Healthy living OVEN FRESH - PORRIDGE AND BAKED OATS

Nothing beats the smell of food that is fresh from the oven. So turn up the heat, grab some oats and start baking.

It won’t surprise you to learn that as a race, humans have been baking for over six thousand years (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baking). At the beginning it was basically soaking some grass grains in water, beating them to a mushy pulp and then throwing this onto a hot flat rock until it cooked and looked a bit like bread. Over the years the principle has remained similar but the ovens have become more sophisticated.

Baked Oats

You love your porridge (see later) but have you tried baking with your favourite Quaker Oats? We have a few tasty suggestions if you’re stuck. Banana bread has been a thing for a while now and our oaty twist will leave you wondering why you never baked with oats before. If you’ve been there, done that and bought the Banana Bread T-Shirt, you could try something a little more adventurous like Feta, Red Onion and Seaweed Crustless Quiche or for the carnivores we have Spicy Oat Crusted Chicken with Sunshine Salsa.

Porridge

The simplest recipe for porridge involves just two ingredients - Quaker Rolled Oats and water or milk LINK. Once you have discovered how easy it is to make your own porridge, you can go on to explore a whole world of flavour combinations. Perhaps you’ll be tempted by Apricot, Cinnamon, Apple, and Pumpkin Seed Porridge, or the more exotic Cacao Nibs, Chilli Flakes and Lime Zest.

Healthy

We have mentioned it before, but it’s worth repeating - porridge is good for you because it helps to lower blood cholesterol which at high levels can contribute to the development of coronary heart disease. A usual portion (40g) of Quaker Porridge Oats is only 150Kcal and is more than enough to fill you up. And if you’re looking for extra protein – we have a protein porridge with exactly that. Fresh from the oven or on top of it – it doesn’t matter, both techniques will result in delicious healthy meals.

Daily intake of 3g of beta-glucan from oats. Oats beta-glucan has been shown to lower/ reduce blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease.