Auspiciate Nutrition Blog
You might be thinking “a post about oats? I can’t imagine anything less interesting…” and you might be right! But I am going to give it my best shot to show you that oats are awesome by attempting to leak my enthusiasm through the screen! So check out the five most interesting things I could think to talk about oats – In the hope you will see these super-grains for the wonder that they are, and consider using them more abundantly in your diet.
1. Oats are damn nutritious
- An important opener, I thought! Oats are well known for their help with heart health and the circulatory system, due to their vast array of supportive nutrients, but did you know they also contribute to better digestive health, too? These grains help to make you feel fuller for longer, thanks to the complex carbohydrates and something called beta-glucans, which help your digestive tract stay nice and free-flowing, whilst simultaneously allowing your intestines to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients. Pretty neat for a little grain, eh? Their nutritional profile is too large and impressive to list here! But if you are interested, check out this comprehensive explanation of what a big dose of oats in your diet can do for your body.
2. Oats are gluten-free by nature
I found this super interesting when I found out: all oats are in fact gluten-free, the issue of glutenous oats stems from where the oats are grown. For example, oats being grown near wheat will cross-contaminate them (which is how they are usually contaminated), making them unsuitable for gluten-intolerant people. So oats need their own special space to grow, free from potential contaminants, to remain themselves – a bit like people right? So hold onto your own individuality, if you are someone who cannot tolerate gluten, while “normal” oats may not be suitable, look out for gluten-free, and you can also join the oat party!
3. Porridge rules OK!
I went traveling in North America to find the American’s weren’t so hot on their porridge – unless it was a blood-sugar-spiking monstrosity – but I had grown accustomed to porridge for the previous year for breakfast and had felt amazing because of it, so I wasn’t willing to give up this health-inducing delicacy easily! Whilst cooking for my fellow travelers in the communal areas, I had to learn to adapt and make my porridge amazing enough to change people’s perceptions, and I totally did! A bit of coconut, cinnamon, and fresh fruit did the trick, and it changed the face of my porridge forever! Currently, my everchanging oaty yum-fest contains a variety of seeds, fresh fruits, maca powder and a spoonful of honey to top it all off, it is a true delight! So when you are in need of a warm and wholesome breakfast this autumn, why not try some oats, a milk of your choice, and some of your favourite fruits, spices or flavourings to jazz up the taste. I promise you that your belly and taste buds will not be disappointed!
4. Oats-so cheap
While the gluten-free variety will be more expensive due to their precise manufacturing methods, the price of oats is still amazing compared to their nutritional value! You could live off nothing but oats and still remain pretty healthy…obviously, don’t do that, you will be missing vital nutrients that will cause you problems eventually…but my point is when you add oats as the base to your cooking/baking, that’s when you’ve hit the jackpot! The price of your meal does drop significantly compared with other grains, but the nutritional value still remains very high. A perfect compromise for when you’re a bit low on the funds!
5. You can make kick-ass oaty treats
Make cookies? Pancakes? Loaf Cakes? You can add oats into any existing recipes like this to add a big dose of nutrition and bite to your yummy treats. You can also use oat milk as a milk-substitute for your cereal, porridge (oat overload!), in your baking, cooking or anything you can conceive of! Oats are extremely versatile and will work in most cases. I started making amazingly filling “vegan oaty bars” and they really do hit the spot! Here’s my recipe, feel free to adapt to suit your needs, try and see recipes as a guideline to build your own creativity upon, that’s how I like to see it.
“Claire’s Vegan Oaty Bars”
- flaxseed eggs (2 tbsp milled flaxseed + 4 tbsp water, left to set)
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup brown rice syrup
- 1 tbsp local honey
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 ½ cups oats
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup gluten-free flour
- Dried cranberries
- Buckwheat crunchies
- Cacoa nibs
- Melt together the coconut oil, brown rice syrup and coconut sugar in a pan
- Combine oats, coconut flour, and gluten-free flour together in a bowl
- Combine wet with dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly (here is where you can suit the consistency for your tastes, for a chewier bar, add more liquid, for a crunchier bar, add more flour!)
- Line a loaf tin with baking paper, and press the mixture firmly into the tin
- Sprinkle with coconut sugar (optional for a crunchy top)
- Cook at 150c (fan) for 20 minutes
- P.s. if you do not have “cup” measurements, just use any cup as long as it’s the same size cup throughout the recipe.
Cooking not your thing? Book a table at Pause and let us do the hard work for you. Try our naughty but nice vegan flapjack, a satisfying treat, or perhaps one of our oat-milk iced-coffees, for a smooth and satisfying drink, all whilst playing with the 12 adorable rescue cats. See you there kitty-lovers!
Have an oat-tastic day!
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