Oat Flour 101 and 25+ Healthy Oat Flour Recipes

May 7, 2020

The run down on all things oat flour: how to use it, how to make it, plus 25+ of my favorite recipes from the blog using oat flour!

After sharing the run down on all things almond flour earlier, I immediately started writing down some more ideas on these “how to” type blog posts. Or “round ups” as I often call them. If you guys have any other recommendations for posts, definitely let me know! I love writing these.

Today’s blog post is the run down on all things OAT FLOUR! It is my personal favorite for a nut-free alternative flour that is healthier than your all-purpose flour. And it has more fiber than ap flour.

Oat flour and almond flour are definitely my top 2 must-have flours in the kitchen. Almond flour is my go-to for nut-based/paleo flour but oat flour- is a great one for gluten-free and nut-free for anyone who needs. If you have either of these, it is safe to say you can make majority of my recipes here and in my cookbook.

What exactly is oat flour?

To put it as simple as possible: oat flour is flour made out of oats. It can be gluten-free if it is made from gluten-free oats but unless it is labeled as gluten-free, it is safe to assume that it is not gluten-free.

I personally don’t have a sensitivity to gluten so I use either. But if you have celiac or an intolerance, definitely stick with the gluten-free oat flour. They are interchangeable in a recipe too. So there isn’t a difference using gluten-free oat flour versus regular oat flour when it comes to the recipe itself.

Oat flour is a great flour alternative that provides a bit more nutritional value too than an all-purpose flour. I use it instead of gluten-free all purpose and all-purpose too. Gluten-free ap flours have had a weird consistency in the past when I used it with baking (just personal preference!).

Oat flour is also mild in flavor, it isn’t heavy and dense like grain-free flavors and it is just easy to use!

How do you make oat flour?

Making oat flour is super simple. I either buy it or I make it. All you need is a food processor or strong blender and some oats. I prefer to use rolled oats but you can use quick oats, steel cut, whatever you have on hand. If you avoid gluten, of course use gluten-free oats to make this.

Simply add the oats to the food processor and blend/pulse until you reach a fine flour-like consistency. This shouldn’t take long at all. No more than couple minutes but it will vary based off of the strength of your food processor.

Can you sub oat flour for any other flours?

One of the main reasons why I love oat flour so much is because it actually behaves similarly to wheat flour. You can usually sub these interchangeably (at least in my experience) when it comes to baking. Same goes for spelt flour. I love using spelt flour too and you can easily sub oat flour for spelt flour.

I cannot say based off of my experience that almond flour and oat flour are a 1:1 sub for each other. Almond flour is much more dense than oat flour so it’ll make the recipe a bit heavier and it also absorbs more wet ingredients. So if a recipe calls for 1 cup almond flour and you use 1 cup oat flour, it may be a bit dry. I would recommend using a little less than a cup and using your best judgment from there.

Same goes for coconut flour, which we spoke about in this blog post.

Anytime I recommend subbing oat flour for another flour, it is listed on the recipe itself. I have dozens of oat flour recipes on the blog that I love and I rounded up over 25 of them here!

My favorite oat flour recipes:

Oat flour breakfast + snack recipes:

Gluten-free “Cinnabon” Cinnamon Roll CakeCinnamon Roll Cake

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana MuffinsHealthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins made with just 7 ingredients, all gluten-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bars

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Oatmeal Bars made with 6 ingredients for an easy vegan and gluten-free breakfast recipe!

Gluten-free Baked Cinnamon Sugar DonutsGluten-free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts that are egg-free, nut-free and ready in less than 15 minutes!

Healthy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls 

Healthy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Bakery-Style Banana Spice Muffins

Healthy Bakery Style Banana Spice Muffins that are gluten-free and perfect for a breakfast treat!

The Easiest Fluffy Vegan Pancakes 

Fluffy Vegan Pancakes that are gluten-free and packed with organic plant-based protein!

Oat flour bread recipes:

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread (gluten-free)Vegan Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread mad with all gluten-free and nut-free ingredients for an easy banana bread recipe with a cinnamon roll twist!

 

Classic Gluten-free Banana Bread

Sharing my Classic Banana Bread Recipe made with all gluten-free ingredients for an easy, no-frills, healthy kind of banana bread recipe!

The Best Gluten-free Pumpkin Bread

The Best Gluten-free Pumpkin Bread made with healthy and simple ingredients for the easiest dairy-free, refined sugar-free pumpkin bread ever!

The Dreamiest Vegan Banana Bread Crumb CakeThe Dreamiest Vegan Banana Bread Crumb Cake made with all gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients for an easy and healthy crumb cake twist!

One-bowl Healthy Carrot Cake Loaf

One-Bowl Vegan Carrot Cake Loaf made with sprouted spelt flour for a healthier carrot cake recipe!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter BreadVegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread made with gluten-free ingredients! 

Oat flour dessert recipes:

 

Gluten-free Copycat Girl Scout Do-Si-Dosgluten-free do si do

The Best Vegan Gluten-free Carrot Cake

The BEST Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (gluten-free)chocolate walnut cookies

Raw Carrot Cake Candy Bars

Raw Carrot Cake Candy Bars made with gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients for a healthier candy bar recipe with a peanut butter caramel and oatmeal cookie layer!

Dark Chocolate Tahini Blondies

One-Bowl Dark Chocolate Tahini Blondies made with vegan, nut-free, gluten-free and no refined sugars! So cakey and delicious!

Double Chocolate Coconut Oil Cookies 

The absolute best healthy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies made with gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients and ready in just 10 minutes!

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Olive Oil CookiesGluten-free Chocolate Chip Olive Oil Cookies made with only 6 key ingredients. These delicious and healthier cookies are nut-free and made with gluten-free oat flour, sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup and are ready in just 10 minutes!

Healthier GF Chocolate Chip Cinnamon RollsHealthier Gluten-free Dark Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls made with gluten-free oat flour, almond milk and other simple ingredients! 

Healthy Homemade Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls (gluten-free)Healthy Homemade Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls made with gluten-free and refined sugar-free ingredients and filled with a dreamy blueberry filling!

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie BrowniesGluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies made with dairy-free ingredients for an easy and healthier "brookie" recipe

The Best Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies

The Best Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies sweetened with coconut sugar for an epic healthier cookie recipe ready in under 30 minutes

Easiest Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal CookiesThe Easiest Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies made with all gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free ingredients for a quick and easy healthy oatmeal cookie recipe!

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. Thank you, this is SO helpful! I always end up trying to use oat flour as a healthier alternative in baking. (Almond flour is super pricey for students on a budget so its hard for me to bake with all the time.)

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