Just when you think you have tried most of the whole grains and cereals a different one crosses your path. Such is the case with myself and oat groats. Recently my friend Barbara Whitney suggested that I might enjoy oat groats in place of brown rice in savory dishes. In the past I have made some savory oat dishes with sun dried tomatoes, garlic, onions and herbs and found them to be quite delicious. I set out to find myself some oat groats and that was a bigger task than I had imagined. Living in California I am usually able to find whatever type of food I desire with the abundance of stores at my disposal. However; there were only two stores that had oat groats. Thank goodness for the Whole Foods Store bulk section where I found organic oat groats. My first experiment of making them in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker was a dismal failure. They turned out like porridge and not at all like brown rice. It was then that my friend Sharon Klupt McRae told me how to make oat groats in the IP and have them turn out the consistency of brown rice. Thank you Sharon – these oat groats have been a game changer for me!
We made a video so you can see how easy cooking oat groats in the Instant Pot Pressure cooker is. I like to use my 3 QT IP for oat groats. It makes enough for the week for me.
“Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol. Soluble fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, apples, pears, barley and prunes. Soluble fiber can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream.” Jun 12, 2015 Source: Mayo Clinic. Even though I follow a low fat whole food plant based diet my body is still a little cholesterol making machine. I have to be diligent about including oats in my diet to keep my LDL levels down. Since I don’t eat breakfast having a savory oat option later in the day works well for me. If you want to know more about LDL Cholesterol be sure to watch Dr Greger’s videos on cholesterol at Nutrition Facts. org.
Cooked in the IP this way allows you to use oat groats in place of rice. They are a bit chewy much like brown rice and have a bit of a nutty flavor. I love them! Enjoy oat groats as a side dish, in a pilaf with your favorite mix-ins. Serve it topped with your favorite Chili, Soup or Stew. I like a scoop of it cold added to my Big Beautiful Chopped Salads. They are delicious topped with a hearty serving of Slow Cooker Black Beans, a dollop of Green Chili Hummus , cilantro and some of Tami’s Easy Red Salsa. Now you can see, there are so many ways to incorporate oat groats into your diet in a savory way. Give them a try!
Oat Groats in the Instant Pot
- 2 cups raw Oat Groats
- 3 cups boiling water
Put oat groats and boiling water in the Instant Pot, set time for 5 minutes on high pressure. Natural release and let the Instant pot go to warm and let it sit for 2 hours. Perfect oat groats that can be used savory like brown rice!
Directions from Sharon Klupt McRae
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