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How Many Types of Oats Are There?

How Many Types of Oats Are There?

Who doesn’t love oatmeal? It’s a great breakfast, and it’s (usually) super easy to make. With that being said, there are quite a few different types of oats out there. How do you know which one to choose? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Today in the Oats Overnight blog, we’ll do a quick breakdown of all the different types of oats.

Types of Oats

Let’s take a quick look at all the different types of oats:


Oats are harvested, and the stalks and hulls are removed to get to the kernel, also known as an oat groat. Which is pretty fun to say. Anyway, steel-cut oats are simply oat groats cut into pieces by a sharp blade. Out of all the oat options, these take the longest to cook. On average, you can make a bowl of steel-cut oat cereal in about half an hour. One of the great things about steel-cut oats are they’re quite filling!

Old Fashioned(Rolled Oats)

Rolled oats, also known as old-fashioned oats, are one of the most common types of oats. These are made by steaming oat groats and then flattening them. This reduces cooking time and lengthens the time they can stay fresh. Rolled oats can be cooked in about five minutes.


If you take rolled oats and press them even thinner and cut them into smaller pieces, you get quick-cooking oats. These oats can be cooked in as short as one minute! With that being said, you do lose some of the texture you get from steel-cut and rolled oats. But some people prefer this texture! It all depends on preference.


Out of all the types of oats, instant is probably the one we least recommend. Instant oatmeal is pre-cooked and then dried out. This causes it to lose texture and flavor. Except to get that flavor back, most instant oatmeals will have quite a bit of added sugar and sodium. Instant oatmeal also loses some of the nutritional value you can get from other types of oats. They’ll do in a pinch, but they’re definitely not ideal.

So which type of oat is best? Well, that all depends on preference. But if we had to choose...

Oats Overnight are the Best!

Yep, we said it! We’re confident in our product and we’re not afraid to show it. Oats Overnight are made with whole grain rolled oats, and our sourced to be completely gluten-free. Of course, that all doesn’t matter as much if they don’t taste great. Luckily, we’ve got you covered there too! Oats Overnight have plenty of delicious flavors to choose from. Also, we pack our products with protein to give you that boost you need. We even have plant-based protein options.

If that’s all not enough, they’re super easy to make! Just add milk or a milk alternative, soak overnight, and enjoy! Or just mix them up and enjoy right away.

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