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This is a great gluten free alternative to wheat flour that you can make in just a few minutes in a blender.
What is oat flour?
Oat flour is a gluten free flour that can be a great alternative to wheat flour. It has less carbs and is a great source for fiber and other nutrients like b vitamins, magnesium, and biotin. What's great is making oat flour at home only requires 1 ingredient - oats!
What type of oats can you use?
There are a variety of oats you can use to make oat flour with. You can try old-fahsioned oats, quick-cooking oats, or even steel-cut oats. These will produce slightly different results, so you'll want to follow some of our tips to use your flour right.
How do you substitute oat flour?
There is a long list of flour substitues that people have tried to market, but oat flour is a simple and great substitute for wheat flour. Since oat flour is gluten-free, you find some of the drawbacks that come with all gluten-free flours. Whatever you are making will be a little more delicate than it's glutenous relative, as the binding activity of the gluten is absent.
Can you substitute oat flour for wheat flour 1:1?
Yes, BUT you want to make sure to substitute the same weight of oat to flour to wheat flour, not volume. Oat flour will be a little less dense than wheat flour, so if you use the same volume of flour, you won't have enough flour for you recipe. For this you will want to use a scale to measure out your flour.
If you don't have a scale you can use an approximation. Generally you want to increase the volume by a little less than half. So if you need 1 cup of wheat flour, use 1 cup plus a not so full 1/2 cup scoop.
How to make Oat Flour in a Blender
This is a very easy recipe. All it entails is blending oats for just a few minutes. A high quality blender will help make this process a little smoother. If you’d like to learn more about some great blenders, check out our Top Blenders for 2021. In this recipe we use the Vitamix E310 which is a great value for what it can do.
I recommend filling up your blender at least halfway with oats. This will minimize the amount you have ot stop and shake the container to get all the oats to blend.
You can keep the blender going at a medium speed, and the oats will blend pretty easily. You can make the flour as fine as you want it, but it's best to have a conistent texture.
Fill your blender up halfway with oats. Depending on the types of oats, this will produce varying amounts of flour. For old-traditional, the ratio is 1:1.
Blend until the oats turn into a fine flour (1-2 minutes). Depending on the size/shape of your blender container, you may need to occasionally stop and shake the container to keep the oats blender evenly.
Store in an airtight container up to three months.