In the past few years, oats are becoming a more and more popular ingredient to include in your healthy diet. Many brands have started integrating oats in their products, creating healthier versions of well known “junk foods”: (oat) cookies, (oat) cereal, (oat) bars, (oat) milk, (oat) flour and others. At the same time, the good old traditional oatmeal had not lost its popularity, as its modifications (instant oatmeal, overnight oats, etc.) make this healthy and delicious breakfast suitable for everybody.
And in order to make the best out of this superfood, it is key to know what types of oats exist and what is their purpose, cooking time, etc.
In this article, you will find exactly that: the types of oats on the market!
Nowadays you can find oats in various forms. Each form is used for a different recipe (or purpose).
This is the least processed type of oats on the market. The grains are whole, as only the husk has been removed from them. This is the reason why this version of oats is the cheapest one on the market, but, on the other hand, it takes a long time to cook (approximately 15 minutes). The grains retain their shape after cooking and look like wheat or rice. The oat groats have a chewy texture and have nutty after taste.
This type of oats is a derivative from the groats, but the grains are cut in smaller pieces with a steel-cut blade. The cooking time is less than the cooking time of the oat groats: around 8-9 minutes. When cooked, the starches in the grain are released. The steel-cut oats become creamy, yet chewy oatmeal.
Old fashioned oats (rolled oats)
Yes, this is exactly the type of oats that you are thinking of. They have a flat and oval shape and are lighter in color. The companies produce rolled oats by steaming oat groats until they become soft. Then they press the grains to flatten them and, finally, roast the shaped grains. This is the most popular type of oats. They cook fast (5 minutes), do not lose their shape, but at the same time absorb water and are suitable for baking. (And are awesome for both Overnight oats and Homemade body scrub)
Those are oats for busy people. They are rolled oats, which are already slightly cooked before being packaged. The cooking time is reduced from 5 minutes to 1 minute. Some people do not like this kind of oats because they lose their shape fast and create mushy textured oatmeal. I prefer to use blended instant oats for skincare, for example, by adding them to my face mask or using them as exfoliating particles in homemade scrub.