By soaking the oatmeal overnight with a dash of lemon juice, not only are you reducing anti-nutrients, but your oatmeal will cook up in minutes in the morning. A true instant oatmeal, done the old fashioned way! We finally found a way to make soaked oatmeal that we can really enjoy by the use of lemon juice, which gives a much more mild taste. We also love to add chia seeds to our oatmeal (easily soaked overnight with the oats). This adds not only omega 3’s, protein and nutrition to our oatmeal, but we love the texture it gives.
When I decided to start soaking grains, I quickly decided soaked oatmeal was just not going to happen. It was so sour my husband wouldn’t even eat it. Of course, this was in my dairy days and I was trying to use yogurt and buttermilk. Now that we are dairy free, I decided to give it another go. I tried raw apple cider vinegar at first just because I had it on hand. And, not surprisingly, it had a funny vinegar taste to it. Then, I tried lemon juice. And it worked! It was hardly sour at all! By the time you add ghee (or butter) and some honey and raisins to the bowl, it tastes like a normal bowl of oatmeal.
A quick review, the acidic addition that you can add to your soaked grain include:
Dairy: Buttermilk, yogurt, whey, kefir
Non-Dairy: Lemon juice, vinegar (I also think that a well soured coconut kefir, or even water kefir would could work as well, but I haven’t tried it yet).
I have also added in some spelt or whole wheat flour into my oatmeal. Near the beginning of this blog I recommended Rebuild From Depression’s helpful Phytic Acid E-course. One of the tips she includes is adding a grain high in the phytase enzyme (which neutralizes the anti-nutrient phytic acid) to grains low in phytase-such as corn and oatmeal. She suggests adding in 10 percent whole wheat (or spelt) to your oatmeal. I’ve been experimenting a little, and so far we like having a tablespoon per cup of oatmeal, which isn’t quite 10 percent. Feel free to experiment on your own and see what you like.
Because I couldn’t get soaked oatmeal to taste right for a while, we had taken it completely out of our diet, but now that we are having it again, it’s certainly helping with our food budget! I was able to get a large bag full of organic rolled oats for about four dollars. That four dollars will stretch into many meals for us.
So this will be my nourishing frugal recipe for the carnival which I will be posting late tonight/ early tomorrow morning. I just ordered five pounds of steel cut oats and am eager to try a soaked version of them as well.
Basic Soaked Oatmeal-Serves 4 people
If you are worried about it being too sour, start with one tablespoon of lemon juice. If the chai seeds appearance is not to your liking, you can always grind them in your clean spice/coffee grinder. Lindsay from Passionate Homemaking gave me the idea to use a mason jar for the soaking process.
2 cups of rolled oats (not quick cooking)
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon chia seeds (or flax seeds )
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
2-4 tablespoons of wheat or spelt flour
2 cups of water
a dash or two of sea salt
1-12 to 24 hours before hand, place your oats, chai seeds, wheat flour and 2 cups of water in a quart size mason jar or bowl. Mix it all together and cover. If you need to, you can add a bit more water to cover.
2-The next morning, dump into a pot with 2 more cups of water and a dash of salt. Bring to a simmer and cook just a few minutes and it’s done!
3-Serve with your favorite toppings: Honey, maple syrup, butter, palm sugar, ghee, raisins, dried fruit, fruit compotes, nuts, etc. Get creative! We have found that if we put a little ghee and honey on our oatmeal, it gives it an almost caramel like taste. Yummy!
How do you like your oatmeal?