If you’re like most people, you probably consider oatmeal to be just a breakfast food. Those tasty oats make a wonderful comfort food on a cold, early morning. However, we have some bad news for you. If you’re only eating oatmeal for breakfast…you’re doing it wrong.
The truth is, oats can be used in a variety of dishes from hearty dinner courses to delectable desserts. Even better, they can be used as a gluten-free substitute to flour allowing you to make healthier, less guilt-inducing treats.
Rolled Oats & Oat Flour For Oatmeal Recipes
Before we get started, there’s a couple ways that you can utilize oats in your recipes. The most common (and obvious) option is adding them to existing recipes for their flavor and texture profiles. However, you can also use them to substitute ingredients to make healthier alternatives. Rolled oats can be used to substitute up to 50% of the flour in baking. To do so, add an additional 1 teaspoon of baking powder for every 1 cup of rolled oats used in your recipe.
You can take it a step further by grinding the oats in a coffee grinder or food processor to create “oat flour.” Do so until you have a semi-fine powder and use this powder to substitute for flour entirely. By using Modern Oats’ gluten-free oatmeal for this process, you’ll be able to create a gluten-free flour substitute that can be swapped into countless recipes. For those on the gluten-free diet, or suffering from celiac disease, this is a game changer.
Adding 2 teaspoons of baking powder to every 1 cup of oat flour (slightly more baking powder than you would use for un-powdered oats) can help counteract any crumbling issues that may occur. Be sure that you’re using a baking powder that doesn’t have any wheat starch added to it (most do not but be sure to check) as wheat starch contains gluten. Due to the fact that oats are a very dry product, it is advised to add a small amount of oil or extra rising ingredients to your recipe to prevent it from over-drying and crumbling. As with anything, some experimentation will help you dial in your recipe to perfection.
Due to the sweeter flavor profile of oat flour compared to wheat flour, you can also get away with using less added sugar in your recipes. You heard that right, not only will your food be gluten-free, but it will contain LESS added sugar!
Okay, that’s enough science for the day. Pat yourselves on the back. Maybe some of you consider the subject of oat flour to be fascinating, but many of you likely came here because you want delicious and healthy food, so let’s get to it.
Whether you’re looking for health-conscious options or to satisfy a sweet tooth, here’s a list of delicious recipes you can make with oatmeal that will carry you through breakfast, lunch, snack time, dinner, and dessert.
Oat Flour Banana Bread
If you’re looking for a tasty way to start a Sunday morning, we’ve got a delicious treat coming your way. By utilizing Modern Oats’ gluten-free oats to make oat flour, you’ll be able to make this delicious banana bread that will have the whole household raving.
Kale & Oats Oatmeal Recipe
If the banana bread wasn’t enough to satisfy your hunger, you’re going to love this hearty recipe. It can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, is packed with vitamins and nutrients. Pro-tip: This one makes a MEAN post-workout meal.
1 package of Just Oats
1 ½ cups vegetable broth
1 ½ cups water
¼ teaspoon salt
1 bunch kale roughly 4 cups chopped and packed
4 teaspoons olive oil divided
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large egg for frying
- Heat up the vegetable broth, water, and salt and add to your Just Oats blend
- Sautee olive oil, garlic, and kale in a pan
- Fry one egg
- Add kale and fried egg on top of oats and serve
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars
As the morning turns to afternoon, you’ll likely need a boost of energy to keep up with the never-ending list of chores that plague your otherwise perfect Sunday. If you’re looking for the perfect grab-and-go snack that is high in protein and a great source of energy, look no further than these delicious Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. She details how you can make them both gluten-free and vegan. Oh, and we should probably mention, there’s no baking required! That’s right, only a few ingredients and no baking required.
Your impossible list of errands has met its match.
It’s dinner time. You’re starving but watching your diet. The kids are screaming for takeout food, or some other delicious but horribly unhealthy food item. There can’t possibly be a way to please everyone, can there? Thankfully, there’s pizza. Wait…what? Pizza? As in ten pounds of gluten and carbs that will leave you more bloated than a pufferfish? Before you dismiss the author of this article as criminally insane, hear him out. The most damaging part of pizza is the crust, and it just so happens that we can use oat flour to revamp pizza crust into a healthier version of itself. Check out this gluten-free pizza crust recipe from Mom Foodie.
Oatmeal Black Bean Burgers
If you’re tired of pizza, fear not, we’ve got you covered. This delicious burger recipe will allow you to indulge without thinking twice about your waistline. It is completely vegetarian but is tasty enough to make even the most devout carnivores salivate.
2 (15-oz) cans black beans drained and rinsed
1 Just Oats container
1 can of corn
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 hamburger buns (feel free to substitute lettuce wraps if you’re counting carbs!)
Top with: Lettuce, tomato slices, red onion, cheese if desired
- In a blender or food processor, combine beans, oats, garlic, and chili powder and blend for about 30 seconds
- Put the black bean mixture in a large bowl and add scallions and corn
- Press into 4 (3/4 cup) patties
- Let the patties sit for 5 minutes
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high
- Cook patties until browned, about 5 minutes on each side
- Top patties with toppings of your choice and serve
Oatmeal Berry Cookies
For a post-dinner treat, you need something sweet. Afterall, you worked hard all day doing chores, running errands, and essentially being the glue that holds your whole household together. You deserve dessert, right? RIGHT? We agree.
Our friends at The Simple Bite, put together this tasty cookie recipe using Modern Oats 5-Berry blend.
1 container of Modern Oats 5-Berry
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
¼ cup fresh blueberries
- Mix the oats and baking soda together.
- In a separate bowl, mash the banana and mix in remaining wet ingredients (excluding blueberries).
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredient bowl. Once mixed, fold in the blueberries.
- Spray a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet with coconut oil, then use an ice cream scooper to place the cookie dough on the sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
**Yields 4 cookies. For 8 cookies, double the ingredients.
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies
This easy-to-make recipe from Gluten Free on a Shoestring will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. These healthy oatmeal cookies are not only gluten-free, but guilt-free, so go ahead and have one or two (or four, we don’t judge). Consider it your reward for being awesome all day.
Still not satisfied? We have an extensive list of our own oatmeal recipes which can be found right here. Some of our favorites include the Banana Almond Oat Cookies, One Bowl Muffins, and Beyond Vegan Meatballs.
Even better, many of the oatmeal recipes can be customized by simply swapping the flavor of Modern Oats you use. Have you already tried the Blueberry Goji Energy Bites? Swap the Goji Blueberry oatmeal out for Strawberry Banana Pom! Get creative, and if you hit the jackpot with your own creation, be sure to let us know. We just may feature your recipe on our site.
To ensure you’re truly keeping recipes gluten-free, be sure to use Modern Oats. Our oats are certified gluten-free from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization located in Auburn, WA. This certification is the gold standard for Gluten-Free certification in the United States.
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