I want to share with you a breakfast that makes me happy & wildly nourished.  I really, really enjoy a good bowl of whole grain oatmeal.  I even eat oatmeal during the summer months!  I often rotate between three different breakfasts and this is one that I eat on a consistent basis.

Daisy(although who wouldn’t be happy waking up to this angelic face!)

What is so lovely about this recipe is it is so customizable.  I start with a handful of different whole grains but you can add and subtract what you like and/or have on hand. Plus the toppings are endless.

Combine the following:Dried Grains

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup oat groats
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1/2 cup millet (this makes it creamy, I have found if you add too much though it gets a little mushy & I like more texture to my oatmeal)

These will make more than one batches worth so I store the extra dried grains in a Tupperware container and save for the next time I need them.  I actually usually double or triple my mixture since I use it so frequently. That way I have to mix up the grains less often.

Now to make the whole grain oatmeal:

  1. The morning before you want the oatmeal you take two cups of the dried grains and put them in a bowl. Cover with water and stir in 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt, kefir, or lemon juice and leave it on the counter until that night.  This helps “pre-digest” the oats, making it easier on your tummy, especially if you don’t eat a lot of whole grains already.
  2. That night before you go to bed you want to rinse your soaked grains off.  Place them in a slow cooker with 6 cups of water and a pinch of salt.  Cook on low for about 8 hours.

This makes a large batch so if you have a smaller family you can cut the recipe in half. I sometimes freeze the leftover oatmeal in a muffin tin too.  After it is frozen remove the oatmeal from the tin and place in a freezer bag.

When you reheat the whole grain oatmeal I sometimes need to add a little almond milk and stir to loosen the grains back up. That way they are not just one solid clump.

Toppings:

Here are a few of my favorite combinations:

  1. Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, chopped almonds, chia seeds, & honey.
  2. Coconut butter, natural peanut butter, chia seeds, & honey.
  3. Chopped walnuts, pepitas, unsweetened coconut, chia seeds, & honey (bananas are good with this one too).
  4. My kids like pure maple syrup (Grade B) with mini semi-sweet choc. chips (you have to be careful not to add too many or it gets a little bitter), & chia seeds.

As far as I am concerned chia seeds go with any combination and add a powerful nutrient boost!

Wishing you a WILDLY VIBRANT Life!

If you like this recipe you might also like this Simple & Savory Healthy Oatmeal.

 

** UPDATE 1/5/15

My kids wanted me to make my whole grain oatmeal this weekend and I didn’t realize I had run out of some of my normal go to grains for this oatmeal so we improvised.  I wanted to share with you so you could see you really can use any grain you want.  I was out of the steel cut oats, barley & brown rice.  So this is what I used: whole oat groats, black rice, red quinoa & millet.  Still very tasty and let me tell you the kids thought it was sooo much fun to eat purple oatmeal! 😀

The picture below is without any toppings so you could see the “oatmeal” better

Whole Grain Oatmeal by far one of the best oatmeals I've had. Kid approved, worth making!

 

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