Hot Oats

November 12, 2010

I appreciate that it is 32 Degrees here in Melbourne today, and our apartment is like a sauna after another hot day yesterday, but I simply don’t care. I wanted porridge for breakfast… and so I made porridge for breakfast.

I know, I know, I’m pretty hardcore – recklessly disregarding the weather and all. Oats tend to bring out my rebellious side. Don’t try this at home if you don’t think you can handle it. It does require a major dedication to porridge. Here is a tip, eat your oats in front of a fan 🙂

My hot oats…

Oats cooked in skinny milk with chia seeds and a banana. Topped with raspberries, toasted almond flakes and a drizzle of maple syrup. Hotness.

Heidi xo
  • Michelle Chin November 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    When I first came to Australia, I was surprised that oats are known as porridge because in most Asian countries porridge is defined as "rice in soup" or another name for congee.

    I just had oats. I usually have them with water, honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon. For my sister, I usually prepare oats with unsweetened soy and rich brown sugar. 😀

    I prefer quick oats over rolled ones though.

  • Hannah November 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I'm the same – I'll have hot oats in any weather. And often cold food in cold weather too. I've recently discovered that, when using chia seeds, I actually prefer to cook the oats and then put them in the fridge for a few hours, and let it really set 😛 (Course, this is because I'm single, so can prepare in advance and have oats for dinner as often as I want 😛 )

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    oooh yes – I love adding chia seeds to my oats too!

  • Chanel11 November 12, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I had porridge today too despite the hot weather, mine was with blueberries, but I prefer the tartness of raspberries more 🙂

  • Ashley November 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Oooh, the raspberries on top looks so good. 🙂 I kinda got put off oats as when I was a kid my grandma would feed them to me every morning, but totally plain. ;s

    My mum now eats them with honey in the mornings so I'm warming up to them again….slowly. 🙂

  • hollypop November 12, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    oh my godddd. they look so good!
    i am going to pick up some gf oats in canada next year. can hardly stand the anticipation.

  • Angela (the diet book junkie) November 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    yay! it's hot here in Sydney too. unforunately, the husband likes A/C while i enjoy the warmth. save it for dec/jan when it's blistering, i say. :p

  • Heidi November 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Michelle – I love Rolled Oats – I like a heartier oat 😉 I don't like congee but I really want to. I have to keep trying it to see if my taste buds have changed their minds.

    Hannah – oooh good tip! Yes I dont think Ben would love oats with chia seeds for dinner. Maybe i'll do that some days to mix things up and he can have his weird food preferences – which he does have!

    Lisa – chia seeds are the bomb.

    Chanel11 – I'm completely there with you on the raspberry tartness!

    Ashley – oats can be jazzed up and really turned into something special 🙂 I'm glad you're getting into them again – so much yumminess to be had!

    Hollypop – yes!! great idea. stock up, lady!

    Angela – I totally agree. A fan can really do wonders too!

    Heidi xo

  • ClaireyH November 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    You need to write the book…101 ways with Oats!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 12, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Hehe I always think that if you feel like eating something, sometimes you just have to eat it or you'll never feel satisfied! 😀

  • hbobier November 13, 2010 at 2:06 am

    I'm so jealous of your heat!! We're expecting snow this weekend, so hot oats sounds AMAZING right now. 🙂

  • Kath November 13, 2010 at 4:29 am

    I love eating warm, even in summer. Cold food like salads I don't eat if it's cold outside.

    I'm looking forward to having some oats again soon. 🙂

  • Indie.Tea November 13, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Those are the prettiest oats I've ever seen.
    I like that you called them oats too…I have a bad habit of trying to say 'oakmeal'. Ugh.

  • The InTolerant Chef November 13, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I love the addition of rasberries and maple syrup. When I was little, there was no such thing as lactose free milk, and we couldn't get access to soy milk so my mother would cook them just with water and honey. They were thin and watery and a funny green colour. Despite this, I still love them even though they upset my gfree InTolerances.

  • Heidi November 13, 2010 at 11:51 am

    ClaireyH – maybe I should 🙂

    Lorraine – I completely agree!

    Heidi – I'm so jealous of your snow! It would be nice to have more extreme seasons. But I'm sure the snow would get annoying every now and then.

    Kath – I usually steer clear of warm food in summer, so this is quite different for me!

    Indie.Tea – why thank you!! 🙂 Yes they're usually porridge here but I think 'oats' sound prettier.

    InTolerant Chef – yes I used have mine with just water too – so different to making them up with milk, not creamy at all!

    Heidi xo

  • KittyCate November 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Ohhh that looks SO yum! I love it how your photography skills make a bowl of porridge look like art – I need to take notes! xx

  • Amanda November 13, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Beautiful photo's – and now I'm hungry!

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets November 14, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Mm I love the comforting warmth and creamy texture of oatmeal. Great start to the day.

  • Silvara November 14, 2010 at 10:21 am

    oh yum! I'm like that too – although today's weather in Melbourne gave me no qualms about having a bowl of hot oats – actually almost the same – I topped mine with raspberries, cinnamon and a spoonful of almond butter. Bliss with a cup of coffee 😀

  • Anna Johnston November 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Your commitment to your porridge is inspirational Heidi 😉 You rebel you!!!! Great pics by the way.