I love making this over night and having it ready to go for breakfast on Monday morning. It makes approximately 5 servings. Since I am single I put it in a container and keep it in the refrigerator so I have ready made breakfast for the week.
Because I don’t serve the entire amount at one time I don’t flavor the whole pot-full. That way I can put different flavorings and topping on it each morning and have a different breakfast each day.
If you have a family where you will be eating the entire pot then you could add your different flavor combinations while cooking, or do as I do and leave them out and let each member of the family choose to flavor their own individual portion.
The oatmeal quinoa makes a great combination. The addition of the coconut oil during cooking gives this a silky texture with a little crunch from the quinoa and steel cut oatmeal.
Health Benefits of Ingredients
Steel-Cut Oatmeal – rich in dietary fiber may coronary heart disease risk, low glycemic index making them a good choice for helping to maintain a balanced blood-glucose level. In addition they contain nutrients and dietary fiber may help you reduce blood pressure. They are also rich in protein, vitamins and minerals.
Quinoa – High in protein and contains all of the amino acids needed and is loaded with antioxidants. Gluten-free, not really a grain but a seed, Complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index. High in the minerals Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc and (for women) Iron. The phytic acid found in quinoa can be reduced by either soaking or sprouting the quinoa before cooking.
Coconut Oil – one of the few foods that are classified as a “superfood”. Contain Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) fatty acid considered a healthy fat. Furthermore, these go straight to the liver for a fast energy boost. Studies have shown that those eating MTC’s at breakfast eat less calories at lunch. May improve blood cholesterol levels.
Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any of these products.