Simple Soaked Oatmeal Recipe – a Healthy, Real Food Breakfast
You’re probably here for one of two reasons. Either you were searching for a soaked oatmeal recipe because you know it’s the healthiest, tastiest way to make oatmeal OR you saw this recipe on Pinterest and wondered what soaked oatmeal is and why you should make it.
No matter how you got here I’d like to welcome you to my little corner of the internet and assure you that you’re gonna love this flavorful, satisfying breakfast recipe.
First, a couple of reminders are in order. You’ll need to start this recipe about twelve hours before you want it to be ready. The oatmeal needs to soak overnight.
Secondly, be sure to scroll to the bottom of this article for a printable version of the recipe if you need it.
Soaked Oatmeal Makes a Lovely Breakfast
I can’t think of a more comforting breakfast food than oatmeal. When you add flavorful ingredients like maple syrup, berries, and nuts oatmeal becomes even more delicious and filling.
But why soaked oatmeal? I’m glad you asked!
Soaked Oatmeal is Healthier Oatmeal
No matter how you like your oatmeal flavored it’s best to skip those convenient store-bought packets and make it yourself for maximum nutrition.
When I read Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions I discovered that grains are most easily digested when they’ve been soaked, sprouted or soured (fermented) before consuming. Of course, you can purchase sprouted oats, but I prefer soaking steel cut oats overnight because the oats are creamier and tastier in the morning.
See, soaking oatmeal reduces the amount of phytic acid found in grains. Less phytic acid means the oatmeal is more easily digested and your body is better able to extract and use the nutrients in the oatmeal and other ingredients.
Soaking oatmeal in an acidic liquid gives it a well-rounded flavor when combined with salt and a natural sweetener the next morning. The flavor of soaked oatmeal is delicious and satisfying.
Oatmeal is a Versatile Breakfast Food
Oatmeal is such a versatile breakfast food. My boys like their oatmeal with maple syrup and cinnamon for a warm, autumn-like feeling all year around. I like berries-and-cream oatmeal for a refreshing, summer-like reminder even in the heart of winter.
We’ve made homemade pumpkin spice oatmeal, cranberry and pecan oatmeal, vanilla cream oatmeal, and savory versions with additions like pumpkin seeds or cheddar topped with an over-easy egg.
Of course, the sweeter flavors remain our favorites!
No matter what add ins you chose for your oatmeal, please make sure that you include lots of butter and whole milk or cream. The added fat is necessary for health and will keep you full longer.
Easy Soaked Oatmeal Recipe
1 cup of steel cut oats
1 cup of warm filtered water
4 tbsp of an acidic liquid such as whey, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, plain yogurt or buttermilk
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla, maple syrup, molasses, sucanat
or other natural sweetener to taste
additional milk or cream to create desired consistency
fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, peaches or raisins
spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice or ginger
1. Stir together oats, warm water, acidic liquid, and salt.
2. Cover the bowl and let the mixture sit for 12-24 hours.
3. Pour mixture into a pot and cook for 20-30 minutes, adding more liquid as needed for desired consistency.
4. Stir in butter until melted.
5. Add in sweetener.
6. Add in fruit and/or spices.
7. Serve warm with breakfast proteins such as eggs or bacon.
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Easy Soaked Oatmeal Recipe
- 1 cup of steel cut oats
- 1 cup of warm filtered water
- 4 tbsp of whey lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, plain yogurt or buttermilk
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tsp vanilla maple syrup , molasses , sucanat
- or other natural sweetener to taste
- additional water or cream to create desired consistency
- fruit such as blueberries strawberries, peaches or raisins
- spices such as cinnamon nutmeg , pumpkin pie spice or ginger
- Stir together oats, warm water, whey, and salt.
- Cover the bowl and let the mixture sit for 12-24 hours.
- Pour mixture into a pot and cook for 20-30 minutes, adding more liquid as needed for desired consistency.
- Stir in butter until melted.
- Add in sweetener.
- Add in fruit and/or spices.
- Serve warm with breakfast proteins such as eggs or bacon.
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