Stepped-Up Oatmeal Recipes

October 29, 2018

Happy National Oatmeal Day!

Every day is a good day to enjoy one of the most nutritious breakfast foods: Oatmeal. But today is especially appropriate since it’s National Oatmeal Day in the United States. And since the Canadian Prairies include some of the most fertile oat acreage on the planet, and since our largest oat operation is in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, we’re going to go ahead and adopt this day in Canada as well.

In honor of National Oatmeal Day, we are sharing some of our favorite “stepped-up” oatmeal recipes with you—variations of traditional oatmeal as well as some fun ways to enjoy overnight oats.

But first, let us share with you some of the many health benefits of eating oats.

  • Oatmeal is a great source of soluble fiber (beta glucans), as well as other nutrients.
  • Consuming just 3 grams of soluble oat fiber per day (in 1 bowl of oatmeal) may lower total cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the FDA.
  • Oats are packed with many essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate, B-vitamins, calcium, and potassium.

 

Oats (including various oat flours and oat fiber) can be used in countless applications to provide flavor, texture, and nutrition to your product, from nutrition bars to beverages to cereals.

 

Whether you enjoy old-fashioned rolled oats, quick-cook oats, baby oats, steel-cut oats, overnight oats, or any other variation, have yourself a healthy, satisfying bowl of oatmeal today. Bonus: the fiber in oats helps you stay full longer.

Some of our favorite toppings (in addition to the recipes below) include: fresh fruit (especially blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and bananas), dried cranberries, raisins, goji berries, almonds, pecans, walnuts, coconut flakes, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, chia seeds, flax meal, peanut butter, and more. The options are endless—have fun experimenting!

What’s your favorite way to eat oatmeal? Let us know in the comments!

 

Stepped-Up Oatmeal Recipes

Download this printable recipe sheet for even more oatmeal and overnight oats recipes in one handy reference.

S’MORES OATMEAL
½ Cup Quick-Cook Oats*
2 tsp Chocolate Chips
6 Mini Marshmallows
1 tsp Graham Cracker Crumbs

CARAMEL APPLE OATMEAL
½ Cup Quick-Cook Oats*
¼ Cup Fresh or Dehydrated Apples, diced
¼ Tbsp Maple Sugar
¼ tsp Cinnamon

COCONUT BANANA OATMEAL
½ Cup Quick-Cook Oats*
¼ Cup Bananas, sliced
1 Tbsp Pecans or other nuts, chopped
1 tsp Shredded Unsweetened Coconut

Directions
Add ½ Cup Hot Water.
Stir and wait 3 minutes. Enjoy!

 

VANILLA CHIA OVERNIGHT OATMEAL
1 Cup Rolled Oats*
½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt (or yogurt of choice)
1 Cup milk of choice
1 Tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions
Mix all ingredients until combined.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.

 

*Use certified gluten-free oats to make these recipes certified gluten-free. (Did you know that oats are naturally gluten-free? But sometimes they come in contact with gluten-containing grains in the field, in transport, or in storage. Luckily there are many processes available to ensure that oats can be certified as gluten-free.)

 

Have an OATrageous day!