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What's The Difference Between Rolled and Steel Cut Oats?

Oats are oats, right? The same oats, that are in my oatmeal are the same oats in my overnight oats. Yes and no. Oats come from a cereal grain called ‘Avena Sativa,’ but the way they are processed is what makes them different.  To my surprise, in cooking, there are 2 main types of oats. They aren’t exactly interchangeable either. If a recipe calls for Rolled Oats, it will not be the same if you use steel cut oats. So, what exactly is the difference? Well I did some research and this is what I found.

 

Rolled Oats

Rolled Oats, sometimes called ‘Old Fashioned Oats,’ are steamed, flattened and flaked, making them larger in size. Their flat dimension makes them great for adding into baking recipes like homemade granola, oatmeal cookies, and protein bites! You can also prep them overnight with almond milk for a creamy finish to overnight oats!


Steel-Cut Oats

Unlike rolled oats, Steel cut oats are cut into small bits by steel blades (hence the name), making them thicker in size. In addition to being processed differently, rolled oats have a smaller glycemic index, making them harder to digest and keeping you feeling full for longer. If you are looking for a hearty and filling breakfast, these can be boiled on the stove, or put in the fridge for overnight oats.  

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