Coach’s Oats 2 Ways, Mukherjee-Style
Over the years, we have made many breakfasts, trying to find recipes that are quick, easy, delicious, nutritious, filling, and fun. And I think we finally landed on one that the whole family enjoys on a regular basis. I never thought that this would be the winner, but it has truly been our go-to breakfast that keeps us satisfied until lunch, which was no easy task, given our houseful of hungry boys. My husband feels like his health has improved from this meal (his blood tests show better numbers than before) and our growing boys seem to be thriving by having this meal too (our vegetarian teenage boys grew 4-5 inches in the past year!).
Our winner is… oatmeal! But not just any oatmeal. We have a particular favorite. When the kids were younger, they liked rolled oats because of their softer consistency, but as they have been getting older, they appreciate more texture and flavors in their food, so we came upon Coach’s Oats (sold at Costco & Amazon), which is texturally nutty like steel cuts oats, but they cook faster and are full of nutrients from the whole grains. I love that!
As the oats are cooking on the stove in the morning, we get out jars of toppings to set up our oatmeal bar. The boys have their own way of making their bowls and we have ours. We found that our oatmeal bar is even popular amongst our house guests because it gives them a chance to create what they like. There are so many variations you can have with this oatmeal, so let your creativity go in discovering your signature combination – here are two of our current favorites – Aidan & Kyle’s Nutella Oatmeal and Jeet & Kelly’s Peanut Butter Honey Oatmeal.
Our boys are allergic to peanuts, but they can still have hazelnuts and almonds, so they have come up with their own recipe that incorporates chocolatey hazelnut spread. Their recipe is mom-approved because they add chia seeds, hemp seeds, and almonds, which give them essential nutrients to start their day.
Jeet and I like the protein and flavor in peanut butter, so our nutritionist friend introduced us to a product called “PB Fit,” which is 90% less fat than traditional peanut butter, all natural, vegan, and gluten-free. We love the taste that it adds to our oatmeal without all the added fats and calories. Plus it mixes really well into our oatmeal. In addition to this, we add a small spoonful of local honey to help reduce our seasonal allergy symptoms (we feel it helps), while adding a really nice complimentary flavor to the peanut butter. Just like Aidan and Kyle, we sprinkle in chia seeds, hemp seeds, and almonds to add texture and healthy goodness to fuel our day.
What are you favorite oatmeal mix-ins? Please share in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you and try some of your creations!
To make it easier for you to create this healthy breakfast for yourself, here are links to buy them at Amazon (I tried to pick the best prices and Prime shipping):
Basic Coach's Oats Oatmeal
This is how we make our basic oatmeal in the morning before customization and creativity take place.
- 1 1/3 cups Coach's Oats
- 4 cups water
Put oats and water into pot (we use a 2 1/2 quart pot) and bring to a rapid boil.
Reduce heat to medium boil and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and let stand for ~ 1 minute before serving.
If in hurry, add ice cubes and stir to cool the temperature down fast. This is what our kids do if they don't have time to wait for their bowls to cool to a comfortable temperature before school. Fitting for adults in a hurry who don't want to burn their mouths too!
Aidan & Kyle's Nutella Oatmeal
Our boys have been working on this recipe for years and have crafted it to this nutritious mix of delicious goodness that they enjoy. Their "Akong" (grandfather in Taiwanese) enjoys this recipe too when he comes to visit us. The picture is Kyle's latest stylistic creation - he loves changing up the artwork with his morning oatmeal!
- 1 cup Cooked Basic Oatmeal (Coach's Oats) (we get ours from Costco)
- 1 tsp chia seeds (we get ours from Costco)
- 1 tsp hemp seeds (we get ours from Costco)
- 1 Tbsp dry-roasted slivered almonds (we like the ones from Trader Joes)
- 1 Tbsp Nutella
Fill bowl with desired amount of oatmeal (~ 1 cup cooked is the amount Aidan and Kyle like).
Add heaping spoonful of Nutella.
Sprinkle in chia seeds, hemp seeds, and almonds.
Stir to mix ingredients & enjoy!
Jeet & Kelly's Peanut Butter Honey Oatmeal
We have been crafting this recipe over the years and are pleased with what it has become today. We feel it gives us good energy for the day and keeps us satisfied until lunch. Hope you like it as much as we do!
- 1 cup Cooked Basic Coach's Oats Oatmeal (we buy ours from Costco)
- 1 tsp chia seeds (we buy ours from Costco)
- 1 tsp hemp seeds (we buy ours from Costco)
- 1 Tbsp dry roasted slivered almonds (we buy ours from Trader Joes)
- 1-2 Tbsp PB Fit peanut butter powder (we buy ours from Costco)
- 1 Tbsp local raw honey (we buy ours from Costco)
Fill bowl with desired amount of oatmeal (~ 1 cup cooked is the amount Jeet likes; I take a little less).
Sprinkle PB Fit peanut butter powder (or add spoonful of your favorite peanut butter), chia seeds, hemp seeds, slivered almonds.
Add spoonful of local raw honey (you can leave this out if you want to keep your sugar intake down).
Stir and enjoy!