Oatmeal has become my breakfast staple. I used to really like oatmeal, but then I found out I wasn’t eating it right. “What do you mean, not eating it right?” you might ask. Oats are a grain, and thus need to be prepared as such. Oats are an extremely nutritious food, but only if prepared properly. Well, how does one do that?
1. Soak your flat or steel cut rolled oats in a whey solution overnight (at least 8 hours).
2. Cook your oats with some more added water on the stove.
3. Serve with plenty of grassfed butter.
Why the butter? It was mentioned in my Folklore Foods class (see–> MamaMuse) that the nutrients in oats cannot be absorbed without being eaten with plenty of fat (this goes along with needing fats to break down carbohydrates I believe), even if the oats were pre-soaked before cooking.
Here’s how I make my oatmeal (based off of the recipe from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions cookbook):
1 cup of oats (regular or rolled)
1 cup of warm water with 2 Tbsp of whey (homemade from raw milk)
Some extra water for stove-top cooking
Maple syrup, honey, cinnamon to taste
Applesauce or raw milk
— Take the oats and add to a bowl. Add the whey to the water then pour over the oats stirring slightly to mke sure everything gets wet. Leave on the counter covered overnight (or at least 8 hours). Pour bowl contents into a pot, add a bit of water (1/2 C- 1 C), stir. Cook on low-medium heat being careful to keep stirring to prevent oats burning to the bottom. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 5-10 minutes depending. Add in butter (a Tbsp or more, be generous!). Add any additional ingredients (maple syrup and/or honey, cinnamon, fruit pieces, applesauce, milk, yogurt, etc.). Enjoy!
This proper preparation of oatmeal makes it very filling!