Since breakfast has long been considered one of the most important meals of the day, it’s crucial you make good food choices. Oats are an excellent option, for a wide variety of reasons. Whole grain oats are a great source of soluble fiber, which offers health benefits like lowering cholesterol and evening out blood glucose levels. They are also a great source of insoluble fiber too, which is what helps keep your bowels moving smoothly and improves the health of your gut.
Oats are nicely balanced nutrition, offering both fiber and protein, and when combined with a healthy source of fat become plenty to power you through your day right on into lunch. So . . . just how many ways can you make oats? More than you might think, in fact. From oatmeal in a cup when you’re on-the-go or even cereal bars, there are so many ways you can incorporate quick oats into your breakfast. To get you started, here are a handful of creative ways to prepare your next oat-filled breakfast.
Easy Overnight Oats
These easy overnight oats are perfect for those busy morning when you are in a hurry and just want to grab something and go. You can make these oats the night before, and they are ready to rock by morning. This recipe makes one portion and prep time is a mere 5 minutes.
All you do is combine gluten free rolled oats with almond milk, almond butter, organic chia seeds, a sliced banana, and a scoop of Almond Protein Powder. Mix all ingredients into a Mason jar (or whatever you’ve got on hand), seal and shake it, then refrigerate it until morning. Easy, peasy.
Savory Oatmeal with Baked Eggs
If you prefer steel cut oats, you will love this savory oatmeal with baked eggs recipe. Prep time is 5 minutes, cook time is 12 minutes, and it makes about four servings. Note that you may need a Philips Multi-Cooker to prepare these oats.
Green onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and chicken broth are all cooked with the eggs and oats for a breakfast that is hearty and filling. You can serve this dish with a drizzle of soy for more flavor, alongside a salad of fresh arugula. Other garnish items that are a hit with this dish include avocado, tomato, bacon bits, and grated Parmesan cheese. No matter what you serve alongside it, this is a breakfast for champs.
Whole Grain Cereal Bars
Sometimes you just want something super easy to make and highly transportable (in other words, not messy). These homemade whole grain cereal bars are just the ticket. This recipe makes a whopping 30 bars, and it only requires about 15 minutes of prep time and 25–30 minutes to cook.
The cereal bars are dairy free, soy free, and vegan, not to mention delicious. They are made with Scottish oatmeal and 5 grain rolled cereal, along with whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, flaxseed meal, and shredded coconut.
Goodies like chocolate chips and cranberries along with cane sugar and vanilla extract add sweetness, while salt helps to bring out the flavors. These are a perfect, nutritious, meal-on-the-go for those who lead active, busy lifestyles, but still aim to be healthy.
Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie
When it comes to breakfast (or lunch or dinner, for that matter), smoothies can make an excellent meal replacement option, or even just a great mid-day snack. The nice thing about smoothies is that you can mix it up and easily customize them in a seemingly endless amount of ways.
This recipe is super simple and makes one serving. Just combine a scoop of Almond Protein Powder with pitted dates, regular rolled oats, milk, sweetener of choice and vanilla extract. Add ice, and blend until cold and smooth. If it’s too thick, just add more milk, or add water.
You can also change it up and add other ingredients, like bananas or a scoop of your favorite nut butter, or even try it with a dollop of honey. Or you can change the recipe completely and use chocolate protein booster and frozen strawberries. Truly, the versatility of smoothies is amazing, and oats are a wonderful addition that can be adapted to almost any flavor you’re in the mood for.
Note: Eating raw oats is generally safe, but may cause digestive issues or increase the risk of foodborne illness.
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Bob's Red Mill Recipes: Overnight Oats