Gluten-free oats are hard to find, and when you do find them, and they are organic, they are usually pretty expensive. Even the organic whole oatmeal is heat-treated (since oats have a high fat content which causes the grain to go rancid during storage). I thought they were worth buying anyway until I read this book called “Cure Tooth Decay Naturally” where Ramiel Nagel points out that oats are actually very bad for teeth.
“The take-home message from these experiments is that oatmeal has a devastating effect on teeth, and that the maximum amount of bone growth and tooth remineralization in these studies occurred with grain-free diets.” p.66
“…oatmeal interferes more than any other grain studied with tooth mineralization.” p.66
Well, I guess that means no oats for us…
Since we still like oatmeal, I decided to create something that will take its place. It turns out that all of us loved it just as much as oatmeal! My daughter ate her portion and most of mine, and some of her Daddy’s. So then her Daddy made more again today, and she ate most of it as well! So it certainly passes the yummy test
You could also try this with Quinoa (not a grain), and it is very good, but less oatmeal-like. Rice is in the second tier of grains that are not good for teeth, so it may be worth switching it up once in awhile. We like the quinoa version too, and you make it the same way. Just pre-soak the quinoa before using to make it more digestible.
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond or rice milk
- 2 Tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 cup water
- Sunrider’s Sunectar, coconut nectar, or your favorite sweetener, to taste
- Spoons & cup measure
- Baking dish
- Making the rice: Boil water in a pot, then add rice, salt, spices. Cook for 20-25 min or until rice is tender.
The rice can be made ahead of time, then stored in the refrigerator. You will end up using about 2 cups of the cooked rice.
- Preheat the oven to 350F. In a baking dish combine 2 cups cooked rice, apple pieces, cinnamon, ginger and water, and mix well.
- Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the apples are soft. You will want to check it part way through to make sure it isn’t getting dry… if it is, just add a little more water and stir.
- Remove from oven and add almond milk, hemp seeds and sweetener. Mix well and put back in the oven for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
Feel free to play with the amount of milk to make the “oatmeal” a consistency you like.