Soaking and sprouting your grains  is an important first preparation step.  This process renders the grains more easily digestible and nutritious by breaking down anti-nutrients such as phytic acid.   And oatmeal is no exception.  As a matter of fact, oatmeal is one of the worst offenders when it comes to anti-nutrients.

A bowl of properly prepared oatmeal is an excellent, nutritious and economical way to start the day.  And unlike the instant varieties or cold boxed cereals, even the “healthy” ones, it will keep you full until lunch time.

If you don’t think you have the time to prepare old fashioned oats, well think again.  With a little planning it will not take much more time than their so-called convenient counterparts.
And you can get so creative with your mix-ins.  No need to face a boring breakfast bowl ever again!

The Night Before

 While you are making dinner you can start soaking your oats for the next morning.

Simply measure out ½ cup of (preferably) organic oats for each person.  Any kind will do, even steel cut.  Add a like amount of filtered water and 1 tablespoon (per ½ cup water) of whey, kefir, yogurt, kombucha, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. 

Give it a quick stir, cover, and leave on the counter until morning.

The Next Morning

 Bring to a boil a like amount of filtered water (If you used ½ cup, then ½ cup, or 1 cup, then 1 cup) with a pinch of salt for each ½ cup.  Add ½ to 1 tablespoon of satiating coconut oil or butter for each half cup.  This is what helps to keep you until lunch.  Bring to a boil and add the soaked oatmeal.  Reduce to a slight simmer and cook and stir for 5 minutes.

Portion out into the needed number of serving bowls.

And now the fun begins.  Add your mix-ins for flavor and added nutrition.  I always add ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and sometimes raisons or other dried fruits, or berries, or homemade applesauce.  You can just let your imagination run freely with your taste buds here.  I also like to add either maple syrup or raw honey and I like to stir in a little coconut milk or goat’s milk.  But you can really do whatever you’d like.

But what if you don’t like hot cereal or it’s too hot for hot cereal?  Well here is a delicious recipe for homemade granola which uses soaked oatmeal.  This would be delicious and nutritious as a snack or served with some raw milk.

And there you have it.  Now you can enjoy a satisfying, nutritious, economical, and quick breakfast for yourself and your family!

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