Oatmeal isn’t anything new to anybody but there is a great difference in the types of oats that are out there. What’s raw and what’s not? There are more manufactures producing raw oats, so their packaging is stating. If you really want to be 100% certain that your oats are indeed raw, call the manufacture! You will even see oats that are now gluten free, which is wonderful. So, I gave a brief explanation below on the different types of oats just to clarify things. I know in the past I have starred at containers of oats in the grocery store and wonder if there really is a difference. You betcha there is.
- Organic Oats, fresh rolled – These oats are cold rolled in small batches using special equipment to retain nutrients and flavor.
- Oat Groats – Whole grain of the oat, with only the outer hard husks removed, then toasted. You can find raw.
- Oat Flour - You can make it yourself by grinding rolled oats in a food processor or blender. Oat flour adds lovely flavor to cookies.
- Oat sprouts - oat groats are very easy to sprout! Sprouting increases their nutritive values. Add them to sandwiches, salads, and soups. Chop them and add them to your cracker or cookie dough.
- Steel Cut Oats – are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernal) which have been cut into only two or three pieces by steel rather than being rolled. They are golden in color and resemble small rice pieces.
- Scottish Oats or Irish Oats- these are sometimes confused with steel-cut oats. Scottish oats are steamed steel-cut oats that are then ground by stones into an oat meal
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats - These are made by steaming the groats and flattening them with a roller. The Quaker Old Fashioned Rolled Oats are very thinly rolled, as are the store varieties by the same title.
- Quick-cooking rolled oats - These are made by flattening pre-cut groats.
- Instant Oats - are usually packaged with salt and sugar. Don’t indulge in the empty calories!
You can order raw oats through Blue Mountain Organics and Natural Zing .