Pantry Staple: Oats

Did you know? Oatmeal accounts for about 20% of all whole grain consumed by adults in the U.S. each year. Oats are a great source of fiber and can be used in so many different ways. Yes, oatmeal is delicious and nutritious, but we will also explore some exciting ways to use oats in unexpected recipes!

Types of oats:

Rolled oats– Also known as “old-fashioned” oats or “whole oats”. These oats take longer to cook than instant oats. Rolled oats are great for baking, granola and to make a more textured oatmeal.


Instant oats- Also known as “quick oats”. Instant oats are more processed than rolled oats. They take less time to cook and create a smoother oatmeal.


Although the types of oats are processed different, the nutritional value is the same!

Tips and tricks:

-Add oats to turkey burger patties to help them keep their shape when cooking.

-Add oats to a smoothie for a thicken consistency.

-Don’t have time to prepare breakfast in the morning? Combine oats with milk or yogurt at night and leave in the fridge overnight. Top with fruit or honey in the morning for delicious “overnight” oats. Little to no prep time on those busy mornings!

Check out this recipe below for “Game Day Sloppy Joes”. The oats in this recipe help to thicken the sauce and provide additional fiber!

sloppy joes

What are some of your favorite ways to prepare or use oats?