I bought oat groats (AKA steel-cut oats) to experiment with making raw vanilla and cranberry bars for the chipmunks' lunch box. The batter came out too sticky (because I didn't drain the oat groats thoroughly) so I baked them instead.
After soaking oat groats for 8 hours
Soaking oat groats will make them earlier to digest and enhances nutrition
Vanilla & Cranberry Patties
2 cups oat groats, soaked in water for 8 hours and drained
3/4 cup Medjool dates, pitted
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Preheat the oven at 400º
Add dates and vanilla extract to food processor and mix until smooth. Mix in drained oat groats. Remove dough and fold in walnuts and cranberries in a medium bowl (expect dough to be very sticky). Make small patties out of the dough and bake for 12 minutes.
The patties will be soft and taste similar to a bowl of oatmeal. Perfect served warm and great to eat on the go.