Seasonal Recipe Spotlight: Oats

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Oats are great fall food. They are ushered in by the craving for a warm bowl of gruel in the mornings before stepping out into chilly air, and their hearty flavor and texture complement spicy fall flavors and fruits – cinnamon, peaches, apples, and ginger.

We love their rustic texture and great flavor, especially in the morning. A bowl of creamy, al dente steel-cut oats is one of the great pleasures of the breakfast table. More recipes and buying tips below.

When buying oats, look for the freshest ones you can find. The natural oils that make them so delicious also make them turn rancid quickly. We recommend fresh, organic oats from Anson Mills, Purcell Mountain Farms, or Bob’s Red Mill.

This Peaches and Cream Streusel Pie shows off oats’ texture against fall fruit. Apple Cranberry Oatmeal pairs up more fall fruit for a delicious breakfast, and Spiced Oatmeal Cake is more exciting than its modest name indicates. Oats also put in an appearance in this Wild Rice with Mushrooms, Cranberries, and Walnut Oil.

And you can never beat the childhood favorite of chocolate and oats in Chocolate Revel Bars!

What do you like to do with oats?

(Image credit: Purcell Mountain Farms)