Learn how to bake with soaked flour to maximize nutrition and digestibility and make the best whole grain muffins you have ever had!

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Homemade Soaked Flour Muffins

Whole grain muffins and other baked goods can be very nutritious, whether they are made with modern-day whole wheat flour or one of the ancient grain flours, like spelt or einkorn. However, they can only give us their maximum nutrition if the whole grains are properly prepared.

For our digestive systems to absorb all the nutrients that whole grains have to offer, we have to deactivate some of the phytic acid that whole grains contain. We can deactivate the phytic acid in whole grains by making our baked goods with the following:

  • A sourdough starter,
  • Sprouted flour, or
  • Soaked flour

If you’re new to traditional foods baking, one of the easiest ways to deactivate the phytic acid in whole grains is to learn how to soak flour. By following this traditional foods technique, you will be happily rewarded with light, whole grain baked goods that you’ve maximized for nutrition and digestibility!

Closeup of Soaked Flour Muffins on a Plate.

Super Soft, Airy, and Flavorful Muffins

If you are used to baking whole grain muffins that turn out dense and often soggy in the center, you are in for a welcome change. Whole grain muffins made with soaked flour are soft, airy, and flavorful!

Best of all, the muffins recipe I share in this post provides a basic framework you can use to make a variety of different types of muffins to suit your taste. The recipe calls for one cup of mix-ins, so you decide what to add. You can add a full cup of a mix-in or mix and match with a half cup of this and a half cup of that!

You also get to play around with the flavored extracts and the spices. The versatility of this recipe is what makes it perfect. As long as you start with soaked flour, you can make a wide assortment of delicious and nutritious whole grain muffins!

Soaked Muffin cut in half on plate
what is soaked Flour?

Soaked flour is whole grain flour that has been soaked in some type of acidulated or cultured liquid. Examples of this liquid include water with vinegar, water with lemon juice, kefir, diluted yogurt, raw milk, or diluted clabbered milk.

What is Phytic Acid?

Phytic acid is a substance found in the seeds of plants. This acid serves to help protect the seeds in nature. Whole grains include phytic acid, and if some of the phytic acid is not deactivated, it can be difficult for the human digestion system to fully absorb the minerals in whole grains. Phytic acid can prevent the absorption of iron, zinc, and calcium, which can lead to mineral deficiencies. This is why phytic acid is often referred to as an anti-nutrient.

But in small quantities, phytic acid also has a good side. It is an antioxidant, which means that it can protect our bodies from oxidation that could otherwise lead to damaging our cells!

Does soaking flour remove phytic acid?

Soaking deactivates some of the phytic acid contained in whole grain flour. However, it does not deactivate all the phytic acid, but that’s okay. A lower level of phytic acid acts as an antioxidant that protects our cells from damage.

By soaking whole grain flour, we can deactivate some of the phytic acid so that our digestive systems can absorb the minerals in whole grains. However, soaking still allows some of the phytic acid to remain intact and work as an antioxidant in our bodies.

Does soaking Flour Remove Gluten?

Soaking whole grain flour does not remove gluten, but it does break down some of the gluten by making whole grains easier to digest for those who may be only mildly sensitive to gluten. However, it is important to note that soaking whole grain flour IS NOT gluten-free!

Do you need to Soak White Flour (Plain Flour)?

No, you do not need to soak white flour, which is flour where the bran and the germ have been sifted out. Examples of white flour include all-purpose flour or bread flour.

You want to soak whole grains or whole grain flour to deactivate some of the anti-nutrient phytic acid contained in the whole grains. When you deactivate some of the phytic acid, your digestive system can better absorb the minerals in the bran and the germ of the whole grain. White flour has had the bran and the germ removed and, therefore, no longer contains any anti-nutrients that need to be deactivated or neutralized through soaking.

what are the best types of flour to soak?

All whole grains flours benefit from soaking.

how long should i soak flour?

Whole grain flour is best soaked for a minimum of eight hours and a maximum of 24 hours. The longer the soak, the more the phytic acid will be deactivated and the more the gluten will be broken down, which will assist in creating a lighter, less dense whole grain quick bread or muffin.

what is the best liquid to soak flour in?

You should soak whole grain flour in some type of acidulated or cultured liquid. This liquid can be something as simple as water with a bit of vinegar or lemon juice added. Or you can soak whole grain flour in kefir, diluted yogurt, or raw or clabbered milk.

Preparing Flour For Soaking

Find the full printable recipe with measurements below.

Soaked Flour Preparing Ingredients showing whole wheat flour and water with apple cider vinegar.

Soaking whole grain flour is very easy today. All it takes is mixing equal amounts of flour with an acidulated or cultured liquid. In this recipe, I used two cups of whole wheat flour mixed with 2 cups of water, to which I added 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar. Then allow the flour to soak in the liquid for at least eight hours or as long as 24 hours.

Other forms of acidulated or cultured liquid that you can use to soak whole grain flour include:

  • Kefir
  • Milk (Clabbered, Diluted)
  • Milk (Raw)
  • Water with Lemon Juice
  • Whey
  • Yogurt (Diluted)

The longer you soak the flour, the more the phytic acid will be deactivated, and the more the gluten will be broken down.

Soaked Flour Muffin Ingredients

Find the full printable recipe with measurements below.

To make soaked flour muffins, you will need the following:

  • Soaked Flour
  • Sweetener
  • Eggs
  • Melted Butter
  • Flavored Extract
  • Mix-Ins of Your Choice (I used pumpkin puree)
  • Plus, Rising Agents and Salt
Soaked Flour Muffin Ingredients showing rising agents, eggs, sucanat, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree.

If the term rising agents is new to you, it simply refers to various types of ingredients used in baked goods to help them rise! For this recipe, we will be using baking powder and baking soda,

Soaked Flour Muffin Rising Agents Ingredients showing baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

How to Make Soaked Flour Whole Grain Muffins

Find the full printable recipe with instructions below.

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C).
  • Mix the eggs with the sweetener in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add in all the remaining ingredients to the egg and sweetener mixture except for the soaked flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix well.
  • Add this mixture to the soaked flour and mix well. This is your muffin batter.
  • Finally, add the baking powder and the baking soda to the muffin batter and mix gently to incorporate.
  • Spoon the muffin batter into regular-sized muffin cup liners in a 12-cup muffin tin to 3/4 full. If you do not have muffin cup liners, grease each muffin cup with butter.
  • Bake muffins at 425°F (218°C) for 5 minutes and then lower the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C) and continue to bake the muffins for approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one muffin comes out clean.

Variations

I made pumpkin spice muffins, but you can make whatever flavor you like. Some variations include:

  • Apple Cinnamon Muffins
  • Banana Nut Muffins
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • Vanilla Lemon Muffins
  • Zucchini Muffins

But whatever variety you decide to make, the best thing about these muffins is that they are much lighter than whole grain muffins made without soaked flour. They are also a lot more nutritious than any muffin made with white flour!

Recipe Tips

Making Soaked Flour Whole Grain Muffins is easy, but a few tips can make them turn out perfect every time.

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C) and bake the muffins at this temperature for the first 5 minutes before lowering the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). This high oven temperature at the beginning of the baking cycle will allow the muffins to rise nicely and form a nice crispy golden crown.
  • After the 8-24 hour soak, your soaked flour should look like pancake batter. If not, add additional liquid, such as buttermilk.
  • Once you add the baking powder and baking soda to the batter, do not over mix.

Storing and Reheating

Refrigerated: Muffins will stay fresh for 3-4 days if stored in an airtight container.

Freezing: After the muffins have cooled completely, add them to a freezer-safe airtight container. Store in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. Reheat in a 200°F (93°C) for no more than 15 minutes.

Grind Your Own Flour with the Mockmill

In my soaked flour video, I talk about the option of grinding your own flour. If you want to create your own flour, you’ll need a manual or electric grain mill.

When it comes to electric grain mills, after I did A LOT of research, I decided to buy a Mockmill. And am I so happy I did! The Mockmill is a very affordable but beautifully crafted German-made mill that stone grinds grain with settings ranging from 1 to 10—fine to coarse ground grain.

And I have great news! The folks at Mockmill are very kind to offer my viewers and readers a special one-time discount on any of the grain mills that they sell.

Note: You can also get the new Flake Lover’s Flaker from Mockmill. Using this device, you can flake whole grain in minutes.

You can see me unbox and try out the Mockmill 100 Grain mill in the following video. (This is not a sponsored post, I bought the Mockmill products that I show you, and I’m a happy user of their devices in my kitchen.)

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How to Make Soaked Flour Whole Grain Muffins

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Soaking Time: 1 day
Total: 1 day 45 minutes
Yield: 18 muffins
Learn how to bake with soaked flour to maximize nutrition and digestibility and make the best whole grain muffins you have ever had!

Equipment

  • 1 Muffin Tin 6-cup or 12-cup

Ingredients

Soaked Flour

  • 2 cups whole grain flour I used whole wheat flour, but you can use any whole grain flour, including spelt flour or einkorn flour.
  • 2 cups acidulated or cultured liquid I used water with 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar. Other options include water with lemon juice, kefir, whey, diluted yogurt, raw milk, or diluted clabber.

Soaked Flour Muffins

  • soaked flour from recipe above
  • buttermilk or other liquid, optional milk, raw milk, etc.
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole dry sweetener I used only 1/2 cup sucanat, but you can increase the sweetener to 1 cup. Other sweetener options include maple sugar or date sugar. You can also use liquid sweeteners at a lower quantity. For example, 1 cup whole dry sweetener is equivalent 3/4 cup liquid sweetener.
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly I used 1/2 cup butter for moist muffins, but you can reduce the amount of butter to 1/4 cup. If you do not have muffin cup liners, you will need additional butter to grease the muffin cups.
  • 1 cup "mix-ins" I used pumpkin purée, but other options include shredded zucchini, carrot, apple, mashed banana, berries, and chocolate chips.
  • 2 tsp spice I used cinnamon, but you can use any spice, including allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom.
  • 1 tsp flavored extract I used vanilla extract, but you can use any flavor.
  • 1/2 tsp fine ground sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Instructions 

How to Soak Flour

  • Add flour to a large bowl and add in the acidulated liquid. Mix well.
  • Cover the bowl with a dish towel and leave undisturbed at room temperature for 8 to 24 hours.

How to Make Soaked Flour Muffins

  • Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
  • Line a 6-cup or 12-cup muffin tin with muffin cup liners. Set aside. If you do not have muffin cup liners, coat each muffin cup well with butter.
  • If the soaked flour does not look like pancake batter, add buttermilk or other liquid to thin. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, add in sweetener, and then whisk until the sweetener dissolves and is fully incorporated with the eggs.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the egg and sweetener mixture except for the soaked flour, the baking powder, and the baking soda. Mix well.
  • Add this mixture to the soaked flour and mix well until thoroughly incorporated. This is your muffin batter.
  • Sift the baking powder and baking soda into the muffin batter using a mesh strainer. Mix gently to incorporate but DO NOT over mix.
  • Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full with batter.
  • Place the muffin tin on the middle rack of the oven and bake the muffins for 5 minutes at 425°F (218°C).
  • After 5 minutes, lower the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C) and continue to bake the muffins for an additional 25 minutes or until the tops are rounded and golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter until all muffins are baked.
  • When the muffins are baked, remove them from the oven and place the muffin tin on a heatproof surface.
  • Allow the muffins to cool slightly. Once you can handle the muffins, remove them from the muffin tin, transfer them to a cooling rack, and allow them to cool further.
  • Stored in an airtight container, muffins will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Stored in a freezer-safe airtight container, muffins will stay fresh in the freezer for 2-3 months.
  • To reheat muffins, place in a 200°F (93°C) oven for no longer than 15 minutes.

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Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2308IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: Americana
Calories: 127
Keyword: Soaked Flour, Soaked Flour Muffins
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