Winning Teams + A Winning Breakfast

First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

I suspect around half my readers come from that big ole’ nation to the south, so I will keep it light today. I know how mass quantities of mashed vegetables can make you drowsy ;)

Secondly, I went to my first NBA game last night!


Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers. To be blunt, Toronto teams suck. You don’t see them in the playoffs very often. The Raptors recently lost their star player Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat. The Blue Jays are in a division against top teams like the Yankees and Red Sox. The Maple Leafs are just smelly (go Senators!). And who watches the CFL??


But would you believe it, the Raptors actually won! Even more, they won with over 100 points, which means all the fans got free grub from Pizza Pizza. I gave mine away though, as I’d like to leave Ontario having a clean Pizza Pizza slate.


We also got free toques! For you drowsy Americans, that’s pronounced “toooook.” It’s a knit hat.

It’s kindasorta my goal to see all the Toronto teams play while I’m here. But apparently the NHL tickets are near impossible to get.

Anyways. Enough about sports for now. Let’s get to the food.


I’ve quickly shared a version of this recipe before, but I’ve decided it deserves its own proper post because it’s something I eat several times a week!


Stove-top Chocolate Chip Breakfast Oatcakes


Start with 1/2 cup dry rolled oats.

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Add in 1/4 cup unflavoured soy protein powder + 1/4-1/2 tsp baking soda. I like my oatcakes more soda-y so I use 1/2 tsp, but I know some people are really sensitive to that taste.


As for the protein powder, I use Purely Bulk brand, which is Canadian made. I need protein in my breakfast, so this is why I add it. If that’s not important to you, by all means sub it out with 1/4 cup flour. You can use soy flour, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, peanut flour, coconut flour. You get the point, the possibilities are endless!

I also add 3 stevia packets to sweeten it up – totally optional.


Mix in 1 tbsp almond butter + 6 tbsp hot water. I used almond here because it doesn’t stand out as much as other nut butters. But peanut butter would be good too!

The mix should be just moist enough to stick together. But not gooey. You may need to adjust the water, that’s why I like adding one tablespoon at a time.


Finally, sprinkle with chocolate chips. I try to keep it around 1/2 tbsp.

Form into three palm-sized patties and cook in a greased frying pan at medium heat.


Cook for around 5 minutes each side, until each side is browned and patties are firm.


Aaand you’re done! I make these in batches every week for grab-n-go breakfasts. Usually gobbled up on the streetcar with an iced coffee on my way to work at 5am. A more “balanced” version of the traditional oatcake that’s more like a cookie than anything else. Call it handheld oatmeal if you will :)

The essentials:

  • 1/2 cup dry rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup soy protein powder or flour of your choosing
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 packets stevia, or sweetener equal to 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 6 tbsp hot water
  • 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips

Mix, patty n’ fry!

With that, I bid you adieu. I’ve got a Jack Russell terrier to cuddle with.


Shhhh! Don’t tell the poodle! (who I’ll be reunited with bytheway in 3 weeks!)


Question of the Day: Let’s talk sports. What’s your favourite one? Fave team? My Papa was a die-hard Blue Jays fan, so the Jays + baseball will always hold top place in my heart!

P.S. Don’t forget to click here and share your favourite cookie recipe. I’m doing up a special one-stop-shop cookie post for the holidays!

Posted on November 25, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. I am a die-hard Patriots fan. It’s American Thanksgiving and I was watching the game :-)

  2. First, the sports. I love sports, but the three I actually pay attention to are:
    Hockey – Vancouver Cancuks, HCDavos (Switzerland)
    Soccer – FC Freiburg (Germany), Bolton Wanderers (England), Celtic (Scotland), Bern Young Boys (Switzerland)
    Rugby – don’t really watch the league games but internationally, I cheer for Ireland (always for my boys in green!)

    Second (and why I’m actually posting), do you have a date you want the cookie recipes for? I’ve got two that I love but they’re both locked in my mom’s house and she’s away.

  3. Baseball is my favorite. My favorite teams were the Braves and the Indians when was little, but since I grew up in Mass, I wi always be a Red Sox fan. Always.

  4. I’m not a huge sports fan, but sometimes it’s fun to go see live games with friends. My sister and I went to the Raptor’s game on Sunday and it was awesome- they actually won 102-101…within the last 2 minutes of the game. So it was pretty edge-of-your-seat expense type of thing. I guess the Raptors (or as my dad calls them, the “craptors”) are not doing that badly this year.

  5. What a tasty breakfast idea! I love quick take with ya breakfasts. Plus with a big batch of these my husband could have breakfast waiting too.

  6. ooohhhhh, i love the look of those oatcakes

  7. Wow the oatcakes sound really like the smart idea for breakfast. I have to try this :)

  8. thank you for doing a whole post on these…now i can reference it!

    and who wouldn’t add sweetener or sugar or stevia or something to their oatcakes?! lol

    Sporting events and teams…meh. Don’t care. Recently posted on how it’s not that im “not a fan”. It’s just that i don’t care. I’d rather read blogs, walk, be w/ skylar, you name it…than watch sports.

  9. I am a die-hard life-long Jay’s fan, but it’s becoming more and more disappointing every year. I love going to just about any live game though, mostly because I like to poke Adam ever 5 minutes and say “Why is he doing that? Why did the ref blow the whistle?” We’re going to the Raptors game on Sunday, I’m pretty excited for it!!

  10. Mmm, mmm. Looks like a winning breakfast!

    I am a hockey girl, all the way-but I’m from 1.5 hours away from Boston… I am a diehard Bruins fan! I always went to the Providence Bruins (their farm team) games when I was a kid :)

    I do like football, too… Patriots for sure. My fam is really into basketball/baseball, but I’m not so much… I’ve been to a Blue Jay’s game and that was fun, so I cheer for them :P


  11. I agree with you that Toronto teams aren’t the best!! I can’t say I follow sports that closely, although I love watching basketball and occasionally hockey. Your oatcakes look really good! I agree with you on the protein thing – definitely need it in my breakfast too or I’m hungry by 10am!

  12. Your first NBA game?! How fun:)
    Love that those cookies are baked on the stove. Or would it be “cooked” on the stove… ;)

  13. Well, I love-love-love football (the *real* football and not soccer). The Denver Broncos are my favorite team, but the New Orleans Saints are really as super close second.

    I also do love professional cycling, but it is hard to find it on TV other the the Tour de France and a few others on Versus.

  14. I grew up a massive Green Bay Packers fan! I also follow college basketball (Go Jayhawks!)

  15. They look like a tasty breakfast, do they keep you full? x x

    • Yes, they do keep me full, that’s why I love them! The recipe is for three little oatcakes and I eat them all. The ingredients are exactly what I would put in a bowl of oatmeal, just cooked differently :)

  16. Going to sports games is so much fun!

    As you know, I’m a big Pens fan. Sorry we beat your Sens yesterday, but it was a good game!

    I’m excited for your cookie post. Let’s face it, blog recipes > cookbook recipes.

  17. My favorite team would be the Redskins because I’m from D.C. They are prone to sucking too but I don’t care!

  18. Wow, those oat cakes look like just the thing I need some mornings. I’m going to make some tonight and eat them cool tomorrow morning. Thanks for the recipe!

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