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Soaked Grain Recipes: A Gallery from Everywhere!

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I’ve done a lot of poking into the subject of soaking grains, and through it all I’ve continued soaking, sprouting, and souring my baked goods.

The most common question when people first hear about the idea of “soaking grains” isn’t usually “why?” but “how?” People get this funny image in their heads – and I did too, at first – of drowning flour in water and then somehow, making a great mess but with some miraculous method, getting the flour back out of the water and proceeding with the recipe.

Luckily for all of us, that’s not how it goes.

The purpose of this post is to be a go-to resource for everything soaking grains: a basic how-to primer, links to resources for the “why?” science geeks among you, quick notes on sprouting and sourdough, and recipes.

Basic Soaking Techniques

healthy pumpkin muffins

Flour Based Recipes:

  1. Mix the flour with whatever liquid is called for in the recipe, preferably warmed to about 100-110 degrees F. I do often use room temperature water…you do what you can.
    • Sometimes include the sweetener and fat if needed to get everything wet enough just to mix.
  2. If the liquid is water or milk, replace 1 Tbs per cup with an acidic medium:
    • vinegar, lemon juice, whey
  3. If the liquid is something cultured already, you can just mix it up with the grain:
    • yogurt, buttermilk, kefir
  4. Cover and allow to rest at room temperature or above for 12-24 hours.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and proceed with recipe.

Now that’s a bit of a simplistic explanation. If you’d like more details, including special considerations for yeast bread, please read How to Soak Flour in Whole Grain Recipes. You can also find a brief explanation for the “why?” question at Why Soak Whole Grains?

Whole Grains: Quinoa, Millet, Oat Groats, Barley, Spelt Berriesspelt salad GR Press

To cook whole grains in their whole form, you can simply soak in warm water with 1 Tbs acidic medium per cup (same as above).

  1. Allow to rest 12-24 hours at room temperature.
  2. With whole grains like quinoa,  millet, and spelt berries, you can drain off the water and proceed with cooking as you normally would.
    • I recommend measuring the water you soak with and the water you drain off the first couple times to see how much liquid was absorbed. You’ll have to adjust your cooking water accordingly if volume is important to recipe success.
    • For example, a cup of brown rice absorbs 1/2 cup of water. When I add new water for cooking, instead of the usual 2 cups, I only add 1 1/2 cups. However, when I cook spelt berries for a cold salad, I’m only looking for “done” and I don’t measure the water. I drain it off the berries after cooking anyway, so this wouldn’t be important.

Rolled Oats/Oatmeal

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Because oatmeal soaks up almost all the water, it’s nearly impossible to drain the soaking water. Follow the directions for how to soak oatmeal, and please take note of the extra wheat flour needed. Use that information any time you’re soaking a recipe using oats.

For oatmeal cookies or granola bars, you may need to soak and dehydrate oats before you begin. (My soaked granola bars)

Brown Rice

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There’s a special and really nifty, well-researched method for soaking brown rice that knocks out 96% of phytic acid. Accelerated fermentation feels a little bit like keeping a sourdough starter, but much easier. Check out the directions for soaking brown rice – I promise, it’s just as easy as the other ways.

Sprouting is Awesome Too

sprouted lentils

Yesterday’s post on soaking vs. sprouting surprised me when I saw how long the list of advantages to sprouting became. You can sprout whole grains like quinoa and rice, any legume, and wheat berries for flour as well.

Sprouted flour does take a special touch, which is why it’s nice to find recipes that call specifically for sprouted flour. I’m so pleased that the free eBook is sponsored by Shiloh Farms, maker of Essential Eating sprouted flours and some recipe books using the product. Also check out Kate’s tips for baking with sprouted grains.

For the frugal crowd, two DIY resources for you:

  1. How to Sprout Beans and Whole Grains
  2. How to Make Sprouted Flour (in bulk!)

And for the science geeks, here’s the health benefits of sprouting.

Sourdough is my Favorite

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Health-wise, sourdough preparation has the most research and the most historical tradition when it comes to nutritious preparation of wheat baked goods. You can make almost anything with sourdough, as I learned to my great surprise in the sourdough eCourse at GNOWFGLINS (enrollment ongoing).

To get you started, here are some more resources:

  1. How to Make a Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter
  2. The Health Benefits of Sourdough
  3. Sourdough Crackers
  4. Sourdough Pizza
  5. Sourdough Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Why Bother?

I’ve written extensively on the subject of grains, and you can find the whole series at the exploration of soaking grains.

 

Unless otherwise credited, photos are owned by the author or used with a license from Canva or Deposit Photos.

57 thoughts on “Soaked Grain Recipes: A Gallery from Everywhere!”

  1. I would like to make breads with sprouted grains that are not dehydrated. I make dosas by soaking a grain and legume with seeds or spices then fermenting and they are great, but I would like to make bread without making flour (kind of like the original Essene bread idea). Are there recipes for bread that can be made from blender ground wet grains that get fermented, but not dehydrated into flour?

    1. Yes! I don’t know of yeast bread recipes, but I bet they’re out there. Maybe search for a Essene lookalike recipe or Ezekiel bread copycat recipe. We have one here at KS that uses whole, non-flour grains in a blender and certainly could use sprouted grains:
      https://kitchenstewardship.com/flatbread

      Enjoy!
      Katie

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  5. Newbie soaker here…How does milk not go bad sitting at room temp all night? Does the acid medium keep that from occurring?? Just want to double check that I’m understanding this correctly 🙂 Thx! PS I’m *obsessed* with your blog 😀

    1. Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Hi Mindy!
      This is best with raw milk, since raw doesn’t “go bad” it just “sours” which is exactly the action we’re looking for. I used to soak with pasteurized milk, though, and never had a problem. The acidic medium must keep good bacteria in and bad bacteria out. 🙂 Katie

  6. Kaarin Puhala

    Eager to try soaking – going to try tortilla recipe and Kelly’s bread recipe in the Bosch. Question: does it matter what temperature the room is when you soak overnight? It’s winter, and our house got down to 62 degrees F last night. Will that be a problem?

    1. Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Kaarin,
      sorry I missed your question for so long! Soaking is better at warmer temps, but my house is 62 at night, too. Technically, you could just soak for a longer time. 🙂 Katie

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  9. I’ve been soaking our grains for a couple years now in the straightforward way that I’ve seen everywhere. But I have a couple cake and muffin recipes that require you to gradually add the flour mixture alternately with the liquid, and I keep wondering if that flour can be soaked. It seems like it needs to be dry in order to work. I’ve been making them as treats less often than other recipes, but I’d love to make them as healthy as the others! Is it worth trying to soak them, or would it ruin the whole batch for sure???

    1. Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Charlotte,
      I hear you on that one- I’ve made a few cakes that do the alternating thing, and I’ve never been bold enough to try soaking. I would think you’d lose a LOT of texture by mushing all the dry together at once instead of following the directions, which have to be there for a reason, right? 😉 You could always try to adapt for soaking and see what happens, but wasting ingredients on a fail is a big risk! Personally, I’d say just make, enjoy, and forget you know anything about soaking for the day. 😉
      Katie

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  12. Are the recipes no longer up or am I missing something? I can see a few recipes linked through the comments section but that is all. I’m new to this whole reading blogs thing so I could just be doing something wrong. Thanks!

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  14. What about wheat bran? I know you have to soak it in hot water anyway, to soften it before adding it to a recipe, but should you do the 24 hour soak for it as well? I haven’t been able to find any information on it.

    1. Alissa,
      It’s the bran that causes all the phytic acid problems anyway (that we’re combating with soaking), so honestly, I wouldn’t add bran to anything. Eat the whole grain or take out the bran, but don’t take it apart and put it back together in different proportions. I hope that helps! 🙂 Katie

  15. We can squeeze you in! Could you please email me the link(s) to your recipe(s)? I’ll reply with the link for the form where you can enter the other info we need.

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  18. I’m in with my delicious Soaked Peppery Cheese Bread! Thanks for doing this Katie – it’s going to be such a great resource!

  19. Hi, I linked up a recipe for soaked snickerdoodle cake and sourdough chocolate peanut butter cookies. I’m wondering if it’s OK to share these recipes on other carnivals or should this be exclusive? thanks for the opportunity to be a part! 🙂

    1. Lisa,
      Sorry I’m so late to reply – your recipes are yours, and of course do with them what you please! 🙂 Katie

  20. Thanks for all these great resources! Does anyone have a soaked whole wheat bread recipe that doesn’t use a mixer?

    1. Nicole, I use this sourdough recipe when I want to make something without the mixer:

      http://insidethepeanutgallery.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/no-knead-whole-grain-sourdough-bread/

  21. Thanks Katie for hosting this! I’m sharing a few of my favourite soaked recipes (I wish I could share more, but I haven’t gotten down to blogging about them ><), a couple of which I find very special to me, because they're soaked recipes for Chinese favourites/ comfort food!

  22. Might need to do some link cleanup. Some people have multiple posts of the same link. Ooops. I’ve totally done that before.

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  24. Melissa at Dyno-mom

    I think this will be a great resource for everyone, particularly since it is free. It can be an easy introduction for the commitment-phobic.

  25. Ashley Barrett

    Thanks for the great resource all in one post! I really get a lot out of this blog, thanks for all your hard work!

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  27. Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    I left you my favorite sprouted recipe — waffles. They are SO good. 🙂

  28. P.S. I posted a link to this page (your carnival post) on my FB page, so my readers will come visit your blog. Thanks again! 🙂 kel

  29. Thank you so very much for the opportunity to share some recipes. I am eagerly trying to get my blog up, but hope you will accept these recipes that are posted on my B page for the time being. I would LOVE to be included in your e-book, and appreciate you considering my recipes. It sounds like you would like us to email you with a bio? I will do that as well. Blessings, Kelly from The Nourishing Home (www.facebook.com/TheNourishingHome)

  30. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom.com

    Katie,
    Well, looks like others have had similar issues w/ the carnival. I also thought I’d already commented, but somehow it didn’t take. So much for technology 🙂

    Anyhow, here is my email. I’ll look forward to all of this moving forward .

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  33. This is going to be great! I’m really looking forward to the book…I’d love to expand my soaked recipe collection! Thanks for doing this, Katie. 🙂

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    1. Kelly the Kitchen Kop

      Hey Katie,
      One more question: when are you going to start compiling the e-book? I need to go take a look to see if my post needs some tweaking before then!
      Kelly

  35. Whew! After making my Soaked Buttermilk Biscuits 3 times this week, I think I finally have all the kinks figured out!! Thanks for this opportunity, I look forward to seeing everyone’s contributions!

  36. Hi Katie, maybe I missed this -but I’m wondering what the deadline is for the soaked grain recipes? Thanks!

    1. Joanna,
      You’ve got time – at least a week before we email folks to get bios and such. 🙂 Katie

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