I just came across this oatmeal recipe on Mama Natural. Doesn’t it sound delish? And coming from someone who doesn’t like coconut OR dates separately, that is saying a lot. And it looks toddler friendly too, especially since my little one downs plain oatmeal with butter and cinnamon. But hold up. I didn’t know unsoaked oatmeal wasn’t as good as soaked, did you? That unsoaked oatmeal isn’t very nutritious? Apparently not. Are you saying, “Aww, crap!” like I am because you thought it was the healthy alternative the cereal in the morning? Due to the extra phytates in the grain that make it harder to break down and something about antinutrients. I’ve got some homework to do but that is the gist. Also, it does make sense that you’d get more bang for your buck if you soak your oatmeal. Feed more people with the same amount of oats!
Watch her video, save her recipe, and give her page some love. We’ll see who makes it first. You or me. (Update…I made it. I took photos and added them to this post. It was yummy!)
Best Oatmeal Ever! - by Genevieve
- 2 cups of organic rolled oats (for this recipe, these are preferable versus steel cut)
- 4 cups of filtered water
- 1 scant tsp of raw apple cider vinegar or lemon
- 1 TB of whole wheat flour (you can use buckwheat flour if you’re gluten intolerant)
- 3-4 coconut rolled dates. These are the special ingredient. They can be found at Whole Foods in the bulk section or ordered online. Worth the investment!
- 2-4 TB coconut flakes
- 1/3 c. milk (can replace with coconut milk or water)
dash of salt
- raw honey or stevia to taste
“In a pan, soak your 2 cups of rolled oats in 4 cups of luke warm water with your vinegar/lemon and 1 TB of whole wheat flour for 24 hours. By doing this step, you’re helping to break down the antinutrients like phytic acid in the oats.
This makes your oatmeal easier to digest and more nutritionally available to the body.
Set out 3-4 coconut rolled dates so they are room temperature.”
“In morning, put oatmeal on burner and set to high. Wait till water comes to a boil then reduce and simmer uncovered.
Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes on low.”
“About half way into cooking time, mince your dates with scissors, knife or fork and stir into oatmeal mixture.”
I chopped them up like this…
“Add your coconut flakes and 1/3 cup of milk.”
“Cook until most of liquid is absorbed and you have a nutty, thick oatmeal that is easy to dish out.
Serve with raw honey, stevia or fresh fruit. Nuts and maple syrup also make a nice topping. ENJOY!”
I added raw agave nectar and butter. Delish!
Did you make it yet? Go do it!
More reading on soaked grains:
- An Exploration of Soaking Grains: The First Debate – Kitchen Stewardship
- Video: How to Cook Oatmeal (the RIGHT way) – THE HEALTHY HOME ECONOMIST