Oats are a wonderful source of fibre, nutrients and antioxidants, but sadly for some, they can be a little difficult to digest. If your gut isn't in tip top shape, you may find that oats leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. This can be due to a couple of reasons:
- you may have some dysbiosis going on making it difficult to digest oats and other grains and fibres
- oats contain anti-nutrients (an inbuilt pesticide) making it harsh on your gut
- many oats today are contaminated with gluten, and studies show that gluten is not our friend
Oats themselves don't contain gluten though, but as they are grown in the same fields as gluten containing grains (wheat is often harvested one season then oats are grown in the same soil), they generally contain traces of gluten which can be problematic for some.
So, if you are dreaming of a nice bowl of creamy porridge or a yummy Anzac biscuit again, my first tip is to find oats that are gluten free!
Can you guess what my second tip is? I'll give you a minute ...
Fermenting your oats is a great way to remove any of the anti-nutrients that grains often contain which improves digestibility and it also reduces the carbohydrate content. I don't know why I didn't think of this years ago! Give them a try and let me know what you think!
1 cup oats, fermented*
200g almond meal
75g desiccated coconut
120g melted butter
80-100g rapadura sugar
1 tbsp molasses
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
* To ferment your oats, add them to a clean jar with 1/4 cup Kultured Wellness Coconut Kefir, cover with water, place airtight lid on and allow to ferment on the bench for 24-48 hrs.
- Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius and line your baking trays.
- Strain your fermented oats and while they are draining, place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix until combined.
- Stir through the drained oats and mix again until combined.
- Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto your baking tray, leaving a gap between each one.
- Place into the oven and bake for approximately 15-25 mins until golden.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the tray.