I realised not long ago that, whilst I use oats in a lot of my recipes, I’ve never actually posted my very basic oatmeal recipe. Oatmeal is one of the easiest things to make and is really fast, so it’s perfect for winter mornings when you need something hot in a hurry. Plus oats are fantastic for keeping your cholesterol low and releasing energy slowly to fuel you throughout the day.
One thing I do advise is soaking your oats for a few hours beforehand – like nuts, oats contain phytic acid that acts as an enzyme inhibitor so can cause trouble within your digestion system, particularly for those people who already have a temperamental tummy. Soaking oats and nuts releases this phytic acid to make them a lot easier to deal with, plus it gives your oats a much creamier texture. Enjoy!
2/3 cup oats
1 1/3 cup almond/rice/milk of choice (or water!)
2-3 drops of vanilla essence
(I also like to add a teaspoon of maca powder from Organic Burst for its caramel flavour and caffeine-free energy boost)
Preparation time: 5 minutes
- If possible, soak your oats in the liquid of your choice listed above for a few hours, or overnight. Don’t worry if you forget this step and just skip straight to step 2, but it really is worth it for the reasons mentioned above!
- Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan, stir well, then place on a stove at a medium heat. If you soaked your oats you may find that you have to add a little more liquid depending on how much your oats have soaked up – add a splash at a time so you don’t overdo it and end up with watery porridge!
- Continue to stir the mixture slowly whilst on the heat. Continue until it starts to bubble, then turn the heat down even more and keep stirring as the oats thicken. (Remember that often oatmeal goes slightly thicker when left to stand after removing from the stove.)
- When they reach your desired consistency, remove from the heat and add plenty of toppings. I love fresh fruit, nuts, almond butter and ground cinnamon.