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Junkyard Oatmeal

Active Time: 15 minutes / Cook Time: 6-8 minutes / Total Time: 15 minutes

Makes 2 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free oats, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed*
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup mixed dried fruits (chopped dried apples, bananas, raisins, cranberries, blueberries, cherries…whatever your heart desires or your pantry has too much of!)
  • ¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons grass-fed butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup OR honey
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, dairy or non-dairy are both fine
  • Dash cinnamon, optional

Directions:

  1. Add the oatmeal, water, and salt to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Add the dried fruit, (except bananas; add those just before serving) stir, reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, until the oats have absorbed the water, about 2-4 minutes.
  2. Divide the oatmeal between two bowls. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons walnuts. Add 1 teaspoon butter and ½ tablespoon maple syrup to each bowl, along with 1 tablespoon yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired. Serve.

*Soak 1 cup oats in 2 cups warm water in a bowl overnight.

Nutrition Corner: Soaking Grains
Soaking your grains helps to remove some of the natural phytic acids present. Phytic acids are used as part of a plant's defense mechanism, however, when we consume them, these antinutrients inhibit vitamin and mineral absorption in our digestive tract. Soaking also helps to break down proteins, making grains easier to digest, and can drastically reduce cooking time.