Oatmeal is a gift to all foodies who are trying to eat healthy. It's a simple canvas that can be splashed with whatever bright flavors you have in mind! Rich in fiber, oatmeal can lower risk for high blood pressure and type II diabetes.
Though many people think that oatmeal is just for breakfast, with milk and fruits, there are actually a ton of ways to eat this healthy grain. This National Oatmeal Month, check out the many ways you can enjoy oatmeal and make it your own!
There is usually one reason why people fail to eat breakfast at home - there's just not much time in the morning. And so, most of us go to work on an empty stomach and catch a cup of joe with a calorific pastry before starting a hectic day.
For those who can totally relate, we have a solution for you - overnight oats!
Oats are high in vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. This National Oatmeal Month, give overnight oats a try and treat yourself to a healthy version of the most important meal of the day.
Overnight Oats Variations (Chocolate Covered Katie)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats or quick oats
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds, optional
- 1/2 cup yogurt, such as Coconut Dream nondairy
- 1/2 cup fruit of choice, plus more for the top if desired
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- sweetener of choice, as desired
- Banana Bread Overnight Oats: Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1-2 tbsp crushed walnuts with the dry ingredients. Use sliced banana as your fruit of choice.
- Piña Colada Overnight Oats: Use coconut yogurt and coconut milk. Add a few drops pure vanilla extract, and use diced pineapple as your fruit of choice.
- Raspberries’n Cream Overnight Oats: Use raspberry yogurt, and replace the milk of choice with either canned coconut milk or nondairy creamer. Use raspberries as your fruit of choice, and stir in some raspberry jam at the end if desired. The same idea can be applied to strawberry, cherry, or blueberry overnight oats.
- Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats: Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon or apple pie spice. Use diced apple as your fruit of choice, and add 1-2 tbsp raisins if desired.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Overnight Oats (The Breakfast Drama Queen)
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 - 4 tablespoons Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or to taste
- Chopped nuts, chocolate chips and/or peanut butter, to serve
Cocoa Nib & Pomegranate Overnight Oats (Oh My Veggies)
- 1/2 c. old-fashioned or rolled oats
- 1/2 c. vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 c. pomegranate seeds
- 1 tbsp. ground flax seeds
- 1 tbsp. cocoa nibs or coarsely chopped dark chocolate
If you're not fan of oatmeal, these recipes might just change your perspective! Forget the usual milk and banana, these savory oatmeal bowls are yummy, delicious and filling - much like rice bowls or porridge, but healthier and loaded with more fiber!
Here are oatmeal recipes made flavorful by vegetables, meats, eggs and cheese. This is the perfect healthy grub for those who just don't consider anything sweet as a whole meal.
Pick your favorite from this bunch and whip up your very own bowl to celebrate National Oatmeal Month!
Sausage, Asparagus and Mushroom Oatmeal Recipe (The Good Mama)
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 3/4 cup water
- about 8 oz. sausage *I used two sausage links
- 1/4 chopped onions
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup chopped asparagus
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt, pepper, and dried thyme to taste
Lemongrass Oatmeal with Orange Chilli Pork (The Flavor Bender)
- 1 cup of Quaker® old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup of good-quality seasoned chicken stock
- 2 pcs of packaged lemongrass (or 2 tbsp of lemongrass paste)
- ½ cup of coconut milk
- ½ tbsp chilli flakes/crushed red pepper (optional)
- 7oz of pork, cut into small chunks
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (½ tsp if you like it spicy)
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
Orange Chilli Sauce
- ½ tsp cornflour
- ⅓ cup of orange juice
- 1 -2 tsp chilli flakes/crushed red pepper
To serve (optional)
- Fried egg
- Chopped spring onions
Savoury Oatmeal (Vegan Lovlie)
Ingredients (serves one hungry):
- 1/2 cup [45g] rolled oats
- 2 halves sundried tomato
- 1 medium [60g] carrot, diced
- 1 1/4 cup [300ml] water
- 1/2 teaspoon bouillon powder (or other seasoning of choice)
- 1/4 cup [40g] cooked black beans
- 1/4 cup [30g] mixed frozen sweet corn and peas
- Few sprigs oregano (or other herbs of choice)
- Salt to taste
Dessert is a weak spot for many people. And most of the time, gorging on desserts is quickly followed by guilt. But it doesn't always have to be!
Here are dessert recipes that are a lot less sinful than most sweets. They're also teeming with vitamins and fat-flushing fiber, thanks to the power of oatmeal. These recipes are guaranteed to satisfy foodies with sweet tooth without having to cause a reason to spend extra hours on the treadmill.
For an added dose of healthiness, substitute Stevia or low-calorie sweetener for sugar. Throw in a handful of flax seeds, chia seeds or hemp seeds to up your intake of antioxidants. Go on, whip up these recipes and indulge. Healthy eating has never been this healthy!
Healthy Apple Pie Overnight Dessert Oats (Dessert With Benefits)
- 2 cups Unsweetened Applesauce
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 64g (1/4 cup) Homemade Cinnamon Roll Almond Butter
- 1/2 tsp English Toffee Flavored Stevia Extract
- 1/2 tsp Maple Flavor
- 96g (1 cup) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
Healthy Chewy Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars (Lovely Little Kitchen)
- 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal
- 1/2 cup dried apples, diced
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies (Amy's Healthy Baking)
This is a great cookie recipe perfect for those who love the flavors of apple and cinnamon. This is a perfect treat for those who are trying to watch their weight. This cookie is sooooo good, you'll be satisfied enough to fight the urge to reach for a more sinful treat like a candy bar or a slice of cheesecake.
"These oatmeal cookies are full of fruit and cinnamon, and they’re incredibly soft and chewy. They’ll stay that way for an entire week if stored in an airtight container—if they last that long!"
- 1 cup (100g) instant oats (measured correctly & gluten-free if necessary)
- ¾ cup (90g) whole wheat or gluten-free* flour (measured correctly)
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp (28g) coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup (120mL) agave
- 1 cup (125g) finely diced red apple (about 1 medium)
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