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Natural Nutrition With Oats

Updated on September 17, 2014
Natural Oats
Natural Oats

Nutritional Oats

There is nothing better than a hearty bowl of hot porridge for breakfast in the winter months, made with oats, for a delicious, healthy and sustainable start to the day.

Oats are well-known for their health benefits, helping in the lowing of cholesterol, aiding with digestion, being a great source of vitamin B and also for their many benefits in skin and hair care.

Oats can be added to many baking recipes to make wonderfully healthy and tasty biscuits and cakes and also to thicken soups adding fullness and great goodness.

As you can see, oats are an all round good guy to keep in your kitchen at all times for cooking and for the many other beneficial properties you can use them for.

Ah Yum Porridge

Oatmeal Biscuits

Not only can we cook a healthy breakfast with oats we can also make delicious biscuits.

Whole grain oats contain seven forms of vitamin B from the B group, vitamin E and nine minerals including iron and calcium.

So If we cook with oats we are not only having great tasting but highly nutritious food as well.

Here is a simple recipe to make some oatmeal biscuits.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 6

Ingredients

  • 11/2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 11/2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • I large or 2 spoons of honey or molasses
  • 1 cup low fat plain yoguart
  • 1 - 2 cups raisins
  • butter

Instructions

  1. Grease baking tins.
  2. Melt butter over low heat
  3. Add raisins and honey and gently stir in pot
  4. Add a little warm water if mixture is to thick, do not allow to boil
  5. Place aside to allow for cooling
  6. When mixture with raisins and honey has cooled gently fold into dried ingredients making a soft dough.
  7. Drop dough with round of teaspoon onto prepared biscuit tray.
  8. Flatten a little with fingers
  9. Bake for 15 mins or so until golden brown on top
  10. Place on cooling wire tray
  11. You can add bananas or any other dried food that you like to this mix.
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The Use of Oats In Natural Beauty

Oatmeal Skin Care

Oats are used a lot in natural skin care and beauty products and can be used in many forms made up at home and can cost you next to nothing.

Cleanse, using the rough texture of the oats to exfoliate the skin and use the many soaps and natural body creams that are made with oats, as they nourish and moisturize your skin and are very good for very dry skin.

There are also many natural hair shampoos and conditioners with oats added as they are good for a dry flaky scalp and help stimulate healthy hair follicles.

Try this recipe for a facial cleanser in your own home the ingredients of which should be right there in your kitchen, so no excuse.

Oatmeal Cleansing Mask

This is made using Oats, Honey and Yogurt

Take 1/2 cup of yogurt

1/4 cup ground oats

!/4 cup honey

Mix well

Clean the face well, blot face with water and then apply on wet face.

Start using as a small massage applying once a week working your way up to a full mask pack leaving on for 15-20 minutes

An oatmeal pack maybe used to treat skin conditions.

The Oatmeal facial is a popular treatment to prompt smoother skin because the texture of the oats is a little rough it acts as an exfoliate and takes off the dead skin layer when used as a scrub.

Soaps

There are many natural soaps that are made with oats, and essential oils are added for scent and relaxation.

Oatmeal Soap
Oatmeal Soap

The Great Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits were baked by mothers, wives and girlfriends at home for the Australian men that went to war during World War 1.

Due to the lack of refrigeration on the ships, these women came up with the perfect recipe that would help feed the troops.

These biscuits consisted of rolled oats, without an egg, and other nutritional ingredients based on an old Scottish recipe where oats are so commonly used.

The biscuits were packed in food parcels which were sent overseas to the Australian soldiers in the trenches.

To make sure the biscuits remained fresh and crisp they were often packed into used tins such Billy tea.

Here is a recipe for our great Aussie icon the Anzac Biscuit.

Our Aussie Anzac Biscuits - Making Anzac Biscuits

Anzac biscuits are still religiously baked by Australian families today to honour our Aussie troops.

A tasty, nutritious biscuit it is.

Fresh Anzac Biscuits
Fresh Anzac Biscuits

A Field of Oats

A Field of Oats
A Field of Oats
Oat - Root
Oat - Root

Healthy Nutritious Oats

Do you like eating oats for breakfast and also cooking with them?

© 2009 Julia M S Pearce

What do you think about Oats. How do you use then if at all.

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      Sadheeskumar 6 years ago

      Very tasty lens. I love oats and I love this lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great lens on oats.

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      Nice lens about the goodness of oats. Love the recipes too.

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      These are some nice oat recipes..and they are really good for you ..thanks for presenting this information for us

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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      Mmm - porridge and oaty biscuits - especially with lashings of honey. I've not really used oat based soaps, and guys do't relaly do cleansing masks.

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      Julia M S Pearce 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      [in reply to GonnaFly]Oh yes, the famous Anzacs stacked full of Oats!

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      Jeanette 8 years ago from Australia

      Don't forget our famous (?) Aussie Anzac biscuits!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I sure learned a lot about oats and appreciate the work that went into this lens. Great job.