Wild oats are a type of grain that are similar to traditional oatmeal, but with a slightly nuttier flavor. While wild oats may not be available in small grocery stores, they typically can be found in most large chains, as well as in whole foods or organic stores. If your store does not stock this ingredient, consider looking for it online. Some retailers are now willing to ship their grocery products to willing buyers, even if the quantity you are wishing to buy is not excessively large.
Benefits of Wild Oats
Wild oats make a great addition to any meal, due to their low calorie and high fiber content. Foods that are high in fiber, like wild oats, are not only important in helping to prevent weigh gain, but also can help in the prevention of other more serious conditions.
One of the most common ways to use wild oats is in the preparation of oatmeal. To make oatmeal with wild oats, start by bringing a quantity of water to a boil in a sturdy pot over medium high heat. After the water has begun to boil, pour in an amount of oats that is half as much as the total water used. For example, if you started with one cup of water, you should add in ½ a cup of wild oats. Stir the oats in the boiling water, until they have absorbed almost all of the moisture. Remove the pot from the heat, and serve the wild oats with cinnamon, ginger or other spices of your choice.
Using wild oats in granola is another tasty way in which they can be prepared. To make granola, start by combining the wild oats with honey, almonds and the dried fruit of your choice. Be sure that there is enough honey in the mixture to allow all of the ingredients to be thoroughly combined and stick together. Spread the mixture over a baking sheet that has been greased, and bake in a hot over for around 10 minutes. Remove the granola, allow it to cool and store in an airtight container until you're ready to use it.
In Baked Goods
Try using wild oats in baked goods. Some of the most common ways that wild oats can be used in this way is in oatmeal raisin cookies, bars, and even certain muffins. Use the wild oats any time that regular oatmeal is called for. Wild oats can sometimes be used in place of flour. Be sure to experiment with a number of different recipes using wild oats in baked goods. Muffins and even bars that contain wild oats can make a great, tasty addition to any breakfast.