Saturday, April 8, 2017

Creamy Gourmet Oatmeal!

I wanted to wake up and whip up a quick pot of oatmeal.
I wanted it to taste special.
I wanted creamy "gourmet" oatmeal for breakfast!
I used ingredients I had on hand...and it was easy peasy :)
You can follow my directions...or substitute ingredients to suit your taste.
It's time to get your oatmeal on!
Here's my secret (night before) first step...
Place your oatmeal, dried fruit and nuts in  a pot.
Cover the oats with water...
and add a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.
Stir the ingredients and place the lid on the pot.
Now go to bed and allow your oats to soak!
*Soaking with lemon juice breaks down phytates in the grain and nuts.
Phytates can bind to some minerals and impede absorption.
Soaking also releases nutrients and improves digestion.
I used organic rolled oats, walnut halves and dried Goji berries.
In the morning, I cooked my oats over a medium heat...stirring often.
After the oatmeal was cooked and creamy, I added some vanilla powder and hempseeds.
I cut up a ripe banana and added a generous serving of oatmeal on top.
I added some whole milk plain yogurt and a swirl of pure maple syrup.