Oatmeal is definitely a great choice for breakfast, especially when one considers the many other options.  However, cooked grains are not the easiest foodstuffs for our digestive tracts; The more raw and living foods that you consume, the less wear and tear on the body.  I’ve always found that if I start the day with something raw (either this recipe, chia “tapioca” pudding, nut milk shakes or my usual green smoothie) it gives my immune system a boost and sustains my blood sugar and energy levels much longer.

The idea of “raw oatmeal” sounded implausible to me at first.  Then I discovered steel cut oat groats in the bulk bin of my local health food store when I was testing out some raw foods recipes that called for “oat groats.”  The texture of the groats is like grits, but more of a beige color.  Not at all like the flat discs of oatmeal we are accustomed to.

And when I do, for convenience, purchase a ready made non-dairy milk, like almond, hemp, coconut etc. one of my favorites has been the Oat milk.  Who knew you could make a great milk replacement with oats?  All you have to do is take a cup or two of the groats and soak them overnight.  In the morning rinse and drain them.  Add some water or nut milk, some spices and some kind of sweetener (anything from xylitol or stevia for those with blood sugar challenges, to maple syrup, palm sugar or coconut nectar (all of those are sensible sweeteners — see  my Daytime TV appearance on this subject.)

If you have a high speed blender like the Vitamix or Blendtec, you can run a bit longer and the raw oatmeal will warm up naturally.   You can make these just as easily in ANY blender, just put on the highest setting and blend for a couple of minutes.  You can also warm gently in a glass or stainless steel pan, OR consume at room temp, which is not at all unpleasant.  You can also just heat up the milk or nut milk and pour over.  The one above has a swirl of maple syrup, some fresh blueberries and a cinnamon flaxseed cracker.

And if raw oatmeal just sounds too weird, check out a high-fiber and delicious seasonal suggestion for cooked oatmeal below the recipe.

MAPLE  OAT CEREAL – raw

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup steel cut oat groats

2 ½ cups filtered water

1 TB. alcohol-free vanilla extract

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 TB. maple syrup or coconut nectar

Optional toppings:  Almond milk, raisins, dried cranberries, currants fresh berries, sliced banana, pumpkin pie spice, soaked walnuts

Soak oat groats overnight.  Drain and rinse and place in blender or Vitamix with ½ to 2/3 cup water, vanilla and cinnamon.  Blend until smooth and slightly warm.

Dot with fresh or dried fruit of choice and drizzle with syrup.

Here’s a creative idea for spicing up your cooked oatmeal:

If you are making cooked oatmeal in the morning, you can add a seasonal touch.  Get a can or two of organic pumpkin puree and add a teaspoon or two to your oatmeal after it is cooked, stirring until well-blended.  Add a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil, a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.  You are adding extra fiber AND flavor.   And also mixing things up a bit so that your daily dose of oatmeal stays interesting…

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LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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(4) Comments

  1. Kari Shattles-de Laaf

    Hi LJ-
    I can’t wait to try this raw oatmeal with the pumpkin puree. Love oatmeal, but this will certainly simplify it & offer some other great flavors. Yum. I’ll let ya know how mine turns out!
    Happy Holidays!
    Kari

    • Hey sweet Kari! how have you been? Jeff has loved the pumpkin puree in his hot cereal so I’m sure you’ll love it. The Pumpkin Custard Creme Pie is outrageous – you can leave out the chia or Irish Moss and just freeze it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Sara

    This is great, I have been missing oatmeal for a while! So looking forward to making raw oatmeal now 🙂 Thanks

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