Oats: Benefits and Original Ideas of Using It in the Kitchen
Oats are a fairly well-known food. When we think about it, we often refer to oatmeal. However, it can be used in several other ways.
Because oats are a very high-fiber cereal, it helps with digestion, in addition to making satisfying lunches, meals, or snacks. When we eat it, we will no longer feel hungry for the next few hours.
Another benefit of using oats is its neutral taste. This way, we can use it in both sweet and savory recipes. Yes! This is rarer than we hear about, but we can actually use it in savory recipes. And, precisely because of its neutral taste, oats will not take over when it comes to the taste of the dish. It is a very practical all-purpose food to have in your pantry!
Here are some recipe ideas in which you can use oats:
The famous oatmeal (sweet or savory version)
For the sweet version, there are several possible combinations to make. You can change your day to day oatmeal with different delicious option:
• Cook your oats in an infusion of chai tea and Vegan Pro Maple-Vanilla protein.
• Cook your oats in vegan milk mixed with chocolate Vegan Pro protein and a little maple syrup.
• Cook your oats in a mixture of vegan milk, applesauce, and cinnamon.
For the savory version, you can prepare different recipes by following these steps:
• Cook your oats in vegetable broth and spices of your choice. It would also be delicious to add nutritional yeast
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• Add the cooked or grated vegetables of your choice: carrots, beets, kale, cauliflower, etc.
• Add garnishes: flax seeds, sesame seeds, nuts, salsa, etc.
This recipe is a faster version of the classic oatmeal. It consists of raw oats, which swells overnight in liquid and / or spices of your choice. So you prepare it the day before, leave it in the fridge overnight, and the next morning your overnight oat is ready to eat.
A tip for an even more complete breakfast? Add a flavor of our Vegan Pro protein. You will then have a perfect flavor and protein combo!
How to do an overnight oat:
• Put oats in a Masson jar.
• Cover the oats with vegan milk.
• Add the Vegan Pro protein of your choice.
• Optional: Add other spices and / or nut butter.
• Close the jar and stir well. Then put in the refrigerator overnight.
• The next morning: add fruit or nuts.
Did you know that you can replace regular all-purpose flour with oat flour in most recipes? All you have to do is grind your oats into a fine powder and you're good to go. This flour is also very interesting for coating your cubes of tofu and then cooking them. It will make a good breading!
Oat milk is a delicious vegan milk. It is sweet (depending on the brand or how you do it) to taste and is perfect to put in a bowl of cereals, in matcha, in a smoothie, etc. You can buy it already made at the grocery store or make it at home. There are several recipes available on the internet. On the other hand, an important thing not to thicken it and become too gooey the next day is to make sure that the oats are well filtered when making milk.
In vegan hamburger patties
To add consistency and interesting texture, oats are the food of choice for making homemade hamburger patties.
You can incorporate it in flakes or flour.
You just have to crush legumes, add oats, a little panko and the spices of your choice. Then form patties with your hands (wet your hands a little so that the mixture does not stick to you) and bake them in the oven or an oiled pan.
In a smoothie
Add a small handful, in addition to your protein, your liquid, and your fruits/vegetables to your smoothie. It will add an interesting dose of fiber to start your day off right.
Also, read this article to learn the steps to make a perfect smoothie. A smoothie that will be as good for your health as your taste buds.
Finally, there are many snack recipes in which you can use oats.
We recommend these delicious ice cream cookies made from oats. A perfect recipe when you have a sweet tooth.