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Rolled Oat vs Quick Oat vs Oat Bran: What's the Difference?


You have probably heard of the various health benefits of oats – help lower blood cholesterol, control blood sugar level, promote bowel regularity, increase satiety, and more. If you’re ready to give it a try and still unable to figure out which is your type of oat, let us tell you the difference between some of the oats you can find here in Love Earth!



Rolled Oats 

Also known as old-fashioned oats. They are oat groats that have been steamed and flattened.
Rolled oats come in thicker flakes and have a coarser texture. You can add them into baked goods like muffins, cakes, and bread, or make them into oatmeal but with a slightly longer cooking time compared to quick oats and oat bran.

Quick Oats

Just like rolled oats, quick oats are also whole grains and in fact, they are rolled oats that have been chopped or rolled thinner. Since they are smaller and thinner, quick oats are a good breakfast option if you are in a rush as a shorter cooking time is required. They also have a soft mushy texture and a mild flavor. Quick oats are also suitable for baking, and it is an even better choice to make cookies to achieve a uniform look.

Oat Bran

To differentiate between oat bran and the previous two mentioned, we have to understand that oat is a grain that consists of 3 parts - bran, germ, and endosperm. Rolled oats and quick oats are produced from the entire dehulled, clean oat groats. Oat Bran is the outer layer of the oat kernel, also the fiber-rich part of it. It takes a shorter time to get them cooked, and it has a creamy and mushy texture. You can use oat bran to make cereals, muffins, pancakes, granola bars, and cookies!

Which is Better?

All of them have good nutritional content, so you could pick according to what you’re using them for or the texture/taste that you prefer the most!



Written By: Yong Ke Tian
BSc Hons Nutrition
University of Nottingham Malaysia

Reviewed by: Jasmine Lim
Love Earth Organic Nutritionist
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Dietetics (major) & Food Science (minor)
Iowa State University, USA