3 Types of Oats…What are the Differences and Benefits of Old Fashioned Oats, Steel Cut Oats, or Quick Cooking Oats?

Oatmeal…Did you know there are 3 main types of Oatmeal?  Let’s look at the benefits and differences between the main 3 types of oatmeal.  The 3 types of oatmeal are:  Old Fashioned Oats, Steel Cut Oats and Quick Cooking Oats.

What are the health benefits of oats? (1) Oats lower cholesterol levels in the blood.  Individuals with high cholesterol who eat just 3 grams of soluble oat fiber (about 1 bowl of oatmeal each day) typically will lower their cholesterol levels by between 8% and 23%!!  (2) Antioxidants in oats reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.  (3) Significant cardiovascular benefits for postmenopausal women.  This is mainly those women who already have high blood pressure, cholesterol or other signs of cardiovascular disease.  (4) Oats can enhance immune response to infection.  (5) Oats can stabilize blood sugar.

Steel Cut Oats are not processed as much as old fashioned oats but not nearly as much as quick cooking oats.  The biggest difference is the way the oat is cut, steel cut oats being pretty much raw oats…and old fashioned oats are processed a bit and quick cooking oats are processed more~which basically means they are cut into smaller pieces.  The least nutritious oat is the instant oat.  Steel cut oats are far more nutritious than all the others, but don’t let that stop you from having a bowl of oatmeal…any oatmeal will do!!!  For a fantastic Baked Oatmeal, my whole family LOVES these!…try these Baked Oatmeal Squares.

2 cups old fashioned oats                                                                1 cup non dairy milk

1/4 cup brown sugar                                                                         1/2 block silken tofu

2 tsp ground cinnamon                                                                    1/2 cup applesauce

2 tsp baking powder                                                                          1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt                                                                                               Toppings:  non dairy milk,

1/2 cup dried cranberries                                                                 sliced bananas, berries, nut

butter, etc.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees or prepare and refrigerate overnight to bake in morning.  In large bowl, combine oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and cranberries.  In blender or food processor, combine wet ingredients and process until smooth.  Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well.  Spread mixture into an 8×8 pan sprayed with cooking spray and bake immediately or refrigerate to be baked in the morning.  If baking immediately, bake for approx 40 minutes.  If baking next day, bake 30 minutes since the oats have already absorbed the moisture.  Cut into squares and top with what you choose!!  And the beauty of this recipe is you can add anything you like…make it to your liking!!





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