Monday, February 7, 2011

Recipe: (Soaked) Oatmeal Porridge

According to Sally Fallon, most breakfast porridges made from grains, especially oatmeal, should be soaked overnight to greatly improve their nutritional benefits.

I wasn't sure how my kids would do with an oatmeal breakfast porridge - but they actually like it! It's a nutritional, quick to make and very inexpensive breakfast that I have really come to appreciate.

Here's the recipe:

Soaked Oatmeal Porridge
(serves 4)

1 cup oats, rolled or cracked
1 cup warm filtered water plus 2 Tbsps whey, yogurt, kefir or buttermilk

1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup filtered water
Pinch of cinnamon

Mix oats with warm water mixture. Cover and let sit overnight - even to as long as 24 hours.

Once soaking time is up: Bring additional cup of water and salt to a boil. Add soaked oats and cinnamon.

For oatmeal that is of a more liquid consistency: Allow to simmer with lid on for several minutes.

For oatmeal that is more dense: Allow to cook without a lid for several minutes until desired consistency forms.

Add toppings such as: butter, honey, agave, maple syrup, raisins, sliced apples or bananas, cream, kefir, cinnamon, chopped nuts or berries.

What a simple and nutritious breakfast that one can get quite creative with!

* Other nutritious options are to soak chia seeds or goji berries along with the oatmeal for a powerful addition of nutrients. Or add ground flax seeds to the cooked oatmeal, allowing to sit for a few minutes.

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