Ah Oatmeal. This amazing versatile grain. A bag of oatmeal flour can set you back quite a bit.
I make my own with my handy Ninja Food Processor. No this isn't sponsored. I am just shocked and amazed I found a processor able to actually keep up. So far I have been through 8, yes 8, pre-loved processors. The pre-loved part definitely contributed to the streak of bad luck you may say. Well generally I buy them from people who used it a few times to a never opened wedding gift. I am pretty good at buying used, making less waste while getting things I need. Why yes, I could just buy bulk oat flour. But I like saving money and DIY is the best option.
I use oat flour in a ton of things. From a thickener in smoothies and veggie burgers to recipes and egg subs. I'm all about flax seed egg replacement but oat flour is ridiculous cheap when you make it at home. We usually always have oatmeal also.
Today I will be sharing two of my favorite oatmeal based recipes, both showing how Oatmeal works as an amazing thickener.
Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
2 cups of oat flour
1 cup of powdered sugar (replacement: sugar and cornstarch or arrowroot. If you aren't adding many liquid/juicy things, you can just add sugar and let your oat flour be the thickener)
1 cup of nut butter (I chose 1/2c of peanut butter and 1/2c of almond butter. You could make a vegan chocolate hazelnut butter, use pumpkin purée, etc.)
1/3 cup of syrup, I love black strap molasses but plain ole maple will work!
Optional: vegan protein powders, powder supplements, etc. just adjust moisture content.
I like to put this one in the processor. It's just easier. This is a tough dough, as in hard to stir. You want it dry but not falling apart or sticky. Too dry, add some water or almond milk. Too wet, more oat flour. Want more texture? Feel free to add quick oats, nuts, dried fruit. Whatever you like. We prefer a soft bar here at the Smart Pants house.
Press this into a pan that will hold it all. Pressing with force, so probably glass would be risky. I have used glass often but your call.
Chill in the fridge and slice! Done-zo!
I topped mine with an almond butter icing glaze. Simple:
1/3 cup almond butter
1 Tbsp flavored extract (I use my 'maple' made from fenugreek. Promise I'll get the extract blog up soon!)
3-4 Tbsp of powdered sugar
1 Tbsp of coconut oil
Divjne. Idk about your family, but mine don't like breakfast unless it's the weekend. Then I got all out and make all the things. But they have never said no to these bars! These barely last 2 days here. Store in the fridge for 2-3 days and freeze for longer storage.
everyone has their preference. Some like them soft, some like them with crunch. It's actually quite the issue here in the Smart Pants house. Shorts likes them all crunch. The Smart Guy likes them soft. Pants and Pantaloons don't care, it's a cookie. So I make them crunchy around the edges, soft inside. The amount of baking time will determine the texture. Longer Bake time, crunch. Shorter, soft. Easy peasy. I don't use a timer, I just let my kitchen-witchness take over and they always come out perfect! But keep an eye on them. Just a minute or two and they are not soft anymore. It's a delicate balance.
Easy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup of oat flour
1 cup of almond flour (this can be replaced with any flour; rice, coconut, whole wheat, white. All have worked well for me!)
1 cup of quick oats, whole
1/2 cup of softened coconut oil (or vegan butter if you have concerns about coconut oil, check my coconut oil blog)
1 Tbsp flavored extract (again, I love my fenugreek)
1 cup of sugar (any sweetener will do, I love my dried, powdered stevia from the garden. Avoid liquids though.)
1 tap baking soda (not powder)
pinch o' salt
4 Tbsp of syrup (again I love my black strap molasses!)
Cream your sweetener with your coconut oil or butter. Then add in all your dry. Form into balls. These balls shouldn't be sticky but they also shouldn't be falling apart.
Bake at 350 degrees, 5-6 for soft. You'll notice the edges getting brown. The center should be slightly soft but not the same light color as the dough. 8-9 for crunchy, all golden brown. Mine sit right in the middle at about 7 minutes for half and half.
Again, these will not last the day. Huge hit here!
So, make your own oat flour and get to adding! You will be amazed at the difference some oats can make!
Love and all the things oatmeal,
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants