Overnight Muesli Porridge

#Soaked overnight muesli porridge - a hearty and filling breakfast by WholeIntentions.com

#Soaked overnight muesli porridge - a hearty and filling breakfast by WholeIntentions.comIf you would have asked me six months ago what muesli porridge was, I would have given you a blank stare.

Before gluten-free and soaked grains became common words in our household, we ate the typical American breakfast:

Dad – a bowl or two of Fruity Pebbles; his favorite
Mom – nothing; what is breakfast?
kids – Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Raisin Bran (the ‘healthy’ cereals), and on special occasions (read: the weekends) a disgusting conglomeration of sugared cereal.

This one example is the reason the SAD (Standard American Diet) is so sad. Little did I realize the harm we were doing to ourselves. I’d bought into the whole commercialized idea that boxed/bagged cereal was healthy and the big smile Junior gave me over his bowl of nutrient-deficient, calcium-robbing, brain-disrupting cereal was the reason I got up each morning.

Okay, I apologize. My sister warned me that once I latch onto an idea I come across as a very opinionated, crazy woman.

I’m not crazy.

I’m only slightly opinionated.

But, I will admit that I have latched onto an idea.

The idea that ‘we are what we eat’ really does have merit. I was quite naive in thinking that what was advertised as ‘good for you’ really was. I didn’t look beyond the label to find out what exactly we were eating or what the ingredients really were.

In truth, I didn’t want to. I was lazy. I liked convenience. I knew if I started researching and found startling evidence that contradicted my way of thinking, I’d HAVE to change.

I’d have to change because I’m a mom. Because deep down I wanted our family to be healthy. And because I knew God didn’t give us our earthly bodies to see how fast we could destroy them.

The breakfast of champions?

It was a gradual change though, this traditional way of thinking and preparing food. (Read our story.) One of the startling experiences that convinced me to reconsider our breakfast menu was an experiment done at Ann Arbor University on rats.

The rats were split into three groups:
Group #1 ate only cornflakes and water.
Group #2 ate the cardboard box the cornflakes came in and water.
Group #3 ate rat chow and water.

How did they fare? The rats in Group #3 (rat chow and water) remained healthy. The rats in Group #2 (cardboard box and water) eventually died of malnutrition. But it is Group #1 (cornflakes and water) that startled me most. Every one of those rats died before the rats in Group #2, the ones who died of malnutrition, did. They developed schizophrenic behavior, bit each other, and went into convulsions. The conclusion, then, is that a cardboard box is healthier than the “vitamin-fortified” cereals we feed our children.

Is there something wrong with this picture or is it just me?

Thus the arrival of my new favorite cookbook, Nourishing Traditions, a lifestyle of healthier eating, and the creation of muesli porridge.

Muesli Porridge (candida-diet, gluten-free)
3 c. warm water
1/2 c. homemade yogurt (you can substitute kefir, whey, buttermilk, lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar if you need to be casein-free)
1 1/2 c. GF oat groats, rolled (or old-fashioned oatmeal)
1/2 c. millet
1/2 c. buckwheat
1/2 c. raisins (dates or other dried fruits)
1/2 c. soaked and dried nuts, chopped
3 c. warm water (this is in addition to the water listed above)

optional:
milk, or milk substitute
unsweetened, flaked coconut
cinnamon
stevia

Directions:
1. Before you go to bed, roll your oats. We use the Marga oat roller. Rolling your oats is very easy. Simply fill the hopper with whole oat groats . . .and within a few turns you have nutritious, chewy oat flakes.

2. Combine 3 c. warm water, homemade yogurt, rolled oats, millet, and buckwheat in a glass bowl. Cover with a lid and let sit out overnight at room temperature. This needs to soak at least 7 hours and can be as long as 24 hours. If you are a night owl like me, prepare this a few hours before you go to bed 🙂

3. In the morning, pour the mixture into a large, heavy pan. I use cast iron – and if your pans are in desperate need of a good seasoning like mine are in this photo, you can read the instructions here. Add the dried fruit, nuts – if you’re using them, and the additional 3 c. warm water.

4. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat and stir occasionally until thick and creamy. You may add any optional ingredients to your taste. We usually add coconut and cinnamon with a sprinkling of stevia. YUMMY!

Overnight Muesli Porridge

Allergies Candida-Diet, Gluten-Free
Meal type Breakfast
Website Whole Intentions

Ingredients

  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup homemade yogurt (you can substitute kefir, whey, buttermilk, lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar if you need to be casein-free)
  • 1 1/2 cup GF oat groats, rolled (or old-fashioned oatmeal)
  • 1/2 cup millet
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat
  • 1/2 cup raisins (dates or other dried fruit)
  • 1/2 cup soaked and dried nuts, chopped
  • 3 cups warm water (this is in addition to the water listed above)
  • Optional --------------------
  • milk, or milk substitute
  • unsweetened, flaked coconut
  • cinnamon
  • stevia

Directions

1. Before you go to bed, roll your oats. We use the Marga oat roller. Rolling your oats is very easy. Simply fill the hopper with whole oat groats . . .and within a few turns you have nutritious, chewy oat flakes.
2. Combine 3 c. warm water, homemade yogurt, rolled oats, millet, and buckwheat in a glass bowl. Cover with a lid and let sit out overnight at room temperature. This needs to soak at least 7 hours and can be as long as 24 hours. If you are a night owl like me, prepare this a few hours before you go to bed.
3. In the morning, pour the mixture into a large, heavy pan. I use cast iron – and if your pans are in desperate need of a good seasoning like mine are in this photo, you can read the instructions here. Add the dried fruit, nuts – if you’re using them, and the additional 3 c. warm water.
4. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat and stir occasionally until thick and creamy. You may add any optional ingredients to your taste. We usually add coconut and cinnamon with a sprinkling of stevia. YUMMY!

 

#Soaked overnight muesli porridge - a hearty and filling breakfast by WholeIntentions.com

Paula
I’m Paula - like many of you I wear a lot of hats. Child of God, wife of 20 years, homeschooling mom of 6 earthly children, reluctant cook, chocolate-snatcher, and health and fitness coach at WholeIntentionsFitness.com. Various family health issues including Lyme disease and candida has turned me into a 'researcher' with a passion for understanding how our God-created bodies thrive or deteriorate based on what we put in it.
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I’m Paula - like many of you I wear a lot of hats. Child of God, wife of 20 years, homeschooling mom of 6 earthly children, reluctant cook, chocolate-snatcher, and health and fitness coach at WholeIntentionsFitness.com. Various family health issues including Lyme disease and candida has turned me into a 'researcher' with a passion for understanding how our God-created bodies thrive or deteriorate based on what we put in it.

12 Comments

  • I agree that boxed breakfast cereal really has no nutritional value!

    Sure it may have whole grains, but when weighed against the sugar content is it fair to call it healthy? Probably not.

    I recently made oatmeal that cooked overnight in the slow cooker using steel cut oats. But I have yet to try millet.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Nicole

    Reply Reply June 11, 2012

    I love the “turning into a crazy woman” description. Sometimes when we see the truth and reveal it to others, we can seem crazy! It’s nuts how many folks are trapped in the lies that the food industry would push at them, thinking it is the truth. “Good for you” is more like “good for us” to the food industry. Yummy looking recipe!

  • Heather

    Reply Reply June 12, 2012

    Thanks for sharing! We have made efforts to be much more healthy in our family and eat a more whole foods diet. I, too agree with the “crazy woman” description we are given as some people hear about the changes we make. Thankful for great blog posts that encourage us as we make healthy choices for our selves and our families!
    Blessings to you!

  • Twyla

    Reply Reply June 14, 2012

    Everyone needs more muesli in their life! To simplify things even further, you can throw the dried fruits in at night, use coconut milk to loosen it all up in the morning, and eat it cold. Delicious! Refreshing in the summer!

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  • ~Aunt Mae (aka ~Mrs. R)

    Reply Reply September 17, 2012

    I was able to find a stupendous deal on certified gluten free steel cut oats (like broken oat groats) so i can’t roll them. So do you think those would work in this recipe?? I hate wasting… but we have loved muesli for years!!

    • Paula @ Whole Intentions

      Reply Reply September 18, 2012

      If you don’t mind cooking them a bit longer and having your muesli a bit chewier in the end, I’d sure give it a go!

  • Diana Crimmins

    Reply Reply November 8, 2013

    We just returned from Ireland where I ate muesli porridge for the first time. This recipe looks like what we ate. Can you tell me the yield? Thanks! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Paula

    Reply Reply November 8, 2013

    I don’t know how much this yields because I’ve never measured. By the time the kids are done with breakfast, it is gone. 😉

    Seriously though, it fills a four quart cooking pot.

  • Julie

    Reply Reply February 21, 2014

    I made this for this morning’s breakfast and we all enjoyed it. I didn’t have buckwheat so we used quinoa and it was very tasty. I’m looking forward to trying it with buckwheat. I just made my first batch of homemade yogurt yesterday so it was fun to use it in this recipe. Thoroughly enjoying diving into this healthy DIY lifestyle.

    • Paula Miller

      Reply Reply February 21, 2014

      I’m glad you all enjoyed it! Thanks you for coming back and sharing with us! Hmm. I might have to try quinoa next time! 🙂

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