Oat Groats

Do you want to learn how to use oat groats? There are 3 basic methods of cooking this highly nutritious grain; thermos, crock-pot and cooking pan. They are all low-heat cooking methods that will gently cook the groats and not kill the nutrients by overheating.

What Are Oat Groats?

Oat groats are the untreated grain that has the germ, bran, and endosperm in tact. Oat groats take longer to cook than the common old-fashioned or quick-oats. However, once you try this nutty and chewy whole grain you too will agree that it’s perfect for days when you need something more than raw fruit in the morning.

In whole live grain you have nearly every known vitamin and mineral known to mankind, but this live food must not be killed by overheating. In its hard state, grain is generally a pH 5. By using presoaked, low-heated grain we raise it from the objectionable pH5 to a pH7 which is easily assimilated.” – Dr Christopher, Curing The Incurables

Oat Groats Are Alkaline

For the grain to measure alkaline it would first need to be in its whole food state (oat groats) and then cooked on low heat, keeping the nutrients in the grain as well as the enzymes (helps with digestion). Oat groats are not only alkaline but also high in protein and fiber, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium.

Where to Buy Oat Groats

We buy in bulk from a local Menonite store, but you can purchase groats at your local grocery store, health food store or online. We store it in mylar bags with an oxygen pack. The grain will keep fresh for 10+ years, if stored properly.

How To Cook Oat Groats, Low-Heated

Groats are done when they become soft and chewy. You can’t overcook them and can leave them in the thermos or pot, on the counter, until you are ready to eat them that day. Refrigerate any drained groats you do not use.

Thermos Method

You will need to locate or purchase a quality stainless steel insulated thermos that will keep heat for over 12 hours. Your plastic insulated thermoses designed to keep coffee warm will not retain enough heat.

  1. first, measure out the amount of grain, rinse well, and soak in water for 8 hours.
  2. drain and add to the thermos.
  3. fill thermos with water that is almost to the boiling point.
  4. cover thermos, shake well, and lay flat on counter overnight.
  5. drain off any excess water and enjoy.
Crock-Pot Method
  1. first, measure out the amount of grain, rinse well, and soak in water for 8 hours.
  2. drain and add to the crock-pot and turn on lowest setting.
  3. cover the groats with water that is almost to the boiling point (3x the amount of grain).
  4. cook on low overnight.
Cooking Pan Method
  1. first, measure out the amount of grain, rinse well, and soak in water for 8 hours.
  2. bring water to almost the boiling point (3x the amount of grain).
  3. remove from heat, drain groats and add to the pan of hot water.
  4. cover with a tight fitting lid and wrap snug in a thick towel.
  5. let sit in a warm place overnight.
Morning Cereal Recipe

Serves 3. Recipe by Victoria Botenko, 12 Steps to Raw Foods

  1. soak 1 cup oat groats overnight
  2. blend with 3/4 cup water
  3. add 1/4 cup dates (without pits) or raisins and blend
  4. add 1 tsp oil (opt)
  5. add Celtic sea salt to taste (opt)
  6. garnish with fresh fruits and berries before serving

The Difference Between Groats, Steel Cut Oats, Old Fashioned, and Quick Oats

Steel-cut oats are the whole groat that has been cut into 2-3 pieces. They will cook faster that the whole groats.

The following are all steamed to soften, then pressed between rollers to flatten, and finally heat-dried before packaging.

  • old fashioned
  • rolled oats
  • quick oats
  • instant oats

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