Sunday, October 9, 2011

Nourishing Oatmeal

You are not doing your family any favors by feeding them instant oatmeal. Flavored varieties are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients, and even plain quick oats have been over-processed and have lost their whole grain nutrients.

I want to show you how simple it is to make real oatmeal that your family will love!

Makes 2-3 servings (for a larger family, simply double the amounts)

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons butter, ghee or coconut oil
1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Optional additions to try:
1 diced apple or pear
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts
2 tbsp natural peanut or almond butter
Replace maple syrup with raw honey

For optimal digestion, soak oats in water overnight or for at least one hour before cooking.  Note:  When using soaked grains, drain the soak water before cooking and use half the amount of water for cooking.

Bring water to boil in saucepan. Add oats and reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until oats are tender and water is absorbed.  Remove from heat and stir in butter and maple syrup.  Add the additional optional ingredients of your choice, and enjoy!

A hearty and healthy breakfast keeps him going all day!

This post is part of Real Food Wednesday!

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