Oats and Groats

The recipe calls for “quick oats”… and while we’re at it, what are groats?

Here are the basics about oats from smallest to largest.

Instant oats are…instant. Precooked and usually contain sugar and flavoring. Just add hot water!

Quick oats are cut smaller then rolled oats and are usually used for cooking.

Rolled oats have been steamed and rolled.
CWOatsThese are the most common for baking and for granola.

Steel cut oats have been cut down by a steel blade.

An oat groat is the whole oat kernel with the hull removed.

Oat forms can easily be adapted to use in your recipes. You can make instant oat meal by combining a 1:1 ratio of quick oats and powdered oats. Put rolled oats in the food processor for a few seconds to make quick oats. Process them a little longer to make oat powder. Soaking is a good idea to remove any impurities. More on that later.

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