5 Top Delicious Oat Recipes!

Oats are famously used to make a lovely comforting bowl of porridge but did you know that they can be used in a variety of other recipes too? 5 Top Delicious Oat Recipes! are for you if you fancy something a bit different and don’t want to let go of your daily dose of oats, check out these five  fun ways (not to mention scrumptious!) ways you can incorporate them into your diet!

1. Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Want something a little different to your usual bowl of porridge or cereal? If you’ve got an extra 25 minutes in the morning (perfect on your days off) this baked oatmeal tastes like you’re having cake for breakfast, can’t be bad eh?

Ingredients: (Serves 1)
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup milk of choice
1 – 2 tbsp raisins/currants/sultanas (optional)
1 ripe banana
1 medium carrot
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Method: Put the oats, milk and optional raisins (or alternative) in a bowl, mix them together and leave them to soak for 10-15 minutes. While they’re soaking preheat your oven to 200°c, mash the banana (leaving behind a few slices for decoration if desired) and grate the carrot. It needs to be very finely grated so I use the grating attachment on my food processor and then swap it for the knife blade and pulse it a few times. If you don’t have a food processor just use the finest grater you can find. 

When the soaking time has elapsed stir in the mashed banana, grated carrot, baking powder and spices, then pour this mixture into a large ramekin or small baking dish and smooth the top with a spoon. At this point you can add any topping you want, such as banana slices, nuts, seeds or berries; you could add the toppings once it’s baked if you prefer, it’s completely up to you!

Put the dish on the top shelf of your oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until it’s crispy on the top (check after 20 minutes and then every minute or so afterwards). I find that when I bake it for the full 25 minutes it becomes incredibly spongy inside, which I adore. Enjoy!  (Credit: www.naturallymeghan.com)

2. Chewy Sultana Cookies

These scrumptious cookies will go down a treat in your household and are so easy to make.

Ingredients: (Makes about 25 cookies)
270g oats
4 ripe bananas (about 500g)
3 tbsp honey
150g sultanas
4 red apples (about 550g)
2 tsp cinnamon

Method: Preheat the oven to 200C. Grate the apples (no need to peel them) and mash the bananas. Drain the excess liquid from the grated apples using a sieve. Then mix them with all the remaining ingredients in a bowl.

Grease a baking tray with coconut oil. Scoop a heaped tablespoon of the mix and pat it into flat cookies shape on the tray, do this until all the mixture has been used. Try to get an even amount of sultanas in each cookie as those that are heavier with sultanas are more likely to burn.

Then bake the cookies for about 30 minutes until they turn golden brown, at this point take them out the oven and let them cool slightly. (Credit: www.deliciouslyella.com)

3. Smoky Fishcakes with Oat Crumb

Oats aren’t just great in sweet dishes. They can be used to coat meat and fish so try this recipe for fish cakes with extra crunch!

400g potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
175g undyed smoked haddock
2 spring onion, finely chopped
4 tbsp tartare sauce
85g whole oats
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp sunflower oil

Method: Boil potatoes in salted water for 15 mins until tender, drain, then return to the pan. Mash quickly over a gentle heat until the potatoes become quite dry, then transfer to a large bowl. Put the fish in a microwave-proof dish with a couple of spoonfuls of water, cover with cling film, then cook on Medium for two to three minutes until the fish flakes easily. Gently peel away the skin, then flake into the potatoes in large chunks.

Mix in the spring onions, two tbsp of tartare sauce and some seasoning, then shape into four cakes. Briefly whizz the oats in a food processor until slightly crumbly-looking, then tip onto a plate. Dip the fish cakes into the egg, then into the oats to coat. Chill for 20 mins to firm up. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan, then fry the cakes for five minutes on each side until golden and hot. Serve with the leftover tartare and a green salad.(Credit: www.bbcgoodfood.com)

4. Vegan Peach Oat Smoothie

If you need something you can prepare quickly beforehand and grab on the go, try this smoothie for a filling start to the day or for that 4pm slump.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)
2 ripe peaches, quartered, pits removed
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup rolled oats (gluten free for G-free eaters)
1/2 frozen banana (peeled before freezing)
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (OJ)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
Optional: 1 Tbsp agave, maple syrup or stevia for added sweetness (or honey for non-vegan)

Method: Add all ingredients to a blender and let it set for 5-10 minutes so the oats and chia seeds can soak. Then blend until smooth. To thicken, add another quarter-half a frozen banana. To thin, add more almond milk or OJ. Taste and adjust flavour as needed. I added a touch of agave. Serve immediately  (Credit: www.minimalistbaker.com)

5. Mini Cinnamon Spiced Apple Crumbles

Apple crumble with a healthy twist and without compromising on taste. A dessert for the whole family or your next dinner party with friends!

Ingredients: (Makes 4)
2 cooking apples
2 tbsp coconut oil or butter
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cardamom pod
4 tbsp coconut sugar or honey
1 pinch salt
70g oats

Method: Preheat the oven to 160 C (fan). Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan then slice up the apples into slithers (removing the core) and add the apples to the pan. Cook on a low heat for a few minutes whilst stirring. Add in 1 tsp of cinnamon , two tbsp of sugar/honey and the cardamom pod. Let this cook for 10 minutes until the apple is cooked through.

With a spatula, scrape the apple contents into 4 small ramekins. In the same pan, melt the coconut oil, then take it off the heat. Stir in the oats, two tbsp of sugar/honey, one tsp of cinnamon and a pinch of salt and stir well until fully combined. Then with the spatula, scrape the crumble onto the ramekin and pop into the oven for 20-25 minutes. Serve with coconut yogurt, natural yogurt or some fresh berries and cinnamon.
(Credit: www.madeleineshaw.com)

With these recipes, you’ll probably never think of oats in quite the same way again! Now you have a variety of ways to use them. One of the best things is that oats are so cheap to buy in the supermarket that you can make these recipes time and time again without making a huge dent in your wallet! Leave us a comment if you give one a go, we’d love to hear how it turned out!

Safia Yallaoui

Safia is a lifestyle blogger and coach at the fitness membership company MoveGB. She also has an MA in journalism and has done a variety of freelance work in print, radio and online. After losing 14lbs a few years ago Safia got into health and fitness realising the most important thing about clean eating is nourishing your body. She loves to keep in shape with weight training and going to fitness classes. Whilst training to be a Nutritional Therapist she is learning how to alleviate health problems by including or omitting certain foods and has a keen interest in the affects of sugar on a person's physical and mental health.

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