Pinterest has exploded lately with recipes for refrigerator oatmeal, so of course I had to come up with my own healthy version! Now I will admit that we do not frequently eat grains in our household. Actually we are pretty much grain free, with the excpetion of the occasional oatmeal or quinoa. Oats contain a very low level of phytic acid and soaking them further reduces these levels. Plus, in the winter months I still love a warm bowl of oatmeal with maple syrup, butter and cream on a cold morning! It reminds me of my childhood.
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats (gluten free, as sometimes it can be cross-contaminated with wheat) — where to find
- 1 1/2 cups milk of your choice (we use raw whole milk)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree — where to find
- 4 Tbsp chia seeds — where to find
- 4 Tbsp golden raisins
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice — where to find
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar or honey — where to find coconut sugar
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine
- Put into individual jars, leaving headroom to allow for expansion. I like to use jelly jars for individual servings for my kids
- Refrigerate overnight….ta da refrigerator oatmeal is just that easy!!!
- If you want to spice it up a bit you can lightly toast the steel cut oats in a dry skillet before combining all of the ingredients. This gives it a nutty flavor and also reduced the phytates in the oats
- These are great for on-the-go mornings! Super easy kid food when you are in a hurry to get out the door.
- To reheat, just add to a saucepan and heat on low until you achieve the temperature you desire. I pop the jars in my toaster oven for about 5 minutes and they warm up quickly. Or eat them cold
- Top with maple syrup, cream, butter, coconut milk, coconut sugar or honey. Yum!
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What are your favorite oatmeal toppings, I would love to hear about them in the comments below!
For more information on the proper cooking and preparation methods of whole grains, I suggest you pick up Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. This book is always open in my kitchen!