At one time, oatmeal was considered animal food. That was my first thought when my friend, Steve Cross, told me he was having his oatmeal uncooked, with fruit and milk or yogurt. Goat meal. It doesn't sound good but then, raw oatmeal is in granola. So I tried it.
Hey, it's good!
Steve got the idea from the Germans. Wikipedia explains:
The Germans and Swiss prepare a cold oatmeal called Bircher Muesli as a breakfast cereal based on uncooked oats, fruit and nuts. The oats are combined with milk, honey and spices (e.g. cinnamon), mixed and soaked in the refrigerator overnight to soften (unnecessary with already softened rolled oats). In the morning before eating, nuts and fruit are added. The dish is not cooked.
When I have hot oatmeal, I use steel-cut, Irish or Scottish style oatmeal.
While rolled oats are smashed flat, to make flakes, steel-cut oats are chopped into small bits. When cooked, they retain their chew, adding to both flavor and texture.
For more on steel-cut oats, see: FeedMe: Oatmeal