Is Oatmeal Vegan? (Yes, But You Must Beware Of These Brands…)

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Wondering if oatmeal is vegan? You’ve come to the right place. This guide has everything you need to know about the vegan status of oatmeal and which brands to stay away from.

is oatmeal vegan - yes but beware of these brands

Let’s get to it…

Is Oatmeal Vegan?

Plain oatmeal, meaning just oats, is 100 percent vegan.However, premade oatmeal at restaurants and hotels may contain butter or milk, so it’s always better to ask if you’re unsure. 

What about the little packets of oatmeal you mix with hot water?Many people wonder if these also contain dairy.The answer is that some do and some do not, which means that you’ll need to check the labels if you’re shopping for any flavor other than plain.

Keep reading to get the lowdown on oatmeal and our vegan recommendations for chain restaurants, coffee shops and popular brands at the grocery store.

Rolled Oats

It’s Vegan –Most people are used to rolled oats, the bases of traditional oatmeal.These are what you’re going to find in the big brands like Quaker Oats.

Rolled oats, also called old-fashioned oats, have had the plant husks removed.They’re steamed and rolled into thin pieces for fast cooking.

There’s nothing but the grain in this product—that means no animal elements.So yes,vegans can absolutely eat rolled oats.

Steel-Cut Oats

It’s Vegan – A deeper dive into the cereal aisle might reveal products that seem a bit more exotic, such as McCann’s popular Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal.They’re all vegan safe.

Steel-cut oats and rolled oats come from the same cereal grain plant.They’re just processed differently.In the case of steel-cut oats, the oats are left intact (in their original oat groat form) and chopped rather than rolled.

Oat groats are considered heartier than rolled oats in part due to their chewier, denser texture.In oatmeal, steel-cut oats hold more of a defined shape.

This video explains more about the different types of oat products…






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