Naturally gluten free oat flour is popular in baking (you can even make it at home!) Here are the best oat flour recipes to make with this healthy flour.
Oat flour has become quite popular in gluten free cooking: and for good reason! It’s a healthy substitute for all purpose flour, and it’s easy to make at home. You can use it in all sorts of recipes: pancakes, waffles, muffins, fruit crumbles and crisps, and more! Alex and I often make oat flour “on demand” for our recipes by just whizzing up however much we need in our food processor! Here’s how to make it at home, then our top 10 favorite oat flour recipes for ways to use it.
How to make oat flour
Oat flour is so easy to make, it’s literally only one step. (Yep, that’s why we love it!) Here’s how to make it:
- Place 2 cups rolled oats in a food processor or high speed blender. Blend for several minutes until a fine flour forms. 1 cup of rolled oats equals 1 cup oat flour, so here you’ll get 2 cups.
One final thing to note is that oat flour is not a 1 for 1 substitute for all-purpose flour. You’ll need to use oat flour recipes that are especially designed for using it. The gluten in all-purpose flour provides lift in baked goods, but oats are very dense. So unless a recipe has been designed for oat flour, we don’t suggest trying it as a flour substitute.
So, don’t substitute it in our pizza dough or sourdough bread and expect it to work! Instead, look to these oat flour recipes that we’ve designed to work especially with this special flour. Ready to get cooking?
And now…our top oat flour recipes!
There are two types of oat flour recipes below: some call for it as a raw ingredient. In others, you’ll make oat flour out of rolled oats while you’re blending up the batter with other ingredients.
Nutrition benefits of oats
There are lots of great things about eating more oats! Eating more of this healthy whole grain is a perfect choice for busy mornings, be it a big bowl of oatmeal or one of the recipes above. According to the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, oats:
- Are high in fiber
- Can reduce the risk of heart disease
- Can be helpful for weight control
Want to eat oatmeal on the go for breakfast? Try these apple oat flour muffins, made with oat flour, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour (see Step 1 to make at home)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup milk (non dairy milk, for dairy-free), room temperature
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup neutral oil (sunflower, vegetable or grapeseed)
- 1 cup diced apple (1 medium apple)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place muffin liners in a 12 cup muffin tin.
- To make the oat flour, place 1 1/2 cups rolled oats in a food processor and process until it is very fine. (Note: Do NOT try this with steel cut oats, as they are a very different texture from rolled oats!)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, oats, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, baking powder, and kosher salt.
- In another bowl, mix together the milk, egg, maple syrup, and vanilla, then gradually whisk in the oil.
- Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until smooth. Allow to sit for 10 minutes while the oats re-hydrate.
- Meanwhile, dice the apple. After 10 minutes, gently fold in the apples to the batter. Then use a 1/4 cup measure to spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until puffed and golden.
- Category: Muffins
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Oat Flour Recipes, Oat Flour Muffins
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.