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Yogurt, Oat Style

June 9, 2009

After my post on good bacteria, Nicole recommended that I try fermented oats. Sure, why not?

So, after perusing the Internet, I was super excited to find this recipe for oat yogurt. A non dairy recipe for yogurt made from oats?  Um, yes, please.  Off to Whole Foods I went (sorry CD) for some raw oat groats:

Raw oat groats - one of the few inexpensive items at Whole Foods!

Raw oat groats - one of the few inexpensive items at Whole Foods!

After soaking the oats in water overnight, I blended the groats plus soaking water in my Vita-Mix. Look how creamy…just like cooked oat bran!

Creamy dreamy raw oatmeal.

Creamy dreamy raw oatmeal.

Then I set up my Coscto HeatDish, aka The Fermenting Machine (No worries CD. It won’t stink…I think.):

Grow bacteria, grow!

Grow bacteria, grow!

Although my recipe said allow the oats to ferment for a few days, I went ahead and had a bowl after only 24 hours. They already tasted a bit tangy, but I’m going to let the rest continue to ferment.  Be sure to stay tuned for tomorrow’s breafast.

My bowl consisted of one cup of oat yogurt with 1 heaping spoonful of Artisana’s raw Cacao Bliss and a sliced banana:

IMG_2437I warmed the Cacao Bliss (it’s solid at room temperature) by placing the jar in front of my HeatDish for a few minutes.  After it melted a bit, I stirred it into my oats. The flavors of tangy yogurt mixed with chocolate, coconut, and banana…unreal! Yum – who doesn’t love a delicious bowl of friendly Lactobacilli micro-organisms in the morning?

CD’s Random Comment Of The Day:

Why must Jack Nicholson wear his sunglasses during every game?  Again, will the NBA playoffs ever end?

58 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2009 8:01 am

    hahahah- I hope it doesn’t stink too 😉 I love how adventurous you are with food! I’m excited to hear how they taste tomorrow

  2. June 9, 2009 8:14 am

    Hmm… this is something I would absolutely never tried in a million years!

  3. June 9, 2009 8:19 am

    mmm….the cacao bliss sounds super.

    sorry about the bball comments – just wait until college football starts for me 😉

  4. June 9, 2009 8:20 am

    oooh oat-gurt. How fun!!

    Not sure why Jack wears his glasses. Maybe it’s similar to why I eat my oatmeal. Habit, I ‘spect.

    oh Heabs! Today after yoga the girls were talking about SWEET touch is. How even just laying your hand on someone’s back is so healing and so soothing and yet so simple. I told them about my HEABS in Nashville and how we were just talking about it! How touch is just so much a part of us… like a child needed comforted in the arms of his momma, or when we hold someone’s hand or just squeeze a foot as we bass by someone we love. So amazing.

    Just thinking of you today, my friend! Just had cold naner on warm oats. Goodness… warm yummy. Been a big big day already… got lost of cleanin’ done, yoga was yummilicious, sold a few more DVD’s!! and ran to Target. Gotta love a packed morning followed by a sloooow afternoon. 🙂

    Massive hugs, my peach muff. XOXO

  5. June 9, 2009 8:28 am

    I am sad… just wrote a huge long comment and it didn’t post and now it’s gone… 😦

    Oh well! I forgot what all I said but I am sure it had many hugs for HEABS and many mentions of the yumminess of oats. 😉

    LOVE your oat-gurt! XOXO

    We were just talking today after yoga. (yummy hip openers class today!!!) and the girls were talking about the power of touch. How just laying your hand on someone’s back is so wonderful. I told them about my friend HEABS. 😀 We talked about why just passing by someone you love and squeezing their foot, or just a simple hug of safety and comfort for a child… it’s so HUGE. Why do we relax and just become more free to be me, when we feel that connection to another person. So amazing, eh? XOXO

    Big day… up with the chickens and cleaned and read Psalms 9 again (love it!) and yummylicious yoga, Abbers went to Bob Evans with Grandma and Grandpa before volleyball and finally a big bowl of warm oats topped with a cold naner. mmmmm.

    Hoping this afternoon is sweet and sloooow and relaxing. Hope your tuesday is yummy, my friend. XOXO

  6. June 9, 2009 8:29 am

    Cool! They sell oat yogurt at a bunch of the store I go to, but that’s awesome that you made your own 🙂

  7. June 9, 2009 8:30 am

    heheh THERE is my other post! Oh well… now you have three. 😉 XOXO

  8. Zoe permalink
    June 9, 2009 8:33 am

    Awesome idea, I’m totally doing this!

  9. June 9, 2009 8:36 am

    I would have never thought of that! Very interesting!! Glad the experiment went better than the cheese making 😉

  10. June 9, 2009 8:47 am

    How interesting. I’m glad it worked out so well!

  11. June 9, 2009 8:51 am

    how very scientific of you! i love it.
    i need to sprouted stuff too! its on my to-do list!

    check out my Libre Tea giveaway:

  12. June 9, 2009 9:12 am

    I am off dairy and had NO IDEA you could make oat yogurt
    please let us know how it turns out!

    I wonder if you could make it in a yogurt maker?


  13. June 9, 2009 9:16 am

    Oat yogurt? Wow–sounds different, but looks good!

  14. June 9, 2009 9:22 am

    I jsut love all of your food projects…so adventurous and BRAVE!! I wouldn’t have enough guts to ferment…anything! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!!

  15. June 9, 2009 9:29 am

    Such a great idea, and something I never would have thought to do! I love that you use your Costco HeatDish to assist in your sprouting and fermenting efforts – genius!

  16. June 9, 2009 9:47 am

    Very cool, HEAB! I will be interested to hear what you think of the yOATgurt after another day or 2 of fermenting. Could end up being a nice non-dairy sub for you!

  17. June 9, 2009 10:04 am

    No kidding. Wow, you really are a mad scienist. My hubs would be super jealous of all your experiments. He’s always sprouting something or trying to grow avocado trees off our kitchen sink window. Strange 🙂 I’ll be anxious to hear how this turns out since I’ve stopped eating my homemade soy yogurts trying to cut back on my soy consumption. Cool 🙂

  18. June 9, 2009 10:05 am

    My Chris wants to know who the blond lady is with Jack. I don’t feel threatened in the least either…we both are just curious if Jack can still can pull that quality of tail.

    I am a feminist and just said “quality of tail.” And you are planning on eating rotting oats. No wonder our men love us!

  19. Metta permalink
    June 9, 2009 10:13 am

    I often have wondered the same thing about Jack and his sunglasses. When I wear sunglasses inside I get a headace, but maybe the bright lights are too much for his eyes?

    That oat yogurt sounds really good. I might try this with some GF steel cut oats. I’ve been forgetting to take my probiotics, so anything with a little extra push is a good thing. Plus it is way cheaper than GTs Synergy Kombucha to which I’ve become slightly addicted.

  20. Ellen (Peace in Motion) permalink
    June 9, 2009 10:29 am

    I’m so impressed with your creations. I could never come up with some of the ideas that you do!

  21. June 9, 2009 10:38 am

    Wow Heather, what a need idea! I’ve been realizing yogurt isn’t so great for my stomach and the soy yogurt I tried tasted awful. I will have to try this!

  22. June 9, 2009 10:40 am

    I LOVE your experiments. You always challenge my way of thinking about food, which I love! When I get back from vaca, I want to try more things like this.

  23. June 9, 2009 10:42 am

    Ahahaha, I love how you have the most creative breakfasts/ways to make oats! From green, purple, chia-ed, to fermented. Every time I think “oh no she didn’t”. Yes she did ;). What a fabulous way to add those good bacteria. I think I have one of those Costco heater things somewhere in the closet, hiding somewhere. Must find it and get on with the fermenting and sprouting. How can you not love Costco? I’m lucky enough to have visited the original Kirkland Costco 😀

    I am looking forward to tomorrow’s post! Have a fabulous day, Heather!

  24. June 9, 2009 10:49 am

    This is brilliant! You think it could work with sprouted quinoaor buckwheat?

  25. June 9, 2009 11:04 am

    OHh, those yogurt oats look mighty tasty. I might not even need a heat dish with this weather we’re having in Cbus!

    So it does taste like yogurt? Or at least has the consistency of yogurt? I might be decreasing dairy but cannot bear to give up yogurt, so this is really interesting to me.

  26. June 9, 2009 11:14 am

    This sounds like such a great idea! I hope I can find some oat groats so I can make it =)

  27. June 9, 2009 11:22 am

    i’ve never heard of yogurt made from oats! very intriguing, and it looks SUPER creamy! and cacao bliss + banana = heaven, i know. sooooo yummy!

    i love reading your blog!


  28. June 9, 2009 11:23 am

    Can’t wait to read how that yogurt turns out!

  29. Erin permalink
    June 9, 2009 11:33 am

    I’m very excited about the idea of oatgurt, I hope it works! How does the heating dish work though? I’m not familiar with it.
    Oh, and btw. I LOVE LOVE LOVED yin yoga! My back thanked me a million times over.

  30. Paula permalink
    June 9, 2009 11:34 am

    Love the project. Thanks for all the creative food tips and motivations….Love the site!!

  31. June 9, 2009 11:57 am

    Hmm, I don’t know why he wears them. Good luck maybe? I thought that was weird too.
    Ooooh, love your breakfast!
    ❤ jess

  32. June 9, 2009 12:15 pm

    mmmm! I think I have to try this!!! thanks for the inspiration, my oat-loving friend 🙂

    have a wonderful day!!

  33. June 9, 2009 12:27 pm

    Wow very cool. I would have never thought of this. I’ll be interested to hear how it is after another day!

  34. June 9, 2009 1:25 pm

    You are so brave! That is so cool! your raw oats look great!

  35. June 9, 2009 2:10 pm

    Hi heather!!

    Just wanted to give you a shout and and to say a big THANK You for all your thoughtful comments and advice on artificial sweeteners!! I’ve totally copied your recommendations and featured it on my last post so I can have a permanent record of it. 🙂 THANK YOU for all your help!! You are DEFINITELY the best blogger ever!!

  36. homegirlcaneat permalink
    June 9, 2009 2:36 pm

    You have a talent at making bacteria look SO GOOD

  37. June 9, 2009 2:42 pm

    Your breakfasts are just the most interesting. Curiosity has got me and I’m getting some oat bran (although I think I do have some in the cupboard already) and trying some of your creations.

    I’ll have to try the oatyurt too 🙂

  38. June 9, 2009 2:56 pm

    Yay! I am glad you tried it. I did it in a much simpler fashion, but I got the same tangy deliciousness. I eat the bowl salted with a side of roasted plantain and it is divine. My boyfriend also likes his oats…. but he can’t handle them when they are too stinky! Beware, they get pretty nasty.. = )

  39. June 9, 2009 3:17 pm

    Girl if this coconut chicka just needs to buy a heat dish to be able to have yogurt again, costco here I come!!

    Love you and your yummy randomness, xoxo Have a good day!!!

  40. June 9, 2009 3:27 pm

    Yes, when will the playoffs end??? How much longer do I have to sit through these boring basketball games? Especially when 99% of the game is all the same and only the last minute matters. Gah. Boys.

    Okay, oat yogurt?? Craziness. I wonder if you could do this with wheatberries. (Trying to clean out the pantry – I’m not really a fan of the wheatberries I got a while ago, so I need a use for them.) Hm…. I may try. I never thought I would see a recipe like this. V. cool.

    Happy Tuesday!

  41. June 9, 2009 4:52 pm

    i bet it doesn’t smell as bad as someone making alcohol in the bathtub of your house…now that stinks. haha.

    love the growing bacteria…priceless phrase i think!

  42. traveleatlove permalink
    June 9, 2009 5:24 pm

    That breakfast looks delish and comfort-y, perfect for the gloomy weather we are having here in the Northeast!

  43. June 9, 2009 6:04 pm

    Cool! Thanks for sharing. I have yet to experiment with oat groats.

  44. June 9, 2009 6:43 pm

    So people will recognize him!
    As if hi bald head and constant courtside appearances aren’t enough!

  45. June 9, 2009 6:55 pm

    im already nervous just reading this…haha

    heat the salmon butt? i hope not!!

  46. June 9, 2009 7:46 pm

    Haha, I don’t blame CD for being a little worried about the appearance of the heat dish! There’s just someting about the word “fermented” that does not sound yummy at all. With that said, I can’t wait to see your results!

  47. gina (fitnessista) permalink
    June 9, 2009 8:03 pm

    you always blow my mind by teaching me about food i’ve never heard of! this is a great example of that 😀
    i love your heat dish experiments- hopefully it isn’t stinky
    i think jack nicholson can do whatever he wants… and still be a HOG (hog = hot old man hahah)
    enjoy your night, love!

  48. June 9, 2009 8:32 pm

    wow! heather, you’re always so adventurous with your food! Love it!

  49. June 9, 2009 8:54 pm

    hahah! What an interesting post!! 😀

  50. June 9, 2009 9:49 pm


    What a great idea! And honestly, I would love to have one of those heat plates. It makes a great substitute! You are so smart for thinking of that. 😀

    Have a fantabulous humpday tomorrow!

    With Love,


  51. June 9, 2009 9:51 pm

    I never would have thought of fermented oats. Sounds very interesting. I look forward to a full report.

  52. June 10, 2009 2:21 am

    what a brilliant idea!

  53. Hanna M. permalink
    June 10, 2009 3:37 am

    Mmmm, yog-oat! 🙂

  54. DouglasH permalink
    June 10, 2009 4:45 am

    Love your blog and the interesting food projects.

    I grew up kinda on the farm so fermentation is something I have seen most of my life. so this oat-gurt sounds interesting.

    Working on a low salt Sauerkraut, (sorry german gotta have my kraut) found an interesting one using kefir as the starter.

    Have you played around much with kefir.??

  55. June 10, 2009 6:05 am

    That is the CRAZIEST thing I have ever seen/heard! Fermented oatmeal? What will they think of next, those crazy bloggers?! I agree with CD. Why does Jack wear his sunglasses during the game? BTW: I LOATHE basketball. The game takes to long for my ADD self. We watched the Stanley Cup Finals last night instead. GO PENGUINS!!!
    In reference to your earlier post, I know what you mean about the guilt induced exercising. It’s taken some time to just exercise for the sheer enjoyment and overall health benefits. I try to look at it as prevention vs. damage control. AND if I don’t feel like working out… I don’t. This keeps me mentally healthy and makes working out much more fun. In conclusion…. Good for you for walking! You are amazing just the way you are! AND keep those crazy kitchen concoctions coming!

  56. June 10, 2009 2:16 pm

    What a great idea- oatmeal and yogurt in one. Cool beans.

    And yes, I couldn’t agree more on the bb season….I love pretty much any sport but after years as a cheerleader in high school and probably 1000+ games of basketball I can’t take it any more! haha.


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