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Soaked Oatmeal Basics :: Plus 6 Different Recipes!

March 16, 2014

Soaked Oatmeal Basics :: Plus 6 Different Recipes!

Alright gang. So this is the motherload of all things oatmeal.

One of my life goals is to show people that boxed cereal isn’t the only simple, quick breakfast option!

On Mondays I make a large pot of plain oatmeal that we use a few times per week for fast, nourishing breakfasts. I have it stored in the fridge in a large bowl with a lid. Scoop out a few cups of cooked oatmeal and add ins to a pot, warm through and breakfast is done with a side of eggs or bacon, and raw milk!

It takes just a couple minutes to get the oats in a bowl to soak overnight and then cooks up within 10 minutes the next morning. SIMPLE. The soaking not only helps the oats cook faster, but it makes them digest easier! Bonus!

And because oatmeal is on the menu 2-3 times per week here, I have come up with a variety of ways to change up the flavors to keep things fun.

Give it a try this week and let me know which flavor your family likes best!

BASIC PLAIN SOAKED OATMEAL
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Ingredients
  • 6 cups oats (NOT quick oats. If you are gluten free be sure to get a brand that labels GF – like Bob’s Red Mill GF Oats)
  • Juice of 1 lemon for soaking
  • Filtered water to cover oats plus another few cups for cooking
Instructions
  1. The night before you want to cook the oatmeal, combine the oats and lemon juice in a mixing bowl with enough water to cover the oats.
  2. Set under the light in your oven or warm spot in your kitchen over night. This soaking breaks down the phytic acid in the grain helping it digest better.
  3. The next morning pour the oat mixture into a large pot and add a few cups of water to cover the oats.
  4. Bring the oats to a bubble and simmer for about 5 minutes. If you want thicker oatmeal you can simmer longer.
  5. At this point you can either add your favorite mix-ins or store plain in the fridge up to a week.

So now that you have made your base oatmeal for the week, let’s give it some fun! The amount in each recipe feeds my husband, girls, and I – about 4 cups of oatmeal. All you need to do is add the ingredients into a pot and warm through! FAST!

BANANA BREAD OATMEAL

    • 4 cups cooked soaked oatmeal
    • 3 TB butter or coconut oil
    • 2 mashed banana plus more to top if you wish
    • 1 ½ TB cinnamon
    • ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • 2-4 TB pure maple syrup (Optional – I rarely use this with the girls – the bananas are sweet enough on their own)

Soaked Oatmeal Basics :: Plus 6 Different Recipes!
BLUEBERRY COCONUT OATMEAL

      • 4 cups cooked soaked oatmeal
      • 3 TB butter or coconut oil
      • 1 cup shredded coconut (I get this cheapest in bulk at our local health food store)
      • 1 ½ cups blueberries, pureed (I use thawed blueberries from our summer picking and when we run out either frozen organic from Costco…or we wait until July picking again!)
      • ½ tsp vanilla extract
      • 2-4 TB raw honey (Optional – I rarely use this with the girls – the blueberries are sweet enough on their own)

Soaked Oatmeal Basics :: Plus 6 Different Recipes!
APPLESAUCE OATMEAL

        • 4 cups cooked soaked oatmeal
        • 3 TB butter or coconut oil
        • 1 cup organic unsweetened applesauce (I use homemade from our fall apple picking and when that runs out I get it cheapest at our local grocer).
        • ¾ cup organic raisins (I get mine cheapest in bulk at Costco)
        • ½ tsp vanilla extract
        • 2-4 TB pure maple syrup (Optional – I rarely use this with the girls – the applesauce and raisins are sweet enough on their own)

Soaked Oatmeal Basics :: Plus 6 Different Recipes!
STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM OATMEAL

          • 4 cups cooked soaked oatmeal
          • ¼ cup whole organic cream or coconut cream
          • 1 ½ cups strawberries, pureed (I use thawed strawberries from our summer picking and when we run out either frozen organic from Costco…or we wait until June picking again!)
          • ½ tsp vanilla extract
          • 2-4 TB raw honey (Optional – I rarely use this with the girls – the strawberries and raisins are sweet enough on their own)

Soaked Oatmeal Basics :: Plus 6 Different Recipes!
PUMPKIN PIE OATMEAL

            • 4 cups cooked soaked oatmeal
            • ¼ cup whole organic cream or coconut cream
            • 1 cup pumpkin puree (I use thawed out from my fall freezer stash but canned organic is fine!)
            • 2 tsp cinnamon
            • 2 tsp ground ginger
            • ½ tsp cloves
            • ½ tsp nutmeg
            • ¼ tsp allspice
            • 2-4 TB pure maple syrup

Soaked Oatmeal Basics :: Plus 6 Different Recipes!
CHERRY ALMOND OATMEAL

              • 4 cups cooked soaked oatmeal
              • 3 TB butter or coconut oil
              • ¼ cup blanched almonds or soaked/crispy almonds, pulsed in the processor
              • 1 cup cherries, pureed (I use thawed cherries from our summer picking – and when we run out we wait until July picking!)
              • ½ tsp almond extract
              • 2-4 TB raw honey (Optional – I rarely use this with the girls – the cherries and raisins are sweet enough on their own)

Soaked Oatmeal Basics :: Plus 6 Different Recipes!
OK! So keep me posted once you get started on how this process runs in your house on busy mornings!

This post was shared at Allergy Free Wednesdays and Real Food Wednesdays!

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  • Reply Cassie April 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

    This is great! Do you happen to have a list of fruits/vegetables that you pick on your own and what months are best for that (and maybe how you prep them for freezing/storing)? Or have any good resources I could refer to for it? Thanks!!! 🙂

    • Reply Renee Kohley April 4, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Hi Cassie! I am actually working on a post with just that here in the next month <3 I will see if I can find you something for in the meantime. Every region is different when thing come into season - for us here in MI we are just coming into asparagus, pea, radish, lettuce, beet season 🙂 Strawberries will be end of June-ish - although with the lingering cold I'm not sure - might be closer to July 🙁 Anyway! I can keep you posted 🙂

      • Reply Cassie April 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

        Awesome!! Thanks!! Looking forward to all the fresh from the garden produce 🙂

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  • Reply kathy May 23, 2014 at 12:22 am

    hi,
    sorry but im a bit confused. you soak the 6 cups overnight then refrigerate. do you drain off the water or is it all absorbed? is this for one breakfast for all of you or is this what you use all week? how long will it keep in the fridge? cant wait to try some of the varieties..sound delicious.

    • Reply Renee Kohley May 23, 2014 at 6:24 am

      Hi Kathy 🙂

      You soak the 6 cups overnight and then cook them off – the very first recipe (the one in the box) shows you how to cook them off – just dump the whole bowl of oats that have been soaking into a pot and add a little water to cover. Bring it up to a bubble and simmer to the thickness you like your oatmeal. At that point you can store the plain oatmeal in the fridge and just scoop out what you need for breakfast and warm it on the stove with your add-ins! The 6 cups of oatmeal lasts my family most weeks about a week. We have oatmeal about 3-4 times per week. I would say don’t keep it in the fridge longer than a week although I’m sure mine has gone longer than that 😉 I hope that helps!

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  • Reply Gayle April 20, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I’m a bit confused too! So you soak overnite, then cook. But that plain is the base, but if you serve a few bowls, then the leftover 4 cups is then mixed with the flavor varieties & heated for one meal then refrigerated for the week? Or can you just scoop out a bowlful then add some flavor with add-ins and zap? I rarely if ever have time to warm up a pot during the week. Zapping works better.

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  • Reply Jessica August 31, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Would it be weird to sub out the oats for sprouted quinoa? We don’t eat oats …

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 1, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Hi Jessica! Any soaked or sprouted grain would work really – the water amounts would change – just cook the grain to your liking and add the flavor options! Quinoa works great too!

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      Hi Emily 🙂 Thank you for your kind words – that is super humbling 🙂 Yes a book is in the works!

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  • Reply Chan August 24, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Do the oats taste like lemon? Thanks

    • Reply Renee Kohley August 25, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      It is pretty minimal – I don’t taste it!

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