Preparation: 5 min. | Cooking: 1 hour | Serves: 2

Oatmeal has been a staple cereal grain for many around the world. It makes a warming, satisfying and energetic breakfast which gives you stable energy until lunchtime. Because of its high energy content it is ideal for athletes and is also very rich in protein. The countries of northern Europe such as Scotland, where there is a cold climate, have had it for centuries, hence the name of the traditional “porridge”.

Its grain is very hard, so oatflakes are usually used instead of oat groats. However, I always prefer to use wholegrains, in order to maintain “chi” (vital energy) intact. It is not so difficult or complicated to do it using the groats. It won´t take you long and it is worth it.

If you are prone to mucus, maybe you should substitute oats for rice. Oatmeal is also slightly laxative and its fibre is very useful for lowering cholesterol.

So, it´s all good news!

INGREDIENTS

100 GR OATGROATS
500 ML SPRING WATER
SALT TO TASTE
1 STAR ANIS
1 CINNAMON STICK
THE PEEL OF 1/2 LEMON
ORGANIC OAT DRINK (OPTIONAL)

PREPARATION

-Rinse the oats and soak them covered with water for 5 hours or overnight.
-In a pressure cooker pour the water and add the anise, cinnamon, lemon peel and salt. Bring to the boil.
-Add the oatgroats, bring to the boil again.
-Then close the pressure cooker and let the pressure rise. Then place a flame spreader underneath (if using a gas stove) and lower the heat to a minimum.
-Cook for 1 hour. Then let the pressure go down naturally. You can add a little oat drink (optionally) and let cook without the lid on for 5 more minutes.
-You can serve it with some roasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
Enjoy!

USEFUL TIPS:

-If you wish you can do it in a pot (non-pressure). In that case you should add 6 to 7 parts of water and let cook for 1 1/2 hours.
-You can also serve it with roasted and chopped almonds. Very tasty.
-A good alternative for “busy people”: without soaking the oats (only rinse well) proceed in the same way as cooking with pressure before going to bed.
-Let the valve rise, lower the flame to the minimum and place a flame spreader. Allow to cook while you brush your teeth, meditate, do yoga, finish your favorite series or read in bed (set an alarm as a reminder!).
-Before bed, turn off the heat and wrap the pot with a blanket. Leave it on the warm flame spreader.
-Next morning your oatmeal will have cooked throughout the night. You can bring it to the boil again for about 10 minutes, adding more liquid or some oat drink if necessary.
-Enjoy it!