The acceptability of oats in a celiacs diet has been debated for years.
Currently the general consensus is that pure, uncontaminated GF oats are acceptable for most celiacs with medical supervision.
Some celiac have reported reacting to the protein found with oats.
Mainstream oats have been shown to contain unacceptable levels of cross contamination due to growing, harvesting & processing.
To find out where many medical and support organizations stand on oats - click here.
In October 2009, we attended Wisconsin's Largest GF Expo in Rothschild, WI.
As we were browsing through the products Gluten-free Trading Company had on hand we purchased a box of Gluten Free Oats® from Powell, WY.
The brand of gluten-free oats we previously used had a much coarser texture and had a "feed mill" smell and taste. Anyone raised in a rural area knows the smell I'm talking about. It's a very earthy-grainy-cerealy smell. When used in a baked good, the chew factor was almost overwhelming. Non-GF Peg noticed the same differences between said previous brand of GF oats and non-gf oats.
I opened the box when I got home and took a big whiff.
Hmmm, no feed mill smell!
Since I prefer my oats in bar or cookie form, I asked [begged] Peg to make some oatmeal cookies for me.
Hmmm, no feed mill taste with a great chew factor!
Peg made some gluten-free oatmeal for breakfast one day. It cooked up just like the oatmeal she loved as a kid. Peg confessed that she likes Gluten Free Oats® better than her non-gluten-free Quaker oats! "Hey go eat your own oats!"
I have since learned that the "feed mill" smell & taste usually comes from rancidity.
Gluten Free Oats® meet the group. Group, meet Gluten Free Oats®
We were so impressed with Gluten Free Oats® that we wanted to share them with support group members. I sent off an email to see if I could get some samples and before I knew it, there was a big box of flakey gold sitting on my front step.
Peg and I decided to have a build your own oatmeal bar for our March meeting. Toppings included brown sugar, raisins, dried cherries, Crasins and milk. We cooked the oatmeal and placed it in a crock pot before we left for the meeting.
Two of our members were quite excited about the prospect of having oats again. They grew up eating it for breakfast. In fact, both of them went back for seconds! The entire group liked the oats immensely! Smiles were on everyone's face.
Just the other day, I received a bulk order of Gluten Free Oats® for the group. Sounds like satisfied customers to me!
I want to publicly thank Seaton and his entire family for their ingenuity & generosity!
Gluten Intolerance Group Annual Conference - June 2010
We were lucky enough to meet face-to-face the family that produces these oats. The more I talked to them and got to know them, the more impressed I got. If you are not familiar with the history of Gluten Free Oats®, it's a great story.
Over breakfast, I found out they are in the process of building a larger processing facility. This will allow them to produce quick cooking oats and steel cut oats.
If you look closely in the picture below, you'll see a blue plate. They were handing out oat pancakes and oatmeal cookies. Yes, they were delicious! Yes they do have the recipes on their website.