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Oat Bread

Updated: Dec 25, 2022

Story time: When I went to America, I thought I was late to the oatmeal game, but as it turns out, it was just a different preparation of the many variations of the porridge (uji), I grew up with. In Tanzania, when an infant is ready to be introduced to foods, they are fed a smooth porridge made from cereals that are ground into flour. Some combinations of millet, buckwheat, rice, corn, wheat, barley, rye, quinoa, or oats are grouped together to form naturally fortified flour cereals. The porridge made from these fortified flour cereals are then made even more nourishing and delicious by cooking them with different nut butters, and fruits and vegetables, like bananas and pumpkins. These old methods of preparation are something that I’ll be revisiting on here in the future. (Watch this space).



Oats are great for your both your mental and physical health. Now before you think this is hogwash, hear me out. It turns out that oatmeal and other slow-burning complex carbohydrates impact serotonin levels, which are linked to stress and anxiety. Oats also provide fiber that can stabilize your blood sugar levels and boost your mood. Which is why oatmeal in the morning can be a great choice of breakfast for those who tend toward anxiety and stress.


Oats are very popular, and rightly so because they are among the healthiest grains on earth. Oats are a gluten-free, whole grain, complex carb, rich in dietary fiber, A, B, E, F Vitamins, minerals including potassium, manganese, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and selenium, and good healthy fats. Consuming this healthy grain may help reduce the risk of numerous harmful conditions and diseases such as constipation, diabetes, obesity, anemia, hypertension, and heart disease. And as they work on your insides, an oatmeal mask applied to your face, body and hair, will help you fight acne, improve complexion, and naturally detox.

So, if you’re like me, and convinced that oats are phenomenal, but you can’t eat oatmeal porridge every morning. Here is any easy oat bread recipe that will help you to still get those oats in.


Makes 1 loaf


Ingredients

1 Tbsp sugar

3/4 cup water

1 packet active dry yeast

2 cups fortified/ whole meal flour

1 cup dried oats

1 tsp salt

1 Tbsp olive/ coconut/ sunflower oil

Dried oats for garnish

Tools

2 large bowls

1 rectangular baking tin

1 clean cloth

1 whisk

1 teaspoon

1 tablespoon

1 brush

Oven



Method

  1. Grab a large bowl. Add sugar and water and stir.

  2. Open the yeast packet and pour the active dry yeast into your sugar mixture. Set the bowl aside to allow the yeast to activate.

  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, oats and salt until combined.

  4. Pour the activated yeast into your flour mixture, and knee until it forms a soft dough. Add a little more flour if necessary.

  5. Brush the dough with some olive oil, cover the bowl with a clean cloth, and set aside for 1 hour to rise.

  6. Use any remaining olive oil to brush and coat the inside of your baking tin.

  7. After an hour has passed, knead down your risen dough and transfer it into the baking tin. Cover it Again with a clean cloth and set it aside for 30 minutes to rise.

  8. Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees Celsius.

  9. Sprinkle some oats over the risen dough and transfer the tin into the oven. Bake for about 30-40 minutes.

  10. Allow it to cool down a bit before removing from the baking tin and serving.



There you have it. It's simple as 1, 2, 10! If you prefer video recipes, here they are in English and Swahili, respectively.





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