I’ve been obsessed with my breakfast the last few months, as in – I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning to go have a breakfast. And the reason for that was my accidental invention of this creamy peanut butter oatmeal.
Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal
A necessity to make a creamy oatmeal without any dairy resulted in one of my favorite breakfast recipes – peanut butter oatmeal. As I was soaking my favorite extra thick rolled oats to make oatmeal the following morning I kept thinking how could I make the oatmeal even thicker and really creamy. Peanut butter came to my mind. The texture and flavor of that mix made me fall in love with it. And as the saying goes, the rest is history. Topping it with different seeds, fruits, nuts, or chocolate was just a matter of time and personal preferences.
Should You Soak Your Oats?
Oats, like other grains, are rich in phytic acid. From my understanding, phytic acid should not be an issue if your diet is diverse and grains are not the main source of your nutrients. Still, since almost all seeds, grains, legumes, and nuts contain the phytates (phytic acid), it’s always a good idea to reduce it.
Some of the best ways to reduce phytic acid, besides fermentation, are soaking and sprouting. Cooking reduces the level of phytic acid as well. Soaking oats before cooking them, improves the body’s chances of absorbing minerals, including iron, zinc, and manganese.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal
Creamy and thick, peanut butter oatmeal is dairy-free. Soaking it the night before reduces the cooking time in the morning. Finish it with your favorite toppings.
To Soak Oats:
- 1 cup rolled oats extra thick
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 lemon juiced
To Cook the Oatmeal
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter creamy
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 kiwi diced
- 1 tablespoon dark chocolate shredded
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon dried chamomile optional
To Soak Oats
In a small bowl, combine water and lemon juice. Stir in the oats and cover with a kitchen towel. Let soak on a counter or in the fridge for 8-12 hours.
To Make Peanut Butter Oatmeal
Bring water to boil. Add soaked oats and reduce heat. Cook 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and stir in peanut butter and maple syrup.
Divide cooked oatmeal into two bowls and top each with half of kiwi, dark chocolate, chia seeds, and chamomile. Serve immediately.
If you don’t soak the oats, double the water and cooking time.