Oatmeal 4 Creative Ways

Oatmeal is the perfect ingredient to add healthy fiber to any meal of the day, but it is also filled with vitamins, minerals, + other nutrients.

 

1/2 cup serving contains:

  • Manganese: 191% of the RDI.
  • Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium: 34% of the RDI.
  • Copper: 24% of the RDI.
  • Iron: 20% of the RDI.
  • Zinc: 20% of the RDI.
  • Folate: 11% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 39% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 10% of the RDI.
  • Smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B3 (niacin).

And oats are NOT just for breakfast! Some times you just HAVE to get creative with an ingredient you use over-and-over, so I headed into my kitchen to do just that.

BREAKFAST: OATMEAL-BANANA PANCAKES (makes 3 medium pancakes)

What You Need:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups oat
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup hemp milk
  • Agave nectar to drizzle on top
  • To Make:

1.     Mix the banana through the milk together in a bowl + set aside.

2.    Heat a skillet over medium heat with a dab of butter or vegan butter spread. Once melted, swirl it around the pan, scoop the batter into the pan + cook 2-3 minutes/side for each pancake.

3.    Serve with extra banana slices + a drizzle of agave on top!

LUNCH: SAVORY LUNCH BOWL (makes 1 bowl)

What You Need:

  • 1 cup prepared oats
  • ¼ onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup marinara sauce
  • 1 egg, over-easy
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 TB feta cheese

To Make:

1.     Simply prepare the oats + set aside.

2.    Meanwhile, cook the egg in a skillet and the onion in another one over medium heat.

3.    Toss the marinara, spinach, + feta in with the oats, stir gently, add the egg + onion + voila!

DINNER: Black bean oat burgers (makes 2 burgers)

What You Need:

  • ½ can black beans
  • 1/8 cup hummus, jalapeno
  • ½ cup instant oats, prepared
  • ½ - 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp salt

To Make:

1.     Mash it all together in a bowl, form 3 burgers.

2.    In a skillet over medium heat with a touch of extra virgin olive oil, cook them for 3-5 minutes per side.

3.    NOTE: can be eaten raw as well

SWEET TREAT: No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies (makes roughly 5-6 small cookies)

What You Need:

  • 1/8 cup Earth Balance
  • 1/8 cup sunflower seed butter
  • ½ TB cacao powder
  • 1/8 cup hemp milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup Oats
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

To Make:

1.     Melt the first 4 ingredients together in a saucepan until all dissolved together- bring to a boil, boil for a minute stirring. Remove from heat + stir in the remaining 3 ingredients.

2. Scoop out with a spoon and form into cookies on a lined baking sheet. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes.

Ashley Pettit