When I take the time to make oatmeal for breakfast it really makes me feel I am getting a great start to the day. It makes me feel great. Having a good breakfast is very important to me, mentally and physically. Oatmeal is great, because it is good for you, easy to make, and you can add so many different flavours. When I say oatmeal, I really should say porridge, because I don’t always make it with oats. Sometimes I will add quinoa, amaranth, spelt or kamut. This opens up a whole bunch of other possibilities and variety to your breakfast.
My go to are either steel cut oats, or whole oat groats. Whole oat groats are less common, but they can be found at most health food stores or places that sell grains in bulk, or ‘en vrac’ as we say in Quebec. Whole oat groats are just what they sound like, the whole oat. They do take a lot longer to cook, but with the method I am about to share with you they will take the same amount of time as steel cut oats in the morning.
All you have to do is get organized the night before. Before you go to bed, bring the water to a boil in a saucepan and add the oats. Cover, remove from heat and let sit overnight. When you wake up in the morning the oat groats will be almost cooked. Simply cook for another 15-20 minutes, and they are ready for whatever topping you want to put on them.
You can use this same technique for steel cut oats as well. All you will have to do with the steel cut oats in the morning is reheat them because they will be completely cooked. I recommend using steel cut oats on those mornings you have to get up early,and don’t have a lot of time. I often make several portions all at once, and store it in the fridge. Then I still can have a quick but nutritious breakfast on those mornings I have to be out of the house quickly.
What kind of grains do you like to use for your hot cereal? What are your favourite toppings?
Apple, Cinnamon, Goji Berry Oatmeal
Makes 2-3 servings
1 cup oat groats
4 cups water
1/3 cup goji berries
Note: For one serving I used 2 teaspoons of apple butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Really, it is up to you.
The night before you want your oats.
In a medium sauce-pan, bring the 4 cups of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling add the 1 cup of whole oat groats. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit overnight.
The next morning, return pot to heat and simmer or medium-low, for about 20 minutes, or until all the water is evaporated and the oats are cooked. Stir to prevent it sticking, and when the water is almost all evaporated, add the goji berries to the pot.
Serve in bowls and mix in as much apple butter as you like.
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