This week our grains topic is oats groats. I’m excited because this is the last thing I need to teach you about grains before I can move on to how to use them in so many ways. Next week I’ll share a lot of recipes using what we’ve learned so far. I’m giddy just thinking about all the yummy food. But first, oat groats.
As you know, oats have many excellent nutritional qualities. We hear all the time about oat bran’s ability to help lower our cholesterol. So, what are these oat groats I said we were going to talk about?Oat groats are the untreated, natural, hulled oats with the outermost inedible chaff, or hull, removed.Are these any better for us than rolled oats or quick oats?Yes, they are.To make rolled oats, they start with the oat groat, soak them in water, and press them.Some of the fiber and nutrition is lost in that process. Even more fiber and nutrition are lost in the process of making quick oats and more still with instant oats.The oats also get smaller in the process, which is part of the reason they cook faster.
Okay, we know oat groats are better for us, but how are we supposed to use them?I’m not going to throw oat groats in my oatmeal cookies because that would be pretty crunchy, but we can grind them and make them into a flour.Yum!They’re sweet and add some moisture to your baking.I love this flour in my muffins, pancakes, and quick breads.
What about using these wonderful oat groats on their own for breakfast?I tried out a recipe just for you and am so happy I did.It’s super easy and is very nutritious for you and your family.
Slow Cooked Oat Groats
1 ½ cups whole oat groats
6 ½ cups water
pinch of salt
Combine everything in a 3-5 quart crockpot. Cook on low overnight or for about 7-9 hours. You can remove the lid during the last few minutes to thicken it up. Discard the cinnamon stick. Sweeten with brown sugar or raisins if desired. You could also add apples. Serves 6-8.
I hope you enjoy your oatmeal. Let me know how you like it!