While oats are generally considered a breakfast food, not many know that they also work well for those in-between mini meals. Highly nutritious and considered to be one among the healthiest grains, oats are packed with fibre and are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

The slow digestion after eating oats will leave you feeling full and satisfied for a long time as well as providing you with high energy throughout the day. Other benefits include controlling blood sugar, lowering the risk of heart disease and enhancing the immune system. What’s not to love about oats.

Here are five oat dishes that serve as healthy treats for any time of the day…

Oats Chivda

One of the unique abilities of oats is to combine with a number of other ingredients such as dry fruits, green chillies and spices. Many traditional Indian dishes can be made by substituting oats as the main ingredient. Chivda is an all-time Indian favourite that can be made delicious with oats. Turn to oats to turn up the heat and flavour in your timeless traditional Chivda.

Cheesy Oat Bites

Cheesy oat bites are a hit with anyone with a constant rumbling tummy. Crispy exterior and a soft inside, these hot bite-sized nuggets go great with marinara sauce or classic ketchup. And the best thing about this is that it can be frozen for later use!


Everyone has that one packet of steel-cut oats pushed to the back of her shelf. Well, it’s time to finally put them to some good use in heart-warming risotto. This is a recipe that always makes us feel warm and cosy and at home. Risotto made with oats, brown rice and lots of vegetables can easily qualify as a super healthy weeknight meal. And if you’re ever down remember that there’s always comfort in risotto.

Oat crusted chicken tenders

Switch out plain flour or maida for some crunchy oat bran or instant oats that will give your dish the edge it needs. Unlike regular chicken tenders, this three-step method includes placing your chicken tenders in a batch of ground oatmeal/bran and then tossing the tenders in an air-fryer or oven. You’re all done but don’t forget to grab your favourite sauce.

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Warm and gooey, oatmeal cookies can make for a perfect base to add your favourite extras like chocolate chips, dried cranberries, nuts and trust-issues raisins. Sugar can be alternated for other sweeteners like stevia, coconut sugar, jaggery or maybe a dash of cinnamon for more flavour. Oatmeal cookies and a glass of milk is sure to make you feel happy and is good for your body.

Oats are a great substitute for any dish. They can be used to make flour, granola bars, casserole and can even be used to bulk up your flavoured smoothie! Other than that, oats can be consumed at any stage of life and eating them should be a habit from the start. They have numerous health benefits and overall can boost a better lifestyle.