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Oats are a hearty grain, chock full of fiber and nutrients, and low in calories. A diet high in oats is known to help lower cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.  

This nutrient rich food is high in protein as well, with two times the protein of brown rice. Oats are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, with a low glycemic index, beneficial for those with diabetes. Oatmeal is not the only way to add oats to your diet. They are yummy in cookies, muffins, breads and even veggie burgers. Try using oat flour when you bake.  

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  • High in Dietary Fiber
  • Lowers Blood Cholesterol
  • A Heart Healthy Food
  • Excellent Source of Complex Carbohydrates
  • High in Protein and Nutrients

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      • 0 votes vote up vote up

        Trudy S wrote Feb 5, 2010
      • Toasty Oat Recipes  


        Try this granola either with milk, on yogurt, or by itself as a snack.  

        3 cups rolled oats
        1 cup unsweetened coconut
        1/2 cup pecans
        1/3 cup sunflower seeds
        3 Tbs. oil
        1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
        1/2 cup vanilla extract
        1/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
        3/4 cup chopped apricots (or other dried fruit)  

        Yield: approximately 5 cups

        1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
        2. Mix the oats, coconut, pecans and sunflower seeds together in a large bowl.
        3. Spread the oat mixture onto 2 large pans or baking sheets with edges. Place in oven to toast for 15 minutes till it begins to get golden brown.
        4. While oats are toasting, combine oil, maple syrup (or honey), and vanilla in a large bowl. (Cinnamon may be added to this mix.)
        5. Remove pans from oven and add mixture to other ingredients, in the large bowl. Mix until the oats are evenly coated.
        7. Spread the granola mix onto the two pans and place back in oven to roast for another 20 minutes. Stir every 5 to 10 minutes so it browns evenly.
        8. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Add the chopped apricots. Mix.
        9.  Store in an airtight container or jar.

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        Trudy S wrote Feb 5, 2010
      • I’ve got more oatmeal recipes I will share!  I love it too. estatic

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        Trudy S wrote Feb 11, 2010
      • Baked Oats and Fruit  

        This recipe is a variation on an Apple Crisp, without the fat and sugars included in many recipes.  

        5 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
        2 cups sliced pears
        1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
        1/3 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
        1-1/2 cups rolled oats
        3/4 cup chopped walnuts
        3/4 cup fruit juice (apple, pear etc.)
        1/2 tsp. cinnamon  

        Yield: 6 one cup servings  

        1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
        2. Slice apples and pears.
        3. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Stir well.
        4. Grease a 13“x 9“x 2” pan and fill it with the mixture.
        5. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
        6. Serve hot or cold, for breakfast, snack or dessert.

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