Custard Oats primer

I cannot take credit for the custard oats idea  I read about them on Susan’s blog and Tay’s blog.

Basically, it’s just oats with an egg whisked in.  Takes about 5 minutes.  Pretty simple, eh?  This is my version. Yesterday’s oats were a pumpkin custard.


  • 1/4 cup of liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin (from my precious stash)
  • 40 grams of rolled oats
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • pumpkin pie spice (a lot!)

In a small pot, bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add the oats, brown sugar, and spice:

Reduce heat and cook for a couple minutes.  This part always smells so good with the spices.  My arm starts to look pretty tasty at this point as I am waiting for the oats to cook…..

Then I add the pumpkin:

It takes a bit to mix this in, then I cook for a minute.  Sometimes it takes a little longer if the pumpkin came from the fridge.

Then comes the egg whites.  Drizzle very slowly while stirring fast with the other hand,as you want the egg whites incorporated and not in solid chunks:

Not only do these taste good, but you can work on coordination at the same time! Once they are all in, cook for another 30 seconds or so and you will see the oats puff up a bit and get creamy.

Pour into a bowl and top as you wish!  My favorites for the pumpkin oats are toasted pecans and cranberry sauce, but this will do:

See how creamy and fluffy these are?  It makes the bowl full, and as a volume eater, you know I love that!

Calories: The pumpkin oats without toppings:  235 calories


I have also done these with a mashed banana instead of pumpkin.  Just add the well-mashed banana to the boiling water.  No sugar necessary with this one, as the banana gets absorbed into the oats and sweetens them.

Calories:  Banana oats without toppings: 260 with a small (6-7 inch) banana.

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20 thoughts on “Custard Oats primer

    1. Lori Post author

      Yes, you could use a whole egg with this. I just use the whites because I want to put some fat on the top in terms of nuts or nut butter.

  1. Jeanne

    Thank you for posting this! I love oatmeal and pumpkin, and I think the egg whites will give a little protein to balance it out. I’m going to try this soon!
    .-= Jeanne´s last blog ..Tired =-.

  2. Kim Zepp

    Thank you so much Lori!! I’m going to get the pumpkin out of the cupboard and make this for lunch tomorrow. 🙂
    I also finally watch the Dr Oz show yesterday on my DVR. Not only did I see you at the beginning, but I saw you at the end exercising with Richard S. Very cool.

  3. Susan

    Custard oats changed the way I eat oatmeal. No joke. Gone are the days where I fight with clumpy bits of protein powder, now I’ve got my creamy bowl of extra-filling custard oats 😉 I like it best with a whole egg though. The extra fat often keeps me full until lunchtime, which is basically unheard of for my tummy!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..‘F’ is for Balance =-.

  4. Ann Reiland

    I just got turned onto your blog and found these oatmeal ideas. I have long made oatmeal cooked with different things my breakfast of choice. Never thought of using the egg whites though. Sounds delicious and definitely going to give them a try. Pumpkin is one of my favorite mix ins…especially now that I have used up all the summer blueberries and blackberries that I picked and froze.

    Can this stuff be done in the microwave? I usually put it all together and stick it in the microwave as I am not too functional at 4:30a.m. when my breakfast is usually cooking. LOL

    Thanks for the recipes and thanks for the blog. It’s going to be one of my favorites.

    Ann (from Vancouver BC, home of the 2010 Olympics!!)

    1. Lori Post author

      Thanks for stopping by! I am not sure about the microwave. I haven’t tried it.
      Microwaved oats and I don’t function well together (boilover problems, big time). 😀

  5. Kelly

    Can’t wait to try these! I’ve been seeing them on your blog for a while and it always looked/sounded so yummy. Thanks for sharing. I LOVE the protein pancakes.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..I’m Home! =-.

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  7. Jess

    I’ve been following your blog for about a year now, but I’d never tried these custard oats. I broke down this week when my oatmeal and also making eggs got boring, and I had also run out of clean pans. So, custard oats is was…they are amazing! I’ve been eating them every morning for a week now! 🙂

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