3 Unusual Ways to Eat Oats

by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Burgers courtesy of edible perspectivePeanut Butter Banana Breakfast Burgers courtesy of edible perspective There's nothing quite like a steamy bowl of oatmeal in the morning complete with a mound of your fave toppings, but have you ever gone savory style with oats by working 'em with a fried egg and some sharp cheddar? Or a breakfast burger? Well, this once-humble grain has now found new use in myriad recipes and dishes. Get ready to surprise your taste buds -- healthily, of course.

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1. Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Burgers: Who says burgers can't be breakfast fare? You'd never know by tasting them, but these unique morning patties (pictured) are loaded with good-for-you add-ins like chickpeas (I know it sounds weird, but they're SUCH a good addition), banana, walnuts and peanut butter. Completed with fresh blueberries and slice of banana to top 'em off, we've found your new favorite burger. (Shake Shack not included.)

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2. Fried Egg Avocado Oatmeal: Swap out the usual cinnamon and sugar for savory superfoods like eggs and avocado for a surprisingly satisfying meal, and oats are an ideal canvas for these flavors. Warning: Once you go salty, you may never go back to sweet. Just sayin'.

3. Oatmeal Baked Chicken: Think of this as fried chicken without all the fuss (and loads of cals!). Nix the breadcrumbs and dredge your chicken in oats, chili powder and cumin for a healthy twist on an old classic.

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