Five Ways to Eat: Oats

Oats! They are a powerhouse of nutrition and awesomely delicious breakfast goodness. Here are five ways to eat healthy, scrumptious, nutty oats — and none of them involve mush.

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Rolled oats, flattened under extreme pressure, on the left. Steel-cut (or Irish) oats on the right. They are the whole oat groat, chopped into pieces.

We love oats so much! Here are some of our favorite ways to eat oats. What about you? What are your favorite nutritious ways to your oatmeal?

  1. Steel-cut! - Really, the only way to eat oats for breakfast. The non-flattened, steel-cut oats, soaked overnight in hot water and cooked up in the morning into pearly, chewy grains of utter whole-grain nirvana. Here's how to cook steel-cut oatmeal. Also try it in a slow cooker. And here's a recipe for savory oatmeal with gorgonzola.
  2. Raw, as muesli - Muesli (real muesli, not the boxed sort) is just rolled oats soaked in milk all night. Really nutritious and delicious, and takes zero work. Unless you count pouring milk as work, in which case, we cannot help you.
  3. In DIY instant oatmeal packets - Make your own instant oatmeal packets and quit buying sugary stuff from the store. Here's how to make homemade instant oatmeal to stash in your desk drawer.
  4. As bread - Oatmeal bread is nutritious, marvelously good as toast, and just is an all-round good thing. Here's an easy recipe for oatmeal bread. Also try this blueberry oat quick bread.
  5. In a cookie - Yes, just had to sneak in these oatmeal monster cookies, chock-full of peanut butter and chocolate bits. You have to reward yourself for eating healthy sometimes, right?

Here are a few more tips and resources on oats.

Good Question: A Foolproof Recipe for Oatmeal?
Breakfast for Lunch: Steel-Cut Oats with Dates, Coconut, Cinnamon and Pecans
Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipe Review: Oatmeal Clafoutis
What's For Breakfast? Irish Oatmeal
Weeknight Recipe: Oatmeal-Brown Sugar Baked Apples

(Images: Faith Durand)

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