I’ve said it before on this site: I don’t really like oatmeal. Why, then, do I insist on experimenting with oats? I still occasionally munch on Blueberry Breakfast Oats
for breakfast, but I was reading Heidi’s oatmeal cookie recipe, and I thought…hmm, lots of people are talking about the health benefits of soaked oats. Heidi mentions in her recipe here http://lowoxalateinfo.com/oatmeal-raisin-cookies/ that oats soaked overnight have much of the oxalate leach out into the water. Rinse them and they are ready to be used in her delicious cookie recipe…or a simple breakfast.
So, they have less oxalate, but how do soaked oats TASTE?
Folks, they taste pretty good. I soak them overnight, rinse them, throw something sweet or savory on them and heat them up for breakfast. No boiling, 30 seconds to a minute in the microwave, max. The most work I ever do for them is poach an egg ahead of time.
Here are some topping and ingredient ideas for your oats:
Poached egg, sage and olive oil with salt and white pepper to taste
Scrambled egg mixed in with the oatmeal, some salt, olive oil and garlic powder
Blueberries and a few drops of liquid stevia
Thyme, garlic powder and a pinch of salt
Sunbutter and jam (blueberry is my favorite, naturally, but use whatever you and your body like)
Cooked, chopped uncured bacon and a pinch each of garlic powder and white pepper
Pumpkin seeds and pureed, cooked pumpkin or squash (especially good with butter and herbs like sage). Add cinnamon extract and liquid stevia along with the ginger for a sweet version.
Melted coconut oil, coconut milk and shredded coconut
Melted coconut oil and some slightly sweet protein powder (I use vanilla V Core)
Here are instructions for soaking them. If you like traditional oatmeal, add another ½ cup of water to the soaked, rinsed oats and boil them gently for five minutes.
½ cup oats
½ cup water
Combine the oats and water in an airtight container; cover. Wait overnight or for eight hours. Rinse the oats and strain then. In a hurry? Rinse out and dry the container, then use that to take your oats with you. To heat the oats, microwave them for at least 30 seconds or heat them on the stovetop on medium low until warm.
What sounds good to you? I think savory AND sweet soaked oats are going to be part of my weekly meal plan for a long time.