Oat my goodness! Nothing beats a delicious meal of oats! Who doesn't love them in a warm and cosy porridge? Though, one of our favourites is overnight oats. They're super easy to make and are yummy. We also LOVE using oats in recipes such as oat bites, slices, cookies, loaves, and granola. Oats are commonly enjoyed at breakfast or brunch by combining them with water or milk.
But before we share some of our favourite recipes with you that use oats, let's first talk about the benefits of them and how to make protein oats!
They're so easy to find
Oats are available in different varieties, such as protein-rich, super blends, and organic. Browse the supermarket aisles - there's sure to be something you'll love! Plus, you can add them to easy recipes using oats!
What's the difference between rolled oats and quick oats? They're quite similar to one another. Quick oats are steamed longer and rolled thinner, which makes them cook quicker! They tend to have a smooth, creamy texture. Yum!
Oats are nutritious
These little grains have big benefits! They're a great source of carbohydrate and fibre! Also, they contain more protein and fat than other grains! But this isn't all! Oats contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant plant compounds. Different brands, varieties, and quantities of oats can provide various nutritional benefits. Though, generally speaking, half a cup (roughly 78 grams) of dry oats contains approximately:
Manganese: 191% of the RDI*
Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI
Magnesium: 34% of the RDI
Copper: 24% of the RDI
Iron: 20% of the RDI
Zinc: 20% of the RDI
Folate: 11% of the RDI
Vitamin B1: 39% of the RDI
Vitamin B5: 10% of the RDI
Smaller quantities of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin B3.
*RDI: Recommended Dietary Intake
They may help keep you full!
Nothing beats a bowl of oatmeal to give you the warm and fuzzy feels. This is one of our much-loved easy recipes using oats! Once you add your favourite ingredients, such as cinnamon, yoghurt, milk, and berries, oatmeal can be quite filling! If you're someone who likes a satisfying meal first thing in the morning, then oatmeal might be the one for you!
They're super easy to use!
If you're often rushing in the morning, trying to fit everything in before the early morning commute, but need a satisfying breakfast, then preparing oatmeal is going to fit in just fine. For a simple method, add the recommended serving size (check your oat packaging) with roughly one cup (250ml) of water, milk, or nut milk. Mix the ingredients in a saucepan or pot, bringing it to a boil. Then, reduce the heat, so it's simmering and cook the oats. Stir it occasionally, until it becomes soft. You may also want to add cinnamon, fruit, or nuts to your oatmeal - the choice is yours! We love easy recipes using oats, just like this one!
If you experience a gluten intolerance or have celiac disease, ensure you consult your doctor before eating oats and have chosen to best one for you!
Here are three meals you can make with oats. We hope you like them!
To make Protein Oat Bites, you will need just seven ingredients! Have ready one cup of rolled oats, 30 grams of vegan vanilla protein powder, a quarter of a cup of peanut butter (or almond butter), and one tablespoon of natural cacao. You'll also need one tablespoon of melted coconut oil, two tablespoons of sunflower seeds, and two tablespoons of Goji berries or sultanas, which is optional. We hope you like easy recipes using oats like this option!
Firstly, add all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix it all with your clean hands. Once it has all combined, roll tablespoon amounts into balls. Then, place them in the fridge, allowing them to set for around 15 to 20 minutes before eating them. Now all you need to do is enjoy them!
Next, we want to share with you our Happy Way Raw Oat and Choc Slice! For this recipe, you will need one cup of almonds, one cup of oats, 30 grams of vegan vanilla protein powder, and a third of a cup of cacao. You'll also need two tablespoons of peanut butter, a pink of pink salt, a third of a cup of coconut oil, one tablespoon of rice malt syrup, and half a cup of dried fruit (raisins or Goji berries), which is optional. Is this going to be one of your favourite easy recipes using oats? We think so!
Now, let's put this delicious treat together! Using a food processor, blitz the whole almonds until they're chopped. Next, add all of the remaining ingredients into the food processor and process them until they're combined and sticky. Line a small baking tray, and using your fingers press the mixture down to form an even layer. Next, place it in the fridge, so it sets overnight.
All you need to do now is enjoy them!
Make way for the Vanilla Maple Protein Granola. This one is one of our favourite easy recipes using oats!
For this granola, you will need a quarter of a cup of coconut oil, a third of a cup of maple syrup (or a sugar-free maple, golden syrup or honey), and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Also prepare two cups of rolled oats, one serving of coffee whey protein powder, one teaspoon of cinnamon, and a quarter of a teaspoon of salt.
To make the granola, firstly preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Then, heat the coconut oil and maple syrup over a medium heat. Stir it until it has melted and combined.
Take it off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract, protein powder, oats, cinnamon, and salt. Next, spread it over a baking tray and place it into the oven for 10 minutes. Once done, take the tray out and stir the granola around (this is important to do otherwise the bottom bits will become a bit soggy). Now, place it back into the over for around six to eight minutes, until it is golden!
Enjoy your delicious granola as well as all our easy recipes using oats!
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