe these flowers miss your mom too (we don’t count the latest victim here ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

  39. June 17, 2011 10:38 am

    I had oatmeal for breakfast today with cookies and cream protien powder and berries, so good!

  40. June 17, 2011 11:03 am

    I had breakfast at a friends house because I spent the night, so I went for something very out of the ordinary, whatever is available for me because I wake up famished! it was a big ole blueberry bagel with nutella on one side & Jif PB on the other with a side of grapes. I went home and needed something else almost immediately though haha.

    And I am actually pretty good with plants. They all have specific watering needs (eg my orchid needs 3 ice cubes a week as opposed to water) And I take care of it unless I get in a busy funky week, and they can usually withstand that on occasion!

    • June 17, 2011 11:07 am

      Ice cubes for plants? Lol I’ve never heard of that one… Clearly I’m in the know when it comes to taking care of these green buggers ๐Ÿ˜‰

  41. June 17, 2011 11:13 am

    Yum, your oats look delicious!! I have never had steel cut oats, I’m not sure if they even sell them here, I’ve only seen rolled oats. What do you do with egg yolk leftovers? I rarely eat oatmeal, but the few times I made it, I used a whole egg precisely for that reason.

    My breakfast today was quark+banana+yogurt. ๐Ÿ˜€

  42. June 17, 2011 12:45 pm

    So THIS is how your oats always look so wonderfully perfect! Thanks for letting us in on your ‘steel cut secrets’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    I always have to take care of my moms plants when she’s out of town and lets just say there have been numerous times when shes come back to partly dried up plants…
    It’s just hard to remember to water them when I’m not used to doing it every week, but I’m getting better!

  43. June 17, 2011 1:09 pm

    I have 1 bamboo plant! It’s the best because I don’t have to water it very often (I always seem to forget!) Your oats look oh so good!! I made Eggy Cakes for breakfast today!: ( they were super yummy and fluffy and light. Definitely one of my go-to breakfasts.

  44. vivoir permalink
    June 17, 2011 3:38 pm

    no idea what is served with the avocado in the last picture?! i love oats raw even… bit odd but honestly very nice!! and filling!

    at the moment i’m on a semolina-fad (needs using up!) so check my blog to see what you think? but then tonight i got a SERIOUS oaty muesli craving… ahhhhhh it was lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. June 17, 2011 4:18 pm

    I need to get me some steel cut oats asap! I’ve never tried them before

  46. June 18, 2011 9:07 am

    Wow, that’s a labor intensive breakfast! 40 minutes of cooking? I’m not sure I could do that… lol. I have successfully kept ONE plant alive in my entire life. A cactus. I planted it in my 5th grade class for a biology project, and its still going strong 6 years later! Which reminds me… its been a couple months since I watered that thing… hmm, should probably go do that…

  47. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    June 19, 2011 1:06 pm

    I love the idea of “bananafying” things :))
    I love plants, but I think they donยดt like me:) They always rather than be in my company :)))

  48. June 21, 2011 9:31 pm

    Mmm, always love new methods for cooking oats! I’m definitely bookmarking this one:)
    I’ve never added an egg into my porridge before, but I’ve heard it does wonders to it!

  49. June 22, 2011 5:43 pm

    Oh yay! I’m so happy for this! I’m a hardcore steel cut oat fan but I’ve been wondering how you make them eggy, can’t wait to try this out ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. July 2, 2011 5:23 am

    How do you prepare your pudding to top the oatmeal with? I assume you use dry pudding and cook it yourself?


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