Amazing Oats, a real superfood 30/365

Tell me if there’s anything better out there than oats!

No way there is. Oats should be their own food group. In fact oats should be classified as a superfood. But in this day and age anything that’s a carb source is being dishonoured and if it hasn’t travelled a million miles across the world, then its definitely not gaining the title of superfood.

You know oats as porridge. They are my staple for breakfast. So everyday I have my porridge, I know its a good start to the day. I know if I use 2 scoops or 3, what kind of a day Im going to have. I know the calorie content so I can adjust accordingly to what the rest of my day or the previous day has or will look like.

Porridge Oats

Dont go for the quick oats that have added sugars in them. Just get normal oats, they cook quick enough. If you dont have 2 minutes, then maybe you need to think about your life.

Using a scoop or the same measurement regularly rather than guessing helps to know how much you’re eating, so can help if you’re under/over eating. I use 2-3 scoops, thats 60-90g in my bowl.

I’ll go for half water and half milk. Double the measurement of liquid to oats, so 4-6 scoops. Pop it in the microwave and its done in 2 minutes.

Toppings can be over the top in most cases. The best topping I have found is sugar and salt. Not too much, but enough. Sometimes, if I have cream to use up, I will use a bit on top, but will make the oats with water instead. This morning I used up the rest of custard, that gave it a great flavour. Another topping I like to use is cinnamon as spice, it makes everything taste like dessert.

Now some days but very irregularly, I may add some frozen fruit, a banana, seeds, or honey. But in most cases, I like to just keep it simple.

Oats like desserts

For me, oats can be like a dessert for breakfast. Neven Maguire has the award winning breakfast at his guesthouse in Blacklion, serving his porridge oats with Irish Mist and cream. An occasional indulgence is very important. On my occasions, I like to make a porridge cake for breakfast, adding an egg, yoghurt and frozen fruit or cacao nibs as it bakes in the oven.

I have mixed oats with a recipe I use for a clean nutella and they’ve tasted like Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

Superfood

If you are a coeliac then you can get gluten free oats, just to be safe, but most oats I believe may only contain traces of gluten. As well as a breakfast, you can use oats to create

  • Porridge Bread

  • Carrot Cake

  • Batter for chicken nuggets

  • Flour for pancakes

  • Flour for cookies

  • Flapjacks and energy bars

  • Add to your scramble or omelette

  • Making granola

There are so many ways to make oats. They’re a great source of fibre, carbohydrates, and antioxidants, by being a very natural grain, that is also vegan.

Per 1/2 cup (dry) serving, there are 3g fiber, 27g carbs, 150 calories, 3g fat in rolled oatmeal.

Look out for some more oats recipes.