My uncle used to kill pigs for the village when he was a young man. He told me once how he could tell the difference between the pigs that ate oats and the pigs who didn’t. The ones who ate oats were healthier in the inside, their intestinal tract and bowels were more lubricated and cleaner. And while we aren’t pigs, my uncle’s story about oats and pig’s guts had more impact on me than any medical or media advice.
But if you need convincing, here’s some facts about oats; they reduce cholesterol by releasing certain antioxidants that break down the blood cholesterol, they prevent diabetes by slowing the rise of blood glucose and insulin levels, they can reduce cancer risk with their high levels of phytochemicals that are considered great in reducing hormone related cancers and thought to lower carcinogens in the digestive tract. Oats can reduce hypertension and blood pressure, they can help you lose weight due to their capacity to swell in the gut and help you feel fuller for longer and they also are proven to improve athletic performance. And finally, it seems my uncle was right about oats and the bowel. He knew this not from reading it online, but from seeing it with his owns eyes as he prepared the pigs for eating. To be polite I’ll quote from a website I have resourced; ‘Oats are high in both soluble and insoluble fibre. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It is spongy and absorbs many times its own weight of liquid. It makes stools heavier and speeds their passage through the gut, relieving constipation.’ (EatMoreOats.com)
This is breakfast of champions, and a great way to incorporate rolled oats into your morning routine. These oaty buttermilk pancakes are delicious enough to be considered a weekend treat, and wholesome enough for weekday indulgence – as long as you have the time to be preparing pancakes that is. You could soak the oats overnight if you’re really committed to the cause, but they’ll dry up a little so you might have to add a little more buttermilk to loosen the oat mixture up. The texture is moist and surprisingly smooth considering they’re made with rolled oats and they have a whisper of that distinctive buttermilk tang.
Buttermilk and Oat Pancakes Recipe
1 cup oats
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs melted butter
Soak oats and buttermilk for as long as you can, at least ten minutes.
Mix cooled butter and eggs, buttermilk, oats, sugar in a bowl.
Add dry ingredients
Fry them up
Serve with maple syrup.