Packed with soluble fiber and healthy carbohydrates, oatmeal has a number of key health benefits. From curbing appetite to reducing cholesterol, eating more oatmeal is a simple way to boost health. Even the FDA has approved oatmeal as a heart-healthy food. Knowing this, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank offers oatmeal in many of our distributions throughout the county. Our partner agencies are also able to pickup bulk oatmeal from our Nonprofit Food Center for use at their feeding sites all over San Diego.
However, despite its health benefits, oatmeal doesn’t have the best of reputations. It’s easy to be turned off by the idea of plain old oats in a bowl. But, there are lots of different ways you can use this superfood. It’s works well in cookies, granola, even on top of your baked berry dessert. Since today is National Oatmeal Muffin Day, we thought we’d share a recipe that allows you to add a little extra health boost to your morning meal.
These muffins are easy to make. They’re excellent served warm for breakfast and they’re also perfect for a quick and filling snack on the go!
- 1 c. flour
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1 c. oats, quick or old-fashioned, uncooked
- 1 T. baking powder
- 1/2 t. salt
- 3 T. vegetable oil
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 c. nonfat milk
Sift into bowl: flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Stir in the oats. Add vegetable oil, beaten egg, and nonfat milk. Stir only until dry ingredients are just moistened. Fill greased, medium-sized muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 425 for about 15 minutes. Serve hot. Makes a dozen.
Variation: Add 1/2 c. raisins, chopped dates or nuts