Healthy Oatmeal Recipe
—– The night before…
- 100ml rolled oats (steel cut is better, or sprouted is best!)
- [optional] 50ml einkorn flour (freshly course ground is best)
- 10ml rye (freshly ground is best)
- 300ml of water
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or whey or lemon juice)
—– Just before cooking the next morning…
- 1/2 teaspoon or more of Cinnamon (Ceylon)
- Sprinkle some Cardamom
- Raisins (or blueberries or chopped apple)
—– In a pot (glass, ceramic, or stainless. No aluminum!)…
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon VCO (Virgin Coconut Oil)
- 1 teaspoon+ of butter or ghee
- Several pinches of sea salt (Himalayan Pink or Celtic)
The oats, wheat, and rye must soak for 8 to 12 hours, at a warm temperature of about 28 – 35 C (80 – 95 F).
In the Evening:
Step 1: Grind the wheat and rye, and mix the flour with the oats.
Step 2: Add 1 Tblspn of vinegar to 1+ cup of water and mix.
Step 3: Stir the water/vinegar combo into the oat/flour mixture.
Step 4: Cover and let sit overnight for at least 8 hours.
The Next Morning:
Step 1: Add raisins and cinnamon to the oatmeal, and mix.
Step 2: Bring one cup of water to a boil in a small pot, then add the salt.
Step 3: Stir in the oatmeal mix.
Step 4: Lower the heat, and stir the oatmeal for at least five minutes.
Step 5: Add the VCO and ghee (or grass-fed butter). These oils are quite durable, so you can add them after step 2 if you prefer.
Serve hot. Makes one large bowl of oatmeal.
Oatmeal and other grains are a tricky thing. If you do not pre-treat them somehow, they can wreck havoc on your health. On the other hand, if prepared properly, they are super nutritious. This recipe is one example.
Einkorn wheat is by far the healthiest and most nutritious wheat, as it is the oldest and ‘purest’ strain, being quite different from other kinds of wheat genetically. Commonly known by its Italian name, Farro Piccolo. It is not necessary for this recipe, especially since it is such a small amount; however, I like to introduce Einkorn to people as often as possible.
Rye is used to help ‘unlock’ the nutrition in the oats. Rye is very high in phytase, which neutralizes the phytic acid in all grains and nuts (when soaked together with apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, whey, etc.). Oats are very low in phytase, so soaking them alone is not very effective (although it does make them much more digestible). Depending on the person, the addition of rye can have a dramatic impact on the amount of nutrition absorbed.
You can use a small light bulb or lamp to keep your grains warm while soaking. I actually have a small 15W bulb in a box that I put the bowl on top of.
Details about phytase and phytic acid can be found here.