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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Soaked Steel Cut Oats-Summer Breakfast!

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Oh Dearies, how I do love thee! Let me count the ways...

It has been a busy week here in the hollow, as I'm sure it has been for all of my Dearies that I do so miss during the hectic week. In the midst of all the madness though, our enchanted kitchen always seems to find a way to summon me into its quarters. It is here that I often find the time to knead, stew, and even contemplate some simple, relaxing niceties and topics that might otherwise slip my mind only to be lost in the crevices of this mystical life.

One of these simple topics was Cauldron Boy's very good habit of eating organic hot oatmeal every morning during the fall and winter months. This came to mind as I noticed the sun shine over my herb and vegetable garden while feeling a bit of its above 80's temperatures against the side of body facing the window. It was in this warm moment that I realized C.B. would soon stop eating his hot oatmeal as the truly warm weather sets in this Spring. In fact, he is already eating less healthful things, as February 1st marks the first day of Spring in this hollow, Dearies.

So, being that my Cauldron Boy has a natural tendency towards high blood pressure and cholesterol, I felt I needed to look into my bag of vegan tricks and treats;-) In it, I found this old trick of soaking organic, steel cut oats in soy or almond milk over night. The result is a quick, no cook breakfast of chewy whole grain oats that is as delicious as it is full of fiber. I hope you will give it a try when your hollow inevitably heats up a bit this spring or summer!

Here is how it's done:

Soaked Steel Cut Oats for 2-3
1 Cup Organic, Steel Cut Oats
2 Cups Organic Soy or Almond Milk*
Extras: Fruits, nuts, nut butters, honey, maple, etc...
*Organic dairy milk is great too!

Place your steel cut oats and milk in a container or glass. Cover and allow to sit over night in the fridge (I often do a double batch and eat mine over the next 2-3 days-it keeps well in the fridge at least this long). In the morning, scoop some of the soaked oats into a bowl with as much of the milk as you like and top with your favorite fruits and such.

Enjoy your cold, refreshing morning oats!

78 comments:

  1. I absolutely love oatmeal. Any time of day. I eat it often. It always soothes my hunger. Yours looks delicious.

    Velva

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  2. My kids would like this a lot as well. My husband cooks oatmeal every morning. They all love almond mlik. Sounds like a keeper. Thanks, Stella.
    Greetings.
    Kirsten

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  3. That is an insanely cool trick. I had no idea! Nice to think I can have oatmeal when it's sweltering and it'll actually be refreshing. Um, Feb 1 is the beginning of spring for you? notjealousnotjealousnotjealousnotjealous

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  4. It's been way too long since I stopped by your blog, Stella. Sorry about that. But I am wild with jealousy at your warm weather. WILD! The oatmeal looks delicious, no matter what the weather, though.

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  5. You manage to make healthy eating sound (and look) so appealing. Cauldron boy must be quite content! :D

    It was such a nice surprise to see one of your posts show up today!!

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  6. It's been a while since I have had cold steel oatmeal, I've forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I read an article by Mark Bittman about oatmeal sold at McDonald's. Homemade is so much better, and this recipe proves that it can be easy.

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  7. Yum Stella - this looks and sounds delicious. I have never actually had steel cut oatmeal but you make it look so good and healthy too - can't wait to try this

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  8. I'm proclaiming it spring in my hollow too... and steel cut oats are a frequent guest on our table. While I've soaked them in water over night I haven't done it with the soy or almond milks, nicely done. That will be our version next time!

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  9. I actually did the soaking method once or twice but stopped ever since I fell sick. Then I stop the milk as it seems to cause phlegm. I miss my oats!

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  10. Oh Stella, I'm so done with winter over here. Some days I'm out shoveling 3 times a day because if I wait until it's all done snowing, my back would definitely not be very happy with me. So when I visit you and hear about your beautiful weather, all the wonderful fruits you get to pick off the trees in your yard or on the streets, and your gardens, I can't help but wait for winter to just GET LOST. I don't hate winter, I just think it's too long here. Makes me wonder why I'm still living in such a cold city sometimes.
    We don't eat oats very often in my house, no reason why not, we just don't. My kiddies actually like their cereal soggy so I bet they would enjoy your soaked steel cut oats. Although your oats would taste much much better than soggy cereal I'm sure. This looks so delicious topped with the fresh fruits. I've never had oats with soy milk before, sounds much better than water or milk to me. Plus, bonus on being able to have this instant. Certainly something for me to try with my kids. I'll bet this would keep their little tummies full longer throughout the day than cereal. Always happy to be getting great tips from this magical witch. Hope all is well with you, Stella.

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  11. Yum! That looks really delicious...and healthy too.

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  12. Love this fruity oats for breakfast.

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  13. Delicious and healthy looking Oatie breakfast Stella. The fruit and nut butter look good in the bowl. I like your method of soaking the oats overnight and will have to try this for my husband. We have some rain coming our way today but Warmer weather is just around the corner. I'm ready for it;-) So, happy to see you sharing a warm weather breakfast idea, thanks;-)

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  14. what a great trick here.. so glad to see your back to the blogosphere thanks for stopping by and your kind words!

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  15. One of my fave things for breakfast. (someone posted making steel cut oatmeal in a pressure cooker...did you see that?)
    And for some oddball reason ( I never claimed to be normal), I make mine with water and really don't need anything else with it. I don't even use fruit in it. Bland, I know, but it's the way I love it.

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  16. Fantastic breakfast...I have not had this is such a long time. I need to make this for my niece, she is too into her boxed cereals. Warmer weather is coming :)

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  17. My husband loves milk-soaked oats for the breakfast (with pears though) too. I have a papaya still in the kitchen, maybe I shall make one for him tomorrow.

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  18. aaah Stella this really sound healthy and delicious! xxgloria

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  19. Stella, you and I are on the same wavelength with oats this week. I made a savory oats for the first time and boy was it amazing... posting tomorrow for St. Pats. They really are fab and I love the soaking idea... what a time saver to do the oats the night before... they are so good and filling in the morning. Lovely pictures too!!!

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  20. This is a great idea, to soak the oats beforehand, sort of like Bircher muesli. It'd be perfect for those busybodies (like moi) who are too frazzled in the mornings to make brekkie.

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  21. I used to make steeel cup oat all the time; it fell of my radar I guess. I used to cook mine for about an hour, I'm intrigued that you serve it raw, only soaked. Must give this a try.
    Rita

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  22. Totally! Can do this with whole oat groats as well, and water works too, just drain before eating.

    I'm glad you reminded me of this - easy and fast way to get a healthy breakfast! thx

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  23. This looks great! I love all the extra milk, fruits and nut butters! Definitely a good way to start the day!

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  24. Absolutely stunning, Stella! Breakfasts are so understated and your picture is a vision of health and makes me think of a beautiful morning!
    I haven't posted for over 2 weeks which is a first to me in three years, I think. I have been knee deep in the throws of planning a local food conference with our local slow food convivia. Great work. Time well spent, but I miss cooking, writing, reading and YOU!
    I will catch up soon, I hope.
    :)
    Valerie

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  25. WOW, 80's , you're lucky.
    I thought Spring came here too but seems I was so wrong, bad weather came back. Love this kind of breakfast especially for me since I kinda try to avoid the cooked oats, not a big fan of that mushy meal.
    thanks for sharing Stella

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  26. You know what the 1st day of Spring for you means to me don't you Stella..., the 1st day of Autumn down in our part of the world (although to be honest it still feels very summery here) but before long I guess we'll be feeling a nip in the air & thoughts will turn to slow cooking & all comfort food things.
    Now ....., your oats.., love the idea heaps, in fact I do something a little like this, I often soak muesli or oats overnight with fruit juice, it makes for a quick breakfast & healthy too.
    Have an awesome week Lovely :)

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  27. I've heard of these overnight oats before and think they sound perfect! Especially for those super hot days when no one in their right mind feels like stirring a pot of oatmeal over the stove!

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  28. Sounds like a terrific healthy breakfast for sure!

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  29. I love this idea, I have TONS of steel cut oats my girls love oatmeal with fruit so having a large bathc on hand ready, a perfect mommy recipe!
    thanks girl!
    hope all is well, take care we send you besos!!
    sweetlife

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  30. hi Stella

    I keep hearing about overnite oats, I am guessing this is it. I have to pick up some steel cut oats, if memory serves me correctly they are a more robust oat, I guess thats why they hold up better. I do have to give almond milk a try, I don't drink much milk, but it sure couldn't hurt!
    thanks for sharing this with us
    Dennis

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  31. This reminds me of muesli. Delicious idea for the upcoming warmer temperatures. ;)

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  32. Oh Stellita..I loved your literary introduction..That poem is one of the most romantic i have ever heard and read! Pity no man on this Earth has ever written to me sth like that..but I should be fair, because sometimes deep love is showed in action, not in words (this is what my husband always tells me) Well, I LOVE your breakfast, and I would need it badly today...to counter this gray morning here...Thanks!

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  33. I am like C.B. and only eat oatmeal in the colder winter and autumn months, then stop in the spring. I love your idea for keeping him eating healthy and not to mention delicious. I love this oatmeal and will save it for the warmer weather. Gorgeous photos Stella!

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  34. Stella, what a yummy and hearty breakfast. You do have such a way of making me want to eat better...thanks dearie!

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  35. i'm stopping by DeKalb Farmers Mkt or Rainbow today to get some steel cut oats. And, I needto get some almond milk and soy milk - the kind that keeps in the cupboard. Don't want to face another morning like this one - yogurt in my coffee 'cause I didn't have any appropriate "milk!" Smile. M.

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  36. Sounds like a healthy breakfast! Soaking the oats will definitely help soften it. I am jealous of your warm weather. I am so ready for warmer weather and can't wait to bid farewell to Old Man Winter.

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  37. I *hate* sweet things that are hot, especially in the summer, so last summer I made a habit out of half-cooking a mixture of steel-cut oats and oat bran at night, and then putting it in the fridge mixed with a mashed banana to soak up the rest of the liquid. So good, and awfully refreshing in the heat! (Marwa, my Egyptian friend whom I spent a good chunk of the summer with, thought I was insane when she watched me prepare it one night. "Why are you making oatmeal at 10 PM?! You... eat it cold? And you don't put any sugar on it? Just a banana? And you're eating BRAN?" Granted, my eating habits have changed tremendously since I'd last seen her but it was amusing how bewildered she was by it.)

    I've missed you, Stella! I'm finally starting an herb garden (I'm building a raised bed; it'll only be two types of basil and oregano, but I'm excited!) and I've gone back to all your emails with tips on gardening and fertilizing which are really helping. And I'm still composting now that the winter's over, which I never would have done had you not told me I didn't need any special equipment. :)

    Hope you're well. <3

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  38. Ooo this sounds very simple and healthy and looks like it tastes delicious!I LOVE LOVE LOVE almond milk!

    I can't wait to start following your recipes again :)

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  39. Well, you know I'm in the sweltering heat here, most of the year, except for the freakishly cool and wet weather we've been having for the last 2 months or so (not that I'm complaining *wink*) But, I eat oatmeal most days of the week - I love it that much. This is a cool way to eat it too, and I actually prefer oatmeal undercooked or just soaked like you've done. Delicious!!!!

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  40. Stella, once again a wonderful tropical and healthiful treat! This makes me so excited for summer coming up.

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  41. What a fantastic breakfast idea. Love it!

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  42. My hubby loves oatmeal too and we've never tried it like this before. It's definitely going on the list. The thing is my hubby really likes it with flax seed - not because he likes the flax seed but because he knows the flax seed is good for him. I wonder if it would be good to allow the ground flax seed to sit in the mix overnight as well? Well, we'll give it a try. Thanks!

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  43. Yummm your blog is so tasty..

    I love oats!

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  44. Stella, your comments always make me smile and giggle, you're so cute! How's my favorite witch doing? And yeah, where IS the food? Long time no bloggie. Hope all is well with and that you're having a wonderful week my dear. Stalk ya later :-D

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  45. I would love a bowl of this for breakfast. It looks so wholesome and nourishing. I must try almond milk one day. I am convinced that I will love it.

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  46. Hi, Stella! Just wanted to drop by and say hello! So much to do and so little time! Wonderful to see what good things you have been making lately! :)

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  47. Chuls has made this all week for us, every morning she suprises us with new toppings...oh stella the easiest, healthy bowl I have ever had!! thanks amiga

    sweetlife

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  48. i just found your blog and i love it! i like to think i am rather kitchen witchy as well, although i have not yet embraced it on my blog :) mmm this breakfast looks so good...can't wait to try it!

    www.icyviolets.blogspot.com

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  50. You are such a caring and lovely wife! Steel cut oats are one of my favorite breakfasts! Thanks for posting :) xo

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  51. Hi Stella, missing you lately. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog;-)

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  52. I love the idea of soaking the oatmeal...actually I've been doing this every night before going to bed and I cook in the morning for breakfast...love the idea of serving it cold as the warm weather will be here soon. Have a great week ahead Stella :-)

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  53. Hello my dearie Stella,
    Thanks for passing by, I think we are all missing you there :-) Hope you are fine?
    Life is so busy and hectic at the moment, it's been so long since I last had time for blog hopping and I am so frustrated about it...
    Looking forward to discover your new witchy delicious recipes soon :-)
    big hugs from your favourite artichoke!

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  54. Stella, I have never thought of adding nut butters (am I living under a rock)? It totally sounds like a fantastic idea though! Ooooh la la!

    By the way, I'm so glad Spring is over! It's time for gardening!

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  55. I often prepare meals in advance and save portions for later. I really love the photos of this recipe for cold oats cereal with fruit.

    What a great combination!

    Penny

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  56. So when I visit you and listen to about your stunning weather, all the incredible fruits you get to pick off the trees in your yard or on the streets, and your gardens, I cannot help but wait for winter to get lose.

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  57. Mmm! Mmm! Love the ease of this recipe - imagine the huge smile on my face as I sup on this in the summer's morning sun! :) Featured on The Coolest Summer Recipes (http://www.squidoo.com/summer-recipes) too.

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  58. A sunny Hello to my favourite Kitchen witch :-)
    Hoping all is well for you and missing your posts.
    Take care and hugs!

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  59. wonderful looking! i bet the taste is far better! Always thinking how to upgrade my oat dishes~ thank you so very much for this unique twist..love it!

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  60. Just came by for a visit,, hope all's well ,, guess I'll just look around at old post :) Have a really great week end , Tink

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  61. Stella!!! Where are you now??? I missed your posts! Come back soon! Hope you are doing well, my fellow blogger. Take care.

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  62. I am gone for a bit and come back to something that just made me crave it on sight! I can not wait to try it!

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  63. looks amazing, easy to prepare, that's my kind of meal. thanks for the post.

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  64. A deliciously healthy breakfast! I lov eoats and eat them on a weekly basis.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  65. Hi, Stella! Just was thinking about you this morning! Pray all is well with you, my sweet friend! :)

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  66. best healthy breakfast. thanks for sharing. :)

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  67. Missing you!!!! please come back soon...

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  68. Stella, where are you??? Please come back.

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  69. Where on earth are you Stella??? Here's wishing you an amazing new year :)

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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  70. Well isn't this clever! I eat steel-cut oatmeal every weekday before work and it takes soooo long to get the stuff to soften up in my bowl. It's cold by the time it does. I'll try this. I miss a good milky cereal anyway.

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  71. Love your blog - the look of it and the recipes. Just found it recently.

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  72. What a terrific easy breakfast! Wholesome, yummy- and no work.

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  74. Hello! I just stumbled across your blog when I did a search for brown rice pudding and coconut! Just made your pudding and LOVE it! I am now about to try out your overnight steel cut oats too! I noticed you stopped blogging as of last year! Hope you continue to post in the future! I am LOVING your site! You do great work! Thanks SO much for sharing!

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  75. Liking this very, very much....as I have a jar of steelcut oats in the cupboards. Reminds me of a swiss-style soaked cereal (bircher muesli). Yummy

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