Sprouting Naked Oats
Sprouting Naked Oats (or Organic Naked Oats) offers yet one more way to use our high protein, certified gluten free oats in a healthy diet. Sprouted grains activate enzymes which begin breaking down the nutrients in the seed making digestion easier. Sprouting can also reduce the potential for allergy responses to grains. Sprouting Naked Oats is a simple process that takes only water and patience.
Step 1: Add 1 cup of dry Naked Oats to a clean quart sized jar.
The oats will eventually swell to about 3 times their original volume, so be sure to have enough room in the container.
Step 2: Fill jar with clean water and seal. Let soak for 8-12 hours.
Add water, seal, and turn up and down a few times to mix water and oats well. Let jar sit for 8-12 hours at room temperature. Cooler temperatures will take longer to sprout.
Step 3: Drain water using a tight mesh strainer, let sit inverted for 8 hours.
We use a tight mesh strainer with a hook on the end that allows it to sit nicely on a bowl, as shown in the picture. To drain, place the strainer upside down over the mouth of the jar, then tip both quickly into the bowl while keeping the jar mouth ‘sealed’ with the mesh. This way, the oats stay mostly in the jar and the next step is easier. Leave oats inverted like this for 8 hours to allow kernels to dry.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3. Drain, and enjoy.
After a second soak step, small ‘tails’ should be visible on the kernels. Strain the oats a second time. At this point, they can be left to dry or can be used. They may continue to germinate slightly if left to dry. Sprouted oats can be used for salads, soups, or dried and crushed into flour.