Curry cashew savory granola from OATrageous Oatmeals + a giveaway!

Curry Cashew Savory Granola from OATrageous Oatmeals | A Dash of Compassion

You know how sometimes you realize a simple ingredient in your pantry is not actually totally boring and, in fact, is more versatile and boasts a number of redeeming qualities that you suddenly develop a little crush on it? Yeah, that happened to me.

In recent years, I’ve come to see oats in a whole new light. Like, I went from childhood breakfasts of Quaker instant oatmeal packets to making awesome stuff out of oats like oat milk, oat flour, overnight oats and homemade granola—which is why I was so excited to see Kathy Hester’s new book, OATrageous Oatmeals, land in my mailbox. Think of this book as a manifesto to oats, going beyond recipes you would think traditionally require them and inspiring new ways to use this simple yet versatile grain.

OATrageous Oatmeals

From mushroom sun-dried tomato steel-cut oat risotto and pepperoni crumbles to dreamy dark chocolate oat cream and coconut oat vanilla nut creamer, this book shows how you can make a meal out of oats any time of the day. For those who are not so adventurous, Kathy also includes new takes on old favourites, like oatmeal, overnight oats, granola, pancakes and biscuits. Plus, she goes beyond the kitchen and includes recipes for making your own body scrubs, bath soak and catnip kitty treats—all using oats! The book chapters include:

  • Do it yourself homemade staples
  • Warming oats for fall and winter
  • Cooling breakfast oats for spring and summer
  • Granolas and bars for breakfast and beyond
  • Satisfying soups and stews
  • Savory oats for lunch and dinner
  • Delightful desserts
  • Drinks, oat milk and even an oat liquor
  • Beyond the dining room: Other uses for oats

I love that Kathy also takes into consideration a number of common allergens and special diets, and includes variations and additional information in each recipe, including soy-free, gluten-free, no added oil, sweeteners alternatives, and nutritional information.

There are so many recipes in this book I want to try, but so far I’ve made:

Easy Oat Milk Yogurt from OATrageous Oatmeals | A Dash of Compassion

The easy oat milk yogurt—yes, that’s right, you can make yogurt out of oats! This was a very simple recipe that didn’t require anything more than rolled oats, water and a little plain non-diary yogurt. You have to cook it and then allow it to ferment overnight, but the result is a smooth, deliciously oaty yogurt that is far superiour (and much cheaper) than any store-bought brand. Mine turned out a bit thinner than the store-bought stuff I love so much, but that may have been an error on my part. I’ll be giving it another try soon!

Butternut Squash Maple Walnut Scones from OATrageous Oatmeals | A Dash of Compassion

These butternut squash maple walnut scones came together quite easily and made an awesome breakfast paired with homemade strawberry chia jam. Since I didn’t have butternut squash on hand, I followed the variation using pumpkin puree instead. I shared these with my colleagues and they got rave reviews.

Curry Cashew Savory Granola from OATrageous Oatmeals | A Dash of Compassion

The curry cashew savory granola is one of those recipes that piques your interest immediately, so it happened to be the first recipe I tried from this book. I dug out my favourite brand of garam masala spice blend and boy, did it make the house smell amazing—that incredible, warming scent of homemade granola combined with fresh Indian spices. I added some larger cashew pieces for more crunch and I couldn’t stop snacking on it while trying to take photos! Needless to say, I’ll be doubling the batch next time I make it. Find the recipe for this awesome, crunchy snack below!

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Curry cashew savory granola

Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons (14 g) ground flax seed mixed with 4 tablespoons (59 ml) warm water
  • 1 cup (92 g) rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
  • 1⁄3 cup (55 g) golden raisins
  • 1⁄3 cup (26 g) finely shredded coconut
  • 1⁄3 cup (43 g) minced cashews nuts
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (177C) and either oil a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Add all ingredients but the salt to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Mix well, then add salt to taste.
  3. Pour the mixture onto the prepared cookie sheet and press thin. You should have one large, flat piece about 1/4 to 1⁄8-inch thin. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges are browned and the middle is no longer wet. Let cool on cookie sheet and break it up into large or small chunks with your hands. Use to top salads or plain yogurt, or just eat by the handful for a snack!

From OATrageous Oatmeals by Kathy Hester, printed with permission of Page Street Publishing

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20 Responses to “Curry cashew savory granola from OATrageous Oatmeals + a giveaway!”

  1. Amey — November 3, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    Yum! I’ve been reading so many great reviews of this book. At first I thought I wasn’t that interested – but the vast array of recipes and ideas are really making me curious! So far, my favorite thing to do with oats is just eat oatmeal … which is why this book sounds so interesting to me! ha ha.

  2. The Peace Patch — November 3, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    Vegan burgers are my fave way to use yumful oats! :)

  3. Miet — November 3, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

    I love throwing some in a smoothie, but my favourite use of oats is homemade granola!

  4. Patty T — November 3, 2014 @ 8:07 pm

    Muffins and burgers are my favorite ways to use oats!

  5. Elissa B — November 3, 2014 @ 8:39 pm

    I like to use oats in cowboy cookies (oats, chocolate chips, shredded coconut , etc).

  6. Josiane — November 3, 2014 @ 10:03 pm

    This book seems to have the key to becoming so much more creative in how I use oats! Still, I already use them in lots of ways, among which my favorite might be using them as the main ingredients in fruit crisp toppings.

  7. Michelle — November 3, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

    Wow I can’t believe this is entirely oat recipes, so cool!! I like making healthy snack bliss balls with oats, dates, cinnamon, etc in the food processor. I’m a student so it’s a perfect snack on the go. Sometimes on Sundays I make a big batch of baked oatmeal to eat for breakfast throughout the week. Yum :)

  8. Sheelagh — November 3, 2014 @ 11:35 pm

    I think I eat oats almost every day — whether it’s granola, oatmeal, or ground into a flour — I love oats!!

  9. Ali @ Farmers Market Vegan — November 4, 2014 @ 6:09 am

    So boring and cliche, but I really can’t get enough granola.

  10. Nicholle C. — November 4, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    I use oats mostly for making myself breakfast in the morning – usually baked oatmeal in a mug, or sometimes I’ll make a big batch baked in the oven or over-night in the slow cooker. In the summer time I’ll do over-night oats in the fridge for a cold breakfast the next day.

  11. Donna F. — November 4, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

    I like a simple bowl of oatmeal topped with almond milk, nuts and goji berries…and maybe a little shredded coconut!

  12. Adele — November 4, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

    My favorite way to use oats is in a berry crumble. So delicious!

  13. Kim — November 4, 2014 @ 11:59 pm

    Over Night Oatmeal is one of my most favourite Breakfasts and so easy to make. Even in the winter I just heat it in the morning

  14. Sarah — November 6, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

    Tough to pick just one fave! I do have to say that I love the magic and ease of overnight oats. I love how I can change up the flavours and have an amazing healthy breakfast in the morning.

  15. Nicollette D — November 6, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

    I love savory oats for breakfast–usually cooked in broth with broccoli and carrots. Mmm.

  16. catherine — November 7, 2014 @ 5:56 am

    I have always prefer oat to all other cereals. I use oat flour or flakes in most recipes. However, I made a few trials of oat yogurt and I didn’t like it. I have much more succes with homemade coconut yogurt!

  17. Christina — November 7, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

    I love grinding them up to use as a healthy substitute for flour in my baking.

  18. jacquie — November 8, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

    granola

  19. Em @ Love A Latte — November 10, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

    Recently I’ve been using oats a lot to make flour for cookies. I also love adding them to smoothies!

  20. Cathy — November 10, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

    my current favorite is to make overnight oats with oats (of course), puréed pumpkin, almond milk, chia seeds, a couple of chopped dates, coarsely chopped almonds and some cinnamon. in the morn, warm up hen add some chopped honey crisp apples and another splash of almond milk … I can’t get enough!

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