I love having a hearty oatmeal for breakfast in the morning. The warm and gooey texture, topped with whatever toppings I am craving in the morning is a delightful breakfast treat. When I was a child, my favorite oatmeal was one that was in a little package – Maple and Brown Sugar. Considering both “Maple” and “Brown Sugar” don’t appear anywhere on the ingredient list, I knew there had to be a better option.
I used to make plain oatmeal and top it with cream and honey. Sometimes I would mix in a little peanut butter, maybe top it with some fruit that I had on hand. It suited me and my family just fine. Everyone liked it, there weren’t any complaints.
Since beginning this Real Food Journey, I started to realize the benefits of soaked grain. Grains contain anti nutrients – namely enzyme inhibitors and phytates. These prevent our body from assimilating valuable nutrients locked up inside the grain. By soaking grain (as well as nuts, seeds, legumes, and beans) in an acidic medium, we neutralize these enzyme inhibitors and phytates, making the nutrients in the grain more bioavailable.
Now, I am all for making my bowl of oatmeal more nutrient dense, but I was concerned that the acidic medium would sour the oatmeal to a point where my kids didn’t really like it anymore. So, in order to mitigate the sourness, I decided to throw a little maple syrup in the pot, as well as cinnamon. Because, really, who doesn’t like cinnamon? In the morning, I was treated to my childhood favorite. This oatmeal tastes like the Maple and Brown Sugar packet of oatmeal from my youth. And my kids love it too!
To start, gather all of your ingredients.
Throw them into a pot and add water. Set it on your stove and cover until morning.
In the morning, you will find a well soaked oatmeal. Turn on your stove and cook until heated through.
Soaked Oatmeal Breakfast
(Makes enough to feed my 3 kids (ages 9, 7, and 3))
2 cups rolled oats (buy quality whole grains here)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon (or more!) cinnamon
1/4 cup maple syrup (more if you like it sweeter)
1/4 cup whole milk yogurt
2 cups filtered water
Place all of the ingredients into a pot and mix together. Cover and let it sit and soak overnight. In the morning, cook on your stovetop and heat through!
Serve it in bowls or cups with your favorite toppings!
What are your favorite toppings for oatmeal?
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