Sunday, August 2
dirty hippie oat groats
one of the ways b & I manage to find healthy, easy morning sustenance: what we call the dirty hippie breakfast (dirty-little-hippie being a term of endearment between us). oat groats are the only thing whole-grainier than oatmeal. and probably the only thing healthier than oatmeal, too. the heartier texture is really nice, and a big pot made one morning provides the next few days' breakfasts. just add a splash of milk before throwing it in the micro a turn. It was a simple addition to the convalescent diet plan, with the addition of fresh raspberries and blueberries.
1 cup whole oat groats (or combination of whole oats, brown rice, barley, millet, etc, equaling a total of 1 cup. we usually use 3/4 c oat to 1/4 combined miscellany)
1/4 tsp salt
4 cups water
a few tbsp of neutral oil or butter
1 tsp ground vietnamese cinnamon
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp citrus zest, grated
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 c. seasonal fruit (dried, fresh berries or sauteed apples/pears, etc)
1-2 c. nuts (whole, sliced or chopped)
the night before:
bring oats, water and salt to a boil for approx 5 minutes, and shut off the heat. cover and
go to sleep.
bring back to a low boil and then lower stove to lowest setting for 15-20 min, until texture is to taste, adding oil or butter at this point, if you like (a little fat helps it stick 'til lunch). this is the only real effort intensive portion, since it needs stirring pretty constantly. add cinnamon, zest, vanilla, ginger, etc.
in the fall we add sliced almonds and apples or pears sauteed with a little almond oil and cinnamon, but raspberries, raisins, bananas (and even dried blueberries, in a pinch) have all been delicious. attempting an overnight crock-pot method was easier (I'm not much to see prior to coffee, and apt to choose the lazier route), but the grains became mush, losing the al dente texture that makes this dish so gratifying. b wasn't a fan of that batch...and neither was I to be perfectly honest. we've never tried a second time.