Gone are the days of oats (or porridge) reminding us of boarding school or cold Winter mornings. Oats are making a comeback due to their excellent sources of fibre and protein, their low salt and sugar content, and their amazing ability to boost energy, prevent diabetes and promote heart health. It really should wear cape because they are a superfood …. And very economical too!
Oats (or porridge) are:
- Full of nutritional benefits
- Substantial enough to keep even the most active person satisfied until lunchtime
- Easy to eat and digest
- Appealing to the taste buds
- Easy to match with your favourite foods
Did you know that you can make them in a slow cooker, a microwave or on a stove top? Just be careful when dishing them out that you don’t fall into the same trap as Goldilocks and have them too hot!
Why not try one of these three delicious recipes, or make your own?
Banana Nut Oats, made to eat:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1 banana, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Combine oats and 1 cup water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes.
Top with banana slices, walnuts, and cinnamon.
- Cranberry Pear Oatmeal, made to eat
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup apple cider
1 cup organic rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup diced pear
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 cup fat-free milk
- Bring water and apple cider to a boil in a large saucepan.
- Stir in oats and salt; reduce heat to low, and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add pear, cranberries, cinnamon, and vanilla, stirring gently to combine; cook 3 minutes or until oats are tender.
- Stir in pecans and milk.
Blueberry and Honey Overnight Oats
½ cup oats
½ cup low-fat milk
¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
¼ cup blueberries
1 tablespoon honey
- Add Quaker Oats to your container of choice.
- Pour in the milk, add the blueberries and Greek yogurt.
- Sweeten by topping with honey.
- Place in the refrigerator.
- It will be ready to eat in the morning.