I know I'm posting a little late on this but I absolutely LOVE raw oats! I eat them plain dry in the car, I sprinkle them on my yogurt, sometimes I eat them with milk like regular cereal. My husband thinks I'm weird but I don't have any issues with it. Probably my favorite cereal right now!
It's fine to eat any grain raw if you like it that way, with the possible exception of corn. None of them would hurt you in any way, but dent corn releases more nutrients if it's cooked, especially with a source of alkali. If you eat a whole, uncut kernel of any grain, it's hard to digest and might pass through without giving you any nutrients. But with rolled oats, the hull is broken up for you, so you can get at the nutrients inside.
I eat uncooked, rolled grains as my only cereal with yoghurt and fruit every morning. Not just oats, but also barley, rye, wheat,kamut, spelt. If you are not used to it try it gradually and your stomach will adjust very quickly. It is not true that grains need to be cooked for the body to absorb them, that's only true for whole kernels. There is significant evidence that cooking, even brief, will destroy some nutrients.
I believe I've seen recipes that call for uncooked oats and you don't cook them at all. It's an oatmeal chocolate drop cookie and you just mix the uncooked oats in with the melted items and put them in the fridge. It should be perfectly okay to eat them that way.
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I mixed 1/4 cup with 1 Tbs of peanut butter last night and just heated it a little bit. It was really good, so I was thinking of making that as a snack occasionally.
I had a bowl of oats last week and just barely cooked them. Later in the day I had really bad stomach cramps. Don't know if the oats were the problem, but I have never had stomach problems like I did that day. A few mixed with yogurt would probably be ok.
I agree - I don't see anything dangerous about it, but uncooked oats might be hard for your body to absorb. I've made a yogurt concoction with oats (the Swiss do it, although I can't remember what they call it) and it's really good. But the oats soften over time in the yogurt.
Are you wanting to eat them dry uncooked? I eat uncooked oats all the time but I mix them in things. I put them in yogurt and sprinkle them on my ice cream. I also make cold oats: mix 1/2 cup oats, 6 oz yogurt, 1/4 cup almond milk and flavorings if wanted. Put in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Eat!
I would stick with small portions (1/4 cup at a time), and drink lots of water, milk or juice along with them when you do.
They'll absorb a lot of water once in your stomach, and expand and fill you up.
If you're concerned about spoilage, bacteria, etc, why not toast them for a few minutes in a very lightly oiled or non-stick pan? Just until they start to turn golden and you can smell them, but they shouldn't smell burned...or use them in some homemade granola that you have to bake in the oven
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Before I make a habit of it, I guess I should find out!
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