Oatmeal as a breakfast food has been around for ages! Oatmeal became a popular Scottish culinary tradition because it was easier to grow oats during Scotland’s short, wet seasons then it was wheat. It was Scottish tradition to soak the oats overnight in a saltwater mixture and heat in the morning until it became a thick paste. Since the discovery of its usefulness, oatmeal has been traveling the world and has ended up on many breakfast tables as the food of choice.
I am a HUGE oatmeal fan! When I was younger, I would eat oatmeal each day for breakfast. Not only was it warm and satisfying, but I could eat it for breakfast and feel full until lunch. Since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I have to be careful how much and which oat products I eat. Pure oatmeal is gluten free, however many oatmeal brands in the market are not processed in a gluten free plant. This results in possible cross-contaminated with a tiny bit of wheat, barley and/or rye (which DO contain gluten). Luckily, many companies like Bob’s Red Mill, GF Harvest, Glutenfreeda Foods, etc. do offer oats that have been processed in a gluten free plant (to ensure it is gluten free, please read the label EVERY TIME you use the product!).
When I first became gluten free, I attempted a brand of gluten free oats, but had a reaction. Now after a year of eating a completely gluten free diet, I am looking at renew my relationship with oats. Worrying about other potential allergens, I wanted to create a breakfast meal that I could control the ingredients rather than purchasing a store bought mix. My lil Sister sent me a recipe from The Yummy Life Blog that is perfect way to start your morning off on a healthy foot!
- 1/4 cup uncooked oats
- 1/3 cup Lactose free milk
- 1/4 cup l Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp dried chia seeds (optional)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon raspberry jam or puree
- 1/3 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 mason jar (or similar storage container!)
- Combine all of the ingredients, except for the berries.
- Place lid on container and shake well.
- Add berries and stir until well combined (this prevents the berries from becoming bruised or damaged).
- Chill overnight in the fridge (will keep for 2 days).
- Serve cold and ENJOY
There are many different options for flavours. This one was my Lil sis’ favourite! View The Yummy Life blog for more flavours and ideas!