Honest Oats


Honesty is of prime importance to me.  Also, I don’t know how not to be completely honest.

In the previous (and my very first) post, I shared with you my age, calling it “relevant.” Perhaps much more relevant to an introduction would be details such as where I live, where I come from, where I am going.

Well, I haven’t been “all over” the way many people in the blogging community have been “all over,” but I have certainly been ALL OVER in a way that most people in my hometown never have and never will.  So from my own minuscule perspective, I have been all over.  I grew up in a small rural county on the northern Oregon coast and headed over the Coast Range and out into the world the moment I was legally “an adult.” Since then I have lived all over Portland-metro suburbia, Huntington Beach, and northern Baja Californa, Mexico. While I do love it in my current seaside home of Playas de Tijuana, I find myself missing family and friends from Oregon, Huntington Beach, and down the Baja coast terribly.   And here’s the thing   whenever we catch up, it’s always the same story with me:

“Things are finally seeming to come together!” (with unbridled enthusiasm) OR “Honestly, everything is falling apart.” (in embarrassed despair).

It took until I turned 30 (in a foreign country, as an ESL instructor) to really stop and reflect on these all-too-common idioms of the English language.  What “things” are “coming together,” and why is this perpetually in the progressive tense?  What is it that is “falling apart?”  Why do these “things” need to be together?  How do we achieve this?  If I type these two phrases into Google and search for images, will I turn up any results?  Is there really any tangible way to define these terms?

I’ve decided that people don’t actually have “it” together.  I’ve decided that “it” is boring and I want no part of it.  I’ve decided that “it” is code for the lies and deception with which adult humans display their lives to the outside world.  So I offer to you only my honesty   my musings, my tidbits of wisdom, the crumbs of indulgence of my life: 100% APART.


How to make my Honest Oats:

  • 1/4 cup quick oats   I use these gluten-free oats (they are super creamy!) but you can use any you’d like
  • 1/2 medium apple or 1 small apple, diced into chunks
  • 12 whole raw almonds
  • 1 tablespoon whole roasted flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds


  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen¹
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt
  • handful of fresh or frozen blueberries

Put the first 10 ingredients in a bowl and pour boiling water over for desired consistency. Let sit 2 minutes. Stir and top with blueberries… Done!

I may be Honestly APART, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start my day right with these nutrient-packed, energy-packed Honest Oats.  The whole process is less than 10 minutes (I usually start it the night before even so). The beautiful golden yellow color of these oats is from the dissolved bee pollen, which adds a floral complexity to this simple little breakfast.  The crunch of the mixed-in whole almonds forces me to slow down, giving me time to meditate before starting my day and jump-starting my digestion (which begins in the mouth). The chia seeds and coconut oil make me feel full and satisfied (No sudden empty pit two hours later, like I get with plain oatmeal). My Honest Oats give me all the best things needed to start a busy day: a circulation boost, digestion boost, brain boost, heart boost, immunity boost, energy boost, protein, and both soluble and insoluble fiber,  just to name a few!  I can’t wait to share “Honestly Healthy” with you, a series in which I will discuss some of the health benefits of these and other yummy ingredients.  My first installment will be “Honestly Healthy: Bee Pollen.” (However, I encourage you to do your own research.)

¹Be careful with bee pollen if you have never used it, especially if you are prone to allergies.  Never use bee pollen if you are pregnant or nursing.  I am not a certified nutritionist nor am I a doctor, and I am definitely not your doctor, so always do your own research. I will do my best to point you to some good sources to get a balanced picture.


These oats are quick, easy, and packed with nutrients to start a busy day right. Oh, and I almost forgot…. They are absolutely scrumptious!



11 thoughts on “Honest Oats

  1. Melanie says:

    Looks great! Bulking up oatmeal with some healthy fats and other additions sounds like a good way to start the day! Must try it! 🙂

    • 4k says:

      Yes, as noted in the recipe I use quick oats for Honest Oats, simply because I’m in such a big hurry in the morning. I like Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten Free Quick Cooking Oats. I use Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Rolled Oats in most other recipes.

  2. Wow! I had been wondering how to put a zing to my so-so breakfast meal right up until now! Thanks a million oats 4K! Love your blog, very informative and delightful!!! Looking forward to your next installment!

    • 4k says:

      I’m glad you like the idea 🙂 I will be posting health information on all the yummy ingredients soon. To add more protein to the meal, you can also try mixing in a bit of quinoa. A few companies make “quinoa flakes” that cook quickly in hot water, just as quick oats do. Just check the box if you have gluten sensitivities to assure against any cross-contamination. Ancient Harvest is a good gluten-free brand that I’ve tried before.

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