Health Benefits of Soaked Oat Granola Recipe

Let us talk about the Health Benefits of the Soaked Oat Granola Recipe.

This soaked oat granola recipe stands out to be my favorite dish for breakfast. The ingredients used in the recipe are deliciously amazing.

Our forefathers traditionally practiced this method of soaking or preparing grains. This is to make the grains easier to digest.

The process involves soaking the oats in water and an acidic substance (apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, or whey) for 12-24 hours before cooking.

Well, for the preparation, honestly speaking, it takes time due to the soaking and drying of the oats.

This reason shouldn’t make you not try out the recipe because it’s definitely worth it when you learn about the benefits of soaking grains, nuts, and seeds.

Are There Reasons To Soak My Oats?

There are lots of healthy reasons why you should soak your oats. Remember that all plants seed naturally contains some meaningful substances called anti-nutrients.

Notably, anti-nutrients help protects the plant from predators and as well prevent the seed from sprouting. This also hinders the ability to digest vitamins and minerals within the seed.

Phytic acid, one of the best-known anti-nutrients, can hinder our bodies from absorbing calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc. By soaking the oats, we inhibit the phytic acid and other enzyme inhibitors present in the seed.

The Benefits of Soaking Oat

These include:

  • makes the oats easier to digest.
  • It helps our body to absorb minerals in oats.
  • Provides anti-cancer benefits.
  • Reduces allergens.
  • Increases the protein, vitamins, and fiber in the oats.
  • Makes the oats more alkalizing.
  • Lowers the calorie content.

Soaked Oat Granola

If you really want to get a good result, don’t use quick-cooking oats for this recipe.

Ingredients for Soaked Oat Granola Recipe

For the Soaked Oats:
  • 7-8 cups oats (not quick-cooking or instant)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, or whey
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour* (or buckwheat for gluten-free)
For the Granola:
  • 6 cups previously soaked and dehydrated oats
  • 1 cup nuts of choice, crushed we like to use walnuts and almonds
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 6 tablespoons liquid sweetener of choices such as honey, pure maple syrup, or date syrup
  • 1/2 cups seeds of choice (optional) such as flax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon natural salt
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Notably, Oats are low in the enzyme phytase needed to neutralize the phytic acid. Adding 2 tablespoons of wheat flour to your oats when soaking helps decrease the phytic acid.

Directions on Soaked Oat Granola Recipe

First, soak and dehydrate the oats:
  • Put the oats in a large bowl and cover them with filtered water. Add the vinegar and flour. Mix well, cover the bowl, and soak the oats for 12-24 hours at room temperature (NOT in the fridge!).
  • Drain and rinse the oats. Dry them in a dehydrator, or your oven at the lowest temperature spread them out in a fragile layer on a large baking pan. 
To Make the Granola:
  • After soaking and dehydrating the oats, you should have about 6 cups. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  • In a small bowl, add the melted oil, sweetener, and vanilla. Add this mixture to your dry ingredients and mix very well with clean hands.
  • Spread the granola onto 2 large baking pans in a thin layer, and bake for about 10 minutes at 325°F (165°C).
  • Stir and bake for a few more minutes just until golden brown. The granola will crisp up as it cools down. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks
 Serve this Soaked Oat Granola over yogurt or with milk. Enjoy.

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