You must be thinking, what is a freaking groat? When I first tried them, gross-oats came to mind. Groats are the hulled grains of various cereals, such as oats, and are whole grains that include the cereal germ and fiber-rich bran portion of the grain as well as the endosperm. I get that they’re good for you, but how do you make them edible?
These muffins are the only way I could get the goons to eat their groats. I tried to make these healthy, but palatable – not an easy feat when working with groats. You can find them in the bulk foods section of your local health food store.
Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Groat Muffins (Gruffins)
- 1 cup oat groats, rinsed and soaked overnight
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/3 cup unsweetened kefir (or yogurt)
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Combine groats, banana, sugar, kefir, applesauce and oil in a food processor, and pulse 10-12 times to combine. Put ingredients into a bowl with the egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Spoon into muffin trays and bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Makes 12 gruffins.