You all know I’m an oatmeal fanatic, right? I construct my bowls of oatmeal with great ritual. I have a deep disdain for instant oatmeal, but love some slow-cooked whipped banana oatmeal (and by slow-cooked, I mean, it takes 6 minutes instead of 6 seconds).
I prefer good ol’ fashioned Quaker Oats. I’ve tried bargain brand oats. I’ve tried bulk bin oats. But I always end up back at Quaker.
When I read about Coach’s Oats over on Kath Eats, I was intrigued. These aren’t your typical rolled oats. They’re also not your typical steel cut oats (which are super delicious but tend to take too long for me to bother preparing them). Coach’s Oats are steel cut oats that have been cracked and toasted, which decreases the cooking time from 25 minutes to 5. That sounds right in my ballpark.
I rolled the dice and bought a box of 3 packages of Coach’s Oats from Kath’s Open Sky store. I decided to make pumpkin oatmeal with them (because, what else would I make, after a week of pumpkin-everything?!)
I resisted the urge to use my own tried and true oatmeal making rituals, and prepared the oats per the package instructions. I brought 2 cups of water to a boil. (OK, I lied – one modification: I should have boiled 3 cups of water, but I wanted to replace 1 cup of water with 1 cup of vanilla soymilk, so I just boiled the 2 cups of water). I added 1 cup of soymilk and 1 cup of oats, along with 2 sliced bananas, and cooked per the instructions.
Once done, I added my usual ground flaxseeds, and…
Pumpkin! (about half of a can). I stirred in a little cinnamon and a whole lot of pumpkin pie spice, and of course added my usual sliced strawberries and Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter (a la).
My friends, Coach knows his oats. This oatmeal had a great flavor and none of the mushy lack-of-texture that tends to happen with oatmeal. This is some great, great oatmeal! I have yet to find it in any of my local food stores (not even Coach’s Oats – and if you’re feeling noncommittal, a sample pack is only $1.75. (Two 48-oz bags are $9.50 at the time of this writing).) – and it might be good enough to become the first item I actually request that a grocery store carry. We’ll see. For now, I have enough oatmeal to probably last me through the winter! You can get it online, though, straight from
You see, while it’s good to have rituals, it’s also good to break out and try new things every once in a while. My oatmeal ritual got an unexpected upgrade!