"Unfortunately, whole grains contain phytic acid in the bran of the grain which combines with key minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc and prevents their absorption in the intestinal tract. This makes it more difficult to digest properly. Soaking, fermenting, or sprouting the grain before cooking or baking will neutralize the phytic acid, releasing these nutrients for absorption.This is a good short version of what I learned about soaking your grains! If you are interested in learning more I found a really good source of information through a new blogger that I have just added to my favorites bar! She not only has good healthy recipes but she also believes similar values as me. I am already blessed by her knowledge! Passionate Homemaking
This process allows enzymes, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to not only neutralize the phytic acid, but also to break down complex starches, irritating tannins and difficult-to-digest proteins, including gluten. For many, this may lessen their sensitivity or allergic reactions to particular grains. Everyone will benefit, nevertheless, from the release of nutrients and greater ease of digestion."
As for the recipe;
Oatmeal Apple Sauce Muffins
recipe adapted from: Pass the Sushi
1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup reduced-fat milk
1 tbs of either lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
Nuts or raisins (optional)
1. Soaking- Combine the oats, flour, milk (i used almond milk) and lemon juice in a bowl. It's better to combined the oats and flour in one bowl then the milk and lemon juice in another. Let the milk mixture sit for a bit (basically like your making buttermilk) and then combine the two!
2. You will let this mixture sit for 12-24 hours on your counter (or I put it in my pantry to get it out of the way!) with lid on bowl.
3. When your ready to cook- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
4. Combine the applesauce, agave, and egg, and mix until combined in one bowl.
5. In a separate bowl whisk together the remaining dry ingredients.
6. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The add all of it to the flour/oat mixture, combining just until all is moist. There may be a few oaty lumps but that is okay!
7. Add nuts or raisins, if desired. **Do not over mix the batter or the muffins will be tough!** I added dried cranberries and loved the tartness!
8. Spoon batter into 12 prepared muffin cups.
9. Bake in preheated oven for 20–25 minutes.
I hope everyone is staying warm, and eating good! :)