You know, there are so many different foods that aren’t safe to eat raw. But, oats is not one of them. It’s perfectly ok and safe to eat raw oats. In fact, they’re good for you…
They’re high in fiber, which is great for your bowel movements, and they are good for your blood sugar levels, because of their low glycemic index. And they’re great for heart and gut health to boot, since they are very nutrient dense.
But, even though oats are safe to eat raw, it is recommended to soak the oats in liquid before consuming them, because this not only enhances their digestibility and nutrient absorption.
Oats are quite a versatile ingredient and there are many different ways to enjoy them. I’ve been scouring the net to find 15 of the best delicious raw oatmeal recipes out there, and I’m going to share them with you now.
Because it’s recommended that you soak the raw oats in liquid before consuming them, the recipes that follow are a mix of those that do and don’t require soaking first.
1. No-Cook Oatmeal with Berries from Momables
This is an incredibly simple dish to make, but it’s super healthy and delicious too.
All you have to do is scoop some raw oats and berries into a bowl, add a little milk, let the oats soak for about 2 minutes, and drizzle a little honey or maple syrup to serve.
(You can use a dairy-free alternative to the milk if you want to go vegan.)
It takes a maximum of 5 minutes to make, and it makes for a great, filling breakfast that’s perfect if you’re in a rush. And it’s got all the energy you need for the day ahead.
2. Raw Oat Blueberry Banana Nut Power Bowl
This recipe is absolutely packed with energy – you’ve got plenty of low-GI raw oats and banana for sustained energy, combined with mellow yet fruity blueberries, and high-energy nuts.
It makes for a perfect breakfast for those expecting a busy day ahead.
I just love the contrast of textures between the creamy banana and the crunchy nuts, and how the flavors of the bananas and blueberries really complement one another.
It takes a mere 5 minutes to make. And it’s 100% vegan, because it uses vanilla almond milk rather than regular milk. And you can throw in some seeds for additional crunch and nutritional benefits.
3. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls
Sometimes it’s nice to make healthy snacks that you can enjoy between meals, especially for those of you who are very active and like to work out a lot. This recipe was designed with such people in mind.
I just love the sweetness and chewiness of these balls!
They take a mere 5 minutes to make, and I was surprised to learn that each ball is only 99 calories.
And they’re freezer friendly, so you can make up a load and enjoy them throughout the week.
4. Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
Your raw oatmeal can also go into making delicious healthy drinks like this one.
It uses very few ingredients and is ready to slurp up in just 5 minutes flat.
5. Raw Vegan Oatmeal Breakfast With Cinnamon and Apples
I love just how filling and nutritious this dish is, not to mention tasty!
You’ll need to leave the oats to soak overnight for this recipe. And it uses water rather than milk to make it vegan. You can use your favorite apples, and you can add in some dried fruit too. And it goes fantastically with ground cinnamon. Plus, you can add in some extra spices besides.
6. Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bites
This is such a moreish recipe – once you start eating these, you’re not going to want to stop. So it’s a good job the recipe makes a whopping 22 balls!
It only takes 5 minutes to make, and it’s 100% vegan-friendly because you can use non-dairy milk such as almond milk.
I love the addition of ground cinnamon, it really compliments the raisins.
7. Wake Me Up Coffee Smoothie
Now, this is the perfect drink to make you a morning person. It’s got energy from the raw rolled oats, caffeine from the coffee, and sweetness from the banana.
It’s ready to drink in just 5 minutes, and you can make it vegan friendly by simply swapping out the milk for a non-dairy alternative.
8. Overnight Oats with Yogurt from The Worktop
For those of you who feel like they never have time to make breakfast in the morning, check out this make ahead recipe.
Whereas most overnight oats involve soaking the oats in water or milk, this version uses creamy Greek yogurt in its place, with amazing results.
9. Yes, You Should Cook an Egg into Your Oatmeal
So far, I’ve predominantly given you sweet recipes, but you can use raw oats for making nice savory recipes, too, like this one. It adds to both the taste and the texture.
10. Raw Oatmeal Recipe with Raspberry Chia Jam
Oatmeal can be a little bland at the best of times – but not with this raspberry chia jam! So sweet and fruity. And really good for you to boot.
And if all that’s not enough, it also happens to be vegan-friendly as well.
I love the addition of vanilla extract, cashew nuts, and super food chia seeds.
11. Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
These choc chip balls taste amazing, and they’re great for a between-meal snack. Great for watching a movie with, in place of popcorn.
It’s super easy to make and only requires 5 ingredients.
12. Overnight Oatmeal Parfaits
Raw oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast – it can make for an excellent dessert, too, as this recipe proves. It’s vegetarian and gluten-free, and includes gorgeous fresh fruit. I also love the addition of coconut flakes – it really transforms the overall flavor of the dish.
13. Raw Oatmeal Pancakes With Peach Compote
I bet you never expected to see pancakes in my shortlist! It uses very few ingredients, even if you decide to make up the peach compote to go with it. And it’s absolutely delicious. I just love the addition of cinnamon in both the pancakes and the compote.
14. Almond Joy Overnight Oats
Now, this is overnight oats with a difference! The raw oats are soaked in coconut water, and you include coconut cream and coconut flakes, and this is what makes it unique.
The coconut pairs perfectly with the raw almonds and dark chocolate chips, and it also features superfood chia seeds. Plus, it only takes a mere 5 minutes to prep.
15. No-Bake Oatmeal Protein Balls
This is the perfect raw oat snack for those of you who like to hit the gym and tone up. This is because the balls come packed with both energy and protein. And it’s gluten-free.
It’s got peanut butter in to help bind it and give it flavor, and I just love the touch of honey to give it that bit more sweetness.
They take a mere 10 minutes to make, and it yields between 20 and 24 balls.
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