Experimenting With Oats

Oats have many health benefits and I love having them every once in a while. I love oats because they provide high levels of fiber, low levels of fat, and high levels of protein and they taste great! I did a little oat experiment and realized that oats can be used in so many more ways than just plain old oatmeal. You can use oats to make cookies, any cakes, use them instead of bread crumbs, in your smoothie, make granola and much much more! Here are some easy and fun oat recipes that I  have been making the past 3 weeks. Enjoy and comment below if you have any questions about the recipes or about oats.

Raw Oat Meal With Chia Seeds

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1 cup of oats (gluten free if you prefer)
4 tbsp of chia seeds
Fresh fruit such as banana, pear, apple or berries, cut onto bite pieces
1/3 cup of dates or any other dried fruit you like, chopped
4 tbsp crushed nuts (almonds, walnuts, or  pecans)
pinch of cinnamon or cacao powder if you desire

Soak oats and chia seeds in enough water to cover the oats over night. Add fresh and dried fruit, nuts and spices and enjoy.

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Raw Oat Granola

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3 cups of oats (gluten free if you prefer)
1/2 cup of dried mulberries
1/2 cup of dried dates, chopped
1/2 cup of other dried fruit like apricots, mango, pineapple, goji berries or figs
1/2 cup of chopped nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts (optional)
2 tsp of cinnamon (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container, it keeps very well. Enjoy your granola with fresh fruit such as bananas, apples or pears and almond or banana milk*.

*Banana milk

1 banana
2 cups of coconut water or water with coconut sugar

Place the banana and water into a blender and blend until smooth. This does not store in your cooler for more than 12 hours.

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Oat Energy Balls

2 cup of oats (gluten free if you want)
1/4 cup of almonds or more (or any nuts you like)
pinch of cinnamon and/or 1-2 tsp of cacao/carob powder
1/2 cup of any dries fruit such as raisins, apricots or figs
1 cup of dates, soaked for 10-30 minutes

Simply place all the try ingredients into your food processor and pulse for about two minute or until you get a fine flour consistency. Add the dried fruit and pulse until you get a good sticky consistency. Wet your fingers with water and start making small energy balls from your dough. You can roll the balls in oats, cinnamon, cacao powder or almond flour of you desire.

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Easy Oat Cookies

1 cup of oats
1/2-1 banana
1/3 cup of dry dates
1/3 cup of medjool dates or more
pinch of cinnamon or 1 tsp of cacao powder

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Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Process the banana and dates in your food processor for about 2 minutes. Add the oats and cinnamon or cacao powder and pulse for about 1 minutes. On a baking paper sheet place small cookies on the oven tray. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are brown and crispy. Remove from the oven, and transfer the cookies to cooling racks. Enjoy with banana milk or almond milk.

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie Topped With Oats

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1 small broccoli head
1 small cauliflower head
4 medium carrots
1-2 parsnips
1 cup of crushed and canned tomatoes
1 cup of white mushrooms
2-4 tbsp of mixed spices (basil, coriander, oregano, rosemary and thyme)
1 can of mixed beans, pinto beans or black beans (I used mixed beans)

2 medium sweet potatoes

1/2-1 cup of rolled oats (gluten free if you prefer)
2-3 tbsp of nutritional yeast (optional)

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  1. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Wrap the sweet potatoes in aluminium foil and bake them for about one hour in the oven.
  2. While the potatoes bake cut all your vegetables into bite size pieces. Heat 1.5 cups of water in a pot and boil your vegetables for about 30 minutes or use a nonstick cooking pan to cook the vegetables (you don’t need water for that).
  3. Add the tomato sauce and spices when the vegetables are cooked and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove the water from your beans and add them to your vegetable mixture.
  4. Spread the vegetable mixture into the bottom of a large baking dish.
  5. Mash your sweet potatoes (with skin). Top the vegetable mixture with the mashed potatoes, smoothing them into an even layer.
  6. Roast your oats on a pan and sprinkle them on the potatoes with nutritional yeast.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.

Raw Vegan Cake with Oats

For the base you will need:
1/2 cup of rolled oats (gluten free if you prefer)
2/3 cups of dates
1/3 cup of figs, cut into smaller pieces

Simply pulse your dried fruit in a food processor for about 1 minute or until your reach a sticky. Add the oats and pulse until everything is well incorporated. Press the dough into a cake form with a removable bottom. Freeze while you make the filling.

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For the filling you will need:
2-3 medium frozen bananas
1 cup of frozen blueberries
2-4 tsp of cacao or carob powder
1/4 cup of coconut water (optional)

Cut the bananas into bite size pieces to make it easier on your food processor. Process the bananas, blueberries and cacao or carob powder. Add water or coconut water if needed. Process until you reach a rich and creamy texture. Spread the filling on your base and freeze for at least 2 hours.

Top with sliced pears and mulberries before serving. Enjoy every bite!
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