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Oatmeal Cinnamon Porridge & Sultanas

By |September 18th, 2012|

I like the old fashioned oats as they have a fuller flavour and are healthier.  You can eat this as a raw meal or make it into regular porridge.  As they take longer to cook; I often soak them overnight but you do not have to.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup old fashioned oats (rolled oats can be used)
1 cup water
2 Tbsp sultanas
Pinch of salt
1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp coconut oil (or shredded coconut if eating uncooked)

Directions Uncooked:

  1. Put oatmeal, water and sultanas in a cereal bowl.
  2. Let them sit over night.
  3. In the morning add a little salt, shredded coconut and cinnamon.
  4. Enjoy your simple already made breakfast. 

Directions Uncooked:

  1. Put oatmeal, water and sultanas in a saucepan.
  2. Let them sit over night; if you can.
  3. In the morning add a little salt.
  4. Bring to a boil then turn heat down and simmer, stirring frequently till thick, adding more water if necessary.
  5. Done this way, it is as fast as quick cooking oats and the bonus is the sultanas are plumb and juicy.
  6. Pour into a cereal bowl.
  7. On top put coconut oil and honey, then sprinkle cinnamon.
  8. Eat your warm oatmeal porridge.

If you did not get around to soaking overnight: Simply put oatmeal, water and sultanas in a saucepan, bring to a boil, turn heat down and simmer, stirring frequently till thick, adding more water if necessary. Serve with extras on top.

Makes: 1 serving

Note: A more general oatmeal recipe can be seen at :  Perfect Oatmeal Porridge

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10 Smart Reasons to Enjoy Oatmeal

By |June 2nd, 2011|

Your grandma and the Scots ate oats because its inexpensive and grows anywhere.

I eat oatmeal for its taste and nutrition and it’s many other benefits.

It’s true what the cereal TV commercials say about those ‘crunchy oat clusters’.  They ARE good for you.. particularly if you make your own.

10 Reasons Why I Love Oatmeal

1.   Low calorie food stops cravings.

A cup is only 130 calories!  It also stays in your stomach longer making you feel full longer.  You will have less hunger and cravings.

2.    Provides high levels of fiber and low levels of fat.

“You have to eat oatmeal or you’ll dry up. Anyone knows that.” ~ Kay Thompson

3.    Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces risk of diabetes (type 2)

The high fiber and complex carbohydrates slow down the conversion of this whole food to simple sugars. The high levels of magnesium nourish the body proper use of  glucose and insulin secretion.

4.    Removes your bad cholesterol (without affecting your good cholesterol).

Many studies have shown that the unique FIBER in oatmeal called beta-glucan has beneficial effects on cholesterol levels.

5.    Gluten free safe.

Diana is gluten sensitive and have no problem with oatmeal.  If you are gluten intolerant or celiac there is some cause for concern. Oats lack many of the prolamines (proteins) found in wheat (gluten) but oats do contain avenin.  Avenin is a prolamine that is considered toxic to the intestinal mucosa of avenin-sensitive individuals.  Oats can also contain gluten from nearby wheat field contamination and processing facilities.   Many studies have shown that many celiacs can consume wheat free oats with no problems.

6.    Contains lignins which protect against heart disease and cancer.

Oatmeal, like many whole grains, contains plant lignans, which are converted by intestinal flora into mammalian lignans.  One lignin, called enterolactone, is thought to protect against breast and other hormone-dependent cancers as well as heart disease.

7.    Contains unique antioxidants beneficial for heart disease.

A study at Tuffs University shows that the unique antioxidants in oatmeal called called avenanthramides, help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

8.    Protects against heart failure.

A Harvard  study on 21,000 participants over 19 years showed that found that men who enjoyed a daily morning bowl of whole grain (but not refined) cereal had a 29% lower risk of heart failure. Guess what grain is most easily found and prepared unrefined – oats.

9.    Enhances Immune Response to disease. The unique fiber in oatmeal called beta-gluten also has been shown to helps neutrophils travel to the site of an infection more quickly and  it also enhances their ability to eliminate the bacteria they find there

10.    It tastes GOOD!

All oats whether  in flakes or groats form have gone through a heat process which gives them their rich nutty flavor .  This keeps them from spoiling. They have also been hulled.  This process does not strip away all the bran and germ allowing them to retain a concentrated source of  fiber and nutrients .  This means that oats are not raw and will not sprout.

Different Kinds of  Oatmeal:

All the benefits mentioned above are actually for OATS.  Most people don’t think about oats – they think about oatmeal. In fact most people could not identify whole oats if it was sitting in front of them.

There are many different levels of processing of oatmeal. Generally the larger the ‘flake’ – as in rolled oats or the bigger the seed or groat  – as in steal cut oats – the less precessed it will be, the more nutrients it […]

Perfect Oatmeal Porridge

By |June 2nd, 2011|

Oatmeal porridge has been a traditional breakfast food for hundreds of years. On a winter day  it is so warming to have a steaming bowl of porridge with raisins.  In the summer I do not cook them just soak; see my recipe below.

I like the old fashioned oats as they have a fuller flavour and are healthier.  You can eat this as a raw meal or make it into regular porridge.  As they take longer to cook I often soak them over night but you do not have to.

oatmeal - gluten free

Oatmeal & Sultanas

Ingredients:
1/3 cup old fashioned oats (rolled oats can be used)
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons sultanas
Pinch of salt […]

Sugarless Date Squares

By |January 20th, 2010|

Most date squares are just way too sweet in my opinion. So when I developed this recipe; my own version is less sweet and tastes even better. You will find it hard to stop at only one.