One of My Favorite Little Kitchen Gadgets

I bought a coffee/spice grinder a month back and I have yet to use it until today. It’s not because I don’t like coffee… well, I don’t like coffee. It smells fantastic but I don’t like the taste. I know, I’m crazy right?

I bought the coffee grinder because I wanted to make oat flour. I have always made it in my food processor but I was reading on some other blogs (I forget which ones now) about how a coffee grinder will make oat flour much finer than a food processor or blender. So I thought I would try it out. To my amazement it made incredibly fine flour out of oats AND my buckwheat groats. I am in awe of my new little kitchen gadget.

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Here is my “groat flour”.

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I love buckwheat groats! Contrary to popular belief they are not wheat (although the name can be deceiving). They are not even a grain. So if you are switching to a grain free diet or just like to lay off them from time to time, groats are a wonderful alternative to oats. I eat them for breakfast almost every morning as a side dish to eggs. Check out how I make them here.

You can make oat flour the same way I made my “groat flour” in the coffee grinder.

But today I used my groat flour in place of oats to make my favorite protein brownies.

I also ground up some cacoa nibs I had in the pantry and made freshly ground cacoa powder. My protein brownies had a much different consistency and flavor but I LOVED them. Give it a try if you get the chance.

FYI!! If you blend too long you can burn out the motor so read your coffee grinder’s instructions and tips carefully.

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Here are the brownies I made today. They were much lighter in color but oh so good! I may add another TBS of cacao powder next time I make them this way and see how they turn out.

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