No, I’m not about to preach about the benefits of oats and its nutritional facts because:
- Most, if not all of us are already aware of how good they are for our bodies
- There are plenty of articles out there on that; here, here and here!
- I’m not an expert in the “science of oats”
So instead I’ll share about how we can turn these healthful, nutritious, and wholesome oats into amazing, delicious meals. As per usual, my recipes are so easy and under 10 minutes to prep. No excuse for not having your oats guys… 😆 To any oat haters out there, I get you because I used to feel the same; that they are bland and tasteless. Little did I know there’s a secret to it and it’s all in its pairing ingredients and cooking methods.
You can cook oats in different methods to achieve different textures. You may not be a fan of one, but may be crazy over another. I’ll share with you 3 methods (and recipes) that’ll give you different versions of oats; I would like to call them the hot, the cold and the crunchy. 😄
Overnight Oats (The “Cold”)
This method involves no cooking, short prep time, but a longer waiting period (overnight or at least 4 hours). This is great for those of you who are always on the go, and in a rush in the morning. Grab the jar from your fridge and off you go!
Coconut-Choc Overnight Oats Recipe
40gm Rolled Oats | 1 Tbsp Gula Melaka | 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa | 2 Tbsp Chopped Almonds | 150ml Milk (Optional: *Homemade Cashew Mylk)
- Mix all dry ingredients in a jar.
- Pour in milk, and leave overnight in the refrigerator (or at least 4 hours) to soak.
- Serve and enjoy.
*Homemade Cashew Mylk Recipe
Ingredients: 100gm Cashews | 500ml Water | Pinch of Salt
Directions: Blend, strain and serve.
Note: Can keep for 1 week, refrigerated.
Cooked Oats (The “Hot”)
This method involves cooking over a hot stove, but requires the shortest cooking time. Ready in under 5 minutes! This is perfect for those of you who want a quick fix and you’re just too hungry to wait for longer than 5 minutes…
½ Cup Rolled Oats | 1 Cup Water | ½ Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa | Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt | 1 Tbsp Almond Cinnamon Butter | Drizzle of Raw Honey
- Add oats, water, cocoa, and salt into a saucepan. Cook for 5 mins or till your desired consistency.
- Take the saucepan off the heat, stir in almond butter.
- Serve in a bowl, with drizzles of honey and your favourite toppings.
Baked Oats (The “Crunchy”)
This method takes the longest time but they can also keep the longest compared to the other recipes. This is great for those of you who like to meal prep beforehand and always have something handy to use. I love them in my smoothie bowls and on my nut butter toast.
Cinnamon Granola Oats Recipe
1 Cup Rolled Oats | ½ Cup Mixed Nuts and Seeds | 1.5 Tbsp Olive Oil | 1 Tbsp Coconut Sugar | ¼ Cup Coconut Flakes
- Pre-heat oven at 180C.
- Add oats, nuts and seeds, and olive oil into a baking tray. Mix well.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Add coconut sugar and coconut flakes, mix well.
- Bake for another 5-10 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
You can be creative with your ingredients and switch up the ones given in the recipes above, and make your own favourite bowl of oat MEALS 😉 For more meal inspirations, oat recipes or other easy recipes, you can head over to The Pantry by Erina. Hope you’ll find more recipes there that you’d like to try.
I hope this inspires you to try something new or food that you may think you’re not a fan of. And if any of these recipes convert you to a fan of oats, it’ll be so amazing to get to hear from y’all personally 😆
Have an amazing week ahead loves and remember to take a moment to stop, live, breathe, love and share moments with people around you. Be that light to someone who needs it 😘 Life’s too precious for us to live for ourselves.
Much love, Erina