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Today we're shipping orders for in-stock items placed August 31. Despite higher order volume, our amazing shipping team continues to ship orders quickly. Recently we opened an additional shipping line that’s reducing processing time, and we've hired 15 new team members in the past 90 days! If you need to contact us, EMAIL is better than phone and if you have questions about your order please check our FAQ page before contacting us. Our phone volume is so high that it’s literally impossible for us to answer calls live now, or return calls quickly. The Hampton showroom is temporarily closed. We greatly appreciate your business as we do our very best to serve you!

Oat Groats Organic, SuperPail

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Organic Toasted Oats Groats, 26 lbs.

Oat groats before & after flaking in FGM flakerOur oat groats are certified organic, triple-cleaned, toasted and perfect for baking & cooking purposes. Whole oats normally have a hull (also called a "husk") that surrounds the kernel, and the hull is basically inedible unless you're a horse, or similar. A groat is the oat kernel that has had the hull removed. (Oddly, the terms "hulled oats" and "dehulled oats" both generally refer to oats that have had their hulls removed... in other words, oat groats.) Once oats have had their hulls removed, they receive a minimal kilning treatment that prevents fats from becoming rancid (and this renders the germ non-sproutable). There's no such thing as a "home oat dehuller", so buying bulk stabilized oat groats is the way to get oats for use in your home kitchen.

During the process of light kilning, a few oat groats routinely become trapped temporarily in the conveyor system and get a little over-toasted, then later re-enter the grain stream. The exterior of those oats will be a darker brown color. Most buckets will have none of these kernels, but they may be present in any bucket up to a level of roughly a couple of kernels per cupful of grain. Even at the highest incidence, these darker kernels make no difference in the taste or other characteristics of the grain.

Convenient & safe storage

Our oat groats are certified organic and non-GMO, and come in six-gallon buckets (or pails... another word for the same container), containing 26 lbs. net weight of grain. The bulk oat groats in our bucket packaging have a shelf life of 18 months. When you store grain at home, it needs to be protected in a couple of ways. First, it needs to be protected from a variety of little critters who'd like to get to it before you do. Weevils and rodents, for example. You also need to protect your grain from picking up excessive additional moisture, which can be drawn from the atmosphere. The buckets our organic oats come in provide full protection against these storage risks. They have airtight gasket-sealed lids, Mylar liners, and oxygen absorber packets that remove the oxygen from the air in the bucket after we put the lid on. The O2 absorbers leave an atmosphere of nitrogen in the bucket (because air is mainly oxygen and nitrogen). Our buckets safely lock out pests, and biological processes are put "on hold" in the Mylar protected, oxygen-free nitrogen atmosphere, so your grain enjoys complete peace and quiet until you want to use it.

  • “I've purchased these oat groats for several years now. Hand roll my own oat flakes. Once you have eaten hand rolled you will never purchase store bought. Also great to grind for oat flour and of course cooked oats.”

    – Kelly J., MO

Beat oxidation

In grain oats the plant's cellular walls protect nutrients from oxidation. The process of oxidation begins to occur as soon as oat groats are ground, exposing the cell's contents to oxygen in the air. Flour that is several days (or more) old, has been exposed to oxygen that inevitably diminishes its nutritional value. The way to get full nutrition from whole grain foods is to mill them when you need them, right in your kitchen. Modern high-speed grain mills make it fast and easy to enjoy the freshest, best tasting and most nutritious food imaginable!


All of our grain is triple-cleaned to ensure purity and protect your grain mill from any foreign objects. (Grain that isn't sufficiently cleaned may contain small stones that will damage or destroy a grain mill... not to mention that you don't want such things in your food!)


All of Pleasant Hill Grain's whole grain products are natural (non-GMO). Also, PHG does not sell any grains, beans, lentils, pulses or seeds sourced from China.

Shelf Life

Our organic toasted oat groats have a shelf life of 3+ years when unopened and stored in a cool, dark, dry environment.

Uses & Nutrition

Banana Oat CookiesCommon oats (avena sativa) are a cereal grain that’s high in soluble and insoluble fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Oats are popular both as human food and livestock feed. The plant will grow in a variety of environments, but does particularly well in fairly wet climates. Oats are particularly rich in the mineral magnesium—a co-factor to many enzymes which help the digestion system to run well by allowing glucose into the bloodstream and helping insulin from the pancreas control these blood glucose levels. Oats may either be flaked (rolled), cracked, or ground into flour and are nutritional when eaten either cooked or raw. Due to their high levels of beta-glucan, oats are significantly helpful in lowering cholesterol levels as well as maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Oats are also a good source of manganese, selenium, and phosphorus. The oats on this page are processed in a facility that handles barley, sesame seeds, soybeans, wheat, and peanuts.

The term “oat groats” refers to the oat grain kernel after the inedible hull has been removed. Oat groats can be ground into flour for baking. Steel cut oats are oat groats that have been chopped with a steel blade; steel cut oats are used for cooking, and are sometimes referred to as “Irish oatmeal”. Oat groats can also be rolled into flakes for hot cereals, cookies, bars, etc; this processing style is known as “rolled oats” or “flaked oats”. Sometimes you’ll hear of “instant oats” or “quick oats”, and these terms simply mean that the rolled oats have been pressed extra thin to shorten the cooking time.

There can be confusion with the word “oatmeal”; is it the staple breakfast porridge, or is it another way to refer to rolled oats? The word is actually used both ways! Muesli is a soaked, raw version of oatmeal.

Applesauce oat muffinsBy purchasing whole oat groats, you’ll be able to make fresh, wholesome oat flour or rolled oats at a moment’s notice. Flaking oats is a snap with an oat flaker. Kids have a lot of fun running manual flakers to help with oatmeal cookies, or breakfast porridge! Rolled/flaked oats can be used to make oatmeal, porridge, muesli, granola bars, fruit dessert toppings and more. To cook, boil 1 cup rolled oats with 4 cups water for 30 minutes. Whether baked, cooked, or raw, food tastes soooo much better when it's fresh—and oats are no exception!

Oats are a soft grain and can easily be made into flour using a blender, or any electric or manual grain mill. Flaking oats is a snap with an electric or manual oat flaker

Oat flour provides texture to dishes and its mild flavor pairs well with cinnamon, dried and fresh fruit, thyme, mushrooms, walnuts, coffee, and coconut.

Looking for whole oats? Avena nuda, or “naked oats”, is an ancient variety of oats that grows with a very loose hull that’s removed easily by threshing, which means the oats can be sold whole. Since the hull is so loose on naked oats, it doesn’t protect the oats from disease the way the tighter hull on common oats does. Naked oats are also more fragile, making them more likely to shatter when ripe and be damaged in harvesting. Because of the difficulty in producing naked oats, they aren’t widely produced, making them hard to come by.

Oat flour pancakesAlong with many other grains, oats contain phytic acid. Phytic acid can bind to some minerals in the gut and block their absorption into your body, keeping you from utilizing those much needed nutrients. The best way to minimize this is to soak oats groats, rolled oats or oat flour in an acidic liquid for at least twelve hours before cooking or baking with the grain. By soaking oat groats in an acidic liquid, the enzyme phytase can neutralize the phytic acid. An acid such as whey, yogurt, kefir, lemon juice, or even apple cider vinegar should be added to the water you’re soaking the grain in to initiate the enzyme activity necessary to neutralize the phytic acid. Oat groats have a very low phytase content, so it’s good to add a food with a high phytase level to encourage the enzyme activity. Rye contains more phytase than most other grains, so adding rye flour really boosts the enzyme activity. If soaking whole oat groats, remember to dry them completely before grinding or flaking.

Oat bran is the edible, outermost layer of the oat groat kernel. Oat bran has better insoluble fiber content than any other grain’s bran and also has good protein, vitamin and mineral content. Oat bran is a good addition to bread dough, other baked food, and cereal. 

Oat milk is a non-dairy milk made by soaking whole oat groats, or steel cut oats, and then blending them with water, and pressed the mixture through a cheesecloth or other fine strainer.

Additional Options

Pleasant Hill Grain offers over thirty kinds of whole grain products. None of our grains, seeds, legumes, or pulses are sourced from China. Wondering which grains are gluten free? Check out our list of grains that are inherently gluten free.

Our foods category offers many selections of baking ingredients, delicious dried fruits and vegetables, long-term storable foods, canned meat, fish and poultry, sweeteners and more.

As a whole grains shopper you may also be interested in hand crank and electric grain mills and grain flakers as well as heavy duty Bosch mixers, Ankarsrum (formerly Electrolux) mixersHäussler spiral dough mixers and Famag spiral dough mixers!

Gamma Seal lids are remarkably practical two-part gadgets that transform standard plastic buckets into rugged, gasketed, resealable storage containers that are both air-tight and water-tight.

Shipping Zones

Please note: The shipping zones below are for the 48 contiguous states. For shipment to AK/HI, please call (866) 467-6123 or email us for a cost quote. 

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Organic oat groats.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 c. (40g)
Servings Per Container: 
Amount per serving
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 25
   % Daily
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Fiber 4g 15%
Sugars 0g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2%
Iron 15%

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Gluten Free Yes
Allergen Statement Processed in a facility that handles barley, sesame seeds, soybeans, wheat, and peanuts.
Certifications USDA Organic
Diameter 12.5"
Height 17"
Product Weight (lbs.) 29 lb.
Net Weight 26 lb.
Origin USA


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  • Wonderful Oat groats
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    I just bought my second pail of oat groats. They're wonderful! I will buy my next pail from Pleasant Hill Grain as well. I roll my own oats and make oatmeal flour. It's so much better than store bought. The rolled oats are wonderful as cooked oatmeal and in baking.

    I am pleased at how fast my order was delivered.

    Also, I appreciate the staff as well. I've gotten expert advise in choosing products. I bought my Marcato Marga Mulino flaker from Pleasant Hill Grain, and it's been great.
    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Roll your own
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    I've purchased these oat groats for several years now. Hand roll my own oat flakes. Once you have eaten hand rolled you will never purchase store bought. Also great to grind for oat flour and of course cooked oats.
    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Oat Groats are Great
    By on - Verified Buyer
    This is the third year I've purchased a bucket of groats. I flake my own for batches of fresh granola, cookies and of course delicious oatmeal at least 3-4 times a week. Just roll up the inner bag to keep them fresh to bottom. Fantastic service and always prompt delivery.
    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Oat Groats Organic, SuperPail
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Have bought a few pails of oat groats over the years. The oat groats are good, clean, no issues there at all. They last/store well with the great packaging. The stout bag inside the pail helps keep the oats fresh without any storage issues, plus, of course, the pail is air tight.
    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Wonderful organic oat groats!!
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I am very happy with the organic oat groats we purchased from Pleasant Hill Grain. They exceed my expectations with cleanness and quality. We are enjoying them as a cooked cereal every morning. We are hoping to buy a grain mill that will make them a little motr coarse than our coffee grinder makes them. Thank you Pleasant Hill!!

    We're glad you like the oat groats, David. We'll be happy to help with the mill-selection process too if you'd like. 

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Very Tasty Oat Groats
    By on - Verified Buyer
    We regularly order these oats to roll in in our KoMo flakers for either fresh eating, making into granola (with fresh rolled barley also), or for stirring into cookies. Very oat-y in taste. Having the bulk container is very convenient and cuts down on packaging waste. Also, ground into flour it makes very tasty bread and crackers.
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  • Fantastic fresh oats.
    By on - Verified Buyer
    PHG is the best. We all need to stick with them and be patient in these tough times for sourcing.
    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Oat Groats are Great!
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I'be been purchasing your organic oat groats for the past four years. Once I realized how tasty the oats were, I bought a KoMo flaker. Rolling the oats for a batch of oatmeal, I cook the oatmeal using a Zojirushi rice cooker. The oats come out great every time. We also roll the oats for baking, like blueberry muffins. The oats in the bucket last in a flavorful and tasty way, all the way through to the end.
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  • Love fresh rolled oats!
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Super fast shipping and great quality product!
    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Cliff's review...
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I was diagnosed terminal over 28 years ago. When the doctors convinced me they couldn't help me, I stopped seeing them and stopped eating store bought food. Not only did I not die, but I got well. I eat 3 grains. Oats, Flaxseeds and chia seeds mixed with just enough flaxseed oil to make it like food [and a couple hard boiled eggs]. It may not be for you but I LOVE it and it keeps the doctors AWAY [grin].
    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
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