Enjoy these oats recipes in honor of National Oatmeal Month. If you’re a fan of the gluten-free grain, you’ve come to the right place!
Oats are so versatile in the kitchen. They can be ground into flour and mixed into cookies and other baked goods. Oats can easily be sweetened with fruit, and are used to thicken stews and soups. Heck, you can even make milk with oats, just follow our recipe for homemade almond milk and substitute oats with the almonds.
During the winter, we find ourselves eating oats a lot more than we do any other time of year. Oatmeal for breakfast, oatmeal as a snack, you name it and we’ve had it! It’s easy to make and so hearty that it really keeps you full and energetic all morning. Added bonus: eating oats may support weight loss.
These are our best oatmeal recipes that we’ve crafted over the years, and we know you’ll love them just as much as we do.
Enjoy these Easy Oats Recipes
Baked goods benefit greatly from the addition of oats. They add texture, substance, and bountiful nutrients to anything you can think of!
Oat Bran Muffins are a healthy, but still yummy, treat you can bake up for breakfast or a snack. They’re very filling, and you can easily add in cranberries, shredded carrot, or nuts to personalize it to your tastes.
Another baked goodie is our Oatmeal Cookie recipe.
A winter classic, these cookies are soft and so delicious when they’re fresh baked. Try using whatever dried fruit you like, and grate a little orange zest over top to make them extra special.
For those of you who don’t like to bake, we have just the recipe! No bake Honey Nut Balls
Namely Marly shared her energy-packed so simple no-bake energy balls. Blend the ingredients together, roll, and chill for a portable snack that’s ready in minutes.
Our Favorite Overnight Oats Recipes:
- Berry Nutty Overnight Oats Recipe
- Strawberry Overnight Oats Recipe
- Chocolate Honey Overnight Oats Recipe
- Overnight Peanut Butter Oats Recipe
How to Make Oatmeal (the right way)
When you think of making oatmeal, you might be tempted to rip open a store bought pouch and cover it in hot water. Don’t! Making oatmeal from scratch is the way to go. When you use real ingredients, you can control exactly what goes into your body.
For health-centered New Year’s resolutions, this is essential! Only use real fruit, unprocessed sweeteners like honey and good-for-you ingredients like cocoa nibs and nuts.
Other great add-ins to oats recipes are:
- chia seeds
- raw unsweetened coconut shreds
- fruit or berries
- a fried egg (for something savory)
- pumpkin puree (not pie filling) and cinnamon
You may wonder, are oats high in fiber?
The answer is yes! A half-cup serving has about 4 grams of fiber, which can be increased by adding in fruits or other healthy toppings. You should aim to eat about 30 grams of whole grain a day. Whole grains are great for your body, as they provide long lasting energy to keep you going, and heart healthy chemical compounds.
How to Make Oatmeal Taste Good…Really Good!
Cooked oatmeal can taste even better than overnight oats. Nothing like a bowl of warm oatmeal on a cold winter morning. It warms you from head to toe. Cooked fruits are excellent in warm oats, as they release a delicate natural sweetness.
Warm Peach Oatmeal makes good use of the soft, sweet fruit by incorporating it into the rest of the ingredients as they cook. This releases lots of flavor avoid overcooking the fruit to maintain the nutritional value.
This Hot Oatmeal with fruit recipe is perfect for the winter.
It’s warm and comforting, with just the right amount of sweetness. Add in your favorite toppings to make it special.
Oats recipes for your body
Oats are one fantastic plant for use in skincare. They nourish and soothe irritated, dry skin, and assist with exfoliation thanks to their texture. You’re probably familiar with colloidal oat baths to treat eczema, sunburn or poison ivy exposure to help soothe and calm the skin. This ritual works due to the chemical compounds found within the plant, which act as mild anti-inflammatory agents when applied topically.
The next time you’re plagued with itchy, flaky skin, draw yourself a milk, honey, and oat bath. Use homemade almond milk and add in your favorite essential oils for an experience that will turn your bathtub into a spa.
Or, if your face is inflamed or irritated, use oats to calm it down a bit, you can whip up this easy oats recipes with milk, honey, and oatmeal. If you don’t use dairy, replace it with warm green tea in both the bath and the mask for a kick of antioxidants that your skin will love.
If a DIY oat skincare regimen with our oats recipes is not your speed, we have products ready to go just for you.
Made with only natural, whole ingredients like shea butter, clays from the earth, lavender, and oats, of course!
Our Breakfast Bar Soap is made with coconut oil, organic oats, and cinnamon essential oil for a soothing and awakening shower experience. A warm, gently exfoliating, and very sudsy bar.
Our Calming Mask is made with oat powder, clays, and lavender buds to calm redness and irritations on the skin and body. Mix with Honey Body Scrub for an incredibly moisturizing, enzyme-rich treatment.
For more inspiration on how you can use oats in the kitchen, follow our blog throughout January-we’ll be posting more on the wonderful grain for the whole month!