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4 Unique Ways to Use Oats This Holiday Season

This post was created in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company. As always all opinions are my own and I appreciate your support! 

healthy gingerbread banana loaf

Oat my! The possibilities of what you can do with oats is truly incredible! From baked goods to risottos, and many more dishes in between, oats are highly versatile, offering countless possibilities to get more taste and nutrition out of what we eat each day. 

From savory to sweet, hot to cold, oats can provide goodness any time of day. I like to think of them like a blank canvas to inspire culinary creativity, which is exactly how I hope you feel about all of these unique, and nutritious recipes that use oats! 

For over 140 years, Quaker has been the leading expert in oats, committed to combining science, scale, passion and expertise, and dedicated to researching all that this powerful grain has to offer. Their high-quality, nourishing oats are produced with high standards of quality, nutrition, taste and safety. 

The oats used in each variety of Quaker Oats – instant, quick, old fashioned and steel cut – are 100% whole grain, and ounce per ounce, they all provide similar amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

You definitely can’t go wrong with a bowl of oatmeal topped with seasonal fruit and nuts or seeds, but I also challenge you to think outside the oat bowl and use oats in these recipes below that provide taste, texture and nutrition! 

pumpkin dark chocolate oatmeal cookies

Unique Ways to Use Oats This Season

  1. Bake with oats. No doubt December signifies baking at home with holiday flavors and it’s definitely one of my favorite things about the season! Grab that  canister of Quaker Oats and add them to cookies, bars, breads, muffins and more for  great texture. 
  1. Start your day with oats. Oatmeal, overnight oats, and baked oatmeal oh my! Oats have a unique nutrition profile with a balance of both insoluble and soluble fiber (2 grams soluble fiber per ½ cup serving). They also are a good source of the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need, including vitamin B1, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.
  1. Make oat flour. Baked goods with oat flour are  popular these days and for good reason. Oat flour adds an amazing texture to everything from pancakes to muffins and everything in between. The best part is you can make your own oat flour at home by pulsing Quaker Old Fashioned Oats in a blender or food processor until it’s a fine flour. 
  1. Explore the savory side of oats. Oats are highly versatile and can add great taste, texture and nutrition to savory dishes as well as sweet. Think savory oat cakes, risottos made with oats instead of rice and more. A ½ cup serving of rolled oats are a good source of fiber and may help support a healthy digestive system. Experts recommend we get 25-38 grams of fiber per day, and unfortunately most of us are not getting enough. A diet rich in whole grains like oats, fruits and vegetables can help us meet our fiber goals for the day.
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If you’ve been following along on Instagram, then you know this past week was oat week on Once Upon a Pumpkin! Grab all the recipes from this week and more here! 

Oat Week Recipes 

more oat recipes you’re sure to love