What are some common oat products?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Common oat products include:

  • Oat groats: Unflattened kernels good as breakfast cereals or in stuffings.
  • Steel-cut oats: Produced by running oats through steel blades, which thinly slice them, creating a denser, chewier texture.
  • Old-fashioned oats: These oats are steamed and then rolled; as a result, they have a flatter shape than other oats.
  • Quick-cooking oats: Similar to old-fashioned oats, but after steaming they are cut finely before rolling.
  • Instant oatmeal: Produced by partially cooking the oats rather than simply steaming them, and then rolling them very thin. Often sugar, salt, and other ingredients are added to make the finished product.
  • Oat bran: The outer layer of the grain that resides under the hull. While oat bran is found in all whole-grain oat products, it may also be purchased as a separate product that can be added to recipes or cooked to make a hot cereal.
  • Oat flour: A flour made from hulled oats that is used in baking and is often combined with wheat or other gluten-containing flours when making leavened bread.
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