What could be more satisfying than a creamy bowl of warm soaked coconut oil oatmeal in the morning? Full of fibre and healthy fats this coconut oil oatmeal is guaranteed to power you through lunch!
Does it seem like I’m on a coconut oil craze? First came my coconut oil coffee and a lot of people thought I had gone mad and now this Soaked Coconut Oil Oatmeal. Coconut Oil is gaining popularity lately and some are even touting it as a superfood! It’s no surprise though. The health benefits of coconut oil are extensive. They include cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, a boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. Coconut oil is also great for your hair and skin. I cook practically everything my family eats with coconut oil so why not add some to my oatmeal? I must admit oatmeal has never been my favourite porridge. I much prefer millet for it’s creamy consistency. That was until I started soaking my oatmeal and putting coconut oil in it.
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Why soak oatmeal?
Grains, beans and legumes contain phytic acid. Phytic acid is an antinutrient which binds up minerals preventing your body from fully absorbing them. Soaking grains overnight in an acidic solution helps to mitigate the effects of phytic acid. When I first embarked on my journey to better health I the wonderful and eye-opening book – The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer Mcgruther. In The Nourished Kitchen Jennifer outlines how to soak grains and why we should be soaking our grains. An added bonus of soaking oats overnight is that you can transform any type of oats , steel cut or rolled oats into instant oats! Your cooking time is drastically reduced when oats are soaked.
Why add coconut oil to oatmeal?
Carbohydrates (oats) break down quickly into glucose in the blood stream. The addition of a healthy fat like coconut oil slows down the absorption of glucose, which maintains balanced blood sugar and energy levels.
How to make Soaked Coconut Oil Oatmeal
Place half cup oats, half cup warm water and 1 tablespoon acidic medium (whey, lemon juice, yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, apple cider vinegar) into a small saucepan.
Cover the pot and leave to soak overnight on your countertop. In the morning add half cup of milk, I like homemade brazil almond nut milk but you can also add water, ¼ teaspoon sea salt and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Cook on the stove top for about 5 minutes. Presto! Creamy dreamy coconut oil oatmeal.
The combination of complex carbohydrates, healthy fat (coconut oil) and protein in the form of homemade nut butter makes for a well balanced and filling breakfast. Finish it off with Omega Seed Sprinkles for added fibre and you’ve got yourself a breakfast of champions!
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- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon yogurt, whey, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- Additional ½ cup water or milk
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Mix oats with warm water and one of the following (whey, lemon juice, yogurt, kefir, buttermilk)
- Cover and leave in a warm place overnight
- In the morning add ½ cup of milk (or water) sea salt, coconut oil, cinnamon and any sweeteners you desire to the pot with oats
- Cover and simmer for a few minutes until warmed through and desired thick consistency is reached whisking periodically