I tried something the other day. I soaked and dehydrated some oat groats and then ground them into flour. Woohoo! Raw oat flour!
I have quite a few ideas for my new found discovery, and to begin my adventure, I started with oatmeal raisin cookies. Or balls. Or oatmeal.
Raw Oatmeal Cookies/Balls/Oatmeal
1 c ground oat groats
3 T maple syrup
1 T water (if needed)
1 T chia seeds + 2 T water (to make a chia egg)
1 T vanilla
1 T raisins
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
Combine the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add chia egg, vanilla, and maple syrup. Stir to combine. Add raisins. Then, either shape into balls and freeze, flatten into cookies and dehydrate (1 hour at 145F and then 3-4 hours at 115-105F or until dry enough to make you happy), or just eat like oatmeal. I did all three!
No oat groats? No problem. Coarsely grind rolled oats or even steel cut oats into flour.
Don’t like raisins? No problem. Leave them out or use your favorite dried fruit (date bits, craisins, cherries, etc)
No maple syrup? No problem. Use your favorite liquid sweetener. Adjust for stevia.
Dough not sticking together? No problem. Try adding more chai seeds, more oats, or don’t add water to your next batch.
Don’t care for the flavors of pumpkin pie spice and/or cinnamon? No problem. Use whatever spices you like. Or don’t use any.