Rolled Oats are a highly nutritious whole grain that can be eaten as cereal, ground up and used in baking breads or muffins, made into oat flour for gluten-free breads and pizzas, or even mixed with other grains to make an old fashioned oatmeal cookie.
One of the most common misconceptions about oats is that they contain gluten. While oats may have been contaminated by wheat during processing in the past, pure uncontaminated oats are now considered safe for those on a gluten-free diet due to the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s labeling regulations.
What are rolled oats?
Oats come in many varieties. Rolled oats, also called regular or old-fashioned oats, have been steamed and then rolled with a mill without cracking them open. This means that they take longer to cook than instant oatmeal but more importantly it tends to taste better because you can control how much water is added so each bowl has its own unique consistency depending on preference!
This process also gives rolled oats a smoother texture and a sweeter flavor. Rolled oats are easiest to cook and are most often used in baking bread or muffins, made into oat flour for gluten-free flour, or even mixed with other oats to make an old fashioned oatmeal cookie.
Recipes for rolled oats.
Are rolled oats gluten free?
Yes, technically rolled oats are gluten-free. Today, it’s easy to find them at most supermarkets. Oats are naturally gluten free but in the harvesting and manufacturing process they can become contaminated with other products made on site…
The U.S Food and Drug Administration considers them a gluten-free grain under its labeling regulations and only requires that packaged products with oats as an ingredient contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten overall.
The oats package needs to have a gluten free label on it, so make sure to check for that before making your purchase.
Rolled oats vs steel cut oats.
So we covered the rolled oats above, but what are steel cut oats? To tell the difference between steel-cut, rolled, and instant oats all you need to do is look at how much of it has been processed and what your recipe requires.
This will result in each variety having a different texture and cooking time; for example if your oatmeal needs to cook for less than five minutes then go with an instant version but otherwise use either rolled or steel-cut oats because they’ll take longer which can be better since there’s more chance that everything cooks evenly!
Process of steel cut oats.
Steel-cut oats, also known as Irish or Scottish oats, are processed by chopping the whole oat groats into several pieces. This variety takes the longest to cook but has a toothsome and chewy texture that retains much of its shape even after cooking.