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 exception 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.
When you want a delicious, hearty, and warming breakfast, make this the night before for a quick meal in the morning.
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oats (gluten-free as sometimes it can be cross-contaminated with wheat)
- 1 1/2 cups milk of your choice (we use raw whole milk)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 4 Tbsp chia seeds
- 4 Tbsp golden raisins
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar or honey
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
2. Put into individual jars, leaving headroom to allow for expansion. I like to use jelly jars for individual servings for my kids.
3. Refrigerate overnight....ta da refrigerator oatmeal is just that easy!!!
4. 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 reduces the phytates in the oats.
5. These are great for on-the-go mornings! Super easy kid food when you are in a hurry to get out the door.
6. 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.
7. 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!