Updated: Oct 22
Oats are whole grains, it is complex carbohydrates that means it is packed with soluble fiber, thus takes longer to digest as compared to simple starches. Did you know that rolled oats are easiest to digest as compared to other forms of oats!
"Oats are particularly rich in a kind of soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which has been shown to increase satiety and be a useful addition to foods for controlling blood sugars. Oat flour offers a little more iron and calcium than whole wheat flour."
Grinding your own oat flour is very simple if you've ever considered it before but never got to it, give it a try! All you need is some plain quick oats and a coffee grinder or high-speed blender/food processor. It stores well in the pantry for months. It's such a versatile flour, most times in any recipe, it's easy to replace half of any other flour with oat flour. Home-made oat flour can be stored well just like oats.
Instructions for homemade oat flour-
Place the rolled oat into the bowl of your food processor
Pulse the oats until it grinds into a powder-like consistency
Depending on the speed and power of your coffee grinder/food processor, this process should take 60 seconds or less
Make sure that all the oats have been finely ground
Protein-rich, home-made oat waffles
For waffle lovers and kids, this pre-made mixture would make your mornings breakfast a breeze! This pre-made waffle mix could be stored in an airtight container for months. All it takes is less than 5 minutes and the high fiber, full of oats goodness and nutty flavors of protein-rich almonds waffles are ready! These would any day beat the nutritional value of store-bought or frozen ones!
I highly recommend you keep this mixture on hand.
Let's check out the recipe.
RECIPE for pre-made waffle mixture :
Gluten-free: buy oats labeled 'gluten-free'
Nut-free: avoid almond meal
Vegan: use "chia or flax egg substitute" (as below)
Prep time: 10 minute
Cook time: under 5 min
home-made oat flour, 2 cups
almond meal, 1 cup
whey protein, 1/2 cup
flaxseeds, 2 Tbsp
chia seeds, 2Tbsp
psyllium husk, 2 Tbsp OR ground hemp hearts, 2 Tbsp
baking soda, 1.5 teaspoon
Whey proteins are a very convenient way to add extra proteins to your diet and to increase satiety. It is one of the two milk proteins, adds a lot of rich flavors, and comes with beneficial amino acids. It's always important to read the nutrition label for too many non-necessary additives and sugar.
Some whey proteins are high in sugars and could easily spike blood sugars especially in diabetics. That's why it becomes very important to read the label closely. Here, I am using a very low sugar whey protein.
Whey protein used, very low in carbs
RECIPE for the waffles:
protein-rich waffle mix (above), 2 Tbsp
vanilla essence, few drops
water, 1/2 -3/4 cup
Serve with: berries OR chocolate chips
Instead of eggs, use:
chia-egg substitute: 1 Tbsp chia seeds soaked in 2.5 Tbsp water for 5 minutes
ground flax-seeds substitute: 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds soaked in 2.5 Tbsp water for 5 minutes
preheat waffle maker.
in a large mixing bowl, just whisk the above ingredients together into a smooth paste.
spray the waffle maker with oil spray and cook for 2-3 minutes! It's as easy as that! Enjoy with your favorite berries and chocolate chips!
Hope you enjoyed this recipe! Happy waffle making! :)