19 July 2014

No-Cook Oatmeal - Two Ways


This is the lazy man's answer to oatmeal in the summer. Steel-cut/Irish oats (known as Hafergrütze here) are soaked overnight, rinsed and drained in the morning, then blended with fruit and other flavoring elements to make a thick and creamy bowl of a light but filling raw oat porridge. From rinsing to blending you can have this on the table in 5 minutes. And with the wide array of juicy sun-ripened stone-fruit available right now, the possible flavor combinations are endless. I've included recipes for two of my favorites below. 

This oatmeal was another product of my time at our family reunion. My sister-in-law and I made this several mornings. We threw in peaches and walnuts most days, and mango another day. Sometimes I think I get a little overzealous with nuts in my diet, so this week I've been making a peach and sunflower seed version and am offering it here for any of you wanting or needing a nut-free option as well. So go on...whatever option you choose, or if you put your own spin on it, embrace your lazy man side this summer, try this oatmeal, and don't forget to let me know what favorite flavor combinations you come up with!


No-Cook Oatmeal - Two Ways
Notes: The amount of water used will depend on how thick you like your oatmeal and how much is needed to help the blending process. Water measurement  in the recipes are a suggestion. This is also a great make-ahead breakfast. Make it the day before, store in a portable glass jar in the fridge, topped with fruit and/or other toppings, and it's ready to grab and go in the morning.

Peachy Sunflower Seed Oatmeal
Serves 2

2/3 cup (100 gr) steel-cut (Irish) oats
2/3 cup (86 gr) sunflower seeds
2 large peaches (3 small) + extra for topping
Juice from 1/4 lemon
1 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch salt
1/3 cup (80 ml) water

Add oats and sunflower seeds to a medium mixing bowl. Fill with water so everything is covered by several inches, then leave on counter to soak overnight (or 6-8 hours).

Rinse and drain thoroughly in a fine-mesh sieve, then add to a blender along with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy, or until you've reached desired consistency. Taste and adjust for salt, sweetness, and acidity level. Top with more peaches and sunflower seeds and/or other toppings.

Cherry Nutella Oatmeal
Serves 2

2/3 cup (100 gr) steel-cut (Irish) oats
2/3 cup (86 gr) hazelnuts, roasted
2/3 cup (100 gr) pitted cherries + extra for topping
1 Tbsp. raw cacao
2-3 soft dates (or honey/maple syrup, to taste)
Pinch salt
1/3 cup (80 ml) water

Add oats to a small mixing bowl. Fill with water so oats are covered by several inches, then leave on counter to soak overnight (or 6-8 hours).

Rinse and drain thoroughly in a fine-mesh sieve, then add to a blender along with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy, or until you've reached desired consistency. Taste and adjust for salt and sweetness. Top with more cherries, hazelnuts, chopped dates, and/or other toppings of your choice.

Additional Toppings
Nut butter
Hemp seeds
Coconut flakes
Bee pollen
Chopped dates

15 comments:

  1. I'm such a fan of overnight oats in the summer, and I love your flavour combinations here! I havent tried blending mine in the morning though - what a great idea! I'll definitely have to try that out when it warms up a bit here :)

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    1. Thanks Dearna! I enjoy overnight oats this way because I can rinse away the water they've been soaking in before combining them with other ingredients.

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  2. oh, these both sound so good! I was just sending a client some recipes for 24 hour oats- I will have to send her these too!

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    1. I'm glad you like these Teri, and thank you for sharing them with your client! I hope s/he approves. ;-)

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  3. I love the combination of hazelnuts and cherries. Yum!

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    1. Well then I'm pretty sure you'll love this! The cherries are a bold enough flavor to hold their own against the assertive hazelnuts. This is the richer of the two oatmeals and I it feels very indulgent in the morning. Thanks for stopping by Kristie!

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  4. Your timing, again is wonderful. My life is changing right now and with trains to catch in the morning as well as definitely not being a morning person I am that lazy person you describe! If I don't eat breakfast well I have noticed that I start to munch on terrible stuff and it continues throughout the day. I like that this has the coco kick early in the day so any naughty cravings are seen to in a virtuous way early in the day. x

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    1. Ha! We are all that lazy person in some way or another. ;-) And you completely read my mind with the coco kick in the morning. I love it then, especially since I am very sensitive to chocolate and caffeine later in the day. And I find that having something "chocolatey" and richer in the morning when we can use it as fuel throughout the day helps lessen cravings later on. Good luck with your new schedule. I truly hope this oatmeal to-go helps perk up your morning commute, Deena!

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  5. Hi Katie! Welcome back after all your travels! It sounds like you had a pretty incredible early summer, and I hope you're feeling settled in back at home now. This no-cook oatmeal looks fab. I want to try it. Where in the supermarket do you look for Hafergruetze? Or is it at the natural foods store? I've never seen it.

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    1. Hi Ellie, thank you! Yes, it's nice to be settled at home now. I find hafergruetze in the large natural food stores such as Vital Punkt near Bahnhof. It's with the other grains on one of the higher shelves at the left end of the aisle. Hope you find it and do let me know how you like the oatmeal! :)

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    2. Perfect description. I'm sure I'll find it now. Thanks!

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  6. I would so love to try the peach one with sunflower seeds but not finding them anywhere in Japan yet :( Do you think some kind of nuts would make a good substitute? I saw hazelnuts in the cherry version!

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    1. Oh no, that's too bad you can't find sunflower seeds. But yes, really any nut could be substituted. I just chose the seeds for a nut-free version if anyone needed it. So yes, hazelnuts would go great with cinnamon and peaches, as would walnuts or almonds. Let me know if what you end up using and how you like it. :)

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  7. Tried a new combination today:
    Soaked the oats with walnuts; blended with coconut milk (carton, not can), 1 banana, raw cacao powder (about 1 Tbsp), a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg; topped with a spoonful of crunchy almond butter and chia seeds

    Tastes like chocolate-y banana bread! Delicious!

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    1. Mmm, chocolate-y banana bread. Sounds amazing Tess, so fun to hear what you come up with!

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