Beyond Boring: Creative, Healthy and Tasty Recipes Using Oats

Over the past few decades, oats have become a very popular and convenient health food. Good news is that you can always play around oats with your creativity in either making it sweet or savoury.

Before jumping into the main content of this article, here are some of the benefits of consuming oats:

  • Oats are loaded with multi-vitamins, antioxidants and essential fibre
  • Weight loss / managing weight
  • Keeping blood pressure and cholesterol level low
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Helps you sleep when consumed at night

Here is some ways for you to incorporate oats in your daily life.

Oat Porridge

Ingredients

  • Rolled oats
  • Milk
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon

Optional

  • Eggs
  • Spinach
  • Cilantro
  • Bacon
  • Mushroom

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine every ingredient.
  2. Pop it into a microwave for 3 minutes (if you are in a hurry) or else, you can cook it to a simmer.
  3. That’s it! Here is your creamy-licious oat porridge.
  4. Add your own toppings to the bowl. Bon appétit!

Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • Rolled oats
  • Milk
  • Chia seed
  • Yogurt
  • Cinnamon

Optional

  • Fruits (Banana, Berries, Apple or Grapes)
  • Nuts (Almond, Walnut, Pecan, Pistachio)
  • Raisins
  • Honey

Instructions

  1. In a Mason jar, combine all the main ingredients together.
  2. Mix it well and store it in your fridge overnight.
  3. The next day, just add some of your favourite toppings when you want to eat and you are good to go!

Isn’t this the easiest meal to prepare? You have all your MACROS in a jar. So come on, stop making excuses for not eating healthy!

Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups, quick oats
  • 2 cups, all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp, baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp, cinnamon
  • 1 tsp, salt
  • 1 cup, chocolate chip
  • 1 cup, roughly chopped peanuts
  • 1 cup, softened butter
  • 1 cup, white sugar
  • 1 cup, Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp, vanilla extract
  • 2 Eggs

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix softened butter, white sugar and brown sugar together.
  2. Next, beat in the eggs.
  3. Then, stir in vanilla extract.
  4. In another bowl, measure and combine all the dry ingredients. (all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon)
  5. Add the dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture.
  6. Mix together and add quick cooking oats, chocolate chips, peanuts and mix together thoroughly.
  7. Cover the dough and let it chill for at least 1 hour.
  8. Preheat your oven to 375 Fahrenheit.
  9. Grease 2 cookie sheets.
  10. Scoop or roll the chilled dough into walnut-sized dough.
  11. Flatten your cookies with a large fork and pop the baking sheets into the oven for 8-10 minutes.
  12. Allow your cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes and you are ready to take your first bite. Thank me later!

PRO TIP: For people with celiac disease, it is not recommended to use steel cut oats as it needs longer time to digest. You can always opt for rolled or quick oats for a better and more suitable option.

(Kindly consult your doctor for future confirmation)

Featured image by Zonderzooi

Written by Jovi Chow Chu Qi

"I am not a glutton - I am an explorer of food." - Emma Bombeck

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