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It’s National Oatmeal Day. This post contains several oatmeal recipes.
It’s all for you. I don’t love oatmeal myself. It’s a texture thing for me. But my husband and son love it so I am always knee-deep in the breakfast staple. I do recognize that it’s healthy…
Benefits of Oatmeal
Oatmeal is rich in complex, energy-giving carbohydrates, low in fat, and high in water-soluble fiber. Soluble fiber may reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. Studies show that five to 10 grams of soluble fiber may decrease LDL levels. Studies have found that eating oatmeal significantly reduces one’s cholesterol levels. Lowering cholesterol levels may then significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Oatmeal also contains selenium. This element works with vitamin E and acts as an antioxidant.
Other benefits of oatmeal may include the following:
- Oatmeal is a good source of many vital nutrients like vitamin E, zinc, copper, iron, manganese, and protein
- It is fortified with B Vitamins which are known to reduce stress
- Oatmeal is a great source of carbohydrates for diabetics because it raises the blood sugar very slowly by staying in the stomach longer.
- It contains beta-glucan which boosts the immune system and increases its response to fight certain infections.
- It is high in calcium
Here are some dishes using oatmeal so you can celebrate your day!
Macaroon Strawberry Swirl Oatmeal
Oatmeal is an amazing cereal that’s enjoyed in all sorts of ways, but sometimes you might just feel like you want to have something a little more lavish. Consider getting adventurous by adding fruit sauces and coconut? This recipe has a dash of adventure with a dash of the exotic. This macaroon strawberry swirl oatmeal is likely to take your taste buds on a flavor coaster that’ll catch you by surprise.
Macaroon Strawberry Swirl Oatmeal
- ¼ cup plain shredded coconut
- ½ cup quick oats
- ⅛ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoons light brown sugar – heaping
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup any high-end strawberry jam
- Toast some of the coconut in a pan for 4 – 6 minutes. Set it to the side and let it cool.
- Cook the quick oats to their specifications and add the almond milk, sea salt, and sugar.
- Swirl in 1 tablespoon of strawberry jam into each bowl and top with a few teaspoons of toasted Coconut.
Berries and Cream Oatmeal
- 2 Bowls of prepared oatmeal
- 1 cups fresh strawberries cut
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ tablespoon vanilla coffee creamer
- powdered sugar to taste
- Cook enough oatmeal for two servings.
- Put the berries, vanilla, and orange juice in the pan with honey and salt.
- Simmer them until the berries become soft and begin to fall apart, and then set it aside.
- Take the creamer and put it into a cup and stir in the powdered sugar.
- Dump the strawberry mixture over the oatmeal and drizzle with the cream mixture.
Plum Oatmeal Pudding
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¾ cup water
- 1 fresh plum cut into bite-size pieces
- Maple syrup
- Ground cinnamon
- Cook the oats in a reasonably sized pan by boiling the water, then reducing the heat and adding ¾ cup of your almond milk, salt, and oats. Simmer the mixture for 4 minutes.
- Once it’s completely cooked, take it off the stove and transfer it to a bowl to cool for about 12 minutes.
- Stir in the leftover milk, and add the maple syrup. Cover the bowl with some kind of cling wrap, and refrigerate for the night.
- Chop up the plum and toss with a dab of syrup and sprinkle with the cinnamon.
- Place the fruit in the cool oatmeal and enjoy!
Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Slow Cooker Apple-Cinnamon Oats
- 1 c. steel-cut oats
- 3 c. water
- 1 c. fresh apple cider
- 2 medium apples cored and diced
- 1½ T. honey preferably local
- 1 t. ground cinnamon
- ½ t. ground nutmeg
- ½ t. ground allspice
- ½ t. salt to taste
- 1 medium apple cored and diced
- ½ c. pecans chopped
- Real maple syrup
- Add oats, water, cider, apples, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt to greased or lined slow cooker crock and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Actual cooking time will vary depending on your slow cooker, so check for doneness after 5 hours and adjust cooking time accordingly.
- To serve, allow to cool slightly before spooning into bowls and topping with fresh chopped apples, pecans, and some real maple syrup, if desired.
Would you like some oatmeal cookies?
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 2
- 1 c. unsalted butter softened
- 1 c. brown sugar
- ½ c. granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 t. real vanilla extract
- 3½ c. quick oats
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 t. pumpkin pie spice
- ½ t. baking powder
- ½ t. baking soda
- ¼ t. salt
- 1 c. raisins
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Set aside.
- Cream the butter with the brown and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl.
- Add in eggs and vanilla and mix on low speed to combine.
- In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients, and then add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix. Stir in raisins until combined.
- Cover and chill dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before baking.
- Divide the dough into 24 equal-sized balls. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet with 1-2 inches between balls of dough. Press balls down with the bottom of a glass.
- Tip: To keep the dough from sticking to the glass, wet the bottom of the glass before pressing down on the dough.
- Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoy your National Oatmeal Day!
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