When I found out there were certified gluten-free oats available back in 2006, I ordered them right away. There are several companies offering safe oats, but back then the only brand I was aware of was the option from Gluten-Free Oats and since then I’ve never been without them. In the winter, I use them to make regular oatmeal for breakfast. All year long, I make oatmeal raisin cookies and bars with gluten-free oats from Gluten-Free Oats.
For as long as I can remember as an adult, I made oatmeal with Quaker quick cooking oats and then one day I had to go gluten-free and that was that. Quaker said their oats were not considered gluten-free just like most other commercial oats. The thought of no more hot oatmeal on cold winter mornings or soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies was fairly upsetting to say the least. Just six short months later, I discovered gluten-free oats were not only available, the Gluten-Free Oats brand was exactly like the Quaker version I missed – except for the fact that they were safe to eat. They are super thin which is just the way I prefer my oats.
When I first started ordering oats, I ordered them directly from Gluten-Free Oats. Eventually I found them on Amazon.com and I can’t pass up getting food shipped without paying shipping charges. Of course, I know the shipping is built into the price, but I don’t like seeing the shipping charge on an actual invoice. I like getting free shipping even if it’s not really free.
Not long ago, I got a small bag of oats from Gluten-Free Oats, courtesy of Gluten-Free Dee. It was perfect timing since I was almost out of my stash. Even so, I like having the large bag so I ordered three of them from Amazon.com shortly after my free bag arrived. I love using the oats up without worrying I’m going to run out. The large bag is a great value and if stored in the fridge, the oats stay fresh for months on end.
According to every celiac specialist I’ve interviewed and Shelley Case, a gluten-free diet expert, most celiac patients can safely consume certified gluten-free oats. The estimation is that between 3-5% of people can’t tolerate any type of oats which extends to people who can’t eat gluten. Oats are full of fiber and lots of other good things so I’m so appreciative that gluten-free oats agree with me totally. In fact, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more of them into my diet. I enjoy oats from Gluten-Free Oats in oatmeal raisin cookies, oatmeal raisin bars, apple cobbler and for filler in turkey meatloaf.
The way the company Gluten-Free Oats came to be is quite interesting as noted on their website:
Gluten Free Oats® was founded by our family who has three generations of people with celiac disease. It started from an FFA project and grew into a business that is now spreading across America. Our son, who was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of 2 1/2, always wondered how no-bake cookies tasted. When he was a freshman in high school he searched for 3 months to find a source of oats that could be called gluten free, to sell as his FFA business. He found a source that he felt comfortable with and started rolling and marketing the rolled oats to our local celiac support group. Because it was so popular with this group he expanded his business to encompass the state of Wyoming through our state CSA support groups. We are personally contract with Seeds Man in our area so we can educate them on our requirements and be able to offer our Gluten Free Oats ® to you and throughout the United States.
Safe oats are a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy the gluten-free diet and I’m thankful for companies that take the time to produce them for those of us who can’t consume commercial oats. Watch this video on the Gluten-Free Oats website home page to learn more about the company.
*The oats reviewed above were provided to me at no charge by Gluten-Free Dee and Gluten-Free Oats. As always, my opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any outside sources.