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Using oat groats to make soaked oatmeal is not only nutritious, it’s also very affordable.
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Which Oats Are the Best Buy?
When you make oatmeal, you can choose from the following types of oats:
- Flaked Oatmeal
- Oat Groats
- Steel-Cut Oats
Out of the three types, oat groats will be your best buy. Oat groats are the whole oat grain that has not been adulterated in any way. Since it has received minimal processing, the cost is lower than the other forms of oats.
So the next time you are out shopping or ordering online, be sure to look for oat groats and add them to your cart. You will be able to use the oat groats to make a delicious and budget-friendly breakfast that is easy to make.
Making Apple Cider Vinegar
When you soak your oat groats in water overnight, you’ll want to add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, or whey. I like to use apple cider vinegar.
Did you know you can easily and cheaply make homemade apple cider vinegar? I’ll show you how in my three-part series. You won’t need to buy it from the store anymore!
More Soaking and Sprouting Recipes
In addition to soaking oat groats to make soaked oatmeal, you can also soak beans and nuts, as well as sprout flour to make healthy and delicious homemade recipes.
More Recipes Using Oats
If you’re looking for more recipes to make with oats, be sure to try my cowboy cookies and oatmeal bread recipes. And in my Top 7 Meal Extenders for Budget Meals video, I also include a budget-friendly recipe for Spaghetti and Meatballs made with Old Fashioned Rolled Oats.
Storing Whole Grain in Your Prepper Pantry
If you want to store whole grain for the long-term in your extended or Prepper Pantry, I’ll show you which grains you need, how to store the grains safely, and turn the grains into flour.
If you want to learn more about how you can start your own Prepper Pantry, be sure to watch my Prepper Pantry series for beginners.
The Flake Lovers Flaker from Mockmill
With your stored whole grain, you can use the Flake Lovers Flaker from Mockmill to create freshly flaked grain. This device flakes whole grain in minutes, and you can use your flaked oat groats to make soaked oatmeal too. (Watch my Flake Lovers Flaker video to see the device in action.)
Mockmill also makes an electric grain mill that is a very affordable and beautifully crafted. This German-made mill stone grinds grain with settings ranging from 1 to 10—fine to coarse ground grain. I use my Mockmill to make fresh grain in many of my videos, and you can see how this electric grain mill works in my Mockmill 100 unboxing video.
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 flakers or grain mills that they sell.
- If you decide to get a Flake Lovers Flaker or Mockmill electric grain mill, be sure to use my affiliate link for a special one-time 5% discount on Mockmill Stone Grain Mill products, including Ancient Grains, like Einkorn, Emmer, and Spelt. (The discount will appear when you checkout.)
Note: This is not a sponsored post, I purchased these devices myself, and I am a happy user of them in my cooking and baking.
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How to Make Soaked Oatmeal Using Oat Groats
- 1 cup Oat groats
- 4 cups Water divided
- 1 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Sea salt coarse ground
- 4 ounces Unsalted butter optional
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon optional
- Place the oat groats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place into a 350°F or 176°C oven to toast for no more than 5 minutes.
- Remove toasted oat groats and allow to cool. Once cooled, transfer to a small grinder. Grind oat groats to a consistency of half powder and half chopped groats.
- Add oat groats to a small sauce pan, which is either enameled cast-iron or stainless steel. Cover oat groats with 2 cups of the water. Also add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. If you do not have apple cider vinegar, you can use lemon juice or whey.
- Allow oat groats to soak overnight or for approximately 8-12 hours.
- After soaking, place the saucepan containing the oat groats on the stove burner on medium high and add the remaining water and the salt. Bring the oat groats to a simmer and turn the heat to medium low, continually stirring to prevent the oat groats from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- After about 10 minutes, the oat groats should have thickened. Now add the butter and cinnamon, if using, and stir until combined. The oatmeal is now ready to be served.
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Favorite Soaked Oatmeal Supplies
- Whole Grain Oat Groats (organic)
- Ceylon Cinnamon Powder (organic)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (But remember you can make Apple Cider Vinegar homemade too!)
- Parchment Paper
- Spice Grinder
- Cast Iron Dutch Oven
- Pyrex 4-Cup Glass Measuring Cup
- Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Dark Rye Flour (organic)
- 2-Cup Prep Bowl with Lid
- Terry Dish Towels
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- Favorite Aprons
- Countertop Burner (On my kitchen island in many recipe videos.)
- Handheld Vacuum Sealing System
- Vacuum Lids
- Silica Gel Packets (Helps keep moisture from building up in your mix)
- 8-Quart Slow-Cooker
- Fat Separator (Clever kitchen device to help you decant bone broth)
- Flour Sack Towels
- pH Strips (Helps you check on the acidity of your vinegar)
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- Mockmill Grain Mill (for making homemade flour)
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