Use homemade pre-soaked oats (where you soak rolled oats and then dehydrate) — or the fabulous Touch'O Honey pre-soaked oats from JoshEWEa's Garden — to offer a breakfast of yummy choices for everyone! Breakfasts around here are usually self-serve, so this granola bar fits the bill.
With a gallon jar full of pre-soaked oats, and toppings such as crispy nuts, shredded coconut, assorted fresh and/or dried fruit, raw honey, and raw milk, each family member doctors up a bowl to suit. Then each digs in with a smile!
Plus, a homemade (and easy) granola bar offers an excellent alternative to today's highly processed, nutritionally devoid, and extruded breakfast cereals.
I have a confession. When I went to Wise Traditions 2011 and sampled the pre-soaked oats from JoshEWEa's Garden, I realized how hard-as-a-rock my homemade pre-soaked oats were — and even my soaked granola. Since then, I've worked on how to soak and dehydrate oats without releasing all the starch that gums them up like glue. I think they're pretty good now, and I shared my “secret” (if you can really call it that) in this month's thank you video. 🙂
Another tasty use for pre-soaked oats is with yogurt or kefir. Each morning at Wise Traditions 2011, the breakfast provided by the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) included maple-vanilla yogurt, Touch'O Honey pre-soaked oats from JoshEWEa's Garden, and fresh blueberries. They offered other things, too, but I always chose the yogurt topped with granola each morning. It was so good!
The following recipe is more a formula than anything else. Enjoy!
Soaked Granola Bar
- 1 cup of pre-soaked oats per person (homemade or Touch'O Honey pre-soaked oats from JoshEWEa's Garden)
- sliced bananas
- dried fruit
- soaked, dehydrated nuts, chopped
- unsweetened shredded coconut
- other fresh fruit as desired, cut into bite-size pieces
- raw honey or Grade B maple syrup
- sprinkle of cinnamon and/or pinch of nutmeg
- whole milk
Serves as many as needed. 🙂 Put 1 cup of pre-soaked oats in each bowl. Let each person top oats as desired. Yeah, that's it — pretty easy. And don't forget tasty!
Have you tried JoshEWEa's Garden pre-soaked oats or other soaked cereals? Do you make your own? What do you like to put on your granola?
Not only did I try JoshEWEa's Garden Touch'O Honey pre-soaked oats at Wise Traditions, but Michaeleen (the owner) sent my family a box of assorted pre-soaked cereals and nuts to try out. They didn't last long, and our house was humming with oohs and aahs as long as they lasted, only to be replaced by sighs once all the packages were empty. So I can happily say I have no reservations about recommending JoshEWEa's Garden foods to you! 🙂
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