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Popular Types of Oats
To start, I thought I should cover some different types of oats. This will help you decide on a recipe to make because the type of oats you have or want to use will guide you in which oatmeal recipe works best. Below are details about the 4 most common types of oats, but if you want to learn more you can check out our post on 8 Types of Oats and How to Use Them.
Steel Cut Oats: Also known as Irish oats, these are some of the least processed types of oats. They generally take longer to cook and result in a chewier texture with a nutty flavor. They retain their shape well, even staying slightly crunchy. For this reason, they are not ideal for overnight oats (which aren’t cooked). 👉 How to cook steel cut oats
Rolled Oats: Rolled oats or old-fashioned oats are one of the most popular types of oats. They are made by taking the oat groats and flattening them with pressure and heat. They work well in cookies and any standard oatmeal recipe.
Quick Cook Oats: These are even more processed than rolled oats, but not as much as instant oats. They are a great option for making oatmeal in the microwave or even for mixing into pancakes. Quick cook oats can be used in overnight oats too, but the texture can be a little mushy when soaked overnight.
Instant Oats: These are the oats you would find in an instant oatmeal packet. They cook very quickly either with just hot water or in the microwave. You can also buy plain instant oats to make your own flavored instant oats for camping, busy mornings, road trips, and more!