Horse Chow (Helen Nearing)

This recipe comes from Helen Nearing’s book, Living the Good Life. At the height (or the depth) of the Great Depression, they started homesteading in Vermont, trying to live simply and self-sufficiently. Some of the things they ate were idiosyncratic, to say the least. This Horse Chow makes a quick and nutritious breakfast, even though I admit eating uncooked rolled oats feels peculiar at first.

4 cups uncooked, rolled oats
½ cup raisins
juice of one lemon
a dash of sea salt
some olive or vegetable oil to moisten.

Mix all of it together. Eat some in a bowl (still uncooked!) for breakfast.


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