I remember as a child my nan making us porridge and all we wanted was to grab the CocoPops or Frosties. Porridge was boring, who would want to eat that?? Or so I thought at the time. What I didn’t realise at the time was how wise my nan was. Oats are wonderful for children and adults alike!
Here are some reasons why! :
What’s not to like about oats? They are a powerhouse! Oh yes, the taste. Well as an adult I really like the taste of oats but as a child not so much. It’s all about what you add to the oats.
There are so many more ways now to use oats in a more interesting way:
Porridge has changed, or rather what we do with porridge has changed.
Overnight oat and chia breakfast pudding
HEALTHY 5-INGREDIENT GRANOLA BARS
(These are my total fave granola bars!!!!)
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· 1 heaping cup packed dates (pitted medjool)*
· 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar (or honey if not vegan)
· 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter
· 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds
· 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten-free for GF eaters)
· Chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, etc.(optional additions)
1. Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a "dough" like consistency. (Mine rolled into a ball.)
2. Optional step: Toast your oats (and almonds if raw) in a 350-degree F (176 C) oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Otherwise, leave them raw - I prefer the toasted flavor.
3. Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl - set aside.
4. Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
5. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8x8-inch baking dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily. (A loaf pan might work, but will yield thicker bars // adjust size of pan if altering batch size).
6. Press down firmly until uniformly flattened - I use something flat, like a drinking glass, to press down and really pack the bars, which helps them hold together better.
7. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let firm up in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes.
8. Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars (or 9 squares // as original recipe is written). Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. I kept mine in the freezer to keep them extra fresh, but it isn't necessary.
I love these rolled oatcakes from:
Ingredients1 tspBaking powder
1 tspGround ginger
2 cupsRolled oats
½ tspBaking soda
Keep an eye on the blog for more recipes and ideas for happy healthy eating.
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Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.