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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.
Place a skillet over medium heat on the stovetop.
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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.