It’s quite possible I could eat variations of Soaked Oats everyday for the rest of my life and be happy as a honey bee. They are simply nutritious, easy and delicious with tons of choices to delight your pallet. As opposed to the traditional method of cooking in boiling water, keeping the oats raw by soaking, maintains the structure and integrity of the grain providing more complete nutrients for our bodies.
Turn your breakfast (or lunch, dinner and snacks) into a scrumptious experiment and allow your creativity to flow with proportions, using your intuition and personal tastes to guide you. Below I’ve listed basic ingredients for the ‘Original Recipe’ and a few suggestions to get the creOATivity flowing!
~ Raw rolled oats
*barley, wheat, rye or any combination of oats can also be used for different flavor and nutritional value but tend not to absorb liquid as well. Try to stay away from “instant oats.” Bulk bins at your local natural foods market is your best bet. Lots of options and won’t break the bank!
~ Raw Pressed Organic Apple Juice
* try organic coconut milk for richness or any of your favorite juices! Water is of course a great fail safe especially if you like the earthy oat taste.
Step One: Combine oats and your choice of liquid, (use enough to completely cover the oats plus a little extra splash) into a bowl, cover and stick in the fridge overnight.
Step Two: In the morning, stir up the oats, put a little muscle into it, they should have a creamy to sticky consistency (yup, just like cooked oatmeal) and you can always add a little more liquid if you’re after that super gooey texture.
For Original Recipe, Add:
~ Mashed Banana (forks are great mashing tools)
~ Pure Organic Vanilla Extract
~ Raw Mixed Nuts (walnuts, almonds)
~ Dried Unsweetened Cranberries/ Raisins or Fresh Fruit
Additional or Substituted Delights:
~ Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
~ Apple Puree (if you have a blender, or maybe try apple sauce, oooh!)
~ Cocao Nibs
~ Chia Seeds
~ Sunflower Seeds (protein, yum!)
~ Peanut Butter (or any nut butter!)
~ Your favorite Super Food or Protein Powder
~ Raw Organic Honey for sweetness especially if your liquid choice was water. Try as best you can to keep those refined sugars to a minimum with unsweetened dried cranberries/ fruits and shredded coconut.
The possibilities are as infinite as your divine wisdom!
Step Three: Savor and Enjoy!
Emily explores creativity through cooking, hula hooping, dancing, and teaching yoga.
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