Today is all about the wonderful world of oats! This tiny little grain is one powerfully awesome superfood that happens to be as versatile as it is delicious! We’re not talking about the processed sugary quick-cooking oatmeal that you pour out from the pouch. We’re talking about the real deal. To reap the full benefits, you have to go for the good stuff – rolled oats, steal cut oats, and oat groats are where it’s at!
A great recipe that weaves in the scrumptious flavors of fall with the chewy goodness of oatmeal is this PUMPKIN BAKED OATMEAL (recipe below). This simple dish only takes about 30 minutes to make and it’s perfect to have on hand for a quick go-to breakfast or snack.
Just to name a few, oats are rich in:
- Soluble fiber, called Beta glucan, which has been strongly linked to improving cholesterol and helping to improve heart health.
- Carotenoids, which function as antioxidants
- Minerals such as magnesium, zinc and selenium
So eat up and enjoy this recipe inspired by Kath Eats Real Food
- 2 cups organic rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1 chia egg (1 tbsp ground chia seeds + 3 tbsp water)
- 1 cup pumpkin (organic canned)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ginger or pumpkin pie spice (or all three)
- 1/2 cups organic unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 375*
- Combine the dry ingredients except maple syrup
- Combine the wet ingredients, including raisins
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix well.
- Bake for 30 minutes, until center is set.
- Allow to cool slightly and cut into portions.