Red Velvet Oats

February 23, 2011

Oatmeal is one of those things that has been done in every way, shape, and form, especially in the food blog world. Don’t get me wrong, I love my bowl of overnight oats but I’m just not going to be the blogger to post every bowl I eat, because 1) the dish is usually the ugliest looking thing, and 2) because honestly a bowl of oats is a bowl of oats. Exciting? Not mine.

There are however, tons of bloggers out there with a knack for making outrageously delicious looking oats made overnight, oats in a jar, baked oats.. you get my drift. Each bowl of oats they do post is a masterpiece in itself.

When I eat oats, it’s usually at work, after my post workout smoothie has been downed, and they are one big glass container of mush. They taste amazing, but appetizing they are not.

Weekend oats is a different story…

Red Velvet Oats

[overnight oats topped with coconut flakes, chia seeds, and cacao nibs]

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (Life’s Basics Vanilla, tastes like cake batter)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp beet puree or beet juice (left over from Double Chocolate Beet Cake- recipe tomorrow!)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp maca powder (optional but tasty)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and cinnamon
  • sweetener of choice (I used liquid Vanilla and Chocolate Stevia)
  • dash salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl or glass container and set in the fridge overnight, if you can wait that long.

In the morning, stir again and top with the optional coconut flakes, chia seeds, and cacao nibs, or any combination of toppings you’d like.

Eat and enjoy.

Not only pretty, but tasty too. A guilt-free way to get red velvety goodness without the cake.

But tomorrow I’m blessing you with veggies as a dessert… in the cake form you don’t get in the oats. 😉

What’s in your oats?

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather @ kissmybroccoli February 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Wow, those oats are gorgeous!! I just made red velvet pancakes for breakfast this morning!

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julie February 24, 2011 at 4:30 PM

oh my goddd you just reminded me that i have maca powder!!! i wish i liked red velvet but i don’t hahaha but if you were me how would you combine maca into oats in the morning? hmmmm now you’ve got my hankerin to use my macaaaa

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Alisa Fleming February 24, 2011 at 7:28 AM

Ah, more of the oat craze! Can’t say I’m eating a lot of oats these days. My big oat days ended a couple of years ago. Maybe I’ll get the urge again one day. That is a seriously red bowl of oats though!

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan February 24, 2011 at 6:01 AM

Holy yum! RV cake is one of my faves 🙂

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Pure2raw Twins February 24, 2011 at 3:03 AM

YUM YUM

Love the red velvet oats, so pretty too!!! Brilliant idea girl!

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Chuck February 23, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Wow, this looks awesome! Talk about a power breakfast!

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Angela (the diet book junkie) February 23, 2011 at 7:58 PM

LOVE oats, anything remotely cereal related and i’m in.
(p.s. love the new blog theme, very cool! :))

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Christin@purplebirdblog February 23, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Damn lady, way to shake it up a bit!!! xo

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Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 23, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Beautiful! I made cupcakes with beets once, and they didn’t turn out so well, but I’d be willing to try them again in this recipe 🙂

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Ela February 23, 2011 at 2:41 PM

It seems like beet juice is such a hot item at the moment. I’m looking forward to your beet cake: have been thinking of making something like that for a while.

I don’t even eat oats, but those sure look pretty.

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Mandi February 23, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Red velvet cake AND oatmeal? Count me in. 🙂 And don’t even get me started on that beet cake- it looks so decadent! You’ve definitely got me looking forward to that recipe.

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Christine (The Raw Project) February 23, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Wow, this looks so creative and amazing – you rock! 🙂 I love the idea of using beets for the color and I want to try this now. And I can’t wait for the cake recipe.

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen February 23, 2011 at 12:04 PM

As red velvet cake is the best cake ever…I imagine these are probably the best oats ever. 🙂

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Erika @ FoodFitnessFun February 23, 2011 at 11:57 AM

What a great idea! Thanks for the outstanding recipe, Lori! 😀

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons February 23, 2011 at 11:09 AM

soooo pretty! and super creative too! it looks like red velvet mousse or some fancy dessert =)

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Katie February 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Beautiful oats!!!

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Theresa @ thathealthystuff February 23, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Lori- I’m so glad I found your blog! The red velvet oats look awesome I’m going to have them for breakfast tommorow! I love anything with beets really – I made Jessica seinfelds beet chocolate cake before and it was to die for! I’m sures yours will be just as good!

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Katie February 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

I’ve totally done this with oat bran. I eat a little bowl every night before bed, and I love adding in a purred beet. It adds some sweetness, and come on? Pink oats…what’s not to love?

I’m not that kind of blogger either. And if I were, I’d have to punch myself. 🙂

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steph February 23, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Yum – I love red velvet and it was major bummer when they closed our favorite local bakery.

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kat February 23, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Oh lord I’m drooling. Darn you! Ya my oats are never that pretty. Can you believe I have never had a beet? I’m thinking I need to buy some puree and play with it a little 🙂

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