Oatmeal was my favorite breakfast food when I was a child. Still today cooking oatmeal brings back wonderful memories of my grandmother lovingly preparing oatmeal for me. Everything about her concoction of oatmeal seemed magical. The pot she cooked it in, the freshly clean and crisp apron she wore, and the smells wafting through the air, all still linger with me today. My grandmother's preparation of food was always a deeply nurturing experience for me. The warmth of that early childhood memory has stayed with me throughout my life.
Because of my early childhood experiences with home cooked meals I’ve always enjoyed preparing my own food, made with love at home, and seldom eat out. I enjoy the feeling of deep nurturance and love I experience when eating meals cooked to perfection and shared with friends and family in my own home.
How about you? If you love oatmeal, as I do, and the experience of preparing your own freshly made oatmeal from scratch, then you will want to try this oatmeal recipe.
Plus, I’ll give you my secret sauce for an oatmeal topping that will enhance the delicious flavors of your oatmeal and entice you to come back for more! You'll also get a few additional options for toppings to try, including essential oil.
How to Cook Whole Steel Cut Oats or Oat Groats in Minutes
This is the real thing, made quickly, easily and in minutes. If the time it takes to prepare oatmeal has prevented you from enjoying the wholesome goodness of oatmeal more often, then you're going to love my best EVER oatmeal. You'll find out just how easy it is to greatly reduce your cooking time to only a few minutes.
I’ve also included sugar free, Candida and Diabetic Safe options for you.
Monk Fruit Extract
I’d like to introduce you to a sweetener I only just recently acquired a taste for called Monk fruit. It’s a little spendy, but well worth the price. And, only a teeny bit goes a VERY long way. So check it out at your local health food store!
Monk fruit sweetener is an extract made from dried fruit. Monk fruit is a small green round melon-looking fruit that has been cultivated in the remote mountains of Southern China for centuries. According to legend, Monk fruit was named after the Buddhist monks who first cultivated it nearly 800 years ago.
The Monk fruit extract is 150-250 times sweeter than table sugar, has zero calories and carbs, and doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels.
It does not cause any side effects like gas, bloating, or allergic reactions. In fact, there are no known side effects and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given Monk fruit generally regarded as safe (GRAS) status for everyone, including pregnant women and children.
Monk Fruit Benefits
Diabetic and Candida Safe
Since Monk fruit is a natural compound and does not increase blood sugar levels it is considered generally safe for those with diabetes.
However, if you are suffering from diabetes, or a Candida yeast overgrowth you’re trying to eradicate, then be sure to purchase ONLY pure Monk fruit sweetener that has no added ingredients. 100% pure monk fruit powder that has been Certified GMO free is available.
Aids Weight Loss
Monk fruit has absolutely zero calories, carbs or fat. It is a fantastic choice for those watching their weight. To enjoy the benefits of Monk fruit for weight loss, simply substitute it for table sugar, or other sweetener. Remember it is 150-250 times sweeter than sugar, so a teeny bit goes a long way.
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that Monk fruit (Momordica grosvenori ) indeed has beneficial properties. In Chinese, Monk fruit is called Luo Han Guo, and it is primarily grown in the Guangxi province of China. The study noted that Monk fruit has been used traditionally for thousands of years by the Chinese to make hot drinks for the treatment of sore throat and the removal of phlegm. The M. grosvenori fruit was shown to have anti-oxidative ad anti-carcinogenic properties, as well as helpful for preventing diabetic complications.
Best Oatmeal Recipe EVER!
Use organic ingredients when available.
If you’re soaking your oats to destroy phytic acid (click link to find out about phytic acid) then you’ll want to start your recipe the day before (12-24 hours ahead).
Besides making the oats more digestible and the nutrients from your oats more available, soaking them overnight at room temperature acts to pre-cook and soften your oats, cutting down your cooking time significantly to just minutes.
- 1 cup rolled or steel cut oats or oat groats. Substitute oat bran if you want a sugar free option that is Candida and Diabetic Safe. Click link to find out benefits of oat bran.
- 1 cup warm purified water
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt (Optional)
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder (Optional), or 1 drop Cinnamon oil) Check safe use Cinnamon Essential Oil.
Combine ingredients in your cooking pot and allow oats to soak for 12-24 hours.
Add another cup of water (room temperature) when you’re ready to cook your oatmeal. Use medium to medium high heat and bring your oatmeal to a simmering boil, stirring frequently until it is a thick consistency (takes only a few minutes).
This is my secret sauce recipe for topping your oatmeal. It will enhance the flavor of your oatmeal and make it even more unique and memorable. There’s also a sugar free option for you to try that’s just as yummy and delicious.
- 1 teaspoon butter (melted)
- Pinch organic pure vanilla bean powder (to taste). Click link to find out about pure vanilla bean powder.
- Pinch Pure Monk fruit extract powder (to taste)
- Pinch sea salt (to taste to enhance flavors)
After melting butter, add the pure vanilla bean powder, Monk fruit sweetener and salt. Blend thoroughly together and pour on top of oatmeal in a bowl. Serve and eat immediately.
Secret Sauce Sugar Free Option
Diabetes & Candida Safe
- 1 teaspoon ghee (melted)
- Pinch pure vanilla bean powder (to taste)
- Pinch Monk fruit extract powder (to taste)
- Pinch sea salt (to taste to enhance flavors)
Follow directions above.
Other Optional Toppings
- Cream or half and half (sugar free use unsweetened almond milk)
- 1/8 cup walnuts
- 1/8 cup fresh fruit (blueberries, strawberries or bananas are favorites - not sugar free of course)
- 1/8 cup raisins (not sugar free of course)
READ next article in this series, Candida and Diabetic Safe Cooking Using Essential Oils.