Moisturizing the oats before using them in porridge can make this classic dish much more delicious. To do this, just soak it in the fridge and prepare it without any complications, just needing a little milk and the accompaniment you want to make an easy, tasty and nutritious breakfast.
Part 1 of 3: Choosing the right oats to moisturize
Step 1. Use whole oats to maintain health
The refined ends up losing fatty acids and other nutrients; therefore, if health is your number one concern, go for full health. In addition to these benefits, its fresh flavor adds a special touch to the classic oatmeal.
Whole oats should be crushed at home, so buy them only if you have a crusher
Step 2. Buy rolled oats for their properties
In this type, the flavor and nutrients are preserved, since, before being packaged, the oats are first steamed and then crushed. By soaking overnight, the flakes absorb flavors more easily.
It is much easier to find rolled oats than whole oats
Step 3. If you want a stronger flavor, choose Irish oatmeal
It is oatmeal cut into pieces before being packed. In the process, it is neither crushed nor steamed. Its flavor is stronger and its consistency is creamier than the previous ones, making it maintain its firmness even after hydrated
Step 4. Avoid buying instant oats
While it's possible to hydrate it, it won't taste as good. Furthermore, it has no nutritional value due to the type of processing and the addition of preservatives. Although cheaper, this is not a good option if your idea is to moisturize the oats.
Part 2 of 3: Preparing and Moisturizing Oats
Step 1. Mix oats, water and lemon juice in a serving dish
The ratio of oats to water should be one to one. If you add a cup of oats, for example, you should add a cup of water. Add as much lemon juice as you like, but generally a tablespoon is usually enough
Although natural lemon juice is better, you can also use the bottle
Step 2. For a sweet taste, add juice or apple cider vinegar (optional)
Add a teaspoon at a time until you get the flavor you want, but don't let this liquid cover the oats.
- In the case of vinegar, don't add too much, as it can end up going sour in the oats.
- As the oats will absorb the liquid, less is more.
Step 3. Add chia seeds to improve texture
The other accompaniments will only be added after the porridge is ready, but the chia, which also handles well and remains firm with liquid absorption, can be added earlier. For a thicker texture, add a tablespoon of chia at a time until you get the consistency you want.
Step 4. Stir until the oats are slightly moist
It should not be submerged, nor wet, just damp. If you accidentally add too much water, add more oats to balance the mixture. On the other hand, if the oats are still dry, add more water little by little.
Step 5. Cover the oats and refrigerate for 12 hours
Wrap a plastic wrap over the bowl and refrigerate, allowing the oats to moisturize for at least 12 hours before serving. The longer you let it rest, the more flavor it will absorb.
Once ready, it is not recommended to freeze the oats, nor leave them in the refrigerator for more than five or seven days
Part 3 of 3: Making porridge with hydrated oats
Step 1. Place the hydrated oats in a pan
After 12 o'clock, it will be ready to turn into mush. For a creamier texture, add 1/3 cup of milk to the pan, along with the oats, and start cooking over low heat, increasing to medium after boiling.
If the porridge starts to bubble, turn the heat down as it is too hot
Step 2. Stir the porridge as it thickens
It will stay in the pan for four to six minutes, getting thicker and thicker. That's why it's important to try it once in a while to know when you've reached the texture you want.
Step 3. Add accompaniments
Turn off the heat and serve the porridge in small pots with fruits, jellies, almond paste, yogurt, cinnamon, maple syrup, walnuts or any other accompaniment you wish. If you can leave them all in plain sight, so that everyone can choose their own, so much the better.
Step 4. Sweeten the porridge with sugar
When made with hydrated oats, the dish needs more spice to be sweetened. For this, use brown or whole sugar, as they have a richer flavor than refined sugar.
To finish, add a pinch of salt to the porridge
- If you don't want to use the oats right away, save them for later using a food dehydrator.
- If you have celiac disease or an intolerance to gluten, use oats without this substance.
- Hydrated oats are an easier-to-digest option, good for people with digestive system problems. Since starch is broken down during the process, absorption by the stomach is facilitated, decreasing the chances of causing indigestion.
- For a vegan alternative, replace cow's milk with almond, coconut or soy milk.