10 Dec WHy Oats? // Our Ode to Oats
Let it be known, we’re WILD about oats, oats of all kind — oat groats, oat bran, steel cut oats, scottish oatmeal, old fashioned oats, quick oats, instant oatmeal & oat flour … Did you know you had so many oatmeal options?! Don’t worry, we’re here to help you navigate the oat aisle & find your perfect match!
WHy Oats // Oats Nutrition Guide
Have you recently browsed the hot cereal section or your local market & been shocked by the assortment of oats (hello oat overload)? For the most part, the only difference between each of these oat forms is their texture & cooking times. All types are whole grains & the nutrition they offer remains the same.
Lets talk time. Instant oatmeal is a quick on-the-go option, as it can be ready in as fast as 60 seconds just by adding hot water. Quick oats are therefore convenient & many people’s go-to. You’re probably thinking, “yep I can find 60 seconds in the morning to chow down!” but lets not rule out those oat forms that require longer cooking times. Did you know prepared (cooked) oatmeal lasts for 5-7 days in the refrigerator? (mind blown). So, next time you’re curling up on the couch to watch some VOD (do we have any THE CHEW fans reading?) throw on a pot of steel cut oats & watch the magic happen!
TIP: portion out a big batch of steel cut oats to save time during the week.
The Facts //
oat groats provide 7 grams of protein per serving. A serving of groats also contains 30 grams of carbohydrates, including 5 grams of dietary fibre // cooking time: 45 minutes
oat bran provides 7 grams of protein per serving. A serving of oat bran contains 27 grams of carbohydrates, including 7 grams of dietary fibre // cooking time: 2 minutes
steel cut oats provides 7 grams of protein per serving. A serving of steel cut oats contains 29 grams of carbohydrates, including 5 grams of dietary fibre // cooking time: 20 minutes
scottish oatmeal provides 6 grams of protein per serving. A serving of scottish oats contains 23 grams of carbohydrates, including 4 grams of dietary fibre // cooking time: 20 minutes
old fashioned & quick oats provides 5 grams of protein per serving. A serving of old fashioned oats contains 27 grams of carbohydrates, including 4 grams of dietary fibre // cooking time: 5 minutes
instant oatmeal provides 5 grams of protein per serving. A serving of instant oatmeal contains 35grams of carbohydrates, including 3 grams of dietary fibre // cooking time: 3 minutes
whole grain oat flour provides 7 grams of protein per serving. A serving of oat bran contain 26 grams of carbohydrates, including 4 grams of dietary fibre. You can add it to your baking, or mix with other forms of oat for textural variety, therefore, cooking time varies
Top it //
You’re probably thinking, “umm I’ll skip the flavourless mush & take some back bacon, a mile high pile of flap jacks with whipped butter & maple syrup” (sound about right?). Well, we’re here to transform your attitude about oats! Who’s ready for some hot-cereal recipes that will get you excited to RISE&SHINE?!
Let’s talk toppings! Toppings can transform any type of oats into a serious show stopper. The options are endless but here are some of our faves (there’s no secrets here). We hope to inspire you in the flavour department — are you up for the challenge?
SuperFood SuperBoost // hemp flakes + hemp hearts + toasted coconut + goji berries + lucuma powder
Sweet Tooth // cacao nibs + caramelized banana + honey comb
Savoury // bacon + cheddar + chive + spinach + tomato + fried egg
Morning Kicker // shot of espresso + vanilla sugar free syrup + milk (or however you take your coffee 😉 )
Protein-Packed PB&J // natural peanut butter + Vega berry flavour protein powder + strawberry chia jam + egg whites
We’d love YOU to inspire US in the kitchen too! Post some of your oat creations for us & other oat lovers to try.