I used to quickly eat boxed cereal or toast for breakfast and be on with my day. Since learning about more nourishing ways of eating, I cook breakfast almost every morning.
Being a mom has also changed my breakfast habits. When I started supplementing my little boy’s breast milk diet with food, I quickly realized that I had to come up with something for him to eat every single morning. I couldn’t just put a bowl of milk and cereal in front of him when he couldn’t even hold a spoon!
So I started making oatmeal and he loved it–at first. Now at 2 years old he’s become pickier and he doesn’t love it so much. I’ll keep trying and hopefully he’ll come around again!
Oatmeal is a great alternative to store-bought cereal. It’s healthier, more filling, and costs less. And when you soak your oatmeal the night before, you’ll receive even more benefits from your oatmeal breakfast.
Soaking makes vitamins and minerals in the oats more absorbable for your body, it helps you digest the grain more easily, and it reduces your cooking time in the morning. Steel cut oats take about 15-20 minutes to cook when you start with dry oats, but when they’ve been soaked, it takes only 3-5 minutes for them to cook. Learn more about the benefits of pre-soaking your grains here.
Steel cut oats have a great texture and I really love them for breakfast, but if you hate oatmeal–I have some tips for you: 1) add enough salt to bring out the flavor, 2) add some good fats like butter, raw milk, or cream, 3) add some maple syrup and/or cinnamon, and 3) add berries, fruit, and nuts.
When you doctor your oatmeal up like this, there’s no way you can’t like it. Is there?
- 1 cup steel cut oats (not quick cooking)
- 3 cups warm water
- 1 Tbsp of an acidic medium such as whey, plain yogurt, cultured buttermilk, kefir, lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
- ¼ tsp unrefined sea salt
- Put the steel cut oats in a glass bowl and cover with the warm water.
- Add in your acidic medium and stir to combine.
- Let oats sit on your counter at room temperature overnight or for 8 to 24 hours.
- When finished soaking, rinse the oats with water.
- Bring 1 cup of fresh water and sea salt to boil in a pot.
- Add in rinsed soaked oats and simmer on low.
- Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until oats reach a desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
- Serve hot with a bit of real maple syrup, pastured butter, raw milk, or cream.