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Types of Oats

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Raw Oats

Wholegrain raw oats are harvested when the grain is fully-grown and dry. They consist of the grain kernel (or groat), surrounded by a hard outer hull and plant stalk.

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Whole Oat (Groat)

Groats are left when the inedible hard outer hull of the oat grain is removed. They look like brown rice; long and thin, with a smooth surface and the outer bran layer intact. You can buy these to cook into porridge, but they take longer to prepare than other types of oats.

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Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats are oat kernels that have been cut into two or three pieces by a metal blade. This enables the oats to cook more quickly than whole uncut oats. Read More

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Rolled Oats

Rolled oats are created by steaming oat kernels and then rolling them into flakes. Also called ‘old-fashioned’ oats, this preparation process keeps oats fresher for longer while helping to cook the oat faster such as oat porridge. Read More 

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Quick Oats or Instant Oats

Prepared in a similar way to rolled oats, quick oats (or instant oats) are cut smaller and simply rolled thinner. They are still a wholegrain with all the nutritional goodness of the oat kernel, but with a longer steam and thinner flake, preparation is faster – so you can enjoy your favourite porridge sooner! Read More

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Oat Flour

Oat flour is made using a similar method as wheat flour, in which the whole grain is milled into flour for use in baking and cooking.

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Oat Flakes

Oat Flakes are the same as Rolled oats, they are the flakes that are produced by steaming and rolling the oats kernels.