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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Groats \Groats\, n. pl. [OE. grot, AS. gr[=a]tan; akin to Icel. grautr porridge, and to E. gritt, grout. See Grout.] Dried grain, as oats or wheat, hulled and broken or crushed; in high milling, cracked fragments of wheat larger than grits. [1913 Webster] Embden groats, crushed oats. [1913 Webster]