Oatmeal, Walnut and Sweet Garlic Spread


Geoffrey Zakarian

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This Oatmeal, Walnut and Sweet Garlic Spread is a wonderful twist on your typical dip. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which is easier for your body to process. During flare-ups, avoid the walnuts if you're sensitive to nuts, and opt to dip with sourdough or potato bread instead of whole wheat.

Yields: 6-8


  • 1 head garlic
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup parsley leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Method of Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Place whole garlic head on a square of foil and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Wrap in the foil and roast until garlic is soft and caramelized, 35-40 minutes. Let cool.

2. Meanwhile, bring ¾ cup water to a boil. Add the oats and a generous pinch of salt and simmer until cooked, 20-25 minutes, depending on the brand of oats you buy. Let cool slightly.

3. In a food processor, combine the walnuts, mustard, and remaining 5 tablespoons of oil, the parsley, and a pinch of salt. Squeeze the garlic from the skins and add to the food processor. Pulse to make a chunky paste.

4. In a large bowl, stir the walnut paste into the oatmeal. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with chips or crostini, or use on a sandwich.

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Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Rachel Baer, RD, LD Last Review Date: Mar 10, 2016

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