How to make quick oats from old-fashioned oats, fast and easy. No need to buy both! Baking season is here, and that means cookies, crisps and all kinds of yummies calling for oats. Some recipes call for quick oats, some call for old-fashioned oats…do you need to buy both kinds? Nope! You can make your own quick oats from old-fashioned oats, and they’re even better than the ones you can buy. I used to think there was some kind of magic to quick oats that made them vastly different from regular oats, so I always bought them separate. But one time I needed quick oats and all I had was regular, and it made me wonder: just what _is_ so different about quick oats, other than they’re cut up finer than whole oats?
I did some Googling, and it turns out that’s the difference. They’re cut up finer, so they cook quicker. And I thought hey, I have old fashioned oats and a food processor. I’m about to make my own quick oats! I did, and they worked great. I’ve been making my own quick oats from old fashioned oats ever since!
They don’t come out just like factory-processed quick oats, which are very uniform. Homemade ones are like a blend of fine cut oats and larger oat pieces, and I especially like the hearty texture they give to cookies. And I love being able to buy one big bag of whole oats (Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats are my jam) to use for breakfast and fruit crisps and whatever else I want, and then make quick oats for cookies. Especially no bakes! Yum.
Here’s how to make quick oats: I measure slightly heaping cups of however much oatage my recipe calls for into my food processor, and pulse it 5-10 times. So if I need two cups of quick oats, I scoop in two heaping measures. After about the fifth pulse I start stirring the oats before I pulse again to make sure I’m not chopping them up too much.
The end result is some very fine oats and some slightly tattered larger oats. They look different than purchased quick oats, but they work the same and taste even better!
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I hope this little tip makes your baking life easier!