Oats contain more dietary fiber then any other grain and that fiber, beta-glucan, is known to help lower cholesterol. Oats are rich in minerals (including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber and zinc). Other benefits of oats might include lowering the risk of heart disease and colorectal cancer (obviously within an overall healthy diet).
Oats are actually gluten free but because of cross-contamination in the processing, people who have celiacs or other gluten intolerance might want to purchase oats processed in a gluten free facility.
This is my favorite way to eat oatmeal. Soaking everything overnight starts the breaking down process, making it all easier to digest. It’s also a wonderful way to sweeten your oatmeal using the natural sugars found in fruit.
Makes: 1 bowl
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: Raw, but soaked overnight
Cost: ~ $4
- 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup walnut bits
- 2 dates
- 2 Tbs dried cranberries
- 2 Tbs raisins
- 1 tsp cinnamon
You can really use any dried fruits and nuts that you love! This is just what I had lying around at the moment!
Pour oats into a bowl. Cut up the bigger dried fruit and add everything in. Pour hot water over it all and cover with a plate. Leave the bowl to sit on the counter overnight.
In the morning, most of the water will have soaked into the oats. You now have a few choices. If you want it served warm, you can heat it all up in a saucepan over low heat with a splash of water or non-dairy milk so it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
I like eating my oats at room temperature in the morning. I may add the splash of almond milk still. And I love some additional toppings! See below 🙂
Additional toppings that I love:
- fresh fruit (whatever is in season will taste the best, but I love apples, figs, peaches…)
- berries (again, eat within the season!)
- hemp powder (for that extra protein kick!)
- maca powder
- organic molasses (if your oatmeal isn’t sweet enough, consider molasses for your sweetener; it’s delicious and gives you that iron boost)
- nut butter (if you don’t already have enough nuts in your oats, some almond or peanut butter will make it incredibly creamy!)