Oats are still pretty inexpensive around here, especially when you consider all of the nutritional value that they contain. Oat flour is also gluten free in and of itself. Buying oat flour at the grocery store or specialty store can be quite expensive. This is because there isn’t as much demand of oat flour, making it a specialty item. You are much better off making it yourself.
While oat flour won’t behave like wheat flour, you can use it in baking when you combine it with wheat flour (white or whole wheat). If flour prices are getting a bit to high. lower the cost of your homemade baked goods by substituting homemade oat flour that you can make yourself. it will also boost the nutrition including your intake of soluble fiber. boosting nutrition is so important when your food budget may not allow for the healthiest food choices.
To make your own oat flour just pour some oats into a blender or food processor and make the machine work until the oats turn to powder. That is it. Use whole oats to get the most nutrition. Then stretch your regular flour or bread flour with some oat flour. The amount to substitute will depend on the recipe. You can check a bread making book out of the library or just experiment with a little bit at a time. You can also use the oat flour to make “granola” bars, as a filler in meatloaf or to coat chicken.
Store any leftover oat flour in a airtight container for later use.
And here is an extra use for the oat flour. Combine it with some water to make a paste. then use this paste to sooth skin irritation, such as eczema, insect bites or a mild burn.
Will you try making your own oat flour?
Mary Ann Romans writes about everything related to saving money in the Frugal Blog, creating a home in the Home Blog, caring for little ones in the Baby Blog and now relationships in the Marriage Blog. You can read more of her articles by clicking here or subscribe to the blog using the subscription box on the right.
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