Sweet and comforting and slightly warm (and still technically raw). Jane whipped this porridge up and it proved a real treat.
Raw foods are normally vegan organic wholefoods that haven’t been heated above 46oC. This porridge is heated with warm water or milk, just enough to give the groats a nice creamy texture. I love this, as I quite like cold porridge anyway, it sits in the fridge until you need it and comes back to life with a little glug of liquid and a stir. I’d eat this even if I wasn’t a raw-er.
Just because we are raw doesn’t mean we’ve got rid of our need for sweetness. Jane has been craving oats cakes and chocolate (always), I have been eyeing the crispy golden chips at work. But we are both dedicated to this months rawness, we love the idea of this experiment and challenge.
We will be eating this porridge for breakfast and for dessert and, as I mentioned, it will sit happily in the fridge until you have the need for a bowl of goodness. In fact this is sweet two times, with the raisins and honey. Jane has that wicked sweet tooth!
Oat groats are the raw version of rolled oats, which are heated during the process and have had some of the goodness removed. Oat groats are simply the hulled grain.
Next time we makes this we will be using agave syrup as a sweetener and then raw molasses, maybe add some coconut (Jane and her friend shiny Sava have scoffed it all today!) or other nuts. Its a method that demands experimentation.
I realise that some of this raw food has alot in it! Its quite specialised stuff and you cannot avoid a trip to the health store if you would like to go raw. It would be very limiting and as we all know, health stores equal tasty prices. It’s well worth the investment in quality though, we have an apple cider vinegar which is almost my new favourite thing (its contains the mother!) coming just behind the dried seaweed. This diet is opening us up to so many new and interesting food stuffs and already completely changing the way we eat and approach food.
Cinnamon is not necessarily raw, but…c’est la vie!
2 cups soaked oat groats, 1 tbsp brown linseeds, 2 cups raw almond milk (or water), 2 teas flaxseed oil (we used local Welsh rape seed oil Blodyn Au, which is delicious), handful of raisins, handful of chopped almonds (soaked overnight, they will swell to twice there size), 1 tbsp really good honey, 1 tsp cinnamon,
Soak your groats for around 12 hours, they wont sprout. Put into a blender and blitz until smooth, like a thick mash. Add the raisins, honey, oil, seeds and cinnamon and blend again. Then add the heated almond milk (heat just until steam begins to rise) and blend to a smooth puree. Stir in the raisins and nuts and serve as soon as you can. Slightly warm.
Topped with a couple of nuts and another sprinkle of cinnamon. If you have some soya yoghurt, you may like to spoon a little on top (if its a special occasion).
We Love It!
Soaked nuts are brilliant! We recommend it highly, the have great flavlour, double in size and are healthier.
Oat groats are one of the least processed grains, they are rough and take a long time to digest, keeping you nice and full. They are also full of protein.