A lot of food bloggers out there are really into oats. They like them in all shapes and sizes and cooked a variety of ways. Although I have tried my hand at oats in the past, they just never stuck. But, since I’m a veggie who likes to stay up on the latest health food trends, I decided to give oats another try. Nowadays there are so many different types of oats to choose from so I tested two of the most popular and compared them.
First up, were the steel cut irish oats. These babies are oats in their most natural form. They consist of the entire oat (bran, germ and endosperm) cut into pieces. These oats are high in fiber and low in fat. They take about 30 min to cook on the stove top and have a hearty, chewy texture and an earthy, nutty flavor. I ate mine with maple syrup and a scoop of almond butter.
Next, I tried oat bran. I had heard good things from Jessica about these oats. Oat bran consist of the outter husk of the oat which contains most of the dietary fiber. Often, during processing, the bran is lost. For example, rolled oats do not contain the bran and do not contain as much fiber or nutrients as other, less processed oats. The oat bran cooked in about 1 minute on the stovetop. They were creamy, smooth and hearty. I served mine with chopped pecans and a scoop of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. It was delicious!
So which one did I like better? The winner is…..OAT BRAN! I loved that it cooked up so fast (super quick breakfast) and I loved the creamy texture. Which kind of oats do you like best?
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