Saturday, November 5, 2011

Soaked Oatmeal

I know it seems funny to post a recipe that consists of just rolled oats, fruit and natural sweetener, but that's what makes this so powerful, and beautiful. Soaking your oats is like soaking any other grain, seed or flour. It releases the phytic acid which then allows your body to fully absorb the vitamins and minerals that are yours for the taking. Soaking also increases the protein and fiber content. Interesting huh? Try it once, and see if you are not hooked.
*Here's a basic recipe:
1 Cup rolled oats
1 Cup (use your own good judgment and use just enough to soak the oats- not make them float around separately) kefir, buttermilk, or water with 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar.
Soak overnight. In the morning, combine oats and 1 cup of milk or water in a saucepan. Add flaxseeds, or raisins, and up to 1/4c. real maple syrup. Cook on med-low until creamy. Remove from heat. Enjoy with a topping of soaked walnuts or a sprinkle of brown sugar. Enjoy!

*If you find you have LOTS of extra oatmeal, and you want to change it up a little, try this:
Heat skillet or griddle on med-high heat. In a mixing bowl, beat 2-3 eggs. Add 1 tsp. vanilla, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Add your already cooked oatmeal. Pour onto skillet in small pancake form. Flip when bottoms of cakes begin to brown and curl up. Enjoy with a little drizzle of maple syrup. DELICIOUS!