Oatmeal: Types, Cooking Instructions, and Recipes

Oatmeal is a grain once used raw as animal feed. Nowadays, humans consume cooked oatmeal for breakfast and in baked goods. Oats are great for your health because they are high in water soluble fiber which helps keep you feeling full and lower “bad” cholesterol.

Types of Oatmeal

  1. Oat Groats are oats that are cleaned, toasted, hulled and cleaned a second time. These oats take the longest time to cook (45 minutes) and are very chewy in consistency. Cut oat groat cooking time by pounding or rolling them.
  2. Steel-Cut Oats are oat groats that are cut into 2 or 3 pieces. Steel-cut oats require a long time to cook (20 to 30 minutes) and, like oat groats, are pretty chewy in texture.
  3. Rolled Oats are oats that have been steamed, pressed, and dried. These oats are also known as old-fashioned oats. Rolled oats take only 15 minutes to cook.
  4. Quick-Cooking Oats are rolled oats but after drying, they are further processed into smaller pieces and rolled even thinner. These extra steps cut cooking time to 5 minutes.
  5. Instant Oatmeal are oats that have been cooked and then dehydrated. These oats usually have additives and don’t hold the same nutritional value as rolled or quick-cooking oats.
  6. Oat Flour are ground oat groats. When added to baked goods, this flour extends the goods’ expiration date.
  7. Oat Bran are the coating of the grain which has extremely high fiber content.

Cooking Oatmeal

  • Oat Groats

Use three cups of your choice of liquid (water, milk, broth) for every one cup of oat groats. Bring the liquid to the boil, then add the oat groats. Lower the heat and simmer for 40 minutes.

  • Steel-Cut Oats

Use three cups of your choice of liquid for every one cup of steel-cut oats. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 15 to 25 minutes.

  • Rolled Oats

Use two cups of your choice of liquid for every one cup of rolled oats. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes.

Breakfast Oatmeal Recipes

Bowl that had been filled with some delicious looking oatmeal
Dressing up your oatmeal is easy, so you can have a different oatmeal breakfast every day of the week! Check out these easy recipes…

Blueberries, Sunflower Seeds and Agave

  • Prepare one serving of oatmeal accordingly.
  • Add 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds and top with 1 tablespoon of agave nectar.

Mango and Coconut

  • Prepare one serving of oatmeal accordingly.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of chopped mango, 2 tablespoons of chopped cashews and top with 2 tablespoons of toasted coconut flakes.

Bacon and Maple Syrup

  • Cook 1 slice of bacon over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes, or until crisp.
  • Prepare one serving of oatmeal accordingly. Add cooked bacon and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup.

Dried Fruit and Pistachios

  • Prepare one serving of oatmeal accordingly.
  • Add a pinch of nutmeg, 1 tablespoon of dried cranberries, 1 tablespoon of dried cherries, 1 tablespoon of roasted pistachios and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of honey.

Peanut Butter and Grapes

  • Prepare one serving of oatmeal accordingly.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter and 1/2 a cup of red grapes.

Pineapple and Mint

  • Prepare one serving of oatmeal accordingly.
  • Add 1/2 cup of chopped pineapple, 1 tablespoon of mint leaves, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of lowfat milk.

Fried Egg and Avocado

  • Prepare on serving of oatmeal accordingly.
  • Fry an egg sunny-side up over medium heat and season with salt and pepper.
  • Top the oatmeal with the egg, a 1/4 of an avocado (sliced), and 2 tablespoons of fresh salsa.

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