Battle of the Oats!

May 18, 2009

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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Jennifer May 28, 2009 at 11:59 am

Thx Bex!

Becky May 28, 2009 at 11:46 am

Hi, lady, it’s Becky! Will definitely have to try the oat bran. We’ve made steel cut oats this way a few times and it’s awesome…you set it up the night before and in the am it just take 10 min. This amount makes a ton, enough that I put several servings in tupperware to take to work to heat up later in the week!

Stacy May 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Hi there-Came over from katheats and have found your blog to be amazing!

I love Oat Bran! My boyfriend make it every morning, I’m curious how you made yours? For one serving I boil 1 cup fat free milk 1 cup water and 1/2 cup of oat bran, I usually always add honey and depending on the season some fruit during the cooking process!

Jennifer May 27, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Stacy! Welcome to Keepitsimplfoods! We are happy to have you as a new reader. So glad you liked the oats post. I am an oats newbie so I’m still experimenting to find what I like. I made my oats on the stove top with water and then added toppings after. I haven’t tried many of the more “advanced” versions that require blenders and the fixins.

Anne K. May 19, 2009 at 10:07 am

I love all oats! Sometimes I like doing a mix of regular oats and oatbran. Best of both worlds! :D

brandi May 19, 2009 at 8:46 am

i love all oats except instant :) oatbran has been my favorite lately.

coco May 19, 2009 at 7:17 am

I have all form of oats…. oatbran my first pick and then steel cuts!! :D

Alison May 18, 2009 at 11:22 pm

I just bought some oat bran today. I didn’t realize it cooked so quickly. Definitely need to try it!

That raw honey in your yogurt/cereal post looks wonderful.

Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 18, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I’m a big fan of crockpot cooked peach and cinnamon steel cut oats :)

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