Oats are one of the healthiest and most nutritious grains in the world. They are packed with fiber, minerals and vitamins–including antioxidants–and are also a great source of protein. Eating oats promotes weigh loss, helps lower bad cholesterol, and reduces blood sugar levels. Moreover, oats are gluten-free.
You can maximize the power of your oats by combining them with other wholesome ingredients, such as nuts, fruits, seeds, and even legumes and vegetables!
This page has three different hearty oat recipes that will help you start your day fully charged! First, the refreshing no-cook variant, Overnight Soaked Oats, ideal for summer time and definitely irresistible! Second, the Classic Oatmeal, a comforting hot cereal topped with melting brown sugar and energy boosting ingredients like banana, blueberries and hemp seeds. And last, an original Savory Oatmeal, with spices, sausage, corn, and veggies, which makes a perfect meal for a cold winter morning.
Overnight Soaked Oats
This trendy way of eating oats is a complete success! It requires no cooking, so you won’t need to get any extra kitchenware dirty. It is also an excellent cold cereal alternative that can be easily prepared in a to-go mason jar and serve as a light but nourishing lunch for work! Get creative and come up with your favorite no-cook oats combination!
- 1 cup of steel cut oats
- 2 cups of almond or cashew milk
- Topping options: brown sugar, cinnamon, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, sliced banana, apples, chocolate hazelnut butter, peanut butter, raisins, pecans, walnuts, sliced toasted almonds, hemp, chia, and/or flax seeds.
- TIP: Instead of sugar or honey, add the juice of a freshly squeezed orange to the oats and reduce the amount of milk (half milk, half orange juice). It’s delicious and naturally sweet!
- The night before: If you are making individual portions to go, divide the oats and milk into two or three mason jars, otherwise, in a medium glass or ceramic container with a lid, combine the oats with the milk. Add hemp and/or chia seeds and, if you are using brown sugar, add it at this time too. Stir well, cover with lid and store overnight in the refrigerator.
- In the morning: Remove the soaked oats from fridge and add your choice of fruits and nuts. You can also top your oats with a spoonful of peanut butter, which goes great with sliced banana and green apple, or chocolate-hazelnut butter, delicious when accompanied with strawberries, raspberries, and walnuts.
- Take a seat and indulge with confidence!
Prepare it in a jar and take it to-go!
Classic Oatmeal, GSU’s Style
The creamy texture of cooked oats topped with melted brown sugar, sliced bananas, and the replenishing cool and tart touch of frozen blueberries make a perfect breakfast oatmeal combination!
Oatmeal—cooked ground or crushed oats—makes a wonderful, healthy, and balanced breakfast meal. This recipe is super easy to prepare and is also highly nutritious and unbelievably delicious! For extra protein, fiber and omega 3, dress oatmeal with hemp seeds.
- 1 cup of cracked oats
- 3 cups of water (or almond milk)
- ¼ cup of raw brown sugar (or maple syrup)
- 1 sliced banana
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
- In a small pot on high heat, bring the water or milk to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add the oats. Stir oats intermittently and cook for five minutes.
- Remove pot from heat, sprinkle brown sugar on the oats, and cover the pot with the lid for a few minutes to allow sugar to melt into a delicious brown caramel.
- Serve oats in a bowl and garnish with sliced bananas, frozen blueberries, and a tablespoon of hemp seed. To enjoy the refreshing chilled blueberries, make sure you eat your oatmeal right after garnishing it!
- 1 cup of cracked oats
- 3 cups of water (or almond/rice milk)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 vegan sausages (Tofurky Artisan Spinach Pesto or other)
- Garlic, onion and veggies of your choice (mushroom, corn, butternut squash, spinach, kale)
- Salt and pepper
- Optional: vegan cheese shreds
- Bring water to a boil in a small pot on high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add the oats, a pitch of salt and olive oil. Stir oats intermittently and cook for five minutes.
- In an oiled medium skillet on medium heat sauté your selection of veggies and your vegan sausage. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Mix cooked oats with some vegan cheese shreds and top with sausage and veggies.
Other GSU’s breakfast recommendations:
♥ American Breakfast, indulge without guilt!
♥ Anne Charbonneau’s Pomegranate Oatmeal Brownies!