Great New Vegan Cookbook: OATrageous Oatmeals

oatrageous-book-cover-800pxIf I were going to make a cookbook focusing on a single grain, I might write Rice, Rice, Baby, Wheat Pray Love, or Corn Star. None of these would be cookbooks you’d want to read.

A cookbook you do want is OATrageous Oatmeals, by Kathy Hester. Kathy is a vegan cook and the author of The Vegan Slow Cooker and The Great Vegan Bean Book, just to name two. I met her this summer on a tour of a pepper farm, and was lucky enough to see her again last month at the Food Blog Forum in Asheville, North Carolina.

OATrageous Oatmeals is Kathy’s newest offering and is available for preorder ahead of the September 16 launch date. Oatrageous-collage

The cookbook contains dozens of Kathy’s tried and true recipes that go far beyond a morning bowl of porridge. There are recipes for meat replacements, grain milks, pancakes, smoothies, granolas, soups, savory entrees, desserts, as well as things whipped up for pet treats or a beauty treatment.

Before reading Kathy’s cookbook, I never imagined there were so many uses for this humble grain.

I loved the gorgeous full-page photographs by Kate Lewis that accompany almost every recipe. I need pictures with a recipe! I swear it helps me cook better.

vegan-chili-kathy-hester-oatrageousAlso, the recipes are totally vegan, and include many soy-free and gluten-free recipes.

While an oat in the field is naturally gluten free, oats can be contaminated with gluten when they are processed in a facility that also processes wheat.

If you are celiac, Kathy recommends a brand like Bob’s Red Mill, that process its oats in a manner safe for celiacs.

Want to test drive one of the recipes?

Here’s  Kathy’s recipe for Chickpea Veggie Soup, perfect for the cooler fall weather. Recipe courtesy of OATrageous Oatmeals by Kathy Hester and printed with permission of Page Street Publishing


by Kathy Hester from OATrageous Oatmeals

gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free option*

This healthy soup tastes like you slaved over a hot stove all day but comes together fast enough to eat any weeknight. Sweet potatoes, carrots and kale make this delicious. Using steel-cut oats as your grain of choice makes the soup thick and hearty too!

Makes 8 servings


2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil (*use broth or water instead)

1/4 cup (50 g) minced onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

11/2 cups (270 g) diced sweet potato

1 cup (110 g) chopped carrots

1 can (15 oz [425 g]) chickpeas

6 cups (1420 ml) water

1/2 cup (40 g) steel-cut oats

4 tablespoons (24 g) nutritional yeast, divided

1 teaspoon marjoram

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon basil

1/4 teaspoon thyme

1/4 teaspoon ground rosemary

11/2 cups (270 g) chopped kale or other green like chard or collards

salt and pepper, to taste

Add the olive oil to a soup pot and heat over medium heat. Once hot, add onions and saute’ for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Then add the garlic and cook for 3 more minutes.

Add the sweet potato, carrots, chickpeas and water, then turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.

Once the soup is boiling, turn to low and add the oats, 2 tablespoons (30 g) of the nutritional yeast, marjoram, smoked paprika, basil, thyme and ground rosemary. Cover and simmer until the oats are thoroughly cooked, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Add in the kale and the other 2 tablespoons (30 g) of nutritional yeast. Cook about 5 to 10 minutes until the kale is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Per serving: Calories 177.6, protein 8.1 g, total fat 5.3 g, carbohydrates 24.2 g, sodium 41.9 mg, fiber 6.1 g

Hungry for more? I’m GIVING AWAY A COPY! Just leave me a comment below and on September 17th, I’ll use to select a winner in the US or Canada. I’ll email you and you’ll have 48 hours to reply or I’ll draw another winner. Sounds good?

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