Sweet & Tasty Crockpot Oat Congee

This is a great recipe that turns into a nice porridge consistency. It’s very nourishing to the body, as it is very easy to digest. Feel free to experiment with different spices of your choice including cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, or star anise. Use of organic ingredients is preferred.

  •  ½ cup oats, not quick cooking (steel cut oats work great as well)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • Chopped walnuts, optional garnish

In a crockpot, add oats, water, coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla, apple pieces, and raisins. Stir to combine and choose the low heat setting. (If you would like it a bit thicker, leave the lid off the crockpot for about an hour or use 1 cup oats instead of a 1/2 cup). To serve, divide into bowls and garnish with chopped walnuts, if desired. Feel free to add sweetener if you would like (honey, molasses, maple syrup, etc.)

Congee, which is popular in many Asian countries, is traditionally made with a small amount of rice that is slow cooked in a large amount of water until it becomes extremely soft turning into a nice, thick porridge. Since it is slow cooked thus becoming easily digestible, congee is beneficial for those who may be feeling ill, infants, children, and the elderly. However, it can also be enjoyed by all anytime of the day!

What’s great about congee is that it can be prepared in a variety of different ways from sweet to savory with your favorite grain of choice including buckwheat, millet, cornmeal, quinoa, brown rice, or oats. For different sweet options, experiment with fresh or dried fruit such as apricots, cherries, raspberries, or blueberries and unsweetened hemp milk, almond milk (or other nut milks), or soy milk can be used. As for a savory dish, the possibilities are endless! Chicken, vegetable, or mushroom broth, bone broth, or just water can be used with any of your favorites seasonings including curry powder, Mexican flavors, Italian herbs, or a Cajun blend. In addition, ginger and turmeric are great additions for the anti-inflammatory properties they contain, as well as garlic for its anti-microbial activity. If you would like to serve this dish as a meal, diced up tofu, tempeh, or chicken can be added, along with vegetables including mushrooms, onions, or cauliflower.

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