Recently we scored a huge bag of raw almonds from Sam's Club. I was especially excited about this, since Kroger only carries tiny little bottles of almonds and they're expensive. But I found I didn't enjoy the raw almonds as much as roasted. So yesterday I roasted my own! I was a little nervous since our oven tends to be a little picky and doesn't always cook even. I spread the almonds over a cookie sheet and put them in at 425 for about 12 minutes. I turned them halfway through because the back of our oven cooks faster than the front. All done!
We had a delicious white pizza for dinner last night. Wheat parmesan scone crust, olive oil/onion/garlic/herb sauce, broccoli, shrimp, and mozzarella. Yum!
Steel-cut (sometimes called Irish Oats): The oat grain intact is called an oat groat. Steel-cut oats are oat groats sliced by (you guessed it) steel blades. Oat groats are very nutritious but take a long time to cook. Steel-cut have all the same nutrition as the groat, but cook much faster. They are often a little bit chewier and take longer to break down and digest.
Old Fashioned: Oat groats are steamed and then "rolled" into a flake (I'm not really sure how rolling them turns into flakes...). Old-fashioned oats cook faster and have a more mushy or gelatinous texture. These digest quicker than steel cut or oat groats, so they might not tide you over quite as long.
Quick: These oats are steel-cut oats that are cut more, steamed, rolled, and made into smaller flakes. They cook fast - under 3 minutes - but are digested faster since they are already thinner and smaller. Compared to old-fashioned, quick oats are not quite as dense or chewy.
Instant: Instant oats are steel-cut oats that are cut very thin and steamed, then pre-cooked. Instant oats are in the paper packages, often flavored. They cook really fast (just add hot water). In essence, they are similar to quick oats but cook faster. And if they're packaged and flavored they're often full of sugar.
Hope that helps! My pb/apple/cinnamon steel-cut oats: