Let me show you how to make oat flour at home in easy steps. It is super quick, easy, cheap and you would be happy you made this homemade gluten-free whole grain flour yourself. All you need is a blender, some oats and 5 minutes.
What is oat flour
Oat flour is the by-product of blended oats (quick or rolled old fashioned oat) to a powdery form which is then incorporated into everyday cooking and even used for skincare.
Oat is an essential pantry staple in every home, it is a simple ingredient that makes delicious breakfast in form of oatmeal, this is the popular way of eating it or baked treats as oat bread, cookies and many more.
Types of oat
There are about 7 types of oats and they are basically oats in different forms, texture, flavour and their different cooking times. Here in the UK, we love and mostly use the following
Rolled old fashion oat
Other types include
Steel-cut oats: this is extremely popular in United states
Whole oat grout: the first result after hulling raw oat, still in its whole form just like brown basmati and pure basmati rice.
Then Oat flour, there is also raw oats but this is when it is freshly harvested and this won’t be sold for consumption until it has been processed to the types mentioned above.
Is oat healthy and good for you
The simple answer is YES! Oat is naturally gluten free, high in fibre known as Beta- Glucan
It is kind on your gut as it improves your digestive system
Oat is great source of vitamins
A great source of protein
It aids weight loss as it fills you up for longer and helps regulate blood sugar level
It helps lower blood cholesterol and a great addition to your diet if you are diabetic (check with your doctor and eat in moderation)
Oat is kind to the skin, oat flour mixed with honey and brown sugar can be used as homemade face mask. Cheap and you are sure what is going in it, no chemical jargons, natural and homemade. A DIY project you would be happy about
How to make oat flour
This is a simple and straight to the point DIY procedure, depending on the quantity you need I usually start with about 2 cups, I add it to a blender and blitz until the desired texture is achieved. 2 cups of rolled oat would yield 2 cups of oat flour
You do not need to use a high-speed blender for making oat flour, although it makes the job quicker and faster. I sometimes use my small smoothie blender which is 250W for this too when I am making a small batch.
How to use oat flour in recipes
It is a great first meal for kids as well, instead of spending a lot of money on jarred toddlers’ oatmeal that is packed full with preservatives, simply make yours at home and it keeps in the fridge for up to 48 hours
If you are Nigerian (African) and on a keto or low carb diet, you can use oat flour to make oatmeal swallow (recipe coming soon)
How to store
Store your DIY oat flour in an airtight container for up to one month. I prefer storing mine for few days or two weeks at most as it is easy to make and that way, the oat flour stays always fresh
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How To Make Oat Flour
- High Power Blender
- 2 cups instant or rolled oat
- Add the oat to the blender and blitz until the desired texture (fine or coarse) is achieved. Do not over blend the oat so it doesn’t clump together.
- Transfer the oat flour to an airtight container and store for up to 1 month.
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