I’m sure you’ve heard by now that oats are healthy, add fiber to your diet, and help keep you feeling full. They’re gluten-free and add whole grains to your diet. They’re full of vitamins, iron, and minerals, and are nutrient dense. Most people eat oats by preparing oatmeal in a bowl and topping with cinnamon or fresh fruit. That can get boring, so here are additional ways to add oats to a variety of recipes to get those boosted health benefits.

Smoothies

Did you know you can add a handful of raw oats to your smoothies for an extra creamy texture? They also help you feel fuller longer and reduce that dreaded blood sugar spike.

Homemade Granola

Granola recipes aren’t difficult and they are fun to experiment with. Simply mix oats (not steel or quick cook) with nuts, seeds, dried fruit or coconut chips, and salt. Prepare a wet mix of raw honey or maple syrup, coconut or olive oil, and a dash of vanilla. Pour your wet mix over the dry mix and blend well. Bake the granola on a baking tray lined with parchment paper at 275 degrees for about 45 minutes. Let cool.

Mix Oats With Meat

Make your hamburgers or meatloaf healthier by adding in oats. Not only do the oats act like a binder; they also add fiber and extra nutrients.

Muffins

Homemade oatmeal muffins are a healthy on-the-go breakfast, also great for the beach or road trips! Make extra to bring along all summer.

Overnight Oats

This is all the rage, and for a good reason—they are delicious! Overnight oats are satisfying and an easy way to start the day. There are so many varieties you can make, using regular milk, oat milk, nut milks, and more. Add fruit, chocolate chips, or peanut butter to your liking.

Oatmeal Cookies

Homemade oatmeal cookies are a healthier choice than store-bought goodies, and even most kids will grab them when they hear the word “cookie”.

Fruit Crumble or Crisp

In-season peaches and berries make these dessert options a must. The delicious crumbly sugary oat topping is what brings the crunch to the recipe. Use less sugar for a healthier option.

Pancakes

Homemade pancakes are perfect for a lazy weekend morning and they are healthier than the boxed or frozen variety. Try making blueberry or banana pancakes with added oatmeal to pack a fiber and flavor punch. You can freeze leftovers too, for a great mid-week breakfast or snack.

These are just some of the things you can do with the versatile oat. Keep a few containers on hand to add to your next recipe!