I got this idea from my great friend Tom who is currently visiting us in Panama. Tom is previously known as “meal routine Tom”, as when we used to live together he would make his same daily breakfast and Tomwich for lunch, then one of a rotation of about 4 meals for dinner. He broke out a little bit and got a little more creative in the years since we were housemates, but he still enjoys a good breakfast – and this is one of his more interesting combinations, taking an idea that I’ve used before for cooked oatmeal.
I think everyone knows that soaking oatmeal overnight, preferably in apple juice, is just amazingly delicious and awesome. I used to then cooking the oatmeal in almond milk, but you can actually skip out this step altogether and just eat the raw oats. In fact, eating raw oats is incredibly nutritious and on a gluten-free diet especially. And, best of all, it’s super simple to make!
The best thing to do with this is prepare it the night before or when you wake up, then eat it in the morning or when you’ve got ready and are about to go to work. So easy.
1 cup of steel-cut oats (raw – make sure they’re GF)
1 1/2 cups natural apple juice (no added sugar)
1/4 cup raisins / dates
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 a red apple, cubed
1 tablespoon desiccated coconut or, preferably, shaved raw coconut
Pour the oats, apple juice, raisins, cinnamon and cubed apple into a bowl, then stir well. The apple juice should completely cover the oats, and then some
Refrigerate overnight, or for an hour
Top with the coconut and enjoy!
You can also add cashew nuts, macadamias, or any other nut in this too, and it would be even more spectacular! (Macadamia nuts especially…nomnomnom)
It is important to note that if you have digestive problems, raw oatmeal might prove a little more difficult for your body to process. However, for most, it is fantastic.
If you live in a hot country but miss oatmeal (like me) this is a really great way to change up your usual bowl of oatmeal to suit your new surroundings!