• Cara-Lee Compton

Five ways to eat oats

Winter is in full swing and with the cold outside, there is no better breakfast (or snack) than oats for the warmth inside. Oats is one of the most versatile ingredients and I have had my fair share of experimenting. I hope you enjoy the recipes and try each and every one of them!

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1. Oat-balls energy bites


Now these little oat-bites are life changing. They are not too high in calories (just don't eat them all at once), but they're a quick energy fix!

Photo: Pinterest/ Keeping the Peas

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter (try Oh Mega's Peanut Butter, the runnier the PB is, the better)

  • 1 cup rolled oats (there's no need to buy the expensive gluten free ones)

  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed (very good for your gut and has A LOT of health benefits)

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1/4 cup dark choc-chips (optional)

Method:


Combine the peanut butter, oats, honey and flaxseeds. The mixture might be a bit dry, that's okay. Add the choc-chips to the mixture. Now scoop a little bit from the mixture with a teaspoon and roll it into an energy ball.

Refrigerate for an hour, and keep refrigerated afterwards.


2. Oats flapjacks


These flapjacks are perfect for a slow Sunday morning. Everyone, from grandmother to the little ones are sure to love them!

Photo: Pinterest/ lemonandzest.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • 2/3 bananas (depending on their size)

  • 2/3 eggs

  • Whey Protein (I use Vanilla, but it's optional, it just boosts your protein intake)

  • Cinnamon/ Choc Chips/ Cocoa Powder

Method:


Basically, the base of the recipe is oats and eggs. Thereafter you can add bananas, berries, nuts, seeds (like flaxseeds), or choc chips. Keep the mixture runny enough, but add a bit more oats if it's too runny (you'll quickly see whether the consistency is right or not). Fry in a pan with a bit of butter or Spray & Cook, just like you would with normal flapjacks. I love serving them with some coconut yogurt, a bit of honey and nuts or berries on top!


3. Apple Cinnamon Oats


Nothing like a warm bowl of oats on a cold winter morning. This one is a MUST try and so simple.


Ingredients:

Photo: Pinterest/ celebratingsweets.com
  • 1 Cup rolled oats

  • half a cup of milk

  • +/- a cup of water (depending how you like your oats)

  • 2 Egg whites and/ or Whey Protein powder (if you want to up your protein intake)

  • one green apple (cut into small pieces)

  • cinnamon

  • honey

  • peanut butter

Method:


Bring the water to a boil, then add the oats and milk. Turn down the heat so the oats simmer, and make sure that the milk doesn't burn at the bottom of the pot (I turn the heat to very low). In a separate pan, fry the pieces of apple on a bit of honey (about a teaspoon) and some cinnamon. Add the oats in a bowl, with a spoon full of peanut butter, some honey and the cinnamon apple pieces on top!


4. Homemade granola


We all like something crunchy to top our yogurt, but most store bought granola is packed with sugar or the healthier options are way too expensive. This is super easy to make and you control what goes into your muesli!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup nuts/ seeds/ coconut flakes (optional)

  • dried fruits i.e cranberries (optional)

  • Cinnamon (according to taste)

Method:


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius, and line a rimmed baking tray with parchment paper, be sure to Spray & Cook! Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the olive oil, honey and vanilla extract, and mix well. Make sure all the dry ingredients are covered with the oil and honey. Spread it on the baking tray in an even layer. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes (until golden), and let is cool properly after baking (for about 40 minutes). Thereafter you can break the granola into pieces, according to desired sizes.

There you have it, a little something crunchy to add to your fruit and yogurt bowl, without having heaps of refined sugar.


5. Carrot Oats Muffins


Now this a winner! I have to give the amazing and ever inspiring Uleen Fourie credit for this recipe (give her a follow, you won't regret it).


Ingredients:

Photo: Pinterest/ goodforyouglutenfree.com

  • 100g oats

  • 2-3 bananas, about 200g (ripe bananas are best)

  • 2 grated carrots

  • 2 eggs

  • 90g vanilla whey protein

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp mixed spice (you can buy a bottle of 'mixed spice' at any store)

  • dash of lemon juice

  • Any sweetener of your choice (Stevia, Freesweat or even honey can do the trick)

  • Nuts (optional)

Method:


Pop them in a prepared muffin pan (makes 6 giant muffins or 12 normal muffins), and into the oven at 180 degrees Celsius. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. They are amazing snacks, high in protein and great for getting those macros in!


Ready, set, go buy some oats and try these quick and easy recipes!







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