Oaty Choc Muffins – almost gluten free!

The kids love these muffins and I love that they have no flour in them!  They do have oats but, once thought of as a food containing gluten, recent studies have shown that oats may not have the same harmful amounts of gluten as wheat or barley. A moderate amount of oats, around 50g a day, is not harmful to people with coelic disease, although highly reactive people are still advised to avoid them.

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Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup greek yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (you could also use frozen berries if you prefer)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180C and lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tray or line with paper liners
  2. Place all ingredients except for the chocolate chips (or berries) in a blender or food processor and process on high, stopping every now and then to scrape mixture from sides and mixing in. Process until batter is smooth and the oats have broken down completely.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips of berries
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin tins and bake for 30 mins or until golden brown on top

Overnight Oats for Tots to Teens Magazine

Oats are a high fibre food that packs plenty of nutritional value for our health. They have been proven to help people to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and the also help stabilize blood sugar, which means you don’t get that mid morning ‘slump’ after having a bowl of oats for breakfast. Also, because oats take longer to digest it means you will feel fuller for longer, which is always a good thing – no mid morning snacking!

Oats are also loaded with a special antioxidant unique to them which fights free radicals – molecules in your body that cause cancer and aging.

Oats were once thought of as a food containing gluten and people with coelic disease were advised to avoid them. However studies have shown that oats many not have the same harmful amounts of gluten as wheat or rye. A moderate amount of oats, around 50g a day, is not harmful to people with coelic disease, although highly reactive people are still advised to avoid them.

*Soaking oats overnight breaks down their starch and makes them much easier for your body to digest and absorb all the good nutrients. It also saves time in the morning with breakfast already prepared!

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Makes 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup rolled oats (or less if prefer the fruit and nuts to take over – I use ¼ cup)
  • ½ cup milk (or almond milk, soy milk, whichever you prefer)
  • ¼ cup coconut yoghurt or greek yoghurt
  • ¼ cup raisins or sultanas
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • Directions
  1. Layer all ingredients into a medium sized mason jar in the order above, pop the lid on the jar
  2. Leave in the fridge overnight
  3. In the morning pour the ingredients into a plate
  4. Eat is as it is, or heat in the microwave if you prefer a warmer porridge like breakfast

NOTE

  • You can add extra milk in the morning if it’s not milky enough
  • You can make all sorts of combinations – using different nuts, fruits, even grated carrot, choc chips, peanut butter, honey or cinnamon! The only limit is your imagination.
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