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There I was, extolling the amazingness that is oatmeal, when my friend interrupted me with this bombshell: “I don’t like oatmeal.”

First thought to run through my head: “I can’t be friends with you anymore.”

Kidding! But I did decide that dear friend’s mind needed changing.  And thus the challenge began.

-Me: Well what kinds of things do you like?  In other words, what is your absolute favorite food?

-Friend: Hmmm, probably pizza.

Uh-oh; this was going to be tougher than I thought.oatmeal

Let’s backtrack, shall we?

-Me: What is your absolute favorite dessert food?

-Friend: Warm chocolate chip cookies, straight from the oven.

Now, that I can work with.  *Heads to the secret Oatmeal Lair*   In my next post, I shall reveal the results ;).

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Shelby says:

    I can’t wait to see your next oatmeal combination!!! Hopefully you got your friend to like it =)

  2. Marianne says:

    I dunno, pizza oats doesn’t necessarily sound all that bad. Ya know, as a savory concoction. Hmmm. Now I want pizza.

    And my brain goes on random tangents about everything and anything while I’m exercising most times, other times I just completely zone out and use it as a time to not think about anything.

  3. Erin says:

    I’m not sure if there is a more heavenly combination than peanut butter and banana. It’s the best.
    I cannot wait to see this oatmeal concoction! I bet it is amazing!!

  4. Becca A says:

    Lately I just zone out…random thoughts twitter about but lately I don’t get too caught up in anything.

  5. Emily says:

    I would have the exact same reaction regarding your friend not liking oatmeal! I talk about my oats so much [how I love them], and how everyone should love them. I now have my sister eating oats (former hater). Let’s reform the world, Katie! :-)

  6. *Andrea* says:

    pizza oats!! haha how cute.

    i just got back from a service trip over spring break and we were discussing food and fitness. anyways, i mentioned how i was trying to loose a few lbs and said how i have oatmeal for bfast every day and a girl on the trip said that it was fattening and i should stop :( i hope she’s wrong lol

  7. Katie,
    Way to introduce your friend to the wonderful world of oats. He/she obviously has never tasted one of your amazing creations. I bet someone’s mind was changed…can’t wait to hear about it. :)

  8. Natalie says:

    Hahaha! Sure a cute title of this post! I love spreading the oatmeal love. :)

    I usually think about whatever song I’m listening to or how long I’ve been running.

  9. megan8510 says:

    Oh, I know your next oatmeal creation is going to be just wonderful!!!!!

  10. Chocolate chip cookie oatmeal? Now THAT is something I cannot wait to see!

  11. Nicole says:

    I don’t know how I missed your move over here! I’m glad I found you again, Katie!

  12. Yasmin says:

    That picture scared me there for a second. I run in the morning, and this may sound shallow, but I think about what I’m going to wear for that day.

  13. laci says:

    Whoa who hates oats? (almost as bad as asking “who hates PB?” ) lol!!! 😀

  14. lisaheartspizza says:

    That pizza oatmeal looks soooo silly…I just wanted to say I think your blog is such a great blend of humor and uniqueness and food! And maybe your friend just had some bad instant oatmeal and gave up on the stuff. I hope there is a recipe tomorrow because oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my most favorite! -Lisa D.

  15. Brandi C says:

    YAY! I can’t wait for the new recipe :)
    I like to think how lucky I am to be able to excersie, which me make me want to take care of my health that much more.

  16. I don’t like oatmeal either – please don’t hate me! :)

    If you can convert your friend, then maybe you can convert me! You almost turned me into a silken tofu lover, but then I went into my soy-free thing.

    I LOVE that song! And Elvis!

  17. Elle says:

    LOL your photoshop skills always make me smile 😀 you just reminded me- time to make some chocolate chip oatmeal cookies!

  18. Sweetie Pie says:

    I think that’s a perfect strategy. Cookie inspiration led me to my molasses cookie oatmeal, which I’m now hooked on! Chocolate chip… I can’t wait to see what you came up with!!

    Sometimes I think about how amazed I am to be able to exercise with the best of them, and I remember to be grateful for my weight loss. Other times I think about what I am going to eat after my workout. Hee hee! Those are my “high intensity workout thoughts.”

    I think I’ve figured out some of my hardest life issues while walking. It’s lower intensity as far as exercise goes, but higher intensity for my sanity! I try to sneak in a couple of little walks a week on the days I rest from my usual workouts.

  19. Diann says:

    I don’t know how long I can wait for the next oatmeal post!

  20. CCV, I think this is the best title for a post that you have ever come up with! And I’m with you — any person who doesn’t like oatmeal is just silly! Or maybe they’ve only had instant oats. But I think if you bring your pal over for breakfast and made him/her a fab bowl of oats, their mind would be changed! I can’t wait for the chocolate chip cookie inspired oaties!

    When I exercise, I usually think about boys. Or food. Probably what my post-workout snack is going to be. Sometimes I like to pray while I’m exercising, too. But I keep my eyes open!

  21. NAOmni says:

    So much going on for you! I say do the post you like the best first…or like writing the best…and kudos for taking on the challenge of bringing people over to the oatmeal side!


  22. Bibis says:

    hahah pizza covered oatmeal!
    i just had peanut butter and banana oatmeal fusion and it was bliss! all thnx to you katie ^^

    by the way my burgers sucked :( i used refried beans because i didn’t have black beans and the burgers were all greasy and gross xD i’ll try again following the recipe exactly! :)

    i can’t wait to see your next post :)


  23. Sarah says:

    One of my best friends doesn’t like oatmeal either. I’m definitely sending her the link to your recipe…after I make it, of course!

    Thanks for your sweet comment today. Don’t forget to tip your wait staff.

  24. Oh my gosh KATIE I TOTALLY did what you did!!! My boyfriend HATES oatmeal, so I baked him chocolate chip OATMEAL cookies this weekend!! We are totally gonna need to compare recipes tomorrow! Can’t wait for your post. :) How exciting that this all happened at the same time and we came up with the same idea. hahahah 😉 great minds think alike?

  25. Vegetation says:

    What about when oatmeal hates you? :( I adore oatmeal. I like it plain, with brown sugar (no cinnamon). I just wish it let me eat it without making me ill!

    Not so sure on pizza flavoured oatmeal 😛

    Can’t wait to see what you came up with!

  26. Caroline says:

    Mmm chocolate chip oatmeal? Sounds fab! I should return to the more traditional cookies for oats inspiration–I got sidetracked with my Girl Scout obsession!

  27. Christy says:

    Yum! Peanut butter and bananas are so good in oatmeal. And it is a great way to get your protein, fruit and grains in one bowl.

  28. MizFit says:

    Im the same way in that I seriously dont get WHATS TO HATE about oatmeal?

    it’s the perfect base for ANYTHING from cheese (IMO. laughing cow) to choc chips!

  29. shellyfish says:

    You are such a tease!!! I can’t wait!

  30. DJ says:

    You’ve got to convert your friend – there’s no reason not to like oatmeal. It’s just so, so versatile you can eat it pretty much whatever way you like. I bet you could make a pizza-style oatmeal and have it as a dip! It’s just THAT versatile.

  31. coco says:

    yes, please! looking forward to see your next oatmeal combo! so intriguing!

  32. Virginia says:

    warm chocolate chip cookie oatmeal? YES!!! can’t wait to see how you put that together!

  33. jrsimon56 says:

    You should do oatmeal commercials :) What’s your favorite brand?

  34. Cookiemouse says:

    Pizza porridge? Well, it is different! They do deep fried Mars bars in Scotland.

  35. Lisa says:


    When I’m biking outdoors, I’m thinking, “Don’t wreck!”

    When I’m lifting weights, I’m thinking: “Don’t drop the weight on your

    When I’m biking indoors, I’m thinking, “Bzzzt. Bzzzzzzzt.”

  36. Lisa says:

    P.S. I like oatmeal. Need to try it blended. With banana.

  37. Sarah says:

    can’t wait to see the results of the oatmeal challenge!

    i definitely think about food when i exercise, too. i spend a lot of time planning my next meal :-)

  38. Kiki says:

    Pizza oats might actually be good.. but can’t wait to see your creation!

  39. Julie says:

    I think about everything when I’m running! Well I try and think about anything but running haha. Have a good one :)

  40. Runninduff says:

    1) I love your blog
    2) You are gorgeous
    3) I just started to try and like oatmeal this week…eeeeeeek! This is like my 5th attempt..i used to cry at daycare as a kid as they tried to force feed it to me.

  41. Wait, are you talking about oatmeal as cooked porridge, or oatmeal as rolled oats? Because I can’t imagine how your friend wouldn’t like oatmeal raisin cookies.

    Anyway, if getting your friend to eat oat bran is the goal…TA-DAAAAA!! Oat Bran Pizza!

  42. Andrea—Oatmeal fattening?! Haha that’s gotta be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard! Maybe if you saturate it in heavy cream and lard…
    Maybe she is trying to sabotage your diet; have you ever seen the movie, Mean Girls?

    Lisa—Thanks so so much for your sweet comment! *Big smiles*

    Nicole—yay, I’m so glad you found me!!

  43. lauren says:

    the Hungry Girl recipe book actually has a recipe for pizza crust using oatmeal!!!

  44. Melissa says:

    Oh please help! I don’t like oatmeal either. I WANT to like it, but I’ve tried and tried and I just don’t. I cannot wait to find out what I should be eating!

  45. mikaalls says:

    Variety of very delicious dessert and food

  46. deangelo says:

    I have an oatmeal pizza crust recipe simple and easy

    For thin crust:
    1/2 cup oatmeal, uncooked and ground in a blender
    2 tsp. Your favorite seasoning (italian)
    3 tsp. Garlic powder
    1 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
    2-3 tsp. Water
    1. mix dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
    2. Add the water a teaspoon at a time until your mixture forms a ball.
    3. After your ball is formed, us a little extra oat flour to roll out your crust. Your crust should spread out 6-8 inches on diameter
    thick crust:
    1 egg white
    1/4 cup ground oats (ground into flour)
    1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
    1/2 tsp. Basil
    1/2 tsp. Oregano
    Fresh ground pepper

    1. Whisk egg white until foamy
    2. Add ground oats and some water and mix to a smooth consistency.
    3. Mix in spices
    4. Heat a non stick skillet. Spread batter in a circular motion to create a 6″ circle of batter
    5. Allow the crust to cook before turning, about 1 minute.
    6. Cook for 45 seconds more until crust is lightly toasted.

    Then grab some pizza sauce for no more than a dollar a jar. And your favorite vegan toppings and put in oven until cheese is lightly brown

  47. Shawna says:

    I actually made hawaiian pizza oatmeal for dinner and probably would not try it again haha.
    You wouldn’t have be able to eat it since I made it with ham and cheese (as well as tomato sauce and pineapple) so totally NOT vegan!
    The texture was all off and I did not enjoy the savoury-ness of the oatmeal- I have a major sweet tooth!
    Overall, not horrible, but definitely not good.