Waking up to a bowl of lavender infused oatmeal is bound to lift your spirit
This whimsical pear & lavender infused, creamy steel-cut oatmeal will make you want to curl up and savor every delectable, floral scented bite. Topped with pecans, a dash of cream and a splash of dark maple syrup, you’ll have a hard time resisting a second bowl!
Not only will this oatmeal take your senses for a frolic through lavender fields abuzz with honey bees and butterflies (with a little imagination), but the addition of this fragrant herb will aid in digestion, help to lift your mood and fortify your body with its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Oatmeal reheats easily with a splash of water on low heat, so make a big batch and help yourself to a bowl of this health promoting, naturally gluten free hot cereal for several mornings in a row. Together with ghee, pecans, lavender and pear you’ll be nourishing your body with a revitalizing dose of vitamins, minerals, fiber and many other nutrients.
As always, I can’t stress enough how important it is that your ingredients be organic. There are many chemicals that will otherwise make their way into your meals, for example maple syrup coming from farms that are not organic contains formaldehyde! Be sure your maple syrup is organic. Single source local maple syrup is best, but if that’s not available Coombs maple syrup is a delicious option.
Oats are naturally gluten free, but to ensure that your oatmeal is gluten free you’ll need to buy oatmeal processed in a dedicated gluten free facility and labeled as such.
This recipe can be made with pre-soaked/ fermented oats or dry oats if you’re in a pinch. For cooking with dry oats simply add 7 cups of water instead of 4 cups (outlined in the recipe).
If you can plan ahead, I recommend you take the time to soak the oats overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours. All you have to do is:
- cover the oats with plenty of filtered drinking water in a big bowl
- add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice
- give it a swirl and cover with lid or dish towel
- place in a dark, warm place for 6 to 24 hours
If you run into not having the time to cook the oats when the 24 hours is up, simply pour out the soaking water and replace with a fresh batch of water and vinegar. You can repeat this for several days if needed, to only reap greater benefits.
To get more details and learn why soaking your oats is important to staying in tip-top health, read: The How & Why of Soaking Grains, Nuts & Legumes
Be careful to buy Organic Culinary Lavender. With much of lavender intended for satchels of potpourri, those crops are often doused in toxic pesticides. You want to be sure that what you’re consuming is chemical free Lavandula angustifolia. The 4 oz bag from Feel Good Organics will last you a long while, and if stored in a tightly sealed glass container in a dark cupboard, it will remain potent for many months or even years to come.
For some people the hint of lavender infused into the oatmeal may be enough of the floral flavor. To be safe, try a spoonful of oatmeal with a sprinkle of lavender before garnishing your entire bowl.
If dairy is part of your diet, don’t skip the ghee and raw milk or cream! Sadly not all of us have access to raw milk, but we can all get our hands on this delicious ghee from 4th & Heart. If you’re curious about how to access raw milk in your area try searching Real Milk for local sources.
It’s important to add healthy saturated fats to a carb heavy meal so that your body can absorb many of the fat-soluble nutrients in the dish, but also to slow down the release of simple carbs into your blood stream. As I always say, it’s not the fat that makes you fat, it’s the sugar!
If you don’t do dairy I’d suggest adding a small amount of coconut oil for a bit of fat content, but be ginger, so as not to overpower the flavor of the oatmeal. Another great option is hemp oil. This would be quite delicious mixed in once you’ve removed the oatmeal from heat, giving it a more earthy than astringent flavor as with the coconut oil.
This isn’t part of the recipe per se, but I recommend that you pair this fanciful breakfast with Rose Petal Tea! Rose Petal tea is one of my all time favorite teas, and a perfect compliment to the astringent and floral notes of lavender. Stir in some honey and cream, and this anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial herb, will help to accentuate the comforting and calming qualities of this already nurturing meal.