At Holly's, we use more than nine whole grains and up to 16 different natural and healthy ingredients, including fruits, berries and nuts. This isn't just for amazing flavor and texture, each ingredient is chosen specifically for its health benefits.
Each serving of oatmeal provides 10-12 grams of protein and eight grams of fiber, with no sugar or salt added. Holly's only includes ingredients for their high nutritional value and health benefits. In fact, with one serving, you receive more than 100% of the daily-recommended amount of whole grain.
There are so many types of oatmeal to choose from. Did you ever wonder what the difference is between each type? Are rolled oats and quick oats the same thing? What is the difference between steel-cut, Scottish and Irish oats? Are quick oats the same as instant oats? These are good questions. To be honest, I didn't know the answers to these myself back in the days, before I dedicated myself to the world of oats, when I was just an oat lover like you.
The first and most important thing to know is that although there are many types of oatmeal, all "oats" come from the same grain; the only difference is in how they are processed.
No matter what type of oat we are talking about, they all have a few things in common: they all go through a process of cleaning, hulling and conditioning to remove the hull (the outer shell) of the oat, to reveal the inner kernel or oat groat (this is the part we eat). Next the groat is brushed clean and sanitized in scouring machines.
The processing doesn't end there. The groats are heated to 215 degrees Fahrenheit in order to deactivate enzymes that allow the groats to be stored. If the oats are heated to ensure deactivation of enzymes, the natural oils of the oats will cause them to spoil easily, and they would have a much shorter shelf life and be unsuitable to be sold in stores.
Wow! That is a lot of work! Aren't you glad that you just have to choose which type of oatmeal you want and not have to de-husk every oat yourself?
After the oils have been removed from the oats, the differences of each type of oats come into play. First let's talk about whole and chopped groats. These are steel cut, Irish and Scottish oatmeal. These oats are cut or ground after the heating process. Steel cut, as the name implies are oats that are chopped with steel blades creating a nuttier and chewier oatmeal. Irish oats and Scottish oats are ground, thereby creating a slightly creamier texture than steel cuts (they also cook slightly faster than steel cuts).
These are flattened and softened by a steaming process that breaks down the oats and allows them to cook much faster. Rolled oats, or old-fashioned oats, are rolled a little thicker than quick/instant oats, allowing them to cook in five minutes as opposed to one minute. If you are unsure of which type of oats you are purchasing, just look at the cooking time, it's a dead giveaway.
My oatmeal is actually more than just oatmeal. We primarily use rolled oats, but we mix in a variety of other grains to ensure a wide range of nutrients. We also include nuts, fruits, honey and maple syrup with some of our blends, too. We don't just pride ourselves on our oats being healthy; we pride ourselves on providing great taste, too! Given the types of ingredients in our oatmeal blend (technically called a porridge), it takes about six minutes to cook plus resting. But don't worry, it's well worth the wait!
I hope you enjoyed this clarification, and of course, I hope you enjoy a nice steaming bowl of delicious and healthy Holly's oatmeal for breakfast, snack or an anytime meal.