You like to lay back and have a soak, so do your oats. And your belly will thank you for it!
Oats, particularly the steel cut, have blown up lately. Some people see them as super food well others say to stay away. Part of this split is because oats can be hard on the digestive tract much like any seed!
Seeds are meant to be hard to break down so they can survive and be grown into new plants so they block digestive enzymes with phytic acid. This acid can also bind to minerals and prevent their absorption as well!
Does This Mean I should Avoid Oats?
No! In my opinion, oats can be a great source of nutrients. Oats are an antioxidant that is also a good source of protein, fiber, and carbs, well also containing a large amount of vitamins and minerals like iron and magnesium.
So instead of omitting them we can simply give them an acid soak to make them more digestible!
The process of acid soaking overnight releases phytase which will breakdown the phytic acid!
Note: This is true for all seeds and nuts so you should be soaking everything to avoid the belly ache and get the full benefits from it!
How to Soak Your Oats
- · One cup of oats
- · One cup of water
- · 2 tbls of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or yogurt (plain)
- · Sea salt
Mix oats, water, lemon, and sea salt together and soak for 12-24 hours. (24 is more ideal)
Once your oats are soaked you can use them how you want! Rinsing isn’t necessary but you can rinse them to remove the acidic taste if you want! I don’t taste it personally!
Then you can use your oats like normal.
Some of my favourite ways include:
- · Adding more water to make porridge
- · Oatmeal cookies
- · Apple crisp
- · And Granola!
Here’s my go to soaked granola recipe to try!
Maple Nut Granola
- 2 cups soaked large flake oats
- · ½ cup soaked pecans
- · ½ cup soaked sunflower seeds
- · 2 tbls maple syrup
- · 2 tbls cinnamon
- · 1 tbls coconut oil
- · ½ teaspoon sea salt
Soak your oats, pecans, and sunflower seeds overnight like described above.
Preheat oven to 300.
Strain access liquid from your soaked oats, nuts, and seeds. Mix in maple syrup, cinnamon, coconut oil, and salt.
Lay out on a cookie sheet for 20 -30 minutes turning every 5 minutes!
Be aware it burns easy!
Let cook and store!
Let me know if you notice this makes a difference on your digestive health at all! I love hearing from you!
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