Not that I’m ever adverse to a little bit of light cooking in the morning – in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s the chance to play with cinnamon and wooden spoons that really rolls me out of those cozy quilted covers, moreso enticing than even the smell of warm oatmeal and just slightly-stewed fruit tucked inside like a juicy wholesome present. I’ve never exactly been able to shake the oat habit, but it has undergone a little bit of a makeover since my raw experiment this summer.
And you know what I found out? Raw oats are equally fabulous as the cooked kind. They’re a different creature to be sure, but if you like your oatmeal on the chewy side you are in gold territory here. As an added bonus: absolutely no cooking (obviously!). Also, they apparently have seven times the iron and potassium as cooked oats, and when you’re eating full raw, a big bowl of warming grain is nothing to shake a (leafy green?) stick at.
(what I actually like to do is grind up a whole batch of various grains in large quantities and use them for the next few days so I’m not always making a construction-zone-level racket during my supposedly zen breakfast-making experience! I like to go with 60% oat groats / 30% kamut groats / 10% other grains like brown rice or kasha.
A spice grinder is your best bet here, and you’ll probably want to get some completely pulverized, and some just barely cracked, for the best result)
- 1/3 cup ground up oat mix
- 1 cup water (or raw nut milk)
Mix these two together in a bowl and leave to sit overnight, covered.
In the morning, rise yawning and with clean tummy ready for food! Leisurely stir in (not too strenuous now)…
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
Don’t skip these two! They’re vital for that subtle “cooked” sweetness and texture. Keep adding…
- 1 piece of soft fruit, diced
- 1 tbsp each dried fruit & nuts
- pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- sea salt
And then stir it all together until it becomes smooth and porridgey, and adjust things to your liking. To be totally honest I kinda like it as thin as milk, and really salty, and I like to throw in an extra sliced banana because banana is awesome, but this is breakfast and not building robots and it’s so entirely up to you that I feel almost silly suggesting any ratios on it.
Anyone else tried raw oats or would be willing to try it? Let me know if you like it! And when berries come into season… there’s the whole purple blueberry phenomenon to get excited about! Hehe. ;)