Start your day with a hearty, tasty bowl of oat groats. It truly is the breakfast of champions! This powerhouse breakfast is vegan, gluten-free, and can be made soy-free or nut-free.
This oat groats bowl is spiced with warm cinnamon, sweetened with banana and loaded with antioxidant powerhouses like blueberries, goji berries and chia seeds. This breakfast will give you a pep in your step.
What you need to make this oat groats recipe
- Oat groats (gluten-free, if gluten sensitive)
- Goji berries
- Blueberries, fresh or frozen
- Chia seeds
- Unsweetened plant based milk (I used almond, but use whatever you prefer)
- Unsweetened shredded coconut (optional topping)
How to prepare
Rinse and drain oat groats in a fine mesh strainer.
Put rinsed oat groats into a medium pot with water. Bring to a gentle boil. Then reduce heat to low and simmer with the lid on. Cook for 18 to 20 minutes.
Carefully strain cooked oat groats in fine mesh colander, and return to the pot.
Stir in ground cinnamon, and then goji berries.
Carefully fold in blueberries. *Note: If you're using frozen blueberries that have not yet thawed, you may to turn the heat on low and put the lid on to warm the blueberries.
Portion out oat groats with berries and add sliced bananas, chia seeds, and unsweetened shredded coconut flakes, if using.
Drizzle unsweetened plant-based milk and enjoy!
Additional tips for cooking oat groats
When cooking oat groats, you may find that they aren't as "creamy" as steel-cut and rolled oats. They cook a little like pasta or rice where the groats absorb some but not all of the water. So, you may want to strain some of the excess water from the cooked oat groats before dishing up. Whatever water does remain will be soaked up by the chia seeds.
Also, if you prefer a creamy texture, use half steel cut oats and half oat groats when cooking. You'll need to add more water, and it will take another 10 to 15 minutes to cook, but the steel cut oats will give it a thick creamy consistency.
Other additions and toppings
There are several options for toppings when it comes to oats. I like the sweetness of bananas and appreciate the antioxidant boost from both the blueberries and goji berries.
Not a fan of bananas? Feel free to use whatever fruit you like or is in season. I've used diced apple as well as mixed berries.
You can also substitute goji berries for another dried fruit, such as raisins, dates, dried apricot, dried mango or dried apples. Check the ingredients label to ensure there's no added sugar. FYI - dried cranberries typically have added sugar.
Other seeds and nuts that work well in this are ground flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pecans and sliced almonds.
This breakfast is satisfying and will get you through the morning, even with an active lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Oat groats are the O.G. when it comes to oatmeal. These oats are considered “intact” whole grains, whereas steel-cut oats and rolled oats are considered “minimally processed” whole grains. Steel-cut oats are oat groats that have been cut with a steel blade into smaller pieces, while rolled oats take oat groats and steam and flatten them in a rolling mill.
Nutritionally, oat groats are rich in fiber, beneficial for gut health. These kernels are also a good or excellent source of iron, potassium, antioxidants, and phytochemicals believed to help lower cholesterol and have anti-cancerous properties. From a culinary standpoint, oat groats make a great breakfast cereal and can be either sweet or savory.
Absolutely! Make a single, double or even triple batch of the oat groats. Portion out into individual meal prep containers. Store what you're going to use that week in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you've already added fruit, it stores in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze cooked oat groats and heat them up in the microwave before adding your favorite toppings.
We hope you love this oat groats recipe. Please rate and leave a comment below. Be sure to share a picture on Instagram and tag us @danielsplaterecipes so we can see your creation!Print
Reset, Reconnect, and Realign
Packed with daily devotionals, nutritional tips, journal prompts, and inspirational quotes, A Prayer for Your Health Journal will help you create a God-centered vision for your health. This journal provides practical tools and spiritual guidance to bring physical, mental, and spiritual health back into your life. It will inspire you to reset your body and energize your walk with God.
FREE #PFYH 4-Day Challenge
A Prayer for Your Health 4-Day Daniel Fast challenge will nudge you in the direction of taking those first steps from the rut of an unhealthy lifestyle to taking control of your health.
What you’ll get:
- Access to a private FB community
- Know-how & info with an instructional guide
- Inspiration through daily scripture
- Motivation with journal prompts
- Actionable steps with sample meal plan & recipes
- Encouraging daily emails to help strengthen you along the way
- Success strategy from additional resources and information
God-centered self-image (Day 1)
Breaking our addiction to food (Day 2)
Breaking generational cycles of poor health (Day 3)
The courage to take action (Day 4)
Shop for Ingredients
As an Amazon Associate, we receive a small commission for qualifying purchases.