Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tropical Traditions Organic Thicked Rolled Oats Review & Giveaway with Banana Walnut Overnight Oats Recipe

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We love oats in our home and go through about 5 lbs in a month, easy. I love using oats for making chewy granola bars, crunchy granola bars and oatmeal mostly. For the past year I have been buying the organic thick rolled oats from the healthfood store out of the bulk section and keep them in one of my Snapware containers. I have to keep them hidden because if Ethan sees it he has a fit until I give him some to eat. Yes, he eats them raw. Oats are the only thing that I found would boost my milk supply when I was nursing Ethan. If you are a nursing mommy, or soon to be, keep oats in mind. If I didn't have oats one day I noticed a drastic difference in my supply by the late evening. Oats are good for everyone too because they are a whole grain. It's so important to eat organic whole grains because conventionally grown whole grains are sprayed heavily with pesticides.



I was excited to review another Tropical Traditions product and especially because I would be reviewing their organic thick rolled oats. I made oatmeal a few times with the oats and loved them. Actually, that may be an understatement! I have never had oats this thick before. They do take more liquid and more time to cook them when you are making oatmeal, but they are still very creamy and delicious.


Tropical Traditions has many recipes for their organic thick rolled oats if you want new and creative ways to incorporate oats into your diet. I have been reading about Overnight Oats for several months now and have been curious to try them out myself. I put together a simple recipe to share with this review, Banana Walnut Overnight Oats. This recipe knocked my socks off! Don't let "cold oatmeal" scare you, it actually tastes much better than hot oatmeal and it is very soft. All the flavors blend together wonderfully and this tastes more like a dessert than breakfast. I can't wait to come up with other Overnight Oat recipes, I'm totally hooked! I assure you that you'll be seeing overnight oats on my menu plan for a while to come.

Banana Walnut Overnight Oats
Serves 1 (large portion!)

1/3 cup of Tropical Traditions Organic Thick Rolled Oats
2/3 cup unsweetened organic coconut milk
1/4 tsp Vietnamese cinnamon
1 tsp raw honey (or more to taste)
1 large TBS organic walnuts
1 banana, sliced

Mix oats and milk in bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight (Mine was in the fridge for 12 hours).


Take out of the fridge and set aside while you gather your other ingredients.






Mix all ingredients into your oats and then enjoy!

Feel free to use more or less milk when you make your overnight oats. You can also use any type of milk you wish.


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                                    MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

                                    Creamy Coconut Oatmeal

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                                    The Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies sound yummy!

                                    N.D. said...

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                                    Jacqueline in Atlanta said...

                                    The chicken satay recipe sounds great and the photo looks good enough to eat.

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                                    Thanks for having the giveaway. I love real oatmeal rather than the fake flavored instants.

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                                    Jill said...

                                    I'm with Ethan--nothing like a handful of raw oats and a big glass of milk.
                                    From their website the coconut macaroon granola sounds yummy.
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                                    cat123 said...

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                                    Wendy said...

                                    I follow on GFC and I'd love to try the oatmeal pumpkin oatmeal cookies.

                                    We eat overnight oats every day!

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                                    angie lilly said...

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                                    I would love to try the Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Balls recipe. It calls for oat flour, but says you can also use whole oats!
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                                    vegan4life said...

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                                    Pamela S said...

                                    I think the "No Bake Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Cookies" sounds yummy, easy enough for even kids to make, and healthy!!! YUM!

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                                    Pamela S said...

                                    Forgot to say I'm already a follower on GFC
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                                    Diane52 said...

                                    I follow on GFC, and I think the Oatmeal Pumpkin Coconut cookies sound wonderful
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                                    brianpiero said...

                                    Thanks for the giveaway...we would like to try the Coconut Baked Oatmeal recipe.

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                                    I follow on GFC. I would like to try their coconut macaroons recipe.
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                                    Gianna said...

                                    Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe.
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                                    purango said...

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