Week 4 - What Do Oatmeal And Freedom Have In Common?
Let's be honest. Oatmeal and freedom don't have much in common. I won't pretend to make an elaborate connection. However, both do feed the soul. Sometimes when the world around us isn't going as predicted, it's best to feed the part of us that needs soothing. It's the part that has no relationship to our stomachs. It's the part that tells us it would be a good idea to start the day with a warm buttery stack of pancakes and a slab of salty bacon. It's the part that feels beast like until the last lick of syrup is sopped up with a fork. However, the scientists say, or at least the ones who love to kill joy, foods such as pancakes and bacon, only make us feel better for the short-term. Honestly, sometimes I hate science.
With that in mind, last night I pulled out the slow cooker and steel cut oats. The word on the street is oatmeal is as good as pancakes when cooked slowly. Well, that is a total lie. Nothing is as good as pancakes. However, being healthy is important and more studies show the food we eat does affect how we think. Our bodies break down oatmeal very slowly, so it keeps the brain sharp for hours. Today I am trying slow cooker oatmeal garnished with freedom inspired berries Yep; it's a stretch.
*This recipe will need to be started the night before or about 7 hours before breakfast.
Makes 6 servings
- 1 -14 oz full fat or light coconut milk
- 11/2 steel cut oats
- 41/2 cups water
- a dash of salt
- garnishes: blueberries, raspberries, chia seeds, bananas, butter, and honey
Step 1: The night before or approximately 7 hours before breakfast, turn a slow cooker on low and add the coconut milk, water, salt, and steel cut oats. Stir together and place the lid on top of the slow cooker and let simmer overnight.
Step 2: Wake to a piping hot pot of oatmeal and stir the oatmeal together until smooth. Place oatmeal in bowls and garnish with selected toppings.
Until tomorrow American Breakfast Lovers!