And now for a nutritional break…
We eat this oatmeal every single day. We look forward to it. When one of us is up first, there’s nothing like waking to the smell of cinnamon cooking in the pot! We researched this as our wake-up anti-cancer, super food kick start to the day. Enjoy!
We favor the texture of steel cut oats and the minimized cutting down of the oat in that style. We get an organic brand at either (1) Trader Joes: Country Choice, Organic, Steel Cut Oats (or you can buy the Irish Style Oats– but note, the flakes have been thinned out*), or (2) we buy organic steel cut oats in bulk at our local Co-Op.
We follow a 3:1 ratio of cups water to oats. For us 3/4 cup oats works well for 2 servings.
Ingredients (as much organic as possible) for Two
- 3/4 c Oats (super food)
- 3/4 c Water (filtered)
- 1 Banana
- 1/4 c Chopped Nuts (super foods including almonds, walnuts; we also enjoy cashews, hazelnuts, pine nuts)
- 1/4 c Raisins (can also do dried cranberry or cherries)
- 1/4 tsp +/- Cardamon (ayurvedic)
- 1/4 tsp +/- Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp +/- Cinnamon
- 1/2 – 1 tsp +/- Grated Ginger (anti-cancer)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (ayurvedic)
- 1/2 c Fresh Sliced Fruit (anti-cancer + super foods including seasonal or frozen blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, purple grapes; we also enjoy peaches, pears, mangoes)
- 1 tblsp Flax Seed Oil, each bowl (anti-cancer, less ligans than ground seeds but easier to use; keep in fridge; organic from Trader Joes)
- 1 – 2 tblsp Plain Goat’s Milk Kefir, each bowl (anti-cancer + super food)
- 1 tblsp Maple Syrup
Heat water in kettle to speed the boiling (eco savings!)
In pot put boiled kettle water, oats, banana, nuts, raisins, spices; mix (optional, leave spices and ginger for a bit later in the cooking process for stronger taste)
On stove, bring to boil then simmer with lid
Cook about 12-15 minutes (pending brand of oats)
Optional: if using frozen berries, add in the last 5 minutes
For stronger ginger flavor, add in the last 5 minutes
To serve: Place fresh fruit in bowl with flax seed oil and kefir; pour oatmeal on top. Enjoy!
* Oat flakes are steamed, rolled, steamed and toasted. This produces oat flakes that have gone through considerable processing. Steel cut oats, on the other hand, simply consist of oat groats (the inside of an oat kernel) chopped into several pieces. This produces oat chunks instead of oat flakes. Steel cut oats undergo much less processing than rolled oats but they do take longer to cook.