By Coshandra Dillard
Need a quick and easy dish that tastes great and doesn’t get boring? Try oatmeal. Yes, oatmeal can not be boring and it’s a healthy and budget-friendly addition to any diet.
It’s nutrient-dense, with magnesium, iron, zinc, protein, some B vitamins, and small amounts of calcium and potassium.
Having a daily bowl of oats can help reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), and blood sugar. It’s high in fiber, too, which means you’ll get full faster and it’ll help your digestive system.
But beware. Prepackaged oatmeal–the cute cups or packets– is often filled with sugar, defeating the purpose of having a wholesome dish. Seriously, why does everything have to have so much simple sugars added to it?
So you may as well make your own at home. But who wants to eat a boring bowl of oatmeal everyday?
Well, you can remix it and get some very satisfying dishes out of this cheap staple. You don’t always need a spoon and it doesn’t have to be for breakfast only. Here are my top 10 (with links to recipes):
Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal–I’ve provided a link to a recipe, but this is something you can get creative with to tailor it to your own tastes. I made mine vegan–without any dairy or eggs; and I used a can of coconut milk. I also left out the baking powder. Instead of a firm dish, I wanted a creamy consistency.
Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie– This is such an awesome smoothie, and you don’t feel guilty about it. All you need are some oats, almond milk, ripe bananas, almond butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. And its 100 percent vegan! You can make so many variations.
Oatmeal Bowl–You really don’t need a recipe for this, but I added this so you can see how simply delicious oatmeal can be. Just make regular oatmeal then add your favorite toppings. Try nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, homemade granola, berries, or any other fruit. Drizzle with a little honey, and voila!
Oatmeal Cups– Just make oatmeal as usual with your favorite additions, then scoop into muffin tins. Perfect to eat on the go.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies–Got a sweet tooth but don’t want to go all the way in on a box of cookies, only to feel horrible later? Try these healthier-version cookies instead. It’s chewy, moist, and made with agave instead of cane sugar.
Banana Oatmeal Pancakes–This recipes has only four ingredients. It’s protein rich–perfect for those who need something quick before or after a workout.
Oatmeal Energy Bites–Another great treat for those who work out or who have a sweet tooth. Again, tailor it to your liking. You can dump anything it in.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars–This one is going to have a little more sugar than the others (coconut sugar, honey and chocolate chips) so go easy if you’re watching calories and sugar intake. But it’s all about eating real ingredients and enjoying your food. At least this is natural and homemade.
Slow Cooker Apple Oatmeal–Mix it, forget about it, and have a nice bowl of wholesomeness in the morning.
Blueberry Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins– Easy and perfect for blueberry lovers.