How to Make Healthy Oatmeal: Guidelines and Recipes

Oatmeal is a highly recommended breakfast choice, which can help you start your day in a powerful way; however, oatmeal itself is not enough. You should always combine it with other ingredients to make it more nutritious. Hence, the question arises – how to make healthy oatmeal?

General Guidelines for Making Healthy Oatmeal

Use steel cut or rolled oats. This is because quick-cook oats are heavily processed and low in fiber that can result in blood sugar spikes, making you feel tired and fatigued.

To the oats, add only 1 serving of your favorite fruit: the key here is to add only 1 serving of fruit.

  • 1 medium/small banana
  • ¼ cup dried fruit
  • ½ cup berries

Now add 1-2 servings of healthy fat. Healthy fats (along with protein) are your best choice to prevent the post-oatmeal spike in blood sugar. Moreover, healthy fats are also a good source of vitamins and minerals.

  • ¼ cup seeds or nuts
  • 1-2 tbsp. ground chia seeds or flaxseeds
  • 1 tbsp. nut butter
  • 1-2 tbsp. raw cacao nibs
  • 2-3 tbsp. unsweetened pieces or shreds of coconut

Avoid the sugar, particularly artificial sugar. The fruit provides enough sugar to your oatmeal; however, if you really require some added sugar, opt for ½ tsp. brown sugar or honey.

Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

How to make healthy oatmeal? Try the following oatmeal recipes.

1. Apple Pie Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
  • 2 cups milk of almond
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 apple cut into thin bite size pieces
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup apple sauce, unsweetened

Directions

  • Take a medium-sized sauce pan and add oat meal, almond milk, maple syrup and cinnamon.
  • Heat on a low flame, stirring in between, till most of the almond milk is absorbed. Now stir in the apple sauce.
  • You can add the apples now if you like them soft, or you can add while serving if you want them crunchy.
  • Once all the milk and apple sauce are absorbed, around 15-20 minutes, you can remove the pan from heat. Serve hot.

2. Brown Sugar and Maple Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup steel cut oats
  • ½ tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup

Directions

  • Boil 1 cup of water in a saucepan, add cinnamon and oatmeal and make the heat low.
  • Keep stirring until all water is absorbed. Stir in the maple syrup.
  • Remove the contents to a bowl, and sprinkle some brown sugar. Serve.

3. Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup apple sauce, unsweetened
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. butter (unsalted)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar

Directions

This recipe can be a perfect answer to the question, how to make healthy oatmeal.

  • Spray baking spray on 2-3 cookie sheets. In a bowl, combine baking soda, flour, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a standing mixer or large bowl, whip sugar and butter, and stir in vanilla and egg.
  • Add in water and apple sauce. Now add the flour mixture and mix. Add the raisins and oats, and mix.
  • Put the mixture in fridge for a minimum of 15 minutes or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, use an ice cream scoop to dollop out cookie dough of tennis ball size, and give enough space for little spreading.
  • Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown in color.

4. Cream and Strawberries Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • ½ cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt

Directions

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  • In a small pan, add oatmeal, water and cinnamon and bring to a boil.
  • In a bowl, add balsamic vinegar and strawberries; use the back of a fork mix and smash to get a strawberry mush.
  • Now add vanilla, yogurt, honey and mix.
  • Once the oatmeal absorbs all the water, add the strawberry mixture and the mix. Cook for a minute, and then remove from heat. Serve.

5. Banana Strawberry Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, thinly sliced
  • Water
  • 4 strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg, ground

Directions

  • In a saucepan, boil the water, and then add cinnamon, oats and nutmeg.
  • Reduce the flame to low, and continue stirring until oats absorbs all the water.
  • Remove from heat and stir in honey. Put sliced bananas and strawberries on top and serve.

6. Double Chocolate Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Dried cherries or cranberries (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. chocolate syrup (homemade)
  • 1 tbsp. nuts such as almonds

Directions

  • Take a saucepan and add oatmeal, almond milk, cocoa powder, vanilla and dried cherries and cranberries.
  • Place on low heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Place into two bowls and put nuts and chocolate syrup on top. Serve.
 
 
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