Oatgurt Tutorial

by HEAB on June 17, 2009

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I have received many emails regarding oatgurt.  So, I decided to post a little more info. regarding my latest obsession.

To make it, I use raw oat groats.

Look for raw oat groats in the bulk bins at your local health food store.

Look for us in the bulk bins at your local health food store.

After the oats soak overnight (I use 3 cups oat groats with enough water to cover them), I blend them with a little more water (just enough to help the blending process) for a big bowl of creamy raw oatmeal:

Raw oatmeal.

Raw oatmeal.

I then cover the bowl with a paper towel and allow the oats to ferment in a warm area.  I use my Costco HeatDish to keep the temp at about 80 to 90 degrees.

Love you Costco!

Love you Costco!

48 hours later, my oatgurt is all done.  You can let it ferment longer if you like, but 48 hours is perfect for me.  It forms a hard crusty layer on top and tastes just like sourdough bread.  Honestly, I think oatgurt is delicious.  Even CD likes it.

All done and ready for my belly.

All done and ready for my belly.

I then transfer the oatgurt to glass jars and store in the fridge.

Jars of oatgurt love.

Jars of oatgurt love.

3 cups of raw oat groats makes about 6 cups of oatgurt at a cost of $2.24. Now, that’s a deal!  Take that Fage. Based on the nutritional information for Bob’s Red Mill raw oat groats, 1 cup of oagurt contains 220 calories, 5 grams of fat, 54 grams of carbs, 8 grams of fiber, 14 grams of protein, 4% of your daily calcium, and 20% of your daily iron. Now, what does it contain that regular oatmeal does not?  Good bacteria!  Don’t fear the oatgurt my friends…it contains the same healthy bacteria as yogurt and other fermented foods.  Try some today…or in 3 days because that’s how long it takes to make it, but so worth the wait. :)

Many of you have asked me if you can substitute other grains for the oat groats. Apparently, you can, but I’ve never used anything but oats. This is what the recipe I followed had to say:

You Can Ferment Other Grains

You could ferment any grain, just as people make sourdough from wheat, rye, etc. For pleasant recipes, oats are nice, since the result resembles yogurt. For more anti-candida activity, other grains with more carbohydrate and less fat would be good, since the healthy lactobacilli live on starch and fiber.

I present to you my favorite breakfast of the week:

Chia protein oatgurt with raw pecan butter.

Chia protein oatgurt with raw pecan butter.

Using my chia protein oat bran recipe, I simply subbed 1 cup of oatgurt for the cooked oat bran.  LOVED THIS BOWL…that blob of pecan nut butter was HUGE!

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Now, go buy some oat groats!