Oats are a staple in many a pantry.  They may be in the form of rolled oats, instant oats, oat flour, or steel-cut oats.  However they come, there are certainly some good reasons as to why we ought to be including more of them in our diet.

Oats are an excellent source of soluble fiber, are high in protein, contain many minerals, and hold a specific type of antioxidants called avenanthramides that are found only in oats.

A hot bowl of oatmeal is just the ticket on a cold winter’s morning, especially when it is souped-up with lots of bonus ingredients like raisins, bananas, and peanut butter, but the thought of such a breakfast in the depths of summer is enough to have you feeling full and overheated.

It’s a good thing that there are so many other ways to sneak a handful of oats (or more) into your meals here and there.  Have a look at these OGP recipes, and see how you can get a little more creative with that jar of oats in your cupboard, and look beyond the bowl of hot oatmeal.

1. Simple Vanilla Oat Milk

Simple Vanilla Oat Milk [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Making oat milk is a far less expensive and time-consuming way of producing your homemade plant-based milk.  WIth oats needing much less soaking time than nuts, you can have your batch of creamy milk for all of your needs.  Using Kelly Williams‘ recipe for Simple Vanilla Oat Milk means you can have delicious plant-based milk on hand almost any time.

2. Sunflower Muesli

Vegan Gluten-Free Sunflower Muesli topped with raspberries and almond milk

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If you want a big bowl of oats for breakfast, but you can’t face the heat or stodge of a bowl of oatmeal, try opting for muesli instead.  This way you can have your oats with ice-cold plant-based milk or juice instead.  As well as oat power, Crissy Cavanaugh‘s recipe for Sunflower Muesli is packed with other nutritious stars, such as coconut, sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds.

3. Vegan Snickers

Vegan Snickers

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Just because we are talking about health benefits here, doesn’t mean we can’t indulge a little.  Angie Li has come up with a much healthier version of this well-known candy bar.  Vegan Snickers carry all the satisfaction of the original candy bar, but with lots of beautiful ingredients like dates, coconut, dark chocolate, almonds, and, of course, oats.

4. Black-Eyed Pea Burgers with Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce

Black-Eyed Pea Burgers with Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce

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Oats don’t have to play the starring role in a recipe for you to benefit from their healthful properties.  In Holly Jade‘s recipe for Black-Eyed Pea Burgers with Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce, the oats give texture and play the role of binder helping these amazing patties to stick together without the use of egg.  These will be perfect for some summertime grilling.

5. Vanilla Overnight Oats and Maple Spiced Pears

Vanilla Overnight Oats and Maple Spiced Pears

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Here is another option for a more refreshing breakfast bowl of oats.  Shanika Graham-White‘s quick and easy-to-make recipe for Vanilla Overnight Oats and Maple Spiced Pears offers you a medley of luxurious flavors without the weight of hot oatmeal.

6. Chickpea Cutlets with Savory Mustard Sauce

Chickpea Cutlets with Savory Mustard Sauce

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WIthout fancy ingredients or elaborate kitchen equipment, you can whip up these Chickpea Cutlets with Savory Mustard Sauce and impress your friends. Denise Perrault‘s recipe has you making up a batch of savory mustard sauce while the cutlets bake in the oven.  Again, the disguised oats act as a binder and are not a dominant flavor.

7. Peanut Butter Granola Clusters

peanut butter granola clusters

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Once again we find ourselves with an oat-based, yet oatmeal-free, breakfast.  It is hard not to be grabbing handfuls of Robin Browne‘s Peanut Butter Granola Clusters at all hours of the day.  They may not even make it to the bowl!  Use this to top your favorite vegan ice cream or yogurt.

8. Peach Cobbler Muffins With Toasted Oat and Brown Sugar Streusel 

Vegan Peach Cobbler Muffins With Toasted Oat and Brown Sugar Streusel [Vegan]

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So much happening in one little package. These Peach Cobbler Muffins With Toasted Oat and Brown Sugar Streusel by Amanda Froelich are filled with tender, juicy peaches that are complemented by the sugary crunch of the streusel. These are a perfect breakfast treat, snack, or dessert.

9. Raw Carrot Cake

raw carrot cake

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This Raw Carrot Cake recipe by Angelina Papanikolaou is moist, healthful, and delicious.  It is packed with all the best ingredients, such as oats, cashews, dates, cinnamon, coconut, and carrots.  It is simple to make and who can resist that creamy cashew cheese frosting?

10. 4-Ingredient Probiotic Oat Yogurt

Oat Yogurt

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This is a cheap and easy way to make your yogurt at home.  This 4-Ingredient Probiotic Oat Yogurt by Nikki and Zuzana is rich and creamy and is a great alternative to Greek-style yogurt.  Get a bunch of health benefits and a good dose of probiotics with yet another oat-filled treat.

If you know the benefits of having oats in your diet, but you really can’t face a big bowl of oatmeal, there are lots of ways you can incorporate them into your meals.  They might be the star of the show, or they might be a complementary ingredient.  Whatever the case,  let’s make a little room for the mighty oat.

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