easy breakfast Oats with banana honey and cinnamon

Mon 20th, May, 2013

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Sponsored post Woolworths

Good morning beautifuls, Beach Cottage calling, how are you this lovely day, all is good here and Sydney is shining in Autumn still.

When I was contacted by Woolworths Select about their new Speedy Oats I didn’t think there was much you could tell me about oats. We’ve already spoken on this blog about how good they are and the overnight oats I featured here are still going strong in this old cottage.


To be honest though, I have never used instant oats, I always thought of myself as a tad more hard core, you know? Quick oats weren’t part of the equation as I wander around the Scottish Highlands in rough grey woolen underwear chasing a few sheep and coming back to my little croft to light the fire and popping on my porridge, which in this scenario is also grey, in a saucepan over an open fire and stirred with a wooden spoon.


But, every day is a school day right and I thought heck, never mind hard core, I’d like to have a look at instant oats…and trying the Woolworths Select brand which I have always liked for value and quality, thought I would give them a go.

So I have been having a little bit of fun with Woolworths Select Speedy oats, in for a penny in for a pound I say. And where the mornings are concerned anything with ‘speedy’ about its person can only be a plus in my  20130520-03-porridge-with-cinnamon-banana-honey-abeachcottage

I have always been big on oats – when I had the Beach Cottage Crew I found oats in the form of porridge a really easy way to get some energy and more importantly some calcium in without any fuss. And when I was playing a lot of sport in the Old Country when Honeymoon Baby was, well, a baby, I would have a huge bowl just before a match to keep me going, it always did the trick. I’ve done oats in overnight Mason Jars, oats in the car, cold oats in little Tupperware pots while at Uni, and oats camping in a mug. Oh and my babies had oats a million ways.

But instant? Nup. Never done them.



So let’s do this thing. Let’s try some speedy oats.

The first thing I did with the oats was check out the packet and yup all the wholesome benefits are there, 100% Australian wholegrain, source of dietary fibre, low in sodium, no artificial colours or flavours.


So with these I thought I’d try a little Beach Cottage test – try them out plain and see if they passed and then add a few of my fave toppings and see how they went….

The first option was Plain Speedy Oats with milk – now I am pretty much used to eating oats without any flavouring (so this may well not be for you) but I thought it a good idea to try these oats first baring their souls and undressed to the world to see if they would cut the mustard.



Firstly I was VERY surprised at how easy this was, tipped them into a bowl, added the milk and boom 90 seconds later done and very much done.

And the taste??

Surprisingly yummy with a soft but still good texture and creamy. Much better than I expected from an instant oat. I could get used to this. Shame I waited 40+ years to add these to my life.

This was a day that I was on the run and the 90 second bit of this whole scenario was, let’s just say a lifesaver and meant I did not have to trade brushing my hair for sustenance.

But the second option was divine and more interesting to my kiddos – Lovely Speedy Oats with Honey, Banana & Cinnamon


This time I was in less of a rush, but still not exactly wafting around in white linen and popping flowers around in the morning sunshine, I did have a bit of time though.

The Beach Cottage kiddos were on board and this helped for a super-quick solution for before school breakfast..

I popped the oats into a bowl, this time added half water and half milk (thinking I wanted it a bit less creamy because of the honey and banana, waited the 90 seconds and then drizzled honey over, (about half a teaspoon) sliced up banana and dusted with cinnamon.


These went down very very well. Quick, easy but tasty and almost feeling a bit special. If you are looking for an alternative in the mornings for your kiddos but don’t have much time, these are for you.

I must say this has been a huge eye-opener for me and the last few days these have been a bit of a lifesaver in this old cottage when I so didn’t expect it – no fuss, no mess, poof & go – you already know I LOVE little cheat things in my life…this is so one of them and is here to stay.

Who needs rough woollen underwear, wooden spoons and sheep?


Woolworths Select Speedy Oats are only available from Woolworths stores are great for busy mums in the morning, ready in 90 secs and come in handy single serves.



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26 Responses to “easy breakfast Oats with banana honey and cinnamon”

  1. Rukmini Roy says:

    You know what- I would refuse to have oats if it wasnt for cinnamon. That’s the magic ingredient that mum introduced I guess and it has been there forever. May I suggest half a drop of vanilla extract for that aromatic early morning breakfast that makes even people like me eat breakfast? Do try.
    I love your crockery! Absolutely love all of them- right down to the spoon.

    • sarah says:

      thanks so much, I do do vanilla but not in this one so next time I’ll throw some in.

  2. Rukmini Roy says:

    eeee…I am the first one here…beach cottage stalker I am :P

  3. I’m second :) wish I could still do oats. Always loved them.

  4. You have styled and written this post so beautifully, Sarah, Woolies will be extremely pleased! I probably wouldn’t have read the whole post on another blog but your photos and text kept me to the end! I’ve always been a bit of an oat snob too and ignored the microwave options. The instant option would mean no gloopy pan or stove top to wash up as well. Not thought of sprinkling with cinnamon. Have you tried it with cardamon pods? That’s tasty too.

    • sarah says:

      I don’t like cardamon so no I haven’t, it’s one of the few things that I don’t like! But maybe I’ll give it a go in this scenario.

      Thanks so much for your positive feedback on the post.

      Sarah x

  5. IrishMum says:

    Fantastic photos. Can I tell you a secret? I’m a would-be-copy-you-photographer. Have you done any blogs on photography?

    • sarah says:

      yes I have done some photography tips and there are photography tips in my e-course – I have invested lots of time and effort and money in learning though and finally it’s all coming together – it’s taken years though lol – I am never happier really than when behind the lens…especially if it includes food, interiors or nature xxxx

      thanks so much for you lovely comment, I certainly appreciate it.

  6. Beautiful. Yep…you have made porridge beautiful!!! x

    • sarah says:

      thanks Janelle, I loved doing this so very pleased to hear you think it looks good :-)

  7. oh dear, Sarah, I think you’ve sold your soul to Woolies! :((

    • sarah says:

      Hi Krissie

      Thanks so much for your opinion.

      Sorry that you feel that way and also that you feel qualified to make comment on my soul, a very interesting concept as to the best of my knowledge I haven’t even met you before.

      I put a lot of time and effort into my blog, I have invested in technology to make it enjoyable and pay to have it run every month…to correlate all of that to my spirituality I find highly offensive.

      I would never ‘sell my soul’, as you say, to anyone – I get a huge amount of requests on this blog every single day to promote products for various companies from furniture makers to baby wipes and consider extremely carefully who I even mention on this blog and social media.

      I am also extremely committed to my readers and to what I enjoy (in this case oatmeal) and ensure that any sponsored content is well balanced in terms of its frequency.

      If you have any further comments on how I address my soul and how I balance running a blog with financial compensation please refer to my email address abeachcottageblog@gmail.com rather than this public forum, which I feel is a highly inappropriate avenue for either discussing or making observations on another’s spirituality or indeed talking about financial affairs.

      Thanks so much for your time

      Kind Regards


    • Amelia says:

      How rude Krissie

  8. Yum! That looks so good! And I LOVE that little bowl with the blue flowers. xx <3

  9. Diana says:

    It looks good! Have never tried “instant” oats but may have to try it with cinnamon and vanilla now.
    Love the bowl ~

  10. Diana says:

    Hmm where did my name go on the previous post………it’s Diana

  11. You’ve not remotely shared a piece of your soul here Sarah!

    You’ve shared a snappy way to make something that, it seems, many of us adore…and yet many of us haven’t tried!
    I’ve always been the Scottish Oats eater you described ;) however I may well be throwing these into my trolley, thanks to your story and your photos….if instant porridge can be dressed up to look this goos, then I’m in!

    Chrissie who!!?

    Keep the sharing coming Sarah…

    Melissa x

  12. Carissa says:

    Beautiful Post as always Sarah! I will be giving it a go! x

  13. merilyn says:

    hi sarah, we all love you and what you stand for girlfriend! so … not worth mentioning rude people.
    those photos are gorgeous and a healthy wholesome breakfast too!
    i’ve been using woolies home brand normal rolled oats for years.
    put them in the microwave with milk or water and for me they are done in a minute
    i add yoghurt and honey or any stewed fruit they seem creamy to me and that is the cheaper version,
    not even instant … all good! definitely dispose of those itchy woolen under garments. along with rude people!
    ok to be a purist sometimes not when one is busy tho … lol m:) x

  14. alison says:

    Your photos are fabulous. The styling is beautiful.

    There really isn’t any excuse for not having time for a good breakfast is there?


  15. Claire says:

    This looks divine Sarah – gorgeous food styling pictures, my mouth’s watering just looking at them!

  16. katie says:

    wait, what? YOUR HAIR??? i NOTICED that at the end of post!!! am i missing THE photo of your HAIR??

    want to see! i’ll look on insta!

    =) katie

  17. Tamara says:

    Well said Sarah! I am a great believer in what you give out comes back to you many times over.
    I come to your blog because it makes me feel happy and uplifted and judging by the vast majority of comments you get a lot of other people feel the same.
    If you don’t like it, don’t read it! Simple!
    I know what you mean about your hair looking weird. I have tried many fringes over the years when I’ve been bored with my hair and always end up growing them out immediately!
    I’m sure you’ll get used to it eventually ;-)