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Basic Cooking Instructions for Oat Groats

Topped with brown sugar, cinnamon and a bit of butter, this makes a delicious breakfast cereal. Garnish with your favorite seasoning, vegetables and/or meats for a fantastic pilaf.


For four hearty servings, bring 1 cup oat groats, 3 cups water and 1/4 tsp salt to a boil. Cover, turn heat down and simmer for 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes.

Double Boiler Method

The night before, in the upper part of a double boiler, combine 1 cup oat groats, 1/4 tsp salt and 4 cups of boiling water. Cover and cook for 30 min. to 1 hour. Turn off heat and let cereal remain in boiler until morning. Reheat and serve in morning.

Makes 4 servings.
Basic Cooking Instructions for Oat Groats

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 4



Products Used in this Recipe

Grains Beans Seeds
Whole Oat Groats

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Jrh October 16, 2012
The ingredients list says 4 cups of water, the directions say 2. I think the list is right.
Bob's Red Mill October 18, 2012
The correct ratio for preparing oat groats is 1 cup groats to 3 cups water plus 1/4 tsp salt, if desired. If you'd like to try the double boiler method, you will need to use 4 cups of water.
Bob's Red Mill January 9, 2013
Oat Groats are very hard when dry and cooking to soften is recommended.
elizabeth January 7, 2013
Oats groats have to be cook? Can I eat without cooking?
Wendy March 26, 2013
Excellent recipe . Added chia seed gel and some agaves syrup , and you have a feel good breakfast that\'s ober healthy and tasted great too. thanks Bob
rkobilan January 10, 2014
Great Recipe Bob! I've cut back on groats and add forbidden black rice, honey, vanilla and 1/4 dried fruit for an outstanding morning breakfast. Thanks for the recipe.
dana June 30, 2014
thanks so much for the recipe. I was just wondering, can I add 2 cups of water and 1 cup of milk to make it extra creamy?
Bob's Red Mill July 1, 2014
You may replace all or a portion of the water called for in this recipe. Doing so will help create a creamier texture. Be mindful to stir frequently as milk tends to scorch.
Frankie September 7, 2014
If you don't want to cook groats, soak them. See How to Soak Grains for Optimal Nutrition online.
nick October 24, 2014
what about water in the bottom of the double boiler? I assume that is also required or why the double boiler?
Bob's Red Mill November 18, 2014
Yes, when preparing Oat Groats in a double boiler, water will need to be added to the bottom of the double boiler.
Pam February 16, 2015
Because the cooking time is so long, I use a slow cooker. At bedtime, put the groats and water (I use a 1:4 ratio) in the slow cooker with a pinch of salt and let it go on LOW for at least 7 hours.

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