Do you shop Sams Club? I always loved shopping at Sams growing up (can you say “samples”?!) and just recently got a membership for my family. Buying in bulk is one easy way I save money on groceries and household items.
On my recent trip to Sams Club, I purchased a 10 pound box of oats. Yep, TEN POUNDS! Do we really eat that much oatmeal for breakfast in my house? Well, my three year old does love her morning oatmeal… but actually, most of those oats will be used for something totally different… More on that in a moment.
Buying oats in bulk means I always have this super food on hand.
That’s right… oats are a super food! Eating oats can help reduce your “bad” cholesterol and it’s great for your blood pressure. Oats contain beta-glucans which is a type of fiber that slows down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This slower digestion prevents spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels that would encourage our bodies to make and store fat. So yeah… that’s a win!
I was inspired to work on adding even more oats to my families diet after reading the “Superfood Spotlight” in Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine. You can read the article and get the recipes by clicking here.
So… what is the main thing that I mentioned that I would be doing with my 10 pounds of oats?
Making oat flour!
I’ve just recently fallen in love with oat flour. It’s a fantastic way to reduce wheat flour in our diet without sacrificing taste. Here is how I make oat flour:
Step 1: Start with rolled (Old Fashioned) oats or quick oats.
Step 2: Pour the oats into a blender or food processor.
Step 3: Pulse the oats for a minute or two until it turns into powder.
That’s it! Now you have oat flour ready to use.
Oat flour can be used in many different recipes:
- Bread – reduce the wheat flour by 25% and replace with oat flour.
- Cookies – experiment with using all oat flour instead of wheat flour.
- Cakes – try 50% wheat flour and 50% oat flour.
- Muffins – 100% oat flour is perfect for muffins.
I always have oat flour in the cupboard to use to make healthy treats. Today I decided to experiment with making a healthy breakfast cookie. We’re always in a hurry in the morning and I rarely eat a good breakfast in between getting myself ready, my little one ready and fed, lunches packed, all our things rounded up, and all of us out the door. It’s quite the circus!
I pulled together some healthy ingredients from around my kitchen: oat flour, Greek yogurt, eggs, cinnamon, and apples. Seemed like the start of a great recipe!
I chopped apples and added all of the ingredients to the bowl as I kept track of how much I was adding… just in case the experiment turned out well and I could share my new recipe with you! That is how most of my recipes are created. Some pass the taste test and some… well, I can’t be perfect every time!
In this case my experiment totally worked! Actually, it turned out even better than I had expected.
I know the cookies look a bit rustic; but trust me, they’re delicious! I’m calling them Healthy Apple Cake Breakfast Cookies because the flavor reminds me so much of a popular apple cake mix that I’ve tasted and purchased at home parties.
These breakfast cookies are totally satisfying, have a great texture, and will be easy to eat on the run.
1 1/3 cup oat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 large egg
1 cup apple, peeled and diced
1/2 cup baking stevia (it is half sugar and half stevia)
1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients until well combined.
2. Scoop the cookie dough onto a greased baking sheet (give them a little space because they do spread a bit).
3. Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes.
Makes 9 cookies.
Do you love oats? What is your favorite way to eat them?