Everyone loves pancakes, but unfortunately they are not the healthiest breakfast option as they contain refined flour and are often paired with high fat or sugar laden toppings.
But what if there was a way you could enjoy pancakes every morning for breakfast without the negative health effects (or the guilt)? Well you can, and you probably have everything you need in your kitchen to make them right now! Get an apron on and hop right to it as we share how to make healthy pancakes using oat flour. Plus we’ll provide a guide on how to make your own oat flour and the health benefits of this super wholesome flour.
Oat flour is a nutritious whole grain flour which is made from oats. It can be used in cooking and baking and produces a mildly nutty flavour and interesting textures depending on the recipe (or how fine the oat flour has been processed).
Oat flour is full of antioxidants, healthy fat, and protein. Meaning that incorporating it into your diet can help to boost your health. Oat flour is simply made from oats so it has the same nutritional benefits of oats, a few of these include:
Rich in natural vitamins & minerals
Oat flour contains micronutrients including vitamin E which can play an important role in prevention of diseases such as cancer and arthritis. Other essential vitamins and minerals contained in oats are; magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, folate and vitamins B1 and B5.
Reduces risk of heart disease
Oat flour contains soluble fiber beta glucan, which has been proven to help reduce your risk of developing coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease.
Contains plant based protein
Oat flour contains quality, low-cost, plant-based protein with good amino acid composition. This is great news for anyone on a vegan diet.
Helps you feel full for longer
Consuming oats or products that are made from oats like organic oat flour can help you feel full for longer. Feeling full can help with reducing portion size and achieve weight loss goals.
Beneficial for diabetics
Beta-glucan soluble fibre available from oat flour can help improve insulin response and has been shown to help reduce blood sugar too.
A great source of soluble fiber
Another great effect of soluble fiber is that it helps to move food through the digestive tract.
To make oat flour all you have to do is pour your desired amount of oats into a blender or food processor and simply blend the oats until they have turned into a fine flour. If you don’t have a blender or food processor you can use a coffee grinder, but be aware that this will make a less fine product which might not be suitable for all recipes.
When it comes to replacing all-purpose flour oat flour is an excellent healthy substitute. However, oat flour is not always suitable as a 1:1 replacement for every recipe. When trying to substitute it is advised that you replace the all-purpose flour by weight, not volume as oat flour is much lighter than other regular flours.
For the pancakes:-
For the apples:-
Oats really are a super stable due to all the great ways you can enjoy them. Did you know that as well as making your own oat flour at home you can make oat milk? Check out our blog on Dairy Free Milk to discover how easy it is to make.