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From Our Pantry: Oats

This January, we are focusing on stocking your pantry for healthier meals and a healthier budget.

If you haven’t entered to Win Pantry Staples for a Year, head over to that blog post now and then come right back. When you pick up the items on our $50 Pantry Stock Up list (see below), you’ll be ready to add a few fresh ingredients, herbs and spices to be able to cook 14 of our favorite recipes. We’ll feature all of these recipes individually in these “From Our Pantry” posts throughout this month.

This time we’re talking Oats. (You can see our earlier post on Soup, Chili and Stew here.) With oats in your pantry, breakfast is just a pot away. These days, it would be hard to find someone who hasn’t heard about the benefits of whole grains, especially oats!

They are an especially comforting, nourishing way to start the day, providing stick-to-your-ribs good taste along with good nutrition. For our Pantry Stock Up, we’ve called for rolled oats, which are whole oat groats that have been steamed and run through rollers to flatten them out. They are thicker, heartier and chewier than quick cooking and instant oats, which are flaked.  

The old-fashioned rolled oats stay with you, keeping you satisfied longer. Here are a few ways to cook up oats for breakfast using your pantry staples along with a few other ingredients.

Simple Oatmeal This basic dish cooks up in about 10 minutes using pantry staple of oats and soymilk. You can substitute water, milk or another preferred non-dairy milk if you like. Dress up this classic cold-weather breakfast with a topping of applesauce, nuts, fresh or dried fruit, honey, maple syrup or brown sugar.

Overnight Oatmeal No time to cook in the morning?

No worries. Simply mix the ingredients together and refrigerate overnight.

Enjoy it cold or warm the next morning.

You’ll use pantry staples of oats and soymilk plus a bit of lemon zest, vanilla extract, chopped nuts and dried fruit.

Oatmeal and Apple Pancakes These nutritious and delicious silver dollar pancakes are a great way to get your oatmeal.

With only five ingredients — oats and applesauce from your pantry staples and eggs, butter and syrup from your fridge — they're simple to make any day of the week.

Here’s the complete Pantry Stock Up List (download the pdf) that gives you all the pantry ingredients needed for these three recipes and 11 more.

  • 1 lb black beans
  • 1 lb lentils
  • 1 lb quinoa
  • 2 lbs brown rice
  • 3 (32-oz) boxes vegetable broth
  • 1 (32-oz) box chicken broth
  • 1 lb rolled oats
  • 2 cans cannellini beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 lb orechiette pasta
  • 1 lb pasta, your favorite kind
  • 1 jar unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 (32-oz) box unsweetened soymilk
  • 1 (32-oz) box unsweetened almondmilk
  • 1 (5-oz) can tuna
  • 3 (15-oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 package no-oil sundried tomatoes
  • 1 jar pasta sauce

We priced these in our 365 Everyday Value® line and the list came in around $50. We encourage you to visit our bulk department and keep an eye out for sales for even more value.

Do you have a favorite recipe using oats that comes together easily with help from a well-stocked pantry? Please share in the comments.

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Kristen says …

Black Bean Chili <33

Pam says …

I like to eat steel cut oats, but time is an issue in the mornings. Each weekend I make a batch in the slow cooker, divide into glass serving bowls with lids and refrigerate. I can add a few condiments like fruit-fresh or dried, a handful of walnuts and a splash of milk. I take it to work and microwave. It's great! It will last about two weeks! Slow Cooker Oatmeal 11/3 cup steel cut oats 4 cups water 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 2 Tablespoons raw chia seeds Mix the above ingredients in a slow cooker that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Stir gently and set on LOW. Cook 4 hours. Before scooping into individual serving dishes, remove cinnamon sticks with tongs and stir in 2teaspoons butter or coconut oil. 3/4 cup oatmeal makes a filling breakfast. Sprinkle ground cinnamon over each serving and refrigerate. Before rewarming, top with fruit of choice, walnuts, brown sugar and milk of choice. Microwave 2-3 minutes, stir and enjoy. 3 cinnamon sticks

Nancy says …

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Ohhhhh (new craving alert) ...excuse me I'm off to bake cookies.

Vered says …

Absolutely- my favorite oatmeal recipe is these chewy, wonderful oatmeal pancakes that are sweetened with maple syrup: http://healthyrecipesblogs.com/2011/09/23/oatmeal-pancakes-recipe/

Sheba Lawrence says …

Thank you so much for the "Overnight Oatmeal" recipe! I love rolled oats. I start my mornings off with a bowl of oatmeal every morning seven days a week. On work days, however, sometimes I find myself running a little behind schedule in the morning, but I still manage to squeeze in making a bowl of oatmeal. So I'm definitely going to try the "Overnight Oatmeal" tonight! I know that I'll love it! Thanks Again!

Laura says …

My favorite way to start the day: 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup crushed walnuts, 1 T flax seeds, 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, handful of blueberries. Yum!

Erin says …

No bake chewy granola bars!

Kim Roberts says …

I mix finely ground oatmeal and finely ground raw almonds with powdered goats milk and raw honey for a facial mask.

Mary says …

I have oatmeal almost every morning please I use them in various recipes for a healthy start to the day.

Amanda says …

can oats be ground & given as baby oatmeal? do they require cooking first? looking for a better option than boxed baby oats....

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@AMANDA - Thanks for your comment. I would encourage you to speak with your healthcare professional before adding anything to your baby's diet. If they say this will work, then I would follow the instructions on the package or bulk label for the oats. Most oats will need to be cooked before eating. Good luck!

Corey Koscielniak says …

Hello - I bought these oats, but do not know where they are from. Can you help me understand from where the rolled oats you purchase under the 365 Everyday Value brand are sourced? How are they shipped from the farm to a manufacturing facility? What processing techniques were used in their production?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@COREY - Unfortunately we cannot state the country of origin due to proprietary information. In regards to how they are manufactured, are you specifically looking for allergen info in the facility?