Chocolate Agave Groats – RAW
Let’s just get the groat part out of the way. What is it? Why would you want to eat it? Is it gluten free? What the heck is a groat? (Did I say that already?)
Not even wikipedia really knows. Shocking. The best description I found was from The Gluten Free Lab.
“…Oat groats are the parent grain of the rolled oat; it’s what comes out of the stalk, and when that grain is processed by hulling or rolling or grinding it becomes a rolled oat, oat bran or oat flour.
I ordered the Legacy Valley brand from Amazon.com because it was labeled gluten free. The description talks about how these groats also make a great hot oatmeal…but that’s for a non-raw post.
After six days of eating “raw” and spending half of today watching my friend make us a bunch of raw food, I finally think I’m getting the hang of it. (Okay, I tried to help, but she quickly became the expert and taught me. I took on the role as taste-tester.)
I have to admit – this isn’t for everyone.
If you’ve never tried to eat healthy or stray too far from cheeseburgers in paradise, you have to mentally prepare yourself for these different textures and flavors.
Think of it as an adventure. Something new. Something possibly temporary, but something you can really learn from.
Or, you can go with my 7-year olds attitude, “Ewwww. You’re not gonna make me eat that? Um. I mean, no thank you, Mom.”
So, for the moment we are going to pretend we’re talking to the adventurous part of you that is slightly curious about the two week raw cleanse program that I’m on, and how you might benefit from it. Or laugh from the sidelines. Totally up to you.
This was part of my breakfast today. If you’ve read my previous raw posts, you’ll know that I wasn’t exactly following Joy’s plan from the Rocking Raw Body, due to serious lack of preparation. (Something I have since rectified this weekend!)
I had all of these raw ingredients sitting on the counter that I’d ordered and I was hungry. I hadn’t soaked the nuts. I still don’t have a vitamix or dehydrator. At this point, I’d already had a smoothie and I wanted to try something new.
Thankfully, I had soaked the groats for two days. The first 24 hours, they still seemed kind of seedy. Now they were the consistency of soft cereal rice puffs, and slightly chewy.
I remember one of her recipes mentioning maple syrup and sliced almonds. However, I was living off of almonds so I wasn’t warming up to that thought.
Then I noticed the raw Cacao (chocolate) powder sitting next to the bottle of raw agave and, viola, breakfast! I added the banana, just because it went with the chocolate. (Really, what doesn’t go with chocolate?!)
This was delicious, filling and fast. This recipe serves one. (Congrats if you have more than one person in your house on a two week raw cleanse! If so, then double the recipe.)
- 1/2 cup of groats (soaked overnight and rinsed)
- 1/2 Tbsp of raw cacao powder
- 1 1/2 tsp of raw agave nectar
- 1/2 of a banana, diced or sliced
- Mix together in a small bowl
*You may want to alter the cacao powder and agave to taste. I liked it a little bit sweeter, as the chocolate powder is bitter by itself.