Nope, this isn’t oatmeal. These are groats – the whole oat before it’s been processed in any way other than having the inedible husk removed. Groats are loaded with insoluble fibre – the kind that’s great for lowering cholesterol.
Groats do take longer to cook than even steel cut oats, but you never end up with mush. Instead the groats are chewy and nutty.
You can find groats at your health food store (or probably a farm feed shop, but I don’t recommend that unless you want a 50 pound bag).
I make a few variations of my groats. This one is a mix of spices, nuts, applesauce and blueberries for a delicious, satisfying breakfast that will take you right through to lunch time.
You can make these groats on the stovetop or in a slow cooker overnight for a “wake up to a hot breakfast already made” day.
1 cup groats
2 ½ cups water
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cardamom
1 tsp vanilla
A pinch of ground cloves
2 Tbsp maple syrup (or more if you like it sweeter– my groats are not sweet at all)
2 Tbsp pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
2 Tbsp walnuts
2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
½ cup blueberries (I use frozen wild blueberries).
In a small, covered pot, combine the groats, water, vanilla and spices. Bring to a boil then simmer covered for 40 minutes.
Alternately, you can put everything in a small crockpot/slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours.
At 40 minutes you should have cooked groats with a bit of liquid left. Stir in the remaining ingredients and serve.
This dish makes 3 servings and can be served hot or cold. You can store the groats in a covered dish for up to 3 days in the fridge.