I'm vegan and just attempted my first raw thing. I made oat groats and I was confused HOW to make them, I have looked everywhere and can't find anything.

I soaked them for about 12 hours and then the recipe I had said to dehydrate them. So I did. And now they are tough and made my stomach hurt when I tried to eat them as oatmeal.

Anywhere I have looked says to either sprout or soak, but I don't know the methods of doing it. A little help?


  • Hi - Well, for starters - you are not alone. Browse this forum or web enough and you'll find many stories similar to yours. The upset stomach is caused from a toxin which is produced when not properly sprouted. However, I've been doing this for 5 years, I know how to sprout the damn things, and still - every once in a while, I'll get a bad batch. To be honest, I stay away from them for that reason (drives me mad). You'll know if they are bad, because they will usually taste a bit sour - dead giveaway. For soaking, overnight is not a problem at all. If you're just trying to make buckwheat crunchies - You'll soak over night, rinse reaaaaallllly well, then spread on D sheet and let go until nice and crispy. For sprouting, which I don't recommend. You'll treat just like any other seed you'd sprout - rinse 2-3 times a day, place in a ventilated container, colander, etc... But, like I said, Sprouted buckwheat is where you can get into trouble. Furthermore, I know a lot of people who just have a hard time digesting buckwheat fresh or not. It doesn't matter if it's been masterfully soaked :) it will cause them horrific issues. Any who, if you have any other questions, just shoot them my way!

  • eechoeecho Raw Newbie

    I don't know how this would affect the final product, but you're not sprouting them right. 12 hours is way too long for buckwheat. Check out the "Sprouting Instructions" here:

    For a recipe, these are perhaps a little more complicated than what you're trying to create, but it gives you the idea:

    P.S. general forum etiquette promotes a more indicative message title than "Help!"... perhaps something relating to your actual request, haha. you'll get better/faster help that way

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