All you need is old fashioned Rolled Oats, not the instant type. You can either purchase that in the hot cereal section of the grocery store or in bulk food stores or in Health Food stores. I buy from bulk food and it cost about 98 cents per pound. If you purchase the packaged cereal oats, it will cost more, but still less than the pre-ground flour.
Oat flour can be combined with other gluten free flour in baking or used alone in baking or used as part Oat and part Wheat Flour. It's a versatile flour that can be used to thicken soups or used in baking your favorite breads and treats and making your own instant oat cereal.
Flour made from oats lends a fluffy, light texture to cookies and cakes, that often result in heavy end product when using other gluten free flour and not quite as pleasing as those made with cake flour or even white wheat flour. Using it to flour your work surface when making traditional breads while kneading, won't toughen the dough like a wheat flour can.
1-2 Cups Rolled Oats
Food Processor, Blender or manual food grinder
Mason jar with Lid or other tight-sealing container
Jar Funnel (optional, but handy)
Place half cup at a time of the oats into the grinding device of choice. Pulse if using a food processor or Blender. Pulse until a fine flour forms. Empty the device between loads so you achieve an even grind. If using a manual grinder, run the oats through a few times until the grind is achieved that you prefer. That's all there is to it. Quick, simple and ready to use or Label and Store in air-tight containers in the pantry or freezer (to prevent bugs if using zip type plastic bags).
Medium to Fine grind is preferred for baking and homemade skin products. Rough ground is more for cereal or soup.
Note: The zip type sealable bags are handy and can be easily stacked, however it must me noted that there are certain bugs and moths that can breach plastic, and plastic is no defense against mice, so if you have a problem, just place those bags into the freezer until ready to use. In lieu of those bags, used Mason jars that will keep the flour fresh without worry about bug or rodent infestations.
Note: When I grind alternative flour, I do it in 2-4 cup quantity to use immediately for the recipe I'm working with, but if you use a lot of the oat flour, make up as much as you think you can use within 6 months. It takes very little time or effort, to make up several pounds of flour in one block of time. (8 cups of ground oats takes lest than 10 minutes to do).
Suggested Uses: In baked goods, pancakes or make your own Instant Oatmeal. Combine with other flour when making breads, for a healthy, high protein grain-type bread. Use to flour the work surface when kneading traditional wheat bread. Use to make your own skin and body products (see the link below).
To make Instant Oatmeal: Simply grind half of the oats fine and the other medium grind. Then make overnight Oatmeal or cook as you would your regular instant oatmeal. Package in serving size portions, add dried fruits, spices, sweetener, dried milk or non-dairy creamer and label. Store in air tight containers for quick weekday breakfast. You'll save a bundle of money over the store bought versions and you'll know exactly what goes into them. Most store bought versions are high in sodium and sugar along with preservatives, and artificial flavoring.
Refer to my article on other alternative flour: Ezekiel flour:
Refer to the link for making your own Gram or Besan Flour:
Refer to the link to make your own Lavender and Oat exfoliator:
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