Soaked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Almond Butter

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This soaked oatmeal is a staple at my house.

We like to make a big batch and refrigerate the leftovers for reheating all week long.  The recipe below lasts our family of five for about three breakfasts.

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With easy access to our own pastured eggs, we tend to eat them for breakfast pretty regularly.  Sometimes it’s nice to switch things up and have a non-egg breakfast like this soaked oatmeal.

It travels well, is easy to reheat, and really sticks to the ribs.  My entire family loves it, which scores major points with me.  

This is a very flexible recipe, so have fun experimenting with various add-ins and toppings. 

Toppings ideas:

  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • blackberries
  • jam
  • applesauce
  • apple butter
  • peach butter
  • ripe, diced pear
  • chopped apple
  • sliced banana
  • raisins
  • chopped nuts
  • chia seeds
  • cinnamon & nutmeg

The importance of soaking

Why do we soak the oats?

Soaking is important because it reduces the phytic acid, thereby increasing the nutritional value of oats and other grains.

We add apple cider vinegar and buckwheat groats to draw out the phytic acid as the oaks soak overnight.

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Soaked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Almond Butter

  • Author: Roots & Boots




  • 6 cups oats (I use this brand.)
  • scant 1/2 cup buckwheat groats
  • 2 TB apple cider vinegar
    warm water to cover


  • 67.5 c. water
  • 2 TB unrefined sea salt
  • 1 jar (26 oz.) almond butter
  • vanilla creme stevia, to taste


Choose your favorite: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, diced pear, chopped apple, sliced banana, raisins, dried apricot, peaches, peach butter, apple butter, jam, applesauce, chopped nuts, chia seeds, etc.


  1. Combine Ingredients for Soaking in a large glass bowl.  [oats, groats, ACV & water]
  2. Cover, and allow to soak for 12-24 hours.
  3. Strain oats with a fine mesh strainer, rinsing well as you strain.
  4. Place strained and rinsed oats in a large cooking pot.
  5. Add Ingredients for Cooking to the pot.  [water and salt]
  6. Bring oats to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to cook for a few minutes, until it reaches your desired consistency.  Stir frequently.  Keep in mind that the oatmeal will continue to thicken after you remove it from the heat.
  7. While oats are still hot, add the jar of almond butter.  Stir well to distribute.
  8. Add vanilla stevia.
  9. Stir well, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan and around the edges so that everything gets mixed well.
  10. Serve with toppings of your choice.
  11. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Instructions for Reheating

  1. Add a heaping spoonful (probably about 1-2 TB) of coconut oil to a pan over medium heat. The coconut oil (sort of) prevents the oatmeal from sticking to the bottom of the pan, and it adds wonderful nutrition and flavor.
  2. When the oil has melted, add the cold oatmeal and a bit of water, using a spoon to chop up the clumps of oatmeal.
  3. Heat, stirring, until oatmeal is softened and warmed through.





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  1. DD on 06/18/2013 at 12:43 am

    Does this apply to ‘steel cut oats’ too??

    • Kathleen on 06/21/2013 at 7:02 pm

      Okay, so I had to check on this. We don’t use steel cut, but I have a friend who does. She uses steel cut oats in Kelly’s recipe (above) and loves it. And yes, the phytic acid thing applies to steel cut, too. Let me know if you have more questions…

  2. Deirdre on 06/22/2013 at 2:06 am

    OK, thank you, I will try this! ♥

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