If you’ve been craving something sweet, guess what - gluten-free oat flour muffins are the perfect treat without the guilt!
Yes, with a better nutritional profile than your regular muffin, you can walk away feeling good about yourself after eating this yummy treat.
I keep saying in my Treasure of Healthy Living Bible Study how God wants you to achieve excellent health. This is why He created amazing ingredients that are to be consumed as close to their original state as possible.
And this means that you should steer clear of processed, unnatural food that is not a creation of God but the work of humans.
This brings us to an important point…
When it comes to using flour for your recipe, I am a huge proponent of making your own. You are better off with homemade flour such as oat flour (which we will use in this gluten-free oat flour muffins recipe) than buying processed ones.
So what’s in an oat flour muffin, anyway?
Most importantly, why is it better?
We’ll get those questions answered and near the end of this post, you’ll find my special oat flour muffin recipe that you can dish out to your family and friends in minutes!
Oat Health Benefits
Oat flour is an exceptional flour that is packed with so much goodness.
For one, it is beneficial for reducing your risk of heart disease. Since oats are rich in fiber, this supports a healthy body overall, specifically your heart.
In fact, oats have soluble and insoluble types of fiber that are essential in preventing coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease.
Oats are also helpful in reducing the LDL or the bad cholesterol in your body. Since oats contain a high amount of β-glucan or beta-glucan, this type of soluble fiber goes through your small intestine and blocks the absorption of LDL cholesterol.
Diabetics can also benefit from oats as it minimizes the A1c concentration in the body. This is why type 2 diabetics can manage their LDL and total cholesterol level with a daily intake of oats.
Lastly, weight-conscious people or those who are trying to manage their weight should make oats their best friend.
Eating a bowl of oats for breakfast keeps you satiated longer, that’s why!
This prevents you from binge-eating or overeating since your body is telling you already “I’m satisfied.” So in addition to eating something nutritious, you are also keeping your calories in check.
You will no longer find yourself scrounging for those sweet treats or salty snacks a few minutes after your meals since that bowl of nutritious and satiating oats is more than enough for you!
Why You Should Eat Oat Flour Muffins
Oat flour is the NEW white flour.
Yes, instead of using the same old flour you are used to, making muffins out of oat flour is better because of the dense nutrient component that it has.
For instance, half a cup of oat flour contains 404 calories, 65 grams carbs, 14 grams protein, and 9 grams of fat. And guess what - that includes omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for your heart, brain and nerves!
And most importantly, there’s 6.5 grams fiber and loads of minerals in oat flour - manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, and thiamine.
Mix your oat flour with other nutritious ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a highly satisfying and healthy treat.
Oh, and have I told you what the best part is?
Oat flour is SUPER easy to make!
I actually have a quick tutorial on how to make oat flour that you should check out, so you can start making your own. Use it for your gluten free oat muffins recipe, pancakes, waffles, and so much more!
So let’s go ahead and whip up this amazing dish that will make an excellent snack after school treats, or even a party goodie that everyone will love.
A Few Tips Before Getting Started
Muffins will freeze well if you add in some oil.
I recommend that you also put some raisins and pumpkin to increase the nutritive value and add more flavor to your muffins.
Another thing - I LOVE using buttermilk for this oat flour muffin recipe. It just makes it much tastier and super healthy.
But if ever you don’t have buttermilk, you can simply make your own from scratch. Mix a cup of skim milk and a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar together. Or, you can use a tablespoon of cream of tartar, except it is not as acidic as the milk and lemon juice/vinegar combo.
Gluten Free Oat Flour Muffins Recipe - Quick, Easy, Healthy!
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 cups (470 ml) oat flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup (240 ml) raisins
- 1/3 cup (75 ml) honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2/3 cup (150 ml) buttermilk
- Preheat the oven at 375°F or 190°C.
- Stir your dry ingredients together. Be sure to press out lumps to make the mixture soft and even.
- Add in the liquids and the raisins.
- Stir the mixture lightly and let it sit for a few minutes before stirring again.
- Pour batter into your lightly greased non-stick muffin tins.
- Bake your oat flour muffins for 15 to 20 minutes.