Oatgurt!

I had never heard of oatgurt until reading about it on Heather’s blog, but it is pretty shweet. Instead of having a dairy based yogurt, this yogurt is made from oat groats, which are completely unprocessed oat kernels. As you let it ferment in open air, healthy bacteria like that of regular yogurt begins to grow and grow. To colonize, if you will.

Recipe: 4 servings

Place 1 cup of oat groats into a large bowl and fill with water until the groats are completely submerged. Leave them out in the open air to soak for 1-2 days, adding some water each day. Blend until smooth and then let sit out for an additional 1-3 days. Stir and add a bit of water each day. The longer you let it sit, the more healthy bacteria will grow! Store in the fridge, as this will stop the fermentation process.

To serve, scoop out 1/4 of the oatgurt and stir in some vanilla and honey. Top with your favorite fruits, nuts, and nut butter!

Benefits:

Flora * these healthy bacteria (also known as probiotics) aid in digestion! Studies have shown that probiotics may increase nutrient bioavailability (make it easier for your body to use the good stuff you feed it), reduce diarrhea and constipation, help lactose intolerance, boost immunity, and help with yea lady issues.

Oat groats * are nutritionally the BEST form of oats, including steel cut! This is because they are completely whole and the outer hull has not been removed. Because of their super high fiber content, they are very filling and a low GI food. In addition to having many vitamins and minerals, eating whole grains also reduces your risk of heart disease.

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12 responses to “Oatgurt!

  1. I’ve never heard of oatgurt before either, but it sounds tasty!

  2. oatgurt!!! i need to make some more oatmeal and yogurt soon. since i was taking anitbiotics for my wisdom teeth i have been really focused on probiotics and keeping my good bacteria/flora up. <3

  3. Thanks for spreading the oatgurt love – glad you enjoyed it! Your bowl looks delicious! :)

  4. Have you seen the video series “You’re doing it all wrong” on Chow.com? There’s this guy who teaches how to grind your own groats – they look really good! I actually am not a fan of the oats + yogurt combo… Something about the starchy sweetness of the oats and the tangy yogurt doesn’t really click with me. :S I guess we all have our preferences! :)

    Wei-Wei

  5. Wow. That looks really REALLY really good. Really good. YUM!
    Such great meals, you have! :)

  6. thehungryscholar

    Oatgurt what!

    I have so much to catch up on with your blog, but I don’t care because I love it.

    I just added you to my blogroll, also.

  7. This is new territory for me and damn, what a fab idea! Good god what I would give for a blending device of any kind, so I could try this. One month until I’m reunited with my food processor – I can’t waiiiiit!

  8. I love Heather’s oatgurt. It is time to put more out to make some probiotic goodness!

  9. Hi! I’m just wondering .. I don’t have oat groats in my house and I haven’t looked for them in my local health food store(they are probably there!!) but I was wondering in the mean time could I use regular oats as you pulse them smooth anyway in the recipe? I will try to get oat groats though!
    Thanks!

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