Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins
Even though this says "summer" it's something that we eat year round. The biggest reason is that this is a lacto-fermented grain. Lacto-fermentation is good for several reasons, but we focus on the fact that it neutralizes unhealthy chemicals found in grains and adds beneficial micro-organisms to our oatmeal. This makes our morning bowl of oatmeal more digestible and increases the healthy flora in our intestinal tracts. Prior to treating our oatmeal this way, my daughter had a very hard time digesting grains. After learning how to lacto-ferment grains, she will eat bowls of the stuff in the morning. I add sweetener to the fruit, which I know isn't always a great thing, but do what suits you best. We double the recipe and make two batches a week for my two kids and I, so clearly this is a staple in our house.
- 2 cups oatmeal, not instant
- 4 cups plain yogurt
- 1 lb fruit (your choice, frozen or fresh)
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar (or demerara sugar, honey, cactus honey, etc. ( adjust the sweetening to your taste)
- In a saucepan, mix the fruit with the sugar and simmer gently.
- Simmer only until the fruit is soft and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the burner and cool until the fruit is body temperature or less.
- In a bowl that you can store in the refrigerator, mix yogurt and uncooked oatmeal.
- After the fruit has cooled sufficiently, stir it gently into the oatmeal-yogurt mixture.
- Refrigerate this for at least 7 hours.
- For fruit, we use frozen blueberries, blackberries, and peaches. I do not recommend pineapple or other highly acidic fruit. We also are not fond of strawberries in this.
- We use homemade yogurt cultured from a very old Caspian sea culture (it's a bit runnier than standard yogurts).
- For sweetener, I use either brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, or cactus honey powder.
- Add spices and dried fruit or nuts as desired.
- I also will use a roasted whole seven-grain cereal in this recipe, but it requires closer to 12 hours to soften the grains.
Oh how I love oatmeal, but not plain! I used fresh peaches and brown sugar, in this recipe and it turned out good. I will try this with different variations of fruits and sweeteners. Thanks!