Oats are a staple in most households and for good reason. They are affordable, easy to cook, and widely available. Oats come in many forms like whole rolled, steel-cut or quick/instant. They are a good source of soluble fibre which help keep you feeling full and has beneficial effects on cholesterol and blood sugar. Although great eaten on their own, oats are quite versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes. I have provided 5 of my favourite more unique ways to use oats below.
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Blueberry Oat Bars
- 2 cups frozen blueberries, thawed
- 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350° F and line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, mix the thawed blueberries with the flaxseed and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the mashed bananas, oats, flour, cinnamon, salt and maple syrup until a loose dough forms.
- Reserve ¾ cup of the dough and set aside. Pour remaining dough into the pan and spread evenly.
- Pour the blueberry mixture on top of the dough and spread evenly.
- Take the reserved dough and scatter across the top of the blueberry mixture.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
- Allow to cool and enjoy!
Broccoli Cheddar Oatmeal Bake
- ½ Tbsp butter
- 5 tsp all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3 cups cooked broccoli, chopped
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350° F and line a baking dish with parchment paper.
- Melt the butter over medium-low heat in a medium-sized skillet.
- In a medium bowl, add the flour and ½ cup milk and whisk until smooth.
- Pour the flour mixture into the skillet, followed by the remaining 1 ½ cups milk and stir to combine.
- Turn up the heat to medium and continuously stir the mixture until it has thickened and coats the back of a spoon, about 7-10 minutes.
- Remove the skillet form the heat and stir in the Greek yogurt, cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Continue to stir until all the cheese has melted and the sauce is nice and smooth.
- In a large bowl, mix the oats, chopped broccoli, egg and baking soda.
- Pour the sauce over the broccoli oat mixture and stir until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the dish and spread evenly.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, until set and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool, serve and enjoy!
Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup raisins
- 2 – 4 Tbsp milk
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Add the frozen banana, oats, raisins, cinnamon, and milk (start with 2 Tbsp) to a food processor.
- Pulse mixture until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrap down the sides as needed. Add milk 1 Tbsp at a time to get desired consistency, if necessary.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Oat Risotto with Peas and Pecorino
- 2 Tbsp butter, unsalted
- 1 leek (white and tender green parts only), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 5 cups low-sodium broth
- 1 cup frozen baby peas, thawed
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup pecorino, shaved (or grated parmesan)
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the leek and stir occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the oats and cook for 1 minute.
- Add 1 cup broth and simmer until nearly absorbed. Stir mixture frequently. Continue adding 1 cup broth at a time and cook until the liquid is nearly absorbed. Repeat until all the broth is used.
- This process should take about 25 minutes. You will know you are done when the oats are chewy and tender, and the sauce has thickened.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir in the thawed peas, scallion, and ¾ cup of the cheese. Cook until the peas are heated through, about 1 minute.
- Top with remaining cheese, serve and enjoy!
- 1 ½ lbs ground beef
- 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 3 Tbsp warm water
- 1/3 cup onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup milk (water can be used as well)
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 400° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, mix the flaxseed and warm water. Set aside until the mixture firms up, about 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix the onion, garlic, oats, milk, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper until well combined. Stir in the flax mixture.
- Divide the mixture into 1 Tbsp portions and space them out evenly on the baking sheet. Gently roll each portion in your hands to form meatballs.
- Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy!
Eat well, be well
Emma Minden, Registered Dietitian, Wholesome GO