Healthy Homeschool Living

Healthy Homeschool Living: Oat Recipes

A couple of days ago I shared the nutritional advantages of using raw oats in your daily diet.  Today I want to share our family’s five favourite Oat Recipes with you.  At the end of the post, there will be some free printable cards, to pop in your home-making folder.

Oat Recipes

Oat Recipes: Plain ol’ Porridge

First, I’m going to debunk the myth that porridge is boring.  It is not.  And never will be 🙂  You just need to know how to make it well.  Following are my top tips for a tip top porridge breakfast!

  • Roll oat groats night before (1/3 cup per person)
  • Soak oats in an equal amount of water over night (decreases phytic acid thereby making the oats more digestible)
  • Add the same a mount of milk the next morning and cook on high, stirring all the time, until soft.
  • Add toppings as desired (see below for possible choices)

Toppings might include: blueberries, seeds and nuts, 100% nut butter, raw honey, cinnamon, combination of all 🙂

Oat Recipes: Overnight Oats

With overnight oats, you will honestly feel like you are having a naughty treat for breakfast.  But, with all healthy and real ingredients, nothing could be further from the truth!

You will need:

  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup liquid such as dairy milk, almond, cashew or coconut milk; freshly rolled oats; yogurt or homemade kefir (same of each)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
  • Small handful of fruit of choice

Firstly, place fruit into bowl and smush a little with a potato masher to release juice and flavours. Pour into jar
Secondly, add equal amounts of milk, oats and kefir/yogurt into jar
Next, stir in chia seeds and raw honey, ensuring all fruit, oats and liquid are well combined
Lastly, place lid and pop in fridge.  Leave overnight and enjoy

Oat Recipes: Raw Oats Power Balls

These have been staples in our house for a long time now, although originally I made them with chocolate chips. Now I use raisins and they are just as delicious. A word of warning though—they are high in natural sugars and healthy fats as well as high in calories. But for my son they are the perfect treat!

You will need:

3 cups of rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened 100% nut butter
1/2 cup raw honey
1 cup of raisins

Throw them all in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Take small amounts and form mini bite size balls. These can be eaten straight away, taken as a snack or kept for another day. They are a great menstrual craving reliever and are fabulous for keeping a teen’s hunger at bay.

Oat Recipes: Raw Muesli

This was one of my favourite breakfasts at university. It is light, sweet and full of goodness.

You will need:

1/3 cup rolled oats
Apple juice to soak the oats
Whole apple, grated
Greek yogurt or home-made kefir Greek yogurt
Raw Honey to taste
Cinnamon to taste

Pop the oats into a bowl and cover with about the same a mount of apple juice. Leave overnight
Next morning, grate a whole apple and mix into the soaked oats
Top with yogurt, raw honey and cinnamon to taste
Eat immediately

Oat Recipes: Make your own muesli

I have created my own muesli bar in my pantry from recycled jars, pretty labels and lots of pick and mix items. These jars fill two whole shelves, containing over 16 jars of nutritious and wholesome foods to add to oats to make muesli as well as to pop into salads, smoothies and cooked dishes. I shop locally once a month to restock my jars.

This is simple enough that my seven year old can get her own breakfast each morning and, as all the ingredients are natural, I have no concerns about her choosing too much. The only rule is that if you put it out you eat it 🙂

You will need:

A base of 1/3 cup of freshly rolled oats and a selection of the following:

  • Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)
  • Seeds (chia, sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, linseed)
  • Dried fruit (sultanas, apricots, dates, prunes, coconut, cranberries, gobi berries,)
  • Powders (cacao, spirulina) – usually used for smoothies rather than muesli

Mix, and add milk or yogurt

Printable Oat Recipe Cards

Oat Recipes Printables

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