Oaty Recipes

If you are trying to lose weight this Winter but keep warm at the same time, maybe it’s a good idea to increase your oat consumption. (And if you don’t want oats, try using rice flakes instead). Here are a couple of recipes from Nutri Enews to help you:

Blueberry & Apple Bircher Muesli

Serves 2-3

You Will Need:

•    2 ½ cups / 225g rolled oats (porridge oats)
•    1 cup / 250 ml apple juice
•    1/3 cup / 75 ml rice, almond, oat or coconut milk
•    ½ cup / 125ml natural yoghurt
•    1 apple, cored and grated
•    Blueberries
•    Sunflower / pumpkin / linseeds – whole or ground

  1. 1.Put the oats in a large bowl and pour the apple juice over.  Cover the bowl with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight
  2. Just before serving, stir in the milk, yoghurt and grated apple.  Spoon into bowls and top with blueberries or other chosen fruit and seeds.

 Oat Bars

Makes about 9 bars

You Will Need:

•    2/3 cup / 85g raisins
•    3 tbsp orange juice
•    2 ½ cups / 250g rolled oats
•    2/3 cup / 85g dry unsweetened shredded (dessicated) coconut
•    2/3 cup / 85g pumpkin seeds
•    2/3 cup / 85g sunflower seeds
•    2/3 cup toasted pine nuts / sliced almonds
•    ½ cup / 125ml rice syrup or agave syrup
•    1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted
•    1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F / 180C or Gas Mark 4
  2. Put the raisins in a small pan with the orange juice and heat gently until softened, then cool slightly
  3. Meanwhile, put the oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and pine nuts in a food processor and process for a few seconds until roughly chopped.  Tip the mixture into a large bowl and add the syrup, vanilla extract, both types of oil, and the raisins and orange juice.  Stir well until combined
  4. Press the mixture into a 9 in/ 23cm square baking tin and smooth the top, pressing down firmly into an even layer.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned on top and firm to the touch.  Cut into squares while still warm.  When cool, store in an airtight container in a cool cupboard and eat within a week.

 

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