Thailand-Approved Recipes

In a country where “superfoods” are few and far between, oats are a great healthy option, as they contain fiber and carbs, and can help boost your metabolism. These easy oat recipes can provide some much-needed nutrients to keep you going when white rice just isn’t cutting it.

Banana, PB & Oat Pancakes


I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I came across this recipe in a Buzzfeed Tasty video. I sometimes watch those and dream for a minute that I’m back in a country where I can make things like caprese grilled cheese sandwiches. I was surprised to find, however, that this one was actually doable!

You’ll need…

  • 2 bananas mashed
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Cook in a frying pan, wok or whatever your limited materials allow for (I’m not judging)
  3. Serve them up with banana slices and a drizzle of honey if you’re feeling fancy

(Makes about 5 pancakes)

Overnight Oats


We used to sell Chia Pudding at a café I worked at in America and it was one of my favorite things to have for breakfast! It’s also super easy to make, so I thought I’d try to make a version of it here in Thailand. This is just a basic recipe, so you can add anything else you want like peanut butter, honey, coconut, chocolate chips, nuts and fruit by either mixing it in or adding it on top at the end.

You’ll need…

  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used soy milk to make it thicker)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Spoon into individual cups for grab-n-go or leave in a bigger container and dish out later
  3. Refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours)

Chocolate Oat Clusters


If you have a sweet tooth like me, these bite-sized snacks will satisfy your occasional (or constant) chocolate cravings and are much better than 7/11’s options like Snickers or Cream-Os (Thai Oreos).

You’ll need…

  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup oats
  1. Melt peanut butter, milk and chocolate chips together over low heat
  2. Stir in oats and remove from heat
  3. With a spoon (or your hands), form small clusters and arrange them on a plate
  4. Refrigerate for 10 minutes

Tips & Tricks

If possible, try to avoid using “instant” or “quick” oats. Rolled or whole oats are less processed and better for you.

Tops, Villa Market and Rimping are all grocery stores specifically geared toward foreigners in Thailand, so if you live in a touristy city, you can usually find all kinds of imported items there.

However, if you live in a more rural area, Big C or a local store should have most of the ingredients needed in these recipes. If not, you can make substitutions (i.e. Meiji milk and yogurt instead of soy milk and Greek yogurt) and get creative!


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