Ever heard of soaking your oatmeal before cooking? This is definitely something you should begin doing if you are an oatmeal fan. Oatmeal is incredibly healthy; it contains a high amount of fiber, minerals, and can even lower your blood pressure. Despite all this, oatmeal has a high amount of phytic acid. This acid binds to certain minerals in the digestive track, which can make the oats tough on the digestive system. Soaking the oatmeal overnight helps break down the anti-nutrients and also make it easier to digest.
It’s super quick and easy; you can prepare the oats the night before and then heat them up in the morning!
This is how you do it. You will need:
- 1 cup gluten free oats
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon ground buckwheat groats
- Combine the oats, apple cider vinegar, and buckwheat groats in a glass mixing bowl and add 1 cup of warm water.
- Mix well and cover the mixture. Place it in a warm area of your kitchen for at least 12-24 hours.
- Once you are ready to eat, drain the oat mixture and rinse it gently.
- Add the oats to a sauce pan with a bit of milk and bring to a gentle boil.
- Stir the oats frequently, as the mixture thickens.
- Once the oatmeal has thickened, add your toppings of choice and enjoy!
I like to add bananas and chia seeds while it is cooking.
Then I add fresh berries, flax seed, coconut shavings and bee pollen. This oatmeal is packed full of antioxidants, fiber and minerals that make for an amazing start to your day.