Oats are one of the most amazing grains when it comes to nutrition and value, and there are so many ways to use them besides making granola (though we do love granola!). From savory breakfasts to sweet snack cakes, here are four ways to get creative with oats:
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 egg
- Mix the oats and broth in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, until oatmeal reaches desired consistency.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Top with a fried or hard-boiled egg.
Other easy ways to use oats:
Make-Ahead Oatmeal Cups: Bring 4 cups milk to a simmer in large pot over medium heat. Stir in 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats and cook, stirring frequently until reaches desired consistency. Pour oatmeal mixture into a greased 12-cup muffin tin. Top each muffin cup with desired amount of frozen fruit, such as mango, mixed berries, blueberries or strawberries. Freeze for 6 hours until firm. Remove from freezer and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Remove each oatmeal cup from muffin tin. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag.
Applesauce Baked Oatmeal: Mix in 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, 2 cups milk and 1 1/2 cups applesauce in a greased 8×8-inch baking dish until combined. Bake at 350°F until oatmeal is set, about 40 minutes.
Banana Oatmeal Mug Cake: Mash 1 small banana in mug until smooth. Mix in 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats and 1 tablespoon chocolate chips. Microwave for 1-2 minutes until set. Top with remaining sliced banana, if desired.
- Photos and recipes: Dish Works