Oats are an integral part of most diets across the globe. They’re ancient, they’ve been around for thousands of years.Traditionally oats were a staple food source as they keep the body full by ‘bloating’ up your stomach, which is why they’re such a good diet food but they also contain a fair few calories along the way, so make sure you fill up on fruits and vegetables and leave oats as an additive to your food.

Whether you ate them as a child or are brand new to trying the tasty ingredient. They’re full of benefits and I have some amazing ways for you to try them! My list of amazing ways to eat oats is going to give them a whole new meaning to the word oats.

People see oats and they’re reminded of a winter morning at 7am. Their mother huddled over a pot on the stove, stirring a pot of porridge. It’s either served as slop or as a clumpy breakfast with hot milk around a ball stodge. I hated them! I’d much rather have skipped breakfast entirely than suffer through some cold oats. Luckily, I’m inventive and I try my best to eat a varied and balanced diet which includes this natural food source. For some time I have used the Paleo diet as my main way of eating but oats have slowly snook back in.

raw oats

Spruce it up!

Muesli

Try my cheap and simple Muesli recipe and ideas! Simple, oats can be cooked or left raw for a new taste. Raw oats are brilliant and a great way to eat oats to freshen up your breakfast routine. Add your oats, 3 tbsp to a bowl of milk of your choice, I wouldn’t recommend water for this, then chop up any fruit you enjoy.

You could skip the milk completely and eat this dry as a crumble bowl.

I recommend; Apple, Banana, Apricot, prunes, Blueberries, strawberries, raisins, orange peel, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts. I have mine with Apricots, sliced banana, blackberry powder and a sprinkle of raisins and honey.

Top your Oats or muesli with fruit

Either fresh fruit or dried fruit powder, adding extra fruit goes a long way to boost your energy in the morning! I like a mashed banana mixed into my dry muesli and then I’d top it with cranberries and yoghurt.

Create your own milk

It really has never been so simple. It’s a case of blending oats with milk and separating any pulp out, oat milk is super nutritious and has tonnes of vitamins in – it’s low in fat and perfect for drinks and desserts. Find the full method here.

Cooked Banana Oats

Super simple and one of my favourite ways to eat oats. This is in my breakfast bowl at least twice a week.

Two types of carbs and full of fibre (Why is fibre good for us?) natural sugar for a filling and lower calorie breakfast.

Mash up a banana, it doesn’t have to be neat, add in two tbsp of oats and 3 tbsp of water. Cover and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes, stir and leave covered for a further minute. Now the mixture should be thick, you can either add more water or a milk of your choice. Top with honey, raisins, blueberries or just eat as is! 210 calories

Cooked Strawberry Oats

Super simple! Natural sugar and fibre making this a filling and lower calorie breakfast.

Chop up your strawberries, 4-5 would do perfectly, it doesn’t have to be neat, add in two tbsp of oats and 1 tbsp of water. Cover and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes, stir and leave covered for a further minute. Now the mixture should be thick, you can either add more water or a milk of your choice. Top with honey, raisins, blueberries or just eat as is! 170 calories

Overnight oats

The expressway of doing your oats, well maybe not express..but it’s fuss-free!

Place 1/2 of oats (or as much as you’d like) in a bowl with the same amount of water. Cover and leave it overnight, it should swell up naturally taking on the water in the container for a heat-free mess-free breakfast. You can place some water-based fruits in there too if you wish!

Carrot Cake Cookies

Using up leftover carrots and oats- These bad boys are the ultimate autumn-winter treat. Simple measurements and full of vitamins. They’re gluten-free and vegan. For the full recipe click here.

Oat Pancakes that are dairy free, gluten free and vegan!

Oat pancakes

A new addition to this list. The heavy sister to the traditional pancake, these oat pancakes are gluten, egg and dairy-free. They only use 3 ingredients. For the full recipe click here.

Crumble

Simply take a crumble recipe of your choice and replace the sugar, flour and butter crumble for an oat and nut crumble. My personal favourite is a walnut, almond, hazelnut and oat crumble with cinnamon on top but when cooking for my family I do half crumble half oat & nut. That way you reduce the gluten calories and add more good fats to the mix!oats-1018973_640

Power Bars/Balls

A little bit of time and a lot of enjoyment!

  • 1/2 cup of oats,
  • 2 TBSP of finely diced soft fruit
  • 1TSP of honey or brown sugar.

If using sugar, heat it gently for 30 seconds before adding to the bowl, combine together until a crumbly dough is formed. Makes 6 balls.
Not a preference of mine as I don’t really enjoy ‘snack’s. I like sitting down to a meal but I know a few people who like to get out and about and take some simple snacks with them.

Information about oats

All of the recipes I’ve included balance on the fact that oats are not the main source of calories but are a ‘bulk’ to keep my food filling and my hunger at bay through hard workouts or long days. I typically use only 1-2 tablespoons per dish and add more fruit when necessary.

A calorie guide has been included and a typical bowl of porridge oats cooked with milk and water is around 290 calories per portion.This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Manganese. Per cup of oats you get 26.4g of protein.

 

Basically, don’t eat the same thing every day. Enjoy your food and keep it varied, remember your body craves new vitamins and by eating the same foods it creates cravings. So, keep it interesting!

Have a great week,

PurelyAmy

27 comments on “New ways to eat your oats!”

  1. Oats I can love or hate! I think they have to be mixed with fruit for them to work and be without nuts or I wont touch them šŸ™‚

  2. Oats I can love or hate! I think they have to be mixed with fruit for them to work and be without nuts or I wont touch them šŸ™‚

    • I understand that but it depends on how you make them! I like them cold in the summer and with fruit and nuts!
      Your crumble sounds lovely! I love new ideas for my crumbles ( I eat them all the time).

    • I understand that but it depends on how you make them! I like them cold in the summer and with fruit and nuts!
      Your crumble sounds lovely! I love new ideas for my crumbles ( I eat them all the time).

  3. OK, I hate oats, always think of them as something from the bottom of the hamster cage, but…the strawberry Oats sound amazing, you might have converted me, so shocked.

  4. OK, I hate oats, always think of them as something from the bottom of the hamster cage, but…the strawberry Oats sound amazing, you might have converted me, so shocked.

  5. I’ve tried overnight night, and always wanted to try power balls!
    Thanks so much for sharing easy recipes, the strawberry oats sound amazing!

  6. I’ve tried overnight night, and always wanted to try power balls!
    Thanks so much for sharing easy recipes, the strawberry oats sound amazing!

  7. I do the overnight oats and love it! I use a Muller light yoghurt instead of water and it absorbs lovely overnight and adds some flavour, sometimes I add some choc shot for a nice chocolate flavour mmm. So filling! I do want to try the power balls though! They’d be so handy as a snack for uni/work! x
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