Not Your Grandma's Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is like a pair of favorite black leggings. They can fall anywhere on the spectrum from ho-hum boring to absolutely mouthwatering. It's all about the trimmings. 

I love oatmeal. I make it for breakfast all the time. It’s got a surprising amount of protein, sticks to your ribs until lunchtime, and it is not expensive. You might be alarmed at the thought of kelp flakes in your oatmeal. Slow your roll and try it before you knock it. Oats keep your digestive system regular, reduce anxiety, and are high in fiber and protein. The ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory and deeply soothing. Nobody ever regrets starting their day with shredded coconut, fruit, honey and nuts. It’s an easy win. 

The kelp in this recipe adds a delicious, mild salty flavor to the oats. The steel cut oats take a long time to cook, and the kelp basically dissolves in all the hot liquids. The minerals and vitamins in kelp are most accessible to your body when dissolved in hot waters, so you can start your day knowing that you are giving yourself the best possible chance to have a good day, and if someone ruins it, you can give them this recipe and then ignore them until they sweeten up.

I like the steel cut oats, but suit yourself. I find ½ cup dry oats is the perfect breakfast portion for just me. I’m a pretty active person and eat a large breakfast. This would be a good breakfast to make a large batch of on a free morning, and to spoon yourself a portion out before you jet off to work. 

In case you're curious about what kind of green tea I'm drinking here, its called Genmaicha. It's green tea with roasted rice. It was invented by buddhist monks who were trying to stretch out their tea supply in a lean year. It's got a roasted, smoky flavor. It's one of my favorite things about being alive. 




Steel cut oats 

Flaked kelp 


Freshly grated ginger 

Ground turmeric 


Milk of choice (oat for me, but coconut milk is divine here)


Fruit of choice (frozen mango, golden raisins)

Nut of choice (walnuts, pecans, or almonds do nicely)

Cacao nibs are nice too 

Shredded coconut 




  1. Put oats and kelp in a pot. 1 teaspoon of flaked kelp for ½ cup of dry oats. Put in twice as much water as you did oats. 
  2. Peel fresh ginger with a spoon. Grate a small finger into your oatmeal. Throw in a pinch of turmeric. 
  3. Simmer.
  4. Add water as needed. Test your oats. Once they are tender, add salt if needed. 
  5. Transfer to a cute bowl. 
  6. Drench with milk of choice. Put a fat pat of butter on top. Add your fruit, nuts, shredded coconut. Drizzle the whole thing with honey. 
  7. Enjoy :)

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