In case you missed it, last Sunday was National Oatmeal Day! If you forgot to pencil this superfood sabbath into your calendar, I decided to compile all of my favorite oatmeal recipes in one place. The ingredients are most likely already in your fridge, so you can easily whip up one (or all three!) in order to pay your respects to the almighty oat. Yes, oatmeal is delicious to eat, but it can do even more for your body than you may already know. Here are a few of my favorite ways to incorporate oatmeal into my routine.
Fueling your body:
I found this recipe on The Healthy Apple. Not only is it packed with nutrients, but it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Oh, and it tastes amazing. This is a great breakfast option for all-day energy, and it’s perfect for the cold months when you want something warm and hearty.
2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch sea salt
2 1/4 cups almond milk or coconut milk
4 tbsp. pure maple syrup or honey
1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 Tbsp. slivered almonds or sunflower seeds, if nut allergy
4 Tbsp. dried blueberries or cranberries
1 tsp. ground flax seeds
2 Tbsp. almond butter or sunflower seed butter, if nut allergy
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare and grease an 8 x 11 baking dish or 6 (2 cups) ramekins with coconut oil. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, baking powder, and sea salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine almond milk, syrup and extract; add to dry ingredients; mix well. Add cinnamon and mix again.
- Transfer mixture to prepared ramekins. Sprinkle with slivered almonds and blueberries.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from oven; sprinkle with flax seeds and drizzle with almond butter. Return to the oven for 2 more minutes.
- Remove from oven; set aside to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.
- Serve warm. Enjoy!
Fueling your baby:
Ever since little Rio came into the world, I’ve been nursing him every two hours. I’ll arrive at the STC office, crank through some emails, edit content, zip down the street to his daycare to breastfeed, and walk back again. I’ve been trying to introduce him to a bottle, but the little man is all like “nah mom, nice try.” So until we get to that point, I’ve been trying to produce as much milk as possible. Lo and behold, I found this recipe on The Baker Mama for these amazing oatmeal bites that help increase the amount of milk you produce as a nursing momma! Of course, you don’t have to be breastfeeding to enjoy this concoction. These oatmeal bites great for anybody who’s looking for a tasty, energizing snack.
I like to add Moringa powder to this recipe and many of my other favorite foods. It’s an extra way to boost milk supply and it’s also a superfood with countless health benefits i.e. immunity, anti-stress, energy release, and digestion (just to name a few).
2 cups old-fashioned oats
½ cup ground or milled flaxseed
3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup dark chocolate chips
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Mix on low speed until mixture is well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Roll mixture into 2 tablespoon-sized smooth balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or enjoy right away. Once the bites have set, transfer them to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Fueling your skin:
It’s pretty commonly known that oatmeal is great to put into your body but surprise, surprise! It’s also good to put on it. The oats help soothe irritated skin and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. This oatmeal mask from Livestrong.com is very simple and can be made with only three ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. It’s the perfect to whip up after a stressful day at the office or for a night in with the girls.
4 tbsp. rolled oats
1 tbsp. honey
You will also need a blender, a small bowl and a spoon.
- Grind 4 tbsp. of rolled oats in a blender until they form a course powder. Pour the oats into a small bowl.
- Measure 1 tbsp. of honey and pour over the oat powder in the small bowl. Mix the honey and oats thoroughly until they form a uniform mixture. Honey will improve the texture of the mask and acts as a humectant to help moisturize your skin; it also has antibacterial properties to help treat acne.
- Crack an egg without breaking the yolk. Pour out and discard the egg white, and pour the yolk into the small bowl with the honey and oat mixture. Use a spoon to break the yolk and mix with the honey and oats to form a paste. Egg yolks are rich in vitamin D, which is an antioxidant that delays the aging process.
- Apply mixture to face and allow it to set for 15 minutes. Then, rinse it off thoroughly with warm water. Pat your face dry with a towel.
Tip: If you have oily skin, add a splash of lemon juice to help clean away excess oil.
Thanks for reading everyone! I had to pay tribute to one of my favorite superfoods when I found out about the national holiday. Hopefully, these recipes help you to take care of your body and up your oatmeal game.