How to Toast Oats
Toasting oats gives them a deeper nutty flavor and crisper texture. Use them in your favorite baked or no-bake cookie recipe!
From instant pot oatmeal to these easy banana oat cookies, we’re all about oats all of the time. If you’re a fan of oats too and have never toasted them before you’ve got to give it a try.
During toasting the oats lose that ‘raw’ flavor and develop a great nutty aroma. They’re perfect for adding to cookies or scones, making overnight oats, and even tossing into smoothies!
Toasting oats are a lot like toasting nuts or coconut. You can do it on the stovetop, in an oven, or in a toaster oven.
How to Toast Oats In an Oven or Toaster Oven
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 350°F. If using a toaster oven, select the BAKE setting.
2. Spread oats out on a rimmed baking sheet. For 1/2 cup of oats, I use a 1/8 sheet pan, for 1 cup of oats a quarter sheet pan works well.
3. Add the pan to the oven and toast the oats, stirring once or twice, until lightly browned and nutty smelling (about 8 to 10 minutes).
4. Cool the oats in the pan.
5. Once cooled completely, store the oats in a sealed bag or air-tight container (like a mason jar).
Toaster Oven FAQs
What if my toaster oven only has 2 rack placements?
Use the bottom placement and check on your oats a little earlier.
Are there any changes for convection?
If you’re using a convection toaster oven, reduce the temperature to 325°F. The toasting time should be similar but it never hurts to keep a closer eye on them.
How to Toast Oats on The Stovetop
- Add oats to a dry skillet set over medium-low heat.
- Stirring often, toast until the oats are fragrant and a light golden brown color about 5 to 6 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let the oats cool before storing or adding to your recipe.