Thursday, January 27, 2011

Know your oats - Oat vocabulary

When can you eat cookies for breakfast? When they're mostly oats! But first, a lesson in oat vocabulary:
• Oat groats or whole oats are the oat seed with the outer hull removed. They take the longest to cook and are often pre-soaked.
• Steel-cut oats (also called Irish oats or Scotch oats) are oat groats cut into smaller pieces. Also pre-soaked.
• Rolled or old-fashioned oats are whole groats flattened in a roller. They cook more quickly than groats.
• Quick oats are steel-cut groats flattened in a roller. Because they are small and flakey, they cook quite quickly.
• Instant oats are precooked so they can be prepared simply by adding hot water and are often pre-flavoured and sweetened.

Chocolate Oat Clusters
From the website of Only Oats, a gluten-free oat processor in Regina.

1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
6 tbsp cocoa
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla

On medium heat melt butter or margarine, sugar and milk in a saucepan until it boils, stirring often. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Remove from heat. Drop by the spoonful onto wax paper. Cool completely.

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