Jacqueline Harrington recently asked us via email: "What is the difference between regular oats and steel cut oats?"
If you’re looking at oats as a potential hot breakfast, know that cooking times vary considerably.
Regular oatmeal is either old-fashioned (rolled oats) or quick-cooking oats. Rolled oats have been flattened out and had their husks removed, and they take around 15 minutes to cook. Quick-cooking oats (ready in 5 minutes) have been rolled into thinner flakes and cut into pieces.
Steel-cut oats (sometimes referred to as Irish oatmeal) are groats, which is what oats turn into after they are cleaned, toasted, and hulled. To make steel-cut oats, these groats are cut into several pieces but not rolled. They have a chewy texture, take about 45 minutes to cook, and make an especially hearty, stick-to-your-ribs breakfast.
All these varieties are high in vitamin B1 and they also have vitamins B2 and E. They’re also a good source of fiber. Instant oatmeal, while convenient, is not as nutritious as it is made with precooked oat groats and often processed with salt, sugar, and flavorings.
Try your favorite oatmeal in one of these recipes:
Oatmeal Banana Pancakes
Guiltless Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Oatmeal Breakfast Sundaes
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