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Rolled oats are created from oat groats that are rolled into flat flakes and steamed. When you toast oats, it gives them a golden brown hue and a crispy texture. Toasting the oats also can enhance the flavor, which makes them taste better in recipes. The oats are typically toasted in a dry skillet on the stovetop because you can monitor them carefully to prevent the oats from burning.
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Place a skillet over medium heat on the stovetop.
Add the desired amount of oats to the skillet.
Stir the oats frequently while they heat in the skillet.
Remove the oats when they are light brown and have a nut-like aroma.
Set the oats off to the side in a bowl. Allow them to cool completely.
Toast the oats with almonds on the stove top to create a crunchy oatmeal topping.
Watch the oats carefully while they toast on the stovetop; do not leave them unattended because they will burn easily.