FAQ


What can I substitute for banana?
Yes! For every ½ banana use ¼ cup applesauce, pumpkin purée, or even sweet potato purée!

Do I have to use chia seeds?
You don’t have to, but chia seeds have a gel-like property that helps thicken and bonds the oatmeal. You can substitute seeds with the same amount of ground flax seeds, or flax meal. However, you can omit the seeds.

What bowls do you use?
About 50% of my bowls are actually thrived, but I really like the dishes that Sweese or William Sonoma offers! The bowls I use are around 10 oz - 28 oz (check by filling up water in it 1 cup = 8oz)

What bowls can I use for your baked recipes?
When making baked oats, you have to use an oven-safe dish! Most companies label whether or not their dishes are oven-safe on the bottom of the bowl. The best baking bowls are made from tempered glass, stoneware, or porcelain. Avoid wooden and plastic bowls!

Can I modify your recipes to use less oats?
Of course you can! You can adjust the recipe measurements to your liking. To either increase/decrease the amount of oats, make sure you decrease by the same amount for every other ingredient. For example: if a recipe calls for ⅔ cups of oats and ⅔ cups of plant milk, and you only want to use ½ cup of oats, make sure you reduce the plant milk to ½ cup as well.

Rising agents:
I use double-acting baking powder in all of my recipes! Therefore, if you’re using normal baking powder, you would want to double the amount of baking powder I used. Also, don’t substitute the baking powder with baking soda. Baking powder is already activated, while baking soda is not. Too much baking soda will make the dish taste super bitter.


What if I want more/less oats in your recipe?
If you're wanting to either increase/decrease the amount of oats in your bowl, here are the ratios of oats to milk.

Stovetop
¼ cup (22g) rolled oats + ⅓ cup (80g) milk
⅓ cup (30g) rolled oats + ½ cup (120g) milk
½ cup (45g) rolled oats + ¾ cup (180g) milk
⅔ cup (60g) rolled oats + 1 cup (240g) milk
¾ cup (75g) rolled oats + 1 2 tbsp (300g) milk
1 cup (90g) rolled oats + 1 ½ cup (360g) milk

¼ cup (22g) minute oats + ½ cup (120g) milk
⅓ cup (30g) minute oats + ⅔ cup (160g) milk
½ cup (45g) minute oats + 1 cup (240g) milk
⅔ cup (60g) minute oats + 1 ⅓ cup (320g) milk
¾ cup (75g) minute oats + 1 ⅔ cup (400g) milk
1 cup (90g) minute oats + 2 cups (480g) milk

Microwave
¼ cup (22g) rolled oats + ¼ cup (60g) milk
⅓ cup (30g) rolled oats + ⅓ cup (80g) milk
½ cup (45g) rolled oats + ½ cup + (120g) milk
⅔ cup (60g) rolled oats + ¾ cup (180g) milk
¾ cup (75g) rolled oats + a little less than ½ cup (100g) water + ½ cup (120g) milk
1 cup (90g) rolled oats + ⅓ cup (80g) water + ¾ cup (180g) milk

¼ cup (22g) minute oats + 1 tbsp (15g) water + ¼ cup (60g) milk
⅓ cup (30g) minute oats + a little less than ¼ cup (40g) water + ¼ cup (60g) milk
½ cup (45g) minute oats + ⅓ cup (80g) water +⅓ cup (80g) milk
⅔ cup (60g) minute oats + a little than ½ cup (100g) water + ½ cup (120g) milk
¾ cup (75g) minute oats + ½ cup (120g) water + ⅔ cup (160g) milk
1 cup (90g) minute oats + ⅔ cup (160g) water + ¾ cup (180g) milk


Baked
¼ cup (22g) oats + ¼ cup (60g) milk
⅓ cup (30g) oats + ⅓ cup (80g) milk
½ cup (45g) oats + ½ cup (120g) milk
⅔ cup (60g) oats + ⅔ cup (160g) milk
¾ cup (75g) oats + ¾ cup (180g) milk
1 cup (90g) oats + 1 cup (240g) milk



How do I make oats more sweet?
Salt actually enhances all flavors - including sweetness! You can also add granulated sugar as well.

What can I substitute for maple syrup?
You can substitute the maple syrup for any liquid sweetener, such as honey, agave, molasses, rice syrup, etc.

What oats do I use?
You can use old fashioned/rolled oats or minute/quick oats. DON'T use steel cut oats!

What protein powder do I use?
I use PESCIENCE protein powder! My top 3 favorite are:

Gourmet Vanilla

Cake Pop

Cookies & Cream

You can use code: TRACE to save 15%

My favorite vegan protein powder is MISFITS protein powder (code: TRACE20)

Substitution for protein powder?
Protein powder is always optional (hence the extra milk I are whenever I use protein powder in my recipes) However, you can also substitute 1 scoop of protein powder (31 grams) with 2 tbsp of oats. If you’re omitting the protein powder completely, don’t add the extra splash of milk!!

How long does it take me to make my oatmeal in the morning?
Typically if I’m not filming, a microwaved bowl takes me 5 minutes. A stovetop bowl takes me around 10 minutes, and baked oats take around 25 minutes. However, if I’m filming and recording the process of me making oats, it takes me a bit longer.

Can I use any milk?
Yes, any milk is fine!

What should I do if my oatmeal turns out “soupy”?
There’s 2 things you can do to fix it: You can either microwave it for longer. Switch the oats to a bigger bowl and microwave it in 45 second intervals until it thickens up!

What should I do if my oatmeal turns out dry?
Add a little more liquid!

What should I do if my oatmeal overflows in the microwave?
There’s 2 things you can do to prevent this: you can microwave the oats in shorter intervals (45 second intervals), and you can also use a larger bowl. You can also purchase a microwave cover, or cover the bowl with a microwave safe plate.

Can I use Quaker’s flavored instant oats for baked oats?
Yes, all you need to do is add 1/2 cup (120g) of milk into the oat package and then bake it at 400F for 20 minutes!

How do you prevent the protein powder for being “chunky” when mixing it in?
If the oatmeal is too hot, the protein powder will be “chunky” and “grainy” when you stir it in. To prevent this, you can let your oats cool down, and add a splash of milk alongside the protein powder to help it mix in better.