The Top Health Benefits of Oat Flour

Oat Flour

With the trend of gluten-free foods, and the need for improving health, alternative flours such as oat flour is making a splash in the market.  Oat flour is made by milling raw whole grain oats to a fine powder This delicious gluten-free flour is both delicious and full of health benefits.  It contains a multitude of beneficial nutrients including fiber, chromium, magnesium, biotin, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. These are just a few of the many positive benefits of oat flour.

 

An Overview of Oat Flour

If you have never used this type of flour before and are looking to add healthy fuel to your diet, you should give it a try!  Oat flour full of antioxidants, healthy fat, and protein.  If you are worried about using it as a substitute for regular flour, no need to worry.  You can substitute this flour for most recipes to include things such as pancakes, muffins, and of course bread. You may also want to consider making cookies as a treat!  Now let us look at the primary benefits that it can provide when eaten regularly.

Can You Substitute Oat Flour for Regular All-Purpose Flour?

When you use flour made of oats in place of all-purpose flour it is almost a 1 to 1 ratio exchange for most recipes.  For some recipes, you may want to add a bit more or a bit less to get the consistency that you are looking for.  The texture is slightly different than regular flour, but the health benefits far exceed that of regular flour.  You will also notice a definitive taste difference when you are using oat flour in recipes. Most of us have been conditioned to expect a particular taste or texture to food that we cook or bake with regular flour. However, it is delicious and beneficial for the human body.

benefits of oat flour 

Oat Flour Health Benefits

This flour is a great source of dietary fiber. And It can help reduce the amount of cholesterol in the body. There is also a substantial amount of protein and healthy fats in oat flour in comparison to all-purpose flour. Not to mention, it is full of good carbohydrates, and it has a plethora of vitamins and minerals.

  • The first health benefit of oat flour is the number of minerals that are found in this type of flour. The highest concentration of minerals is found in manganese. This is followed by phosphorus, magnesium, and copper. It also has above average amounts of iron, zinc, and B vitamins. You will also detect potassium and calcium as well. 
  • The second health benefit is that it is rich in antioxidants which can help prevent premature deterioration of your cells. 
  • Third, there is a soluble fiber in oat flour that can increase good bacteria growth. This is beneficial for your digestive tract. It can also help those that are suffering from conditions like diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels and will also reduce LDL cholesterol
  • Next, it can help you lose weight because you will feel much fuller after consuming anything with oats. 
  • Finally, it can reduce the probability of developing asthma, prevent constipation, and diarrhea. By adding a small amount of oat flour into your daily diet your body will reap the benefits of this amazing food source.

antioxidant benefits of oat flour

How Long Will It Take to See the Benefits of Oat Flour?

The results and benefits of oat flour can be extremely fast for certain benefits. For gut health, it will work the moment that it begins to process in the stomach. All the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants will get into your system as it moves through the small and large intestines.  And it will help improve good bacteria levels as well. Regarding the other benefits, it may take a few days to see results such as improvements in your skin when applied topically.

Oat Flour Recipes

Oat flour is not only a great nutritional source for antioxidants, but it is delicious.  The recipes you can use this flour in are endless.  Below are just a few of our favorites:

Oat flour crepes

These delicious and healthy crepes are very filling!  They are both gluten-free and dairy-free and are so easy to make.  For the full recipe check out our recipe blog!

Ingredients

  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract or vanilla flavoring
  • 1 ½ cups of Hearthy Foods Oat flour
  • 1 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • ¼ cup of water
  • A pinch of salt

healthy oat flour crepes

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you need a sweet treat that is both delicious and healthy, try out this Banana Chocolate chip cookie recipe!  They are both gluten-free, easy to make and oh so delicious!  For the full recipe check out our recipe blog!

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract or vanilla flavoring
  • ⅓ cup of dark brown sugar (packed)
  • ¼ cup of melted butter or coconut oil
  • ¾ cup of Hearthy Banana Flour (packed)
  • 3 tablespoons of Hearthy Foods Oat flour
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

chocolate chip oat flour cookies

Final Notes

As with any food choice, it is important to understand the health benefits and the quality of the food you are choosing.  Oats have been known to provide miraculous health benefits for people around the world.  Why not try out oat flour and incorporate it into your regular cooking?  For information on Hearthy Foods Oat Flour check out our store!  Overall, it is one of the best all-natural ways to improve your diet and your health.

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