14 June 2010

soaked steel cut oats

A while back, I read this article on the importance of soaking oats. I really recommend reading the entire article, and accompanying comments. I'll give you the basics here: oats straight from the grocery store may be blocking your body's absorption of b12. This can cause irritable bowel symptoms, maybe acne and low hemoglobin, too. To remedy this, the oats (quick, regular/rolled, steel cut, etc.) need to be fermented by soaking in an acidic solution for several hours.

Sounds strange, I know. But I've been eating soaked oats for breakfast nearly every morning for the past few months, and I've definitely had a decrease in breakouts. I never had irritable bowel issues, and I haven't had my hemoglobin tested yet, so I can't report on those. But honestly, I'll take the acne reduction alone!

I'm going to outline my breakfast routine for you, an idea spurred by Christine from pies&aprons and her Overnight Oatmeal post. Each night after putting the kids to bed, I get out my container of steel cut oats.
I have a sticky note with the directions right on it so I don't have to look it up each time.
I measure out 1/2 cup of oats:
Add one cup of water:
and a tablespoon of lemon juice.
No, wait! Don't leave! It was a joke!
I don't really use freshly squeezed lemon juice. 
Gah. 
That would take forever.
I'm a lazy cheater.

Mix the solution together, either with a spoon, or by lazily swirling the bowl around.
Cover and leave on the counter overnight.
I cover with a plate to save plastic wrap and still keep any creepy crawlies out.

Here's what they look like in the morning:
Now the oats need to be drained and rinsed.
Drain out the liquid, fill with water. Drain and fill, and drain one more time. Do two or three rinses to get out all those b12 blockers, or you will have done all this soaking for nothing.

Now for the fun part.
 I dress my oats with fresh fruit, nuts and a little milk. This morning it was oranges and almonds. Usually it's bananas and an almond/walnut mix. In the summer, there will be berries. 

Oh yes, there will be berries!

(Click here for a printable version.)


5 comments:

sweetpea said...

OK, so maybe this is silly... but, you soak them, but you don't cook them?

Marisa said...

That's right, sweetpea. No cooking. Perfect for summer! They're left plump and pleasantly chewy.

Christine Hoffman said...

Ok-now I have to consider this soaking thing. That is quite interesting...I'll have to read more about it.
Thanks for the link!
Happy Oatmeal Eatin'!
Christine

Anonymous said...

Do you have to use steel cut oats or will any oats do? These look a lot different from my organic quick oats (and my son is picky about which oats he will eat, no steel cut ones for him!)

Marisa said...

Anon--you don't have to use steel cut oats, but I think they have the best texture. Rolled or quick oats are too mushy for me if soaked overnight and eaten raw. Soaking and eating oats raw gives them a completely different texture than cooked oats. Hit up your local bulk food store, buy one or two servings of some different oat cuts, and experiment.

Make it fun! Prepare one serving of steel cut, rolled (old fashioned/regular) oats, and quick oats. Put out a variety of fruits, cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, etc. Have an oat buffet breakfast tasting party!

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