Oat Groats, Steel Cut Oats, and Rolled Oats

Oats.  I’m not sure what I would do if I didn’t have oats.  While I grew up on instant oatmeal, I’ve fallen in love with the different varieties and taste of true oats (and oatmeal!)  There are many types of oat products: Oat Groats, Steel Cut Oats, Oat Bran, Oat Flour, Old-fashioned Oat Flakes (Rolled Oats), and Quick Cooking Oats.  Pictured above, and what I use most, are the Old-fashioned oats, Steel Cut Oats, and Oat Groats.  Each of these makes a hearty addition to breakfast, breads, and even main dishes.  One of my favorite things to do is whirl the Old-fashioned Oats around in a food processor creating a pseudo oat flour, which is great for pancakes!

While Oats do contain trace amounts of gluten, I am including them in the gluten-free category because as long as they are processed in a wheat-free facility, they are practically gluten-free.  Each type of oat takes a bit different cooking time which is fantastically highlighted in list post from Simple Bites.  Buying oats takes a bit of care because of the higher fat content, which means oats have the ability to go rancid more quickly than some other grains.  Make sure to store in an airtight container and check for a color change/smell before using.

An important note:  I’m choosing to ignore instant oatmeal.  It’s the most highly processed of all the oat products and often contains extra chemicals and sugars.  Rolled oats really don’t take a lot of extra energy/cooking time and still have a good chunk of their nutrients!

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