I hadn't actually used oats before, and when i looked on the internet about how to cook them, there was little information. I didn't want to be soaking overnight, i just wanted to get up before work - cook - eat - enjoy! After speaking to a couple different people, i decided that the quick rolled oats were for me.
Although oats are actually gluten free, you will never see it advertised as that. However, you may see wheat free. This is because oats have a very similar structure to gluten and therefore, suppliers are unable to advertise them as gluten free. Some people with coeliac disease can tolerate them, some can not. If you are coeliac, i would not advise eating them.
What's the hype with oats?
Oats are high in minerals and vitamins such as; manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, copper, biotin, B1, magnesium, chromium and zinc. Not to mention they are a great source of fiber and protein. Some may say the perfect breakfast.
Oats are great for the cardiovascular system, as they contain a specific fiber called beta-glucan. This fiber has been well documented for its action in reducing and managing blood cholesterol. Those with diabetes would benefit from eating oats, due to their blood sugar stabilisation action. Furthermore, the magnesium in oats also have a role in lowering blood sugar. The immune system also loves oats, as the beta-glucan can modulate the immune system, and help our cells fight infection.
- ½ cup quick rolled oats
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ cup water
- 1 ¼ tsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup mixed frozen berries (or your favourite)
- 1 tbsp. almonds (cut in to little pieces)
- You favourite yoghurt
- Put oats, milk and water in to pan
- Add spices, vanilla, sugar, seeds and oil to saucepan
- Turn on medium heat for 3-5 minutes
- Pour contains of saucepan in to a bowl
- Add frozen berries and cut up almonds on top
- Add 2 tbsp. of your favourtite yoghurt