I've been doing my best to make changes in our family's diet as I learn more about nutrition. Soaking whole grains is one of the latest nutrition topics I've been researching. Basically, whole grains are good for you, but to get the most out of them, you need to neutralize the phytic acid in them to aid digestion and absorbtion of minerals. There are lots of good resources available on this topic at the library and through the internet. (Check out Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon or these posts for information on soaking whole grains: Sue Gregg, The Nourishing Gourmet, Passionate Homemaking)
Apple Pie (Soaked) Oatmeal (serves 2-3)
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons yogurt (You can also use kefir, whey, lemon juice, or vinegar.)
1 cup water (or milk)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon blend (or apple or pumpkin pie spice)
sweetener as desired
frozen diced apples, optional
Soak oats for 12-24 hours in first cup of water and yogurt. (I just put them in my saucepan, cover, and leave it on the counter to ferment overnight.) The next morning, add the second cup of water (or milk, if desired) and simmer over medium low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking until oatmeal reaches the desired consistency. Remove from heat and stir in applesauce and cinnamon blend. Sweeten as desired with maple syrup, honey, or other sweetener. Add butter. Stir in frozen diced apples if desired which will add flavor and cool the oatmeal for little ones.
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