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Remember when I wrote about my experience making raw buckwheat groats for breakfast? You can read about it here. I like this cereal a lot, but I found something I like even better: raw oat groats! I find the flavor to be much milder and, well, very oat-like.
What are oat groats? They are the whole oat kernel that includes the bran layer which makes them even healthier than rolled oats or steel-cut oats (although these are great options, too). Here’s a photo of the oat groats on the left and the buckwheat groats on the right.Again, you’ll need to look for hulled oat groats at a natural food store or you can order them online at a reputable seller like Bob’s Red Mill. The serving size is about 1/2 cup groats per person.
Raw oat groats do need to be soaked before eating to soften them. I think overnight is adequate. I rinse mine before soaking so as to clean off any dust or whatever:
I then put the rinsed groats in a big bowl and cover them with water:
The next morning, I just rinse them again and eat! You can try processing them with a banana to make a really rich, sweet cereal (I served this one with a chopped peach):
Or, you can just eat the groats whole with some berries for sweetness (I added almond butter as well):
I am in love with the chewy texture of the oat groats, they are so satisfying. I vaguely remember eating a boxed, sweetened cereal with oat groats as a kid but I can’t remember what it was called. Does anyone know what I’m talking about?
On an unrelated note, I think I might be allergic to strawberries! I developed hives a few days ago after eating a pint of strawberries from the farmers’ market. I am sooooo sad if this is the case but I’m experimenting now to see if that is the culprit. If so, I’ll have to revise my green smoothie recipe and learn to live without one of my favorite fruits.
What do you eat for breakfast and are you open to trying new breakfast recipes?
Raw Oat Groat Cereal – Serves 2
1 cup raw, hulled oat groats
1 ripe banana (optional)
2 cups berries or other chopped fruit
Rinse groats and put them in a bowl. Cover with water and let sit overnight or at least 8 hours. To prepare, either put groats in a food processor with a banana or serve whole with fruit.