Beyond Cereal: Are You Eating Enough Oatmeal?

10 years ago
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Since this is Good Health month here at BlogHer, I've been spotlighting food options and recipes that can help you cook things that are both delicious and highly nutritious. My last post introduced BlogHer readers to SuperFoods, fourteen foods that are so nutrient dense they should be eaten regularly. One such SuperFood is oatmeal, also called rolled oats, steel cut oats or porridge oats, depending on where you live. There are also 18 other types of whole grains that fit into this SuperFoods category, but since oatmeal is the highest ranked nutritionally, I thought it would be fun to explore the huge variety of things that can be made from this nutritious food. Besides, it's National Oatmeal Month!

Why eat oatmeal? Not only does it have high fiber, low calories, protein, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, and thaimine, but in 1997 the FDA made it the first food product allowed to carry a promotional label, one telling consumers that a diet high in oatmeal, oat bran, or oat flour will reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Research had concluded that oatmeal consumption could reduce cholesterol levels, especially LDLs. Oatmeal is so easy to include in everything things from cookies and bread to granola or muffins, so there's no reason not to be eating it. Here are some oatmeal recipes I've spotted recently that should be on your menu soon.

Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, and Pecan Cookies from Smitten Kitchen
Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Karina's Kitchen - Recipes from a Gluten-Free Goddess
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies from Gluten-Free Girl
Almond Toffee Oatmeal Cookies from Seven Spoons
Best Oatmeal Cookies Ever from Nook and Pantry
Banana Oatmeal Cookies from Baking Bites
Oatmeal Cookies with Crystallized Ginger and Dried Cherries from Christine Cooks

Oatmeal Bread
Great Grandma Gibson's Oatmeal Bread from Homesick Texan
Oatmeal Breakfast Bread from Superspark
Oatmeal Banana Bread from Retro Food
Oatmeal Potato Bread from My Kitchen in Half Cups
Banana Oatmeal Bread from Urban Drivel
Oatmeal Buttermilk Bread from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

Oatmeal Muffins
Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Muffins from Cookie Madness
Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins from Daily Unadventures in Cooking
Apple Nut Oatmeal Muffins from And a Cookie for Dessert
Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins from Sweet Savory Southern
Caramel Oatmeal Muffins from Anne's Food
Oatmeal and Cinnamon Muffins from The Cook's Cottage
Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, and Raisin Muffins from Rose's Recipes

Oatmeal Pancakes
Heart Healthy Oatmeal Green Tea Pancakes from Je Mange la Ville
Oatmeal Banana Bread Pancakes from Culinary in the Country
Dee's Oatmeal Pancakes from Simply Recipes
Oatmeal and Apple Pancakes from Supper in Stereo

Grnaola with Yogurt from 80 Breakfasts
The Omega Diet Homemade Granola from A Fridge Full of Food
The Best Granola from 64 Sq. Ft. Kitchen
Spiced Granola from A Wee Bit of Cooking
Bri's Addictive Granola from Jumbo Empanadas
Foster's Homemade Granola from Pittsburgh Needs Eated
Crunchy Granola from One Hot Stove

Oatmeal as a Hot Cereal
Oatmeal Love from Amuse Bouche
Roasted Oatmeal with Walnuts and Apricots from What Did You Eat
Porridge with Greek Yogurt and Honey from Kuchenlatein
Chai Spiced Oat Bran from Everybody Loves Sandwiches
Baked Oatmeal from Cast Sugar
Monday - Friday Steel Cut Oats from Playing with My Food
Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Baked Pears from With Relish

BlogHer Food Editor Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen, where she never makes oatmeal cookies, but often makes Alanna's Peanut Butter Oatmeal.

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