When the weather cools down, my children ask me for oatmeal for breakfast. This may surprise you because most kids don’t ask for oatmeal! Oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring!
Growing up, we had oatmeal every Sunday morning. I wasn’t a fan! As I got older I “graduated” to the packaged microwaved stuff and I like that. Who wouldn’t? It’s loaded with sugar!
Now that I’m a mom, I am always looking for healthy ways to liven up seemingly bland foods and this pumpkin pie overnight crock pot oatmeal fits the bill!
Grains in their natural state contain an anti-nutrient called phytic acid. Soaking them in an acidic medium like apple cider vinegar or lemon juice helps break down the phytic acid making them easier to digest. If you eat grains, properly preparing them is important to your health.
We don’t eat oats a lot but we do eat them. There is evidence that oats can promote tooth decay as laid out in the book Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel so if you have teeth issues, pick up that book and you can learn more about that.
Anyway, back to the oatmeal. I wanted to recreate one of our favorite desserts, pumpkin pie. Pumpkins are so good for you! They are full of beta carotene and and vitamin C. This time of year, we put it in everything it seems. We can’t get enough of it. Adding it to oatmeal gives it a wonderful dimension and adds a unique texture to it.
The oatmeal will be thick so add more milk, cream or coconut milk before serving to thin it out as desired, or add more liquid to the cooking process.
- 2 cups gluten-free steel cut oats
- 3 cups warm filtered water
- 1 TBS raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup raw milk or coconut milk
- 1 TBS pastured butter or coconut oil
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 TBS pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp real salt
- 2 TBS chia seeds
- 6 TBS grade b maple syrup
- The morning prior, combine oats, warm water and apple cider vinegar.
- Cover and place an a warm spot.
- That night, combine the remaining ingredients in a small crock pot that has been greased on the bottom.
- Turn on low and cook overnight.
- Serve hot with cream, raw milk or coconut milk and extra butter and maple syrup if desired.
This is a warming, filling breakfast full of vitamins, minerals and good fats that will nourish the body and be enjoyed by the whole family.
Do you like oatmeal? What’s your favorite “flavor”? Tell us in comments and recipe links are welcome!
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