Ah, oatmeal. A favorite of just about any blogger, runner, and cookie lover out there. Oats are so freaking versatile, not to mention delicious and truly good for you. I will admit that I didn’t care that much for oatmeal growing up, but I have since learned the errors of my ways, and for about 2 years, I had oatmeal every morning for breakfast without fail. And yes, I am the champion of making egg white oatmeal in the microwave. Then I took the plunge and started making savory recipes with oats.
Oats are one of the best foods for athletes as well. About a month ago, Laura wrote a great post about the benefits of oats for runners, and I couldn’t agree more. And yes, you non runners out there can have them, too. We won’t be greedy. But get your own bowl and keep your hands off of mine.
I personally love the accessibility of oats and the fact that you can truly make them your own: like this? add it! Like that? add that! Vegan, gluten free, carnivore, lactose free, sweet, savory, chunky, smooth, high protein, moderate protein, blue, green, purple… oats can take care of your needs.
But every now and then, like with all of our favorite things, we find ourselves in a rut of the same old, same old. And that is where I come in. You know that I love fun flavors, combos, and textures, so I have come up with some healthy, delicious, savory recipes with oats from my recipe tool box to share with you, as well as a few riffs on old favorites that would be perfect for an oaty intervention!
Healthy Gluten Free Savory Recipes With Oats
Well, this first one is kind of cheating…
1) Sweet and Savory Oatmeal (for Muscle Recovery!)
I came up with this awesome recipe during marathon training a few years ago: it is a perfect post-long-run meal, giving you back salt, carbs, protein, fiber, a bit of fat (with toppings), and just enough sweetness as well as nutrients. Use liquid aminos to keep it gluten free, but remember that if you are doing so, you are losing the benefits of the sodium in the soy sauce, so you might want to add a little salt on top. Another option? Pan saute the bananas with balsamic vinegar. It will still read savory, but will be a little bit more sweet. Vegan? Skip the egg white and add in your favorite protein powder. Really, the options are endless, but this will become a favorite post run meal (just in time for marathon training!).
2) Savory Vegan Oatmeal Patties aka Oat Burgers
I came up with these a few month ago and made a big batch and then froze half of them, pulling them out as I needed them. They are AMAZING with ketchup. Just saying. You can even eat them like a cookie (not that I did, right?). A ketchup drizzled cookie… anyways, these would be another great recovery snack for runners or anyone on the go. Throw a few in a tupperware and keep them in your car. They are vegan and don’t use any eggs, so you don’t have to worry about them going bad if they come to temperature.
3) Basil Sweet Potato Zucchini Oatmeal Muffin Tops
I still can’t decide if these are more cookie or muffin top, but I don’t care, they are delicious and you will love them. They came together when I realized that I had NOTHING that I thought I did for baking, but I had already determined that I would do so and had started the process, and nothing was going to stop me. Especially not that summer is thinking about coming this way (or not), take advantage of fresh herbs and zucchini season and get after it. I think oatmeal muffin tops would be perfect at a brunch or tea as a savory balance to all of the sweetness!
4) Oatmeal Crusted Chicken Parmesan
I honestly couldn’t show the picture that I have. It is too tragic. I will replace with one in good time.
Now, while I don’t have a specific picture of me making this to link up to, I have done it (damn you, lighting). Simply take my gluten free chicken parmesan recipe and use oats instead of the crackers in the recipe! You will be amazed at how well the nuttiness of the oats mixes with the herbs and then the sweetness of the tomato sauce. Plus, regardless of whether you pan fry or bake the chicken, the oats will crisp up and be perfection.
5) Savory Smoothies with Oats
In February I had to go on a partially liquid diet to prepare for my colonoscopy. During that time, I tried a smoothie prep delivery service, and one of the smoothie recipes, the Pepper Passion smoothie, turned out to be quite savory. It utilized summer squash and red bell pepper, and though it was the one I was most nervous about, that smoothie was the one that I liked the most! I totally think it would be even better with the addition of some raw rolled oats for a bit of a smoother, creamier texture. Oats would totally take this smoothie to the next level.
Farmer Direct Co-Op Giveaway
Speaking of all of this oaty awesomeness, Farmer Direct Co-Op, which you already know and love as the products in the Whole Foods Market bulk bins, is launching its line of consumer packaged goods tomorrow May 14th in honor of World Fair Trade Day! That means that you can buy their 100% Farmer-Owned, 100% Domestic Fair Trade and 100% Organic products from the shelves as well as the bulk bins. Personally, I have already been using their rolled oats for years, so I am super excited. Edited to add: It has recently come to my attention that FDCO is not gluten free, so if you do have Celiac, please use your own gluten free brand!
To celebrate, Farmer Direct Co-op is offer 3 Suzlyfe readers a 1 lb bag of their choice of Pinto Beans, French Green Lentils, Split Green Peas, Regular Rolled Oats or Quick Rolled Oats! And YES CANADA THIS IS OPEN TO YOU 😀 Enter the via rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends Midnight Friday May 20th.