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Hi, I’m Joshua Bruck, the creator of Simply Oatmeal. Welcome to my website! My partner and I live in Los Angeles, California with our two lovable fur babies. As a former executive chef, I enjoy creating tasty recipes to share with others.

I began to explore and experiment with the endless possibilities of cooking at an early age. I graduated from culinary school with a BS in Culinary Management and also an AA in Baking, Pastries and Desserts.

After 15 years of professional experience cooking in expensive high-end restaurants, I wanted to start sharing my personal experience with others on an educational level. In 2012, I joined the faculty at College of the Canyons and began teaching Knife Skills, Cooking Techniques and Introduction to Culinary Arts.

I wanted to increase my ability to share cooking skills and food knowledge with others. As a result, I launched Simply Oatmeal as a place to communicate tried and true oatmeal recipes that my family and friends love to eat!

My mission is to create delicious oatmeal recipes that everyone will love, from vegans to meat eaters and also picky kids.

WHAT KIND OF RECIPES WILL I FIND HERE?

Expect to find fan-favorite meals, seasonal ingredients and regional classics using oats and oatmeal. The recipes feature nutritious everyday ingredients that are easy to find. Meals and snacks that are so good that meat eaters, vegans and also picky kids won’t be able to resist!

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OATS

What is oat made of?

Oats are the whole grain from the cereal plant, Avena Sativa. The grains are harvested and processed for animal feed, skin care products and human consumption.

The whole grain oat is covered by an inedible hull or husk, which is removed to reveal the kernel or oat groat. The groat goes through a variety of processes (milling, steaming, rolling and drying) to become the different types of oats we are commonly familiar with on the shelves at the market.

Are oats really gluten free?

Yes, oats are naturally gluten free and are safe for people with gluten-intolerance to eat. However, oats may be contaminated with grains like wheat, barley and rye because when they are processed on shared equipment or machinery.

To prevent this problem, only purchase oats that are gluten-free certified. This guarantees the oats have been processed on machinery that is not exposed to wheat products.

What is the difference between oats and oatmeal?

Oats are the whole grain kernels or oat groats of the oat plant. Oatmeal is the cereal or porridge that is prepared using cooked oats.

Similar to cornmeal, coarsely ground oat groats are also referred to as oatmeal.

Are oats processed?

Oats are processed into many different forms. Steel cut, rolled oats and quick oats are the most common types of oats, however they are not the only ones.

The processed include shelled, cracked, steamed, rolled, and milled. Sizes can range from whole oat groats to old fashioned rolled oats and also finely ground oat flours.

How do you eat oats?

Simply Oatmeal only shares recipes that use oats that can be eaten in a variety of ways. If you’re looking for fun ways to eat oats, then try our overnight oats, pancakes, muffins, cookies, no bake bars, no bake balls, granola and smoothie recipes.

If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your oatmeal, browse through this list of oatmeal toppings for inspirations to use in your next meal.

What is the healthiest oatmeal?

Oat groats are considered the healthiest oatmeal because they are the least processed and retain the most nutritional value. Although oat groats remain the healthiest oatmeal, they are regarded as being more challenging to cook.

Nutritionally speaking, oat groats are followed by Scottish oats, oat bran and steel cut oats. Rolled oats are steamed, which helps to lock in the healthy fats. In the end, all types of oats are healthy and you should eat whichever one you enjoy the most.

Is it okay to eat oatmeal everyday?

Oats and oatmeal are considered to be one of the main breakfast staples. No wonder why, because there are a long list of oats and oatmeal benefits.

Oats are a nutritional source of protein, fiber, vitamin and minerals. They promote a feeling of fullness, which may help with weight loss.

Furthermore, they aid in the reduction of total cholesterol, prevent spikes in blood sugar, promote heart health and boost immunity. This list goes on and on for this powerful whole grain food.

Does oatmeal cause bloating?

Due to the high-fiber content, oats have a tendency to cause bloating and intestinal gas. This can be overcome by slowly introducing oats into your diet by starting with a small portion and gradually increasing the serving size.

People with gluten sensitivity have been able to safely consume oats, while very few report an issue. However, some people experience oats side effects and have been diagnosed with the possibility of having an oats allergy.