Porridge might be a great breakfast but it's not for everyone. Thankfully, these powerful little things are incredibly versatile. So today we've got five easy oat based recipes so that even the most fussy eater will be thankful for them.
Why Are Oats So Good For You
Oats are some of the best grains on the planet, they're high in fibre, rich in antioxidants and contain important vitamins and minerals that your body needs like B vitamins, magnesium and iron. They contain soluble fibres called beta-glucans which can help to slow down the digestion of the carbohydrates to prevent insulin spikes and control your blood sugar.
There are an array of benefits that come with adding oats to your diet with links to lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease. Additionally, eating oats can help you to feel full for longer, this makes oats a great choice to have as a meal or a snack so you can easily curb your hunger and carry on with your day.
Let's dive right into the recipes so you can start to enjoying oats without it being a bowl of porridge. To make life easier, we recommend using a blender for some of these recipes which will speed up preparation times.
Nutella Baked Oats
One of our favourite recipes are baked oats, they're so easy to creative with, quick to make and it almost tastes like a freshly baked cake. You don't need anything fancy to make this delicious Nutella Baked Oats recipe, you'll find most of the ingredients tucked away in your kitchen cupboards:
- 60g Tree Of Life Porridge Oats
- 120ml milk of your choice
- 1 banana (the riper the better)
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of Rowse Honey
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons of Nutella
- Any cooking oil for greasing
- Preheat your oven to 180°C.
- Add all your ingredients to your blender, but only 1 tablespoon of Nutella (we'll be using the rest later). Blend this until you have a slightly smooth but thick consistency.
- Use a small amount of oil to grease an oven safe bowl then pour in your mixture. Create a small well in the middle and add 1 tablespoon of Nutella.
- Place this in your oven for 25 minutes until cooked. You should be left with a cake like consistency and a runny Nutella centre.
- Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes, then enjoy
Oat And Peanut Butter Balls
These oat & peanut butter balls are full of flavour and are the perfect snack to keep you full between breakfast and lunch. They're easy to make too with no baking required and they take less than 10 minutes to put together so you can make a fairly large batch in no time at all. These balls are really versatile because you can add pretty much whatever you like, here's what we used to make 12 balls:
- 85g of Pip & Nut Smooth Peanut Butter
- 70g of Dr Oetker Milk Chocolate Chips
- 130g of Tree of Life Porridge Oats
- 60g of Linwoods Milled Organic Flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons of Biona Organic Light Agave Syrup
- In a medium bowl, add all your ingredients and stir everything together. Make sure all the ingredients have combined well.
- Leave in the fridge for 15-30 minutes - this allow the mixture to set so it's easier to form your balls.
- Grab your mixture, and with your hands take palm sized chunks that you can roll into 12 individual balls. Enjoy or store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Banana and Oat Pancakes
A delicious stack of oat pancakes is the perfect breakfast to kickstart your day and they're filling too so you'll be well stuffed until lunch time. You can get as inventive as you like with your toppings so it's completely up to you whether you keep your pancakes healthy or enjoy them as a sweet morning treat. Here's what you'll need to make up 8 delicious pancakes:
- 100g of Tree of Life Oats
- 125ml milk of your choice
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 banana (the riper the better)
- 1 teaspoon of Dr Oetker Baking Powder
- Cooking oil of your choice
- Toppings of your choice
- Into a blender, add your oats, milk, eggs, banana and baking powder and blitz until you're left with a smooth batter, there should be no lumps.
- Heat a non-stick pan on a medium heat and a tablespoon of cooking oil.
- Once your pan is hot and ready to use, spoon 2 tablespoons of the pancake mixture onto your pan.
- Allow the pancake to cook on one side. Look out for the surface bubbles to form and check the underside of the pancake is golden brown. Once it's cooked on one side, flip the pancake to cook the other side.
- Plate up your pancakes and top off with whatever you please. Some great ideas are greek yoghurt, fresh fruit, maple syrup, chocolate chips, the list is endless!
Prefer to start your day with a traditional bowl of cereal but still want to reap the goodness that oats provide? No problem. Forget about shop brought granola, make your own homemade and healthy granola. You've got free rein to add whatever you like to make your granola as healthy as possible. Our recipe is rich in fruits, nuts and seeds so there'll be plenty of nourishment in your bowl of granola. The below list of ingredients will make around 15 servings of granola:
- 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
- 200ml of Biona Organic Light Agave Syrup
- 300g of Tree of Life Oats
- 2 tablespoons of Rowse Honey
- 50g of Tree of Life Pumpkin Seeds
- 50g of Flaked Almonds
- 50g of Desiccated Coconut
- 50g of Tree of Life Cranberries, chopped
- 50g of Tree of Life Pitted Dates, chopped
- Preheat your oven to 150°C.
- Start off by chopping up the cranberries and pitted dates into small sized chunks then leave to the side. Prepare your granola by mixing together the olive oil, honey and agave syrup then add in the oats and fold well so everything sticks together.
- Lightly grease a baking tray with a little bit of olive oil and add to the mixture. Pop this into the oven for 15 minutes, then remove and add the pumpkin seeds, flaked almonds, desiccated coconut, cranberries and dates. Mix the ingredients into the granola and pop the tray back into the oven for 15 more minutes.
- Remove from the oven and quickly transfer the mixture onto a cool surface. Allow the granola to sit until cool, then store away into an airtight container.
Veggie Oat Burgers
Did you know you can make some heavenly burgers using oats? It's time to get your cooking apron on and get stuck in with this recipe which is full of flavour and it's super healthy with plenty of vegetables. The ingredients below will yield 4 burger patties:
- 130g of Tree of Life Oats
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 70g of mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
- 1 carrot, grated
- 1/2 can of D'Aucy Sweetcorn
- 1 can of Biona Organic Red Kidney Beans, drained
- 1 teaspoon of Green Cuisine Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon of Green Cuisine Crushed Chilli
- 1 tablespoon of Biona Organic Dijon Mustard
- 2 tablespoons of Kikkoman Soy Sauce
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
- 4 Burger buns
- Lettuce and tomatoes for the burger
- Desired sauce for the burger
- In a frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the diced onion and garlic and lightly fry until the onions turn begin to brown.
- Add in the grated carrot and sprinkle in the cumin, crushed chilli and salt. Cook until the carrots have become soft and tender, then remove from the heat.
- In a separate bowl, add the kidney beans and mash. Once done, add in the oats, carrot mix, mustard and soy sauce. Mix well to combine all the ingredients together and make sure the consistency is thick.
- Once mixed, use your hands to make 4 patties and set aside. They should be a little thick and evenly sized.
- Heat a non-stick pan over a medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, make sure the pan is well coated. Add in your burger patties and fry each side for 5 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
- Slice your burger buns and add your patties, then top off with some lettuce, tomatoes and your favourite sauce. Check out our wide range of sauces here.
Oats Are For Everyone
There you have some simple to make but delicious oat based recipes that everyone can enjoy. Adding oats to your daily diet is a great way to get some extra nutrition in and because they're highly versatile, they taste good with pretty much anything. Get cooking with oats and strike your creative cooking flair to see what other delicious recipes you can conjure up.