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.
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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
Here are a few of my favorite combinations:
- Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, chopped almonds, chia seeds, & honey.
- Coconut butter, natural peanut butter, chia seeds, & honey.
- Chopped walnuts, pepitas, unsweetened coconut, chia seeds, & honey (bananas are good with this one too).
- 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