Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Grain discovery series - more fun with oats!

Mares eat oats and does eat oats... and people should eat oats too!!

Oats, just to recap, are a good source of manganese, phosphorous and potassium, amoung other nutrients. They help to build and maintain healthy bones and muscles and keep your energy up. They're also filling and help keep you satiated between meals!

Oats are also extremely versatile, aside from the breakfast cereal and granola you may be used to seeing them in, oats can be ground into flour, or bought pre-ground as oat flour.  I prefer to grind my own, just in keeping with my compulsive need to know where my food has been as much as I possibly can manage.  Plus, it's SUPER easy.  I can even do it with my Magic Bullet, seriously!  Just put them in a food processor and grind, keep an eye on it though because you may have to shake the food processor up a bit to ensure all the oats make it to the blades. 

Fun fact: you can also use the same process to grind nut flour/meal but this requires an even closer eye because if you overdo it you'll end up with nut butter.

Anyway, back to oats!  Here's a quick and easy recipe for oat scones:

1 cup organic oat flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 Almond milk or coconutmilk
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 chia egg
You can also add any fruits or natural flavourings of your choice!  Try: lemon or orange zest, vanilla extract, berries, craisins, raisins, walnuts, bananas...

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