General FAQs

While many people enjoy warm Quaker Oats, cooked in a microwave or on the stove, Overnight Oats are prepared with your favorite milk and refrigerated overnight for a cool and creamy—yet hearty—no-cook way to enjoy a delicious oats breakfast.

Gluten is a mixture of proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and crossbreeds of these grains.

The Quaker Oats Company was officially formed in 1901 when several American grain pioneers came together to incorporate the now familiar name. These pioneers were Ferdinand Schumacher, John Stuart, George Douglas and Henry Parsons Crowell.

Each type of Oatmeal is cut and prepared differently.

Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats are whole oats that are rolled to flatten them.

Quaker® Steel Cut Oats are whole oats that have not been rolled into flakes. Instead, they are cut approximately into thirds.

Quick Quaker® Oats are simply cut into slightly smaller pieces so they cook faster.

Instant Quaker® Oats are rolled a little bit thinner and cut finer so that they cook very quickly.

All the types are equally nutritious because they supply all parts of the oat grain including the bran, endosperm and germ. It's the different size and shape of the oats that affects the cooking time and texture. Additionally, most/many varieties have some vitamins, minerals and flavoring ingredients added.

To learn more about our oats, please visit Our Oat Story page.

For more on how to prepare each type of oat, please visit How to Prepare Oats page.

Overnight Oats are a no-cook method of making oatmeal. Instead of cooking your oats with liquid on the stove or in the microwave, oats are mixed with milk or yogurt and cold-steeped overnight in the fridge (45 degrees or colder).

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