If you’re like many of us and have set a few health goals for the new year, then you’re probably looking for tasty and creative ways to sneak more nutritious foods into your diet. Oats top the list of snack foods loaded with nutritional benefits. They’re packed with fiber, protein and heart-healthy antioxidants, and can be combined with various foods to create delicious meals and snacks with oats.
If you’re not a fan of a bowl of oatmeal right when you wake up, don’t stress. There are plenty of other ways that you can work this superfood into your diet. Creating good-for-you snack foods with oats is an excellent way to stay on track with your health goals and enjoy the food you’re eating at the same time. The list of different kinds of snacks you can create with oats is endless. From healthy grab-and-go bars to homemade oat milk, after trying a few new recipes working oats into your daily routine will seem effortless.
To help you achieve all of your health goals and boost your intake of this superfood, the Bob’s Red Mill team has come together to share a few of our favorite easy, healthy snacks to make with oats. Kid-friendly and mom-approved, these treats are sure to take your snack time to the next level—no matter where you are. Keep reading to get started!
Like we said, making delicious snack food with oats is easy! When thinking about what treat to make next, consider the snacks mentioned below and try out one of our many oat-based recipes.
Oat-based bars are one of our favorite snack time indulgences. When contemplating adding oatmeal-based bars to your diet, there are a couple of ways you can do so. The first being, by purchasing them at the store. Store-bought oat bars are an extremely convenient way to ensure that you get your daily intake of nutrients. Plus, they require very little work on your end. Simply purchase them and enjoy! When deciding which protein bar to buy, it’s essential to check the ingredients list before making your decision. Ideally, you’ll want to choose an oatmeal bar containing whole food ingredients, low amounts of sugar and minimal additives and preservatives. Our Bob’s Bars are an excellent wholefood oatmeal bar that is great for both children and adults to enjoy. Choose from one of the five delicious flavor varieties and pack them with you to make sure you always have something healthy to reach for.
If you’re a fan of homemade treats and want to add oatmeal bars to your recipe resume, you can easily do so. Making oatmeal bars at home is simple and because you choose the ingredients, you can also choose the flavor. They’re a great snack option for picky eaters and can be customized to include the nutrients that your little one needs most. To begin making homemade oat bars at home, start with a simple recipe. Once you’ve tried and mastered the recipe, get creative by tweaking the ingredient list to fit your taste preferences. You can add mix-ins like nuts, seeds, dried fruit and chocolate chips to change the flavor and create a new bar each time.
Oatmeal Bar Recipes
Start making oatmeal bars at home with one of the tasty recipes below.
Whole Grain Cereal Bars
Take your morning bowl of oatmeal to the next level by making these Whole Grain Cereal Bars. An easy way to incorporate oats into snack time, this recipe uses a mix of Scottish Oatmeal and Five Grain Rolled Cereal to create a whole grain base that tastes just as great as it is for you.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Granola Bars
The ideal snack for those who live an active lifestyle, these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Granola Bars can be packed along on any adventure. Keep them on hand as a healthy breakfast or snack option when you need a boost of energy. You can customize these bars to fit your taste preferences using mix-ins besides the chocolate chips and raising. When making this treat, try adding other dried fruits, coconut and nuts. Gluten free, high fiber, lactose free and soy free, it’s a snack that everyone can enjoy.
Snacks don’t only have to be eaten. In fact, some of the most filling snacks are not eaten at all. They’re sipped straight from a glass. Smoothies are a great mid-day snack to serve up when you’re feeling a bit hungry in-between meals. They allow for unlimited customization and can help you get a considerable boost of nutrients in a short amount of time. Smoothies are also easy on your digestive system and an excellent way to keep your stomach happy while sitting in meetings, working or recovering from a gym session. Easy to take with you on the go, the next time you’re craving a fiber-rich smoothie, try adding oats to it. Adding oats to your smoothie recipe will add a bit of nutty flavor to your drink while also boosting its texture. Just a spoonful or two of oats can amp up your smoothie’s nutritional value significantly. Fiber, protein, antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals are all found in oats in large quantities, making them an ingredient you don’t want to miss out on.
Oat-Filled Smoothie Recipes
Begin adding oats to your smoothies today and make one of the delicious recipes below.
Raspberry Oat Smoothie
Continue your day on the right note with this healthy Raspberry Oat Smoothie recipe. A flavorful and sweet snack option used to break up your day, it’s quick to make and packs a whole serving of whole-grain oats and a golden flaxseed meal. Full of fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids, this smoothie is naturally gluten free and vegan. Just as exciting to look at as it is flavorful, frozen raspberries lend their vibrant color, tart flavor and a boost of vitamin C to this smoothie, making it one of the healthiest around!
Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie
Level up your snack time by making this oatmeal cookie dessert-like smoothie recipe to enjoy on your break. A taste similar to that of a classic oatmeal cookie, Hemp protein powder, oats, dates and cinnamon combines to create a delicious and satisfying shake.
Snack time is hardly the same without a glass of milk close by. Whether you enjoy milk with another snack or by adding it to one of the smoothie recipes above, it’s time to upgrade your glass. Instead of or reaching for traditional milk, or a popular plant-based variety like almond milk, try making oat milk from scratch. A simple snack staple, making oat milk is much easier than it sounds. With just a few wholesome ingredients like oats and water, you can create a large batch of milk ready to serve up during your next snack break.
Oat Milk Recipe
Ready to try out oat milk for yourself? Start with the simple recipe below.
Homemade Oat Milk
This delicious and dairy-free Homemade Oat Milk Recipe can be made with just two simple ingredients: water and rolled oats! Smooth and creamy, this oat milk is ideal for adding to smoothies, cereal and coffee.
Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a delicious cookie as a midday snack? While cookies might sound counterintuitive for reaching your health goals, not all cookies are loaded with sugar. By focusing on healthy and natural ingredients like oats, you can quickly whip up a cookie recipe nutritious enough to be enjoyed for breakfast or as a midday snack. The perfect way to make sure your kids get their nutrients in, incorporate oats into your next cookie recipe for a boost of protein. Serve your favorite cookie recipe fresh from the oven, pack them with you to enjoy on-the-go, or skip kitchen time altogether and make a no-bake treat. A big batch of cookies is just the thing needed to bring your family together for a sweet snack time break.
Oat-Based Cookie Recipe
Are you searching for the perfect way to incorporate oats into your next cookie recipe? Look no further. This recipe is a true crowd-pleaser and can be made in just minutes!
Maple Oat Nut Cookies
These Maple and Oat Nut Cookies are a dessert-like snack that you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying. Made with wholesome ingredients and high-quality oats, it’s sure to be a crowd favorite. Make a batch to keep around the house when you’re craving a sweet snack, or bring these cookies to your next small gathering. They’re sure to be a hit!
Now that you’ve discovered new ways to incorporate oats into your snack routine, it’s time to head to the kitchen! From oat-based smoothies to guilt-free cookies, we’re confident that whatever you create will taste delicious. From everyone at Bob’s Red Mill, happy snacking!
Know of an easy way to incorporate oats into snack time that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear how you work this superfood into your diet. Let us know in the comment below!