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What are Steel Cut Oats?

Steel Cut Oats vs. Rolled Oats


A steaming bowl of hearty oatmeal is the perfect, nutritious way to start your day to keep you full and energized through the morning. Most of us are used to the quick-cooking paper packets that you can microwave quickly, but one of our new favorite types are steel cut oats. Sometimes labeled as “Irish steel cut oats,” they are heartier, chewier, and nuttier than their flattened, rolled counterpart. Ever wondered what makes them “steel cut”?

All oat cereals start out as hulled, toasted oat grains called groats. Steel cut oats are the least processed of the oat cereals and are simply groats that have been chopped into small chunks using a steel blade grinder.

While traditional rolled oats are groats that have been steamed and flattened, the steel cutting process shreds the groats into small pellets that hold their texture and shape when cooked. Because of their size, steel cut oats do take longer to cook but the result is a chewy and creamy oatmeal with a unique texture that you’ll absolutely love.