Balsamic Goji Berry Oats


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Centenarians from the blue zones typically eat a mainly plant-based diet. They favor beans, greens, yams and sweet potatoes, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds. This recipe combines a few centenarians staples. “Poppy seeds and hempseeds add texture and healthy fats to this unusual but delicious take on your morning oats. Poppy seeds aren’t just for the tops of bagels and desserts; they are an unsung fountain of nutrition. They contain high levels of grounding nutrients (even in small amounts) like calcium, iron, protein, and fiber. Hempseeds, like poppy seeds, also contain these same nutrients, plus the addition of zinc and magnesium.”

Recipe from The Healing Slow Cooker

Yield: 4 servings


1 cup steel-cut oats

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar or stevia

2 tablespoons poppy seeds or hempseeds

½ cup goji berries or ¼ cup dried cherries


  1. Place oats and 4 cups water in slow cooker, cover, and cook on high setting for 2 to 2½ hours, until oats are tender.
  2. Stir in balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, poppy seeds, and goji berries.
  3. Spoon into bowls and enjoy.

From The Healing Slow Cooker by Jennifer Iserloh.