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.
Spruce it up!
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 boosting 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 seperating 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 atleast 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
Over night oats
The express way 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 over night, 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 left over 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.
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.
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!
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 gentle 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!