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Oatmeal

 

For the past year I have restricted most of my grains in my diet.  I have been slowly reintroducing grains back into my diet.  I have learned a lot about grains and how to properly prepare grains.  There are 3 ways one can properly prepare grains to make them more digestible.   I will be expanding on this information in future post.

  1. sprouting grains
  2. fermenting grains
  3. soaking grains

Today we are using the soaking method.  By soaking the grains in an acidic medium (lemon juice, buttermilk, liquid whey, yogurt, or apple cider vinegar) you break down the anti nutrients in the oats  and the minerals are released making the oats digestible.   Soaking grains has been done for centuries by our ancestors and it has only been since after WWII that this process has been eliminated.  So if you are looking for a traditional way to prepare your oatmeal try this recipe.  You might be surprised how great you feel and how filling this breakfast is.  I am not hungry at all after I have oats in the morning until 12:30 pm and I feel great!

 

 

Traditionally Prepared Soaked Oatmeal

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 7 hours

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 7 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Serving Size: 1 serving

Traditionally Prepared Soaked Oatmeal

Nutrition Info: Calories: 153.8 Fat: 3.0g Carbohydrates: 28.3g Protein: 5.1g

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled organic oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 tbsp acidic medium (yogurt, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, buttermilk)
  • 1/2 tsp unrefined sea salt

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup of oats, water, and the acidic medium into a glass bowl and stir well. Cover and let it sit overnight on the counter (at least 7-8 hours).
  2. In the morning add another 1 cup of filtered water and the unrefined sea salt, stir well. ***Note - if you feel the oatmeal is to sour, you can rinse the oats before adding the additional 1 cup of water, but this is not necessary.
  3. Heat to a low simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve with a generous portion of butter and cream.

Notes

Recipe Courtesy of http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com

http://wholelifestylenutrition.com/recipes/traditionally-prepared-soaked-oatmeal-holistic-recipe/

 


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38 thoughts on “Traditionally Prepared Soaked Oatmeal, Holistic Recipe”

  1. Hi- thanks for this.

    I have a couple of questions. 1) Normally when I cook oatmeal, the ratio is 4:1. Here it is 2:1. Is that because of the soaking?

    2) I use steel cut, not rolled oats. Would there be any difference in the soaking time or amts. of water? (And maybe that is the answer to #1?)

    3) Can you also do a post about the need (is there one?) to soak nuts? I have heard that the skin on the almond should be discarded and that they should be briefly par-boiled to release some poisons?

    Thanks for all your wisdom.

    Candace Davenport

    http://www.ourlittlebooks.com ~ Little Books with a Big Message

    1. hallecottis says:

      @CandaceDavenport to answer your questions … 1. If you like your oatmeal runnier, you certainly could add more water, but 2:1 offers a very creamy oatmeal. 2. Steel cut oats would work just fine. You can soak the same time, but you will need to cook them a little longer closer to 10 minutes. If the liquid absorbs quickly you can add some more water, but the 2:1 should work fine too. 3. I will work on a post about soaking nuts. Yes, you should be soaking your nuts. You can also buy them pre soaked but they are quite pricey.

  2. Rhonda Harader Cain says:

    What are your thoughts on steel cut oats? A

  3. Tracy Carver says:

    Thanks Halle. I have been having oats each morning lately and they kind of feel like they’re just “sitting there” lately. I’m going to give this a try tonight for tomorrow.

  4. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    Let me know how it turns out Tracy…It is night and day for me…I must soak mine, I feel so much better after I do and they sit with me great! @ Rhonda, steal cuts are fine to eat, I haven’t tried soaking them however, I have always used rolled oats and not the quick oats.

  5. Stuart Pierce says:

    Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Lorenda Butler says:

    Rhonda the steel cut oats are great I love them better than regular oats. I soak them over night and in the morning I cook for about 10 minutes maybe less but they are great

  7. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    How funny Lorenda, I was just going to tell Rhonda that she would be fine with steel cut but to cook them a bit longer. She can still soak them in a 2:1 ratio, it should work out just fine.

  8. Lorenda Butler says:

    I do my 3:1 ratio as that is how I was told to cook them and it works out great but either way they are good especially with alittle pure maple syrup and scrammble eggs mixed in

  9. Rhonda Harader Cain says:

    I had steel cut oats this morning with some banana, cinnamon, and coconut butter It didn’t quite hold me over. I could feel my blood sugar start to drop about 1030.

  10. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    Rhonda I do mine with butter and half and half and heavy cream and the fat holds me over just right. Maybe the bananas pushed you over on the carbs?? You’re a protein type right?

  11. Rhonda Harader Cain says:

    I am a protein type. Could have been the banana, was hoping the coconut butter would add enough fat. My blood sugar has been weird lately. I think it is because of the stomach bug I had recently. I think my body is healing & adjusting. I went several days without eating much then I went into overdrive! Lol! Nothing bad necessarily just eating. I had salad today & it really did a number on me…miserable. I was so burned out on salads, I stopped eating them. I continued spinach with eggs & did fine.

  12. Jan Martin Whitlinger says:

    Just clarifying: Halle, you’re still eating a protein alongside your oatmeal, correct?

  13. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    yes, I usually have a few slices of bacon with this and also top my oatmeal with cream and butter.

  14. Jan Martin Whitlinger says:

    Thanks, Halle, I was just wanting to make sure–since everyone that posted only stated that they were eating oatmeal… I thought I might have missed something! ;-)

  15. Carolyn Kormanyos says:

    Should rolled spelt also be soaked in this way?

  16. Carolyn Kormanyos says:

    and can you taste the lemon? How would you do it with buttermilk, would you still add water to it in the morning or more buttermilk?

  17. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    Carolyn, I would soak the rolled spelt too and you can taste the lemon a bit. With buttermilk, just replace the lemon juice with buttermilk and then add water in the morning.

  18. Carolyn Kormanyos says:

    Thankyou Halle. I will have to get some buttermilk and try this.

  19. Tracy Carver says:

    So, I’ve been doing this for a week now and they are doing just fine for me! Yeah! If I don’t let them soak overnight then they feel like they are just kind of sitting in my stomach. Doing them this way, no problem! Thanks Halle! The only thing is I’m not really liking the taste of the lemon juice. It seems unnatural with oats. Maybe I’m putting too much in. Oh, I just read above about putting in buttermilk. I’ll have to try that.

  20. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    Tracy, I have been experimenting with which acidic medium I like. I have tried lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and buttermilk and hands down I like the buttermilk. Tomorrow I am going to try yogurt, I think that one might be the winner for me. I agree with you, the lemon is a bit harsh, but once I added plenty of cream it mellowed the lemon flavor out. I will let you know how the yogurt soaked oats go. I am so glad it is working out for you. It’s nice to be eating oats again :)

  21. Carolyn Kormanyos says:

    Should this be done with other grains aswell? Such as quinoa and rice? I’m thinking it would, but thought I would check first.

  22. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    yes, you certainly can. Let me check on the ratios, you might need more or less of the acidic medium.

  23. Rachel says:

    I found a muffin recipe (http://www.brighteyedbaker.com/2012/01/14/confession-47-i-love-eating-healthy-cranberry-lemon-poppyseed-muffins/) using oat flour and I am wondering if there is a way I can soak it without messing up the recipe because the recipe does not call for any liquids.  It calls for 1 1/2 c yogurt and 3/8 c lemon juice.  I am wondering if it would work to soak the freshly ground oat flour in this mixture overnight to breakdown the antinutrients or if it would be possible to soak it in a mixture like you list and then drain and use less yogurt?  (Haha, this may be completely ridiculous.) Thoughts from your experience? :) Thanks!

  24. I really loved the flavor and texture of our oatmeal this morning! I made dairy free buttermilk by curdling some coconut milk with lemon juice for a few minutes, then continued as described. No one noticed an overpowering lemon flavor this morning…added some coconut butter and chia for goos measure Long with stevia and a splash of maple syrup…delish! Thanks Halle…curious to see how my body handles the oatmeal soaked….

    1. hallecottis says:

      tessadomesticdiva do keep us posted Tessa :)

    2. Well I have tested it many times now….never will I shy from oats again! No gas with this method! Woohoo!

      1. hallecottis says:

        tessadomesticdivaYeah!  And did you notice that you were full longer with soaked oats.  I eat half as much and stay fuller twice as long when they are soaked.  Makes a huge difference!

  25. Nut butter is fun for a PB&J style oatmeal….fresh fruit and sunflower seed butter is a favorite! We usually add some chia seeds or gelAtin too for additional protein. I have also whisked an egg into the liquid before I cook it! Lots of options!

  26. purljamr says:

    @Whole Lifestyle Nutrition I have used yogurt & it is so delicious, I didn’t think oatmeal could be any better, but soaking it makes it feel better on your tongue-more nurishing:)

  27. Mary says:

    Do you have to cook them afterwards? I like them in smoothies

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      No you don’t have to cook them if you don’t want to. I just like a very smooth oatmeal.

  28. Daniel says:

    Yes, soak your nuts as often as you can.

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