A course flour made from oat grains, oatmeal is an ingredient used in many recipes, including breakfasts and desserts. It also has several health benefits!

What is oatmeal?

When you think if this word, you might automatically think of the porridge like breakfast dish served with brown sugar and milk. However, it’s so much more than that!

There are many types of oatmeal, and each is used for different types of recipes. Here are some of the most popular:

Rolled Oats

These are also called coarse oatmeal, Irish oatmeal or pinhead oats. They can be eaten uncooked or cooked, and this is the most popular type of oats used to make the common porridge-like breakfast dish referred to as “oatmeal.”

Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats are also sometimes referred to as quick oats, instant oats or old fashioned oats. These oats have a shorter cooking time because their size, being precooked and adding certain enzymes to them.

Health Benefits

I am by no means a doctor or medical expert, but oats have been said to reduce the risk of heart disease. That is why you commonly see the cereal Cherrios (made from oats) promoting a heart healthy cereal.

Recipes that use oatmeal:

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