Old fashioned oats have been around for a long time and most of us have fond memories from our childhood that involve oatmeal, whether it be cookies, a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning that helped to warm your belly every morning. Maybe you remember it being part of a favorite recipe such as meatloaf, stuffing, granola, or something similar. Oatmeal is as much versatile as it is popular and luckily for us....healthy!
This whole grain comes in many forms. Whole hulled oats are known as groats. This is the form where all oats originate from.
Steel cut oats are the first version of the groats of a type of process beginning to take place. Steel cut oats are the closest thing to clean food as you can get as the only processing that has been done to them is merely cutting. Otherwise, this is as close to nature as you can get. They are referred to as steel cut because the process of cutting uses steel blades to cut the groats.
This is the most common form of oats you are probably most used to seeing. These are referred to as old fashioned oats, or rolled oats. These are merely groats that have been cut, steamed and rolled flat and are usually preferred in baked goods.