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The Magic of Oats & Oaty Recipes

November 29, 2014

Oats are magical.

They’re one of the best wholesome foods.

Oats are a great source of slow energy releasing carbs which makes oats a great source of energy. They’re a great source of protein and soluble fibre which is great for our digestion.  Oats are quick to cook and very easy to match with other ingredients for a taste explosion.

And even though they come from cereal grain, there are gluten free oat options available.

 

Oats split on a table and stored in a jar with wheat

The magical grain of oats.

 

Some people think it’s a bit strange or a bit lazy but – I’m a big fan of soft foods. I like spending time enjoying delicious flavours with simple chewing. Perhaps it’s something to do with my tiny teeth or obsession with taste, but ever since I was born, I’ve loved soft and liquid foods. Food that is chewy and difficult to break down isn’t enjoyable for my mouth or my digestion. Softer foods are easy on the digestive system.

Oats can be used in many different recipes from toasted museli to biscuits to loaves to muesli bars. Below are some very simple recipe ideas all revolving around oats.

 

Oaty Porridge

Porridge doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves. It’s warm, filling and wholesome. The perfect energy filled breakfast.

Maybe it has something to do with its name. Porridge isn’t the sexiest sounding food but it is mighty tasty. It’s all about the little additions. Porridge by itself isn’t very exciting but once you add fruit, seeds and tasty treats, a meal becomes a wholesome treat.

Porridge is extremely simple to cook – pour boiling water over the oats, cover and wait a few minutes. Porridge can be cooked on the stove but boiling water and patience works just as good.

Easy tasty additions to porridge are:

  • Mashed or chopped banana
  • Chopped or grated apple
  • Frozen blueberries or any other berries
  • Diced prunes / dried apricots or any other dried fruit
  • Sultanas / raisins
  • Yoghurt
  • Almond milk
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chia seeds (even better pre-soaked)
  • Gentle fibre or physillium husk (also better pre-soaked)
  • Nuts

 

Porridge made from oats with strawberries, blueberries, banana and almonds.

Warm oats mixed with fruits makes for a delicious and very healthy breakfast.

 

My mum used to make porridge for me by cooking it into mush on the stove – then adding a little milk and brown sugar afterwards.

These days I take it a few steps further. I like to prepare in advance so that I can relax knowing that I don’t have to organise food at the time of a meal or at work or on the run. I spice my mixture up depending on what I have in the kitchen but generally I combine:

  • mashed banana
  • frozen blueberries
  • a sprinkle of coconut flakes
  • chia seeds
  • cacao powder

I mix this up the night before in a small container with liquids so the chia seeds can expand. I pop the container in the refrigerator then take it to work with me in the morning where store my oats. I can make a few days at a time and leave it in the fridge at work knowing that I have a healthy breakfast to come.

If you’re worried about the banana turning brown, just mash it on the day.  And if you use mashed banana, no dairy such as yoghurt or milk is necessary as the banana blends the mixture together smoothly.

Porridge is a warm and healthy breakfast which is super easy to tailor to your own tastes.

 

Oaty Smoothies

Smoothies are excellent for our digestive system and are a simple way to pack loads of goodness into one serving.

Oats help to bulk up a smoothie. They fill you up, add a wholesome taste and are complex carbs needed for energy.

A basic oaty smoothie could contain:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/3 cup Oats
  • 1/3 Berries
  • 1/3 cup Spinach

 

Blueberry smoothie with oats and spinach

You can add oats to any smoothie. Try to have a balance of fruits, vegetables and energy.

 

Oaty Pancakes

Adding oats to pancakes was revolutionary for me. This is a truly simple recipe for anyone wanting a delicious and healthy breakfast. Once the ingredients are blended, you can barely recognise the oats in the mixture and you’re still receiving all the health benefits they offer. I aim to have these every Saturday as a relaxing breakfast treat.

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Blueberries
  • 1/3 cups Oats

You can add extras like almond milk, cacao, protein powder, chia seeds, coconut, or anything else you like which will create a tasty oaty pancake. I like to have mashed banana on the top.

Blend all the ingredients together. Cook in a frying pan like picklettes or an omelette. Watch out if you choose the omelette option – It’s quite tricky to flip these pancakes so simply fold the mixture in the pan like an omelette. If the mixture separates a bit, just serve it as scrambled pancake. It gets chewed up anyway!

 

Blueberry pancakes with oats

Add banana, honey or other fruits as toppings for pancakes.

 

Oaty Muffins & Loaves

Oats can add extra taste, texture and health to muffins or loaves. You can easily add oats to any muffin mix by replacing some of the flour with oats. Ensure you don’t over stir the mixture or the muffins can become tough.

A basic oaty muffin recipe:

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup Oats
  • 1 cup Wholemeal Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda & Powder (mix into wet ingredient before adding to mixture to ensure it spreads throughout the mixture)

Wet ingredients:

  • 2 Bananas
  • A handful of Blueberries
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of Honey
  • If needed, you can add a splash of milk or hot water.

 

Mix the wet and dry ingredients separately then combine. Try not to over-mix! Bake at 180 degrees for 10 minutes.

 

Blueberry muffins made with oats and a bowl of blueberries on the side

There are many simple muffin recipes where you can replace some flour with oats.

 

These are just some of the wonderful foods we can make with magical oats. If you have any other oat related revolutionary ideas or recipes, please let me know!

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