it's another recipe blog post without photos. wamp wamp.
actually, i do have one photo, but i took it after the kids devoured the actual food part. not really helpful in enticing you to try this recipe, other than that it presents a case for a healthy breakfast that preschoolers are willing to eat. i will also throw in there that i normally HATE oatmeal with an indescribable passion, but i actually like and willingly eat this. it's not too...oatmealy, if that makes sense. it's more like the love child of a breakfast casserole and a granola bar. prepare yourself to eat a really tasty love child. what? yeah.
i will say, first of all, that this isn't my recipe and i have no idea where i found it. whoops. i will also say, second of all, that i have tweaked it a little to allow the oats to soak longer* a la 'nourishing traditions,' aka the food bible. if you're not into leaving yogurt on your counter for 24 hours at room temperature (what can i say? i play it fast and loose with dairy), just throw all ingredients together in a pan the night before and refrigerate. bake in the morning. start your day by patting yourself on the back.
okay. on to the recipe.
overnight baked oatmeal.
2-1/2 c. rolled oats. (not quick-cooking)
1-3/4 c. buttermilk, kefir or yogurt. (can use regular milk if you're refrigerating or cooking this right away.)
1/2 c. coconut oil or butter, melted.
1/2 c. sugar/sucanat/honey/maple syrup.
1 tsp. baking powder.
1/2 tsp salt.
throw some cinnamon in there.
also throw some vanilla in there.
add some fruit. (chopped apples, frozen peaches, frozen berries. whatever.)
if you're feeling crazy, throw in some unsweetened coconut, or raisins, or walnuts, or whathaveyou. go nuts.
morning before: mix together oats and buttermilk/yogurt. let it sit on the counter covered with a towel. (if not soaking your oats, throw everything together at once the night before and refrigerate.)
morning of: mix everything else in there and pour into a greased baking dish. if you used yogurt, maybe splash some water in there so it's not so thick. bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes until oats are firm and stuff looks bubbly. serve with milk on top if you're throwing money around.
and there you have it. yummy, filling, healthy, well-loved. this gets five gold stars from the van voorsts, which is saying something because we're stingy with our stars. do you think arbitrary gold stars just grow on trees? psssh.
nerd-and unsolicited information-alert.
*okay, why do i do this? basically, our bodies have a really hard time digesting oats and other whole grains, even when they've been cooked. the lactic acid in cultured dairy starts breaking down the hard-to-digest parts (phytates) ahead of time so your body doesn't have to try- and fail- to do that for you. if you're freaked out, i can assure you that the lactic acid and probiotics in cultured dairy keep the bad-for-you bacteria in check, which is why you can let it sit at room temp for a while without worrying about getting sick. but don't do this with regular milk - it will go bad and you will be sorry.