If you are a fan of oats, then you are ought to be familiar with the types of oats which you would normally eat during your breakfast or snacking time. Oats are full of fibre and nutrients which aids in lowering blood cholesterol level; it is recommended to be consumed regularly for better health.
However, for those who are unfamiliar with oats might be wondering “What are the differences in these oats anyway? Aren’t they all the same?” Well, I’m here to tell you NO; they are not the same. The difference between these oats are due their processed methods; how much were they processed.
Hence, it’s now time for me to present to you the different types of oats and how to include them in your recipes!
Oat groats are the main source for the different types of oats processed out. Oat groats are what live inside the hull of the oat grain. It has a similar texture to thick rice grain with slight sweet and nutty flavour. It also has a higher content of protein and fiber.
Quick oats are also known as instant oats. Just like its name “quick oats”, they are quick to prepare; quick oats pre-cooked, dried, and then rolled and pressed slightly thinner than rolled oats. These oats can usually be spotted at any local grocery stores.
Known as “old-fashioned oats”, they are steamed and rolled from oat groats. They absorb more liquid, and still holds their shape well during cooking. Rolled oats are commonly used in baking; making granola bars, muffins, cookies etc.
Oat bran is made by grounding the thin shell (hulls) encasing the oat groats. The hull is full of nutrition and packed with protein, fiber, magnesium and iron. It is also high in soluble fiber which helps ease our digestion.
Steel cut oats are basically chopped up pieces of oat groat. They require a longer time to cook thus it is not recommended for those who wish to whip up a fast breakfast. It is used in savoury dishes such as porridge; it still holds the shape well during cooking and it also has a chewy texture to it.
So now that you know the differences between these oats, it’s now time to give you some fantastic oat recipes for your breakfast!!
Enjoy one week worth of overnight oats. Not only is it nutritious, it is easy to eat and it takes only less than 10 minutes to prepare!
Muesli is one of the easiest recipes that you could make out of oats. Muesli can be used to make muesli bars which is much more simpler than granola bars. Add on your favourite condiments such as honey, agave, dried fruits and so on. Muesli is also more convenient to make as it does not require any baking; it could also be served hot or cold!
There you have it, all you need to know about the types of oats and the recipes that you could apply in your daily cooking! Hope this post has somehow enlightened everyone regarding the oats that you have been consuming all this while. Enjoy!