This easy recipe for organic oatmeal is even more healthy than regular oatmeal because it is “soaked” overnight with ingredients that break down the phytic acid. This way your body can absorb and use all the minerals from the fresh cream you add to the top in the morning (remember dairy fat is good for you and helps you lose weight!), or from the big glass of healthy milk, preferably raw milk, that you drink with it.
I don’t even like oatmeal, and neither does my daughter, but we both liked this!
The night before, mix these ingredients together in a small saucepan (takes about 2 minutes):
- 2 c. organic oats (not the quick-cooking kind)
- 2 c. warm water (filtered is best) (***Only 1 c. if you’re just adding hot water in the morning – see below.)
- 4 T. organic whole-milk yogurt (even better: homemade yogurt from raw milk), OR you could also use whey, kefir or buttermilk – using ONE of any of these is the key to breaking down the phytic acid. (Those with severe milk allergies can substitute lemon juice or vinegar.)
- 1/2-1 t. sea salt
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 c. real maple syrup (we get ours at our farm, ask at your local health food store)
Cover and leave it on the counter-top overnight. (See comment #21 below about the length of time to soak the oats.)
In the morning, turn on your stove and heat the oatmeal to the desired temperature, and that’s it!
Small variation: if you have a hot water tap like we do, only use a total of about 1 c. of water the night before and mix it all in a bowl instead of a saucepan. In the morning scoop out what you want into a mug, add some hot water to heat it up, and you have a fast breakfast!
Kent likes to add peanut butter (?) and raisins. Others add real cream or they might use honey instead of maple syrup. You could also put some yogurt on top, nuts, ground flax seed, butter, or dried cranberries. There are many healthy, delicious, and kid-friendly options!
Note: this recipe was adapted from the Nourishing Traditions cookbook, which is FULL of information and traditional recipes.
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