Steel-cut oats or Irish oatmeal are groats (the inner kernel with the inedible
hull removed) of whole oats which have been chopped into two or three pieces.
The pieces can then be processed further to make rolled oat flakes of smaller size
than flakes of whole groats. Steel-cut oats are traditionally used to make porridge,
as well as oat cakes, etc. However, they take longer to cook than instant, ground,
or rolled oats, typically 15–30 minutes for porridge. Steel-cut oats are described as
being nuttier-flavoured and chewier than other types of oats. Steel-cut oats derive
their name from the process by which they are produced -
large steel blades chop the groats into two or three pieces, resulting in a texture
chewier and coarser than other oats.Nutrition; Steel-cut oats have been portrayed as
healthier than other more processed forms of oatmeal.This is based upon having a lower
glycemic index. However, the difference is negligible and other nutritional measures are very similar.