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3 Ways with oats

It is versatile, easy to prepare, available almost everywhere, and is quite economic. But plain boiled oats can get quite boring… so here are three exciting ways to eat your oats.

Oats are quite high in fibre, all of these servings contain about 10g of fibre, a third of your daily requirement!  



APPLE AND CINNAMON OATS


1/2 cup oats

1 small apple, peeled and cut into small chunks

Some cinnamon

1 teaspoon honey


Boil oats in a small pot according to packet instructions, when it is about halfway cooked, add the apple chunks and boil it with the oats. Sprinkle cinnamon on top, and drizzle with a teaspoon of honey. Honey is still sugar, but when used sparingly, it can form part of a healthy balanced diet. 




CHOCOLATE AND BANANA OVERNIGHT OATS


This recipe was inspired by Cath Day and Gabi Steenkamp’s book, Food for Sensitive Tummies. It is the ideal oats recipe for people who do not have time to boil oats in the morning.


1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup plain yoghurt

1 small or half large banana, sliced

2 blocks of dark chocolate


Mix oats, milk, and yoghurt together and leave overnight to soak. Microwave for a few minutes in the morning, melt two blocks of dark chocolate and stir into the oats, and top with the sliced banana.




ROASTED OATS WITH YOGHURT AND FRUIT


1/2 cup oats

1 teaspoon melted butter

1 teaspoon honey

1/2 cup plain yoghurt

1/2 cup fruit, cut into chunks


Mix oats, butter and honey well, spread out in a single layer on a lined baking tray, bake at 180C for about 10 minutes or until it starts turning golden. Leave to cool, and serve with yoghurt and fruit. The oats can also be prepared in larger batches and stored in an airtight container. You could also add nuts for an extra crunch!

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