Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Soaked Oatmeal

A few months ago I purchased a 5 lb bag of oats from a friend of mine to experiment with making my own oatmeal. It was a new thing for me and I wasn't sure we would like it, but I didn't spend much on it and figured if it didn't go over well I'd chalk it up to a lesson well learned.

To my surprise the oats went over quite well!! They are easy to prepare (even including the soaking step) and are quite tasty. I probably have this for breakfast about 4 times a week, as it is the easiest breakfast I have. I also feel much better about feeding my family food that came straight from the whole grain!


Here is the recipe I use:

The day before:
place 1/2 cup whole oats into blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute, according to your preference.

Place oats into bowl and cover with water. Add 1 tbs of acidic medium (whey is my favorite because it doesn't change the flavor. Lemon, buttermilk, and yogurt are also options). Let sit, covered, on the counter overnight.

The next morning:
Cook soaked oats in skillet or pot on low or medium. Add water as desired. I top mine with about 1/3 cup milk or cream, 1 tbs butter or coconut oil, pinch of salt, and maple syrup (according to taste). You can add whatever flavorings you prefer!!


Note: The recipe can also be made with the whole oats (skipping the blender step) but my husband and I didn't care for that. The grain is very chewy when cooked whole, and not at all like "regular" oatmeal. If you like experimenting with new things you may want to try it, though!

2 comments:

  1. I'll have to try the blender method. I like them whole, soaked overnight, then cooked in the rice steamer. The nice thing about using the steamer is that if you forget about them, you don't burn them. :)

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  2. We'll have to try it in the steamer--it's fun to change things up every now and then! :-)

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