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I created this recipe with several things in mind, I wanted it easy, healthy and tasty. Ok, let me back up a bit and be 100% honest. I originally was working on creating a skin mask using oats that would help relieve itchy skin. My skin always gets dry and itchy this time of year and I was looking to create something natural and soothing. I have long known that oats can be very beneficial for such occasions so I threw some oats in a bowl and added some water and left them to soak over night. Come the next morning I found myself staring at the bowl of oats and decided to rinse them and make a paste. I threw them into a colander and started rinsing them. I love running my fingers through different textures so I found myself in a very meditative state as I allowed the water to wash the oats through my fingers. That was when I caught a whiff of them…. I love the smell of oats, there is something very comforting in their aroma that transports me back in time. Without even realizing it my mind shifted on me and I started thinking of ways to make a morning “flakes” cereal with them. I think I went into an “oat trance” and before I knew it, I was throwing ingredients together to create a cereal. The thought of smearing it all over my skin was over ridden by the idea of putting it into my body now. :) Funny how things like that happen. Maybe one day I will complete my original idea.
Oats have a high fiber content which is necessary in keeping bowel movements regular. They are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It is spongy and absorbs many times its own weight of liquid. It makes stools heavier and speeds their passage through the gut, relieving constipation. Just what you wanted to know. :)
A healthy gut makes for a joyful belly! Digestion is a huge research topic for me. Has been for years now. I am always reading about the health benefits of foods and how it can better our digestive systems. Once we are armed with such knowledge, we then have to test and decide if they work for our individual systems. There is no on-size-fits-all-plumbing-diet. One thing to always keep in mind with any food that is dehydrated… drink plenty of fluids as it can be very drying for some digestive systems.
This cereal is thin and crunchy (please see below for my crunch test). I choose to make it with less sugar so if you have a sweet tooth, be sure to taste test the batter and increase the sweet level as needed. The combination of strawberry and chocolate always go hand in hand. :) You can also dress up your morning bowl of cereal by adding sliced fresh fruit on top. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Strawberry cereal: yields 4 cups batter = 2 1/2 cups dried flakes
Chocolate Cereal : yields 4 cups batter = 1 1/2 cups dried flakes
Sous Chef Substitutes:
FDA (Food Determining Association) conducted a test at Nouveau Raw Kitchens, The Soggy Cereal Test.
The test subject: Strawberry & Chocolate Oat Cereal Flakes.
Object: to see how long this raw cereal could stand up to almond milk before getting soggy.
No animals were harmed in this test.
Results posted below.
Step One ~ Almond Milk
Step 2 ~ Bowl of Strawberry & Chocolate Oat Cereal Flakes
Step 3 ~ 2 minutes into the test.
Step 4 ~ 4 minutes into the test.
Results ~ Still crispy.
Step 5 ~ 6 minutes into the test.
Results ~ Still crispy.
Step 6 ~ 8 minutes into the test.
Results ~ Still is crispy but starting to show some signs of softening, just a hint.
Step 7 ~ 11 minutes into the test.
Results ~ Still has some crunch and texture, but soft around the edges.
Step 8 ~ 14 minutes into the test.
Results ~ Great texture but losing its hard crunch when biting down.
Step 9 ~ 17 minutes into the test.
Results ~ Wow still some crunch! Not mushy at all after 17 minutes.
Step 10 ~ 21 minutes into the test.
Results ~ Still contains texture, no yukky mushy mouth feel…
Step 11 ~ 27 minutes into the test. (distracted by phone call)
Results ~ Starting to get a bit soft but still a nice texture.
Step 12 ~ 32 minutes into the test.
Results ~ This concludes our test… I have ran out of test material! Last bite was a bit mushy but not that “oh gross” mushy.
More like, “Doh! perhaps there is yet more hiding within the bowl the milk.”