If you think a book on oatmeal is going to be boring or ho-hum or nothing to call home about, let me stop you right there. Kathy Hester has written a book that will forever change the way you look at your morning oats!  OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy Grain not only features some traditional oatmeal recipes but focuses on very out-of-the-box approach with oats.


For instance, here are some of the recipes (all with glorious photos) that Kathy has created:

  • Baked Apple-Blueberry Pancakes
  • Pumpkin Coffee Cake Oatmeal
  • Hummingbird Cake Oatmeal
  • Chai-Spiced Oat Shake
  • Blackberry Mojito Overnight Refrigerator Oats
  • Protein Packed Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats
  • Bourbon-Scented Pecan Granola
  • Mushroom Sun-Dried Tomato Steel-Cut Oat Risotto
  • Oats-bury Steaks
  • Not-from-a-Box Mac and Oat Chez


There are recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner AND DRINKS!! Also, if you thought oats could not get any healthier, she has made a serious effort to keep the dishes vegan and dairy-free.


I am delighted to feature the Indian Oats Upma from Kathy Hester’s OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy GrainRecipe and photograph are being used here by permission from the author.

soy-free, gluten-free, oil-free option*

Oat upma is toasted rolled oats cooked with assorted veggies and spices, then topped with fresh chopped cilantro. This is not a spicy dish but is very flavorful from the whole spices; it makes a great dinner or a savory breakfast.

Makes 4 servings

2 cups (184 g) rolled oats

2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil (*or use broth)

2 teaspoons (10 g) cumin seeds

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 cardamom pods

10 crushed curry leaves or 1/2 teaspoon curry leaf powder

1/2 cup (80 g) minced onion

1/2 cup (74 g) bell pepper, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons (12 g) minced ginger

2 cups (364 g) bite-sized mixed veggies (peas, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, etc.)

2 cups (474 ml) water

salt and pepper, to taste

1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

Toast the oats in a large sauteÅL pan over medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes, then set aside.

In a Dutch oven or small soup pot heat the oil over medium heat. Once warm, sauteÅL the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom. Cook until fragrant, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Add in the curry leaves and onion and sauteÅL until translucent about 5 minutes, then add the bell pepper, garlic, ginger and chopped veggies. Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes until the pot becomes a little dry, then add the water and turn the heat to high.

Once the water almost comes to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and let the veggies cook for about 10 minutes. Stir in the oats, cover and cook for 5 more minutes.

Serve topped with cilantro.

Per serving: Calories 285.8, protein 8.5 g, total fat 10.6 g, carbohydrates 42.6 g, sodium 44.4 mg, fiber 8.4 g

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing my recipe with your readers!

    1. I am so very impressed! Great work!

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