Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Making Homemade Oat Flour

        Oats are very economical to buy and I love buying a bunch and then turning some of the oats into nutritional oat flour.  Oats are packed with nutrition so turning the oats into oat flour is a great way to add nutrition to your baking recipes.  

             Oats are a good source of soluble fiber, which helps with digestion and helps to regulate blood sugar.  It also has protein, Vitamins B & E, zinc, copper and iron which all help with the immune system.  Something we all need help with nowadays.  

 Not only do your foods get extra nutrition but using oat flour gives your baked goods a bit of extra moisture so it helps to use some oat flour on items that tend to dry out in a day or two, such as in breads or cookies.  It also provides a very slight chewy texture which is quite nice. 

              Making oat flour is super easy.  All you need are oats and either a food processor (which I use) or a high speed blender.  You can use old-fashioned oats, steel cut oats or instant oats to make oat flour.   Put the oats into your food processor and turn it onto high until the oats are finely ground and have almost the same consistency as all-purpose flour. 




            Sometimes there are larger bits that don’t turn all the way to powder so what I do is pour everything in the food processor into a sifter (with a bowl underneath) and shake it a few times and the oat flour will fall through to the bowl and then I pour the contents of the sifter back into the food processor and do the process again to get all the oat flour that I can. 

             You can turn 2 cups of oats into about 1 ½-1 ¾ cups of oat flour.

            To use the prepared oat flour in your recipes, just replace ¼-½ cup of all-purpose flour with oat flour.  

            Some recipes that I use oat flour in include: my Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, my Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe, and my Pound Cake recipe.  




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