Oh oats. Celiacs and oats – a tense and tumultuous relationship we’ve had. For the first few months of being diagnosed, I had no idea about the oat controversy. I was eating Quaker Oats straight outta the barrel. Then I read that the cross-contamination factor is wonkybonkers with oats. Celiacs are urged to eat gluten-free oats – and apparently it’s only recommended after you’ve let your insides heal, and only if you don’t have a reaction. Oops. If you are still afraid of oats – even the gluten-free facility/farmed kind – then stop right here. I, on the other hand, have always had a love affair with oatmeal, so I’ve switched to the GF kind and have been very happy since.
I hate cooking rolled oats and was searching for quick oats – something that can be made in a few minutes in a microwave for easy breakfasts. I wanted to find oats that were from a gluten-free facility too – no half-assing my oats anymore. I found Glutenfreeda Oatmeal in the variety pack in my local store and sampled every variety for this review. It’s a tough oat-ridden life I have.
My favorite variety was the Apple Cinnamon with Flax. I really liked this flavor, although I’m such a cinnamon fan, I would have loved to have more. It’s made with real dried apples – a real treat to have within the oatmeal. Like all of these varieties, I put in boiling hot water and let it sit for a bit. It’s pretty chunky and the oats can be kind of stiff, so I actually microwave it for :30 to a minute later to soften the oats up before eating. I didn’t have to add milk/soymilk or anything to make it taste better – just added the recommended amount of water.
I’m not a big fan of fake banana, but luckily this Banana Maple Flax tastes kinda close to having real bananas in your oatmeal. At least it doesn’t taste fake. I don’t know about you, but when I was younger I had a traumatic experience with banana laughing gas or mouth numbing gel at the dentist. Since then I can’t do banana flavoring – I was happy this was made with freeze-dried bananas instead. The maple sugar really complemented the banana. I would definitely eat this flavor again.
Lastly, Maple Raisin with Flax. I don’t know when I started hating raisins, but it may be due to a childhood full of those little red SunMaid boxes full of tiny rabbit-turd like chews. I loved the maple part of this oatmeal, but I couldn’t get past the raisins. I picked them all out and just ate it plain. If you like raisins, go for it – I really like the base of the oatmeal, similar to the Banana Maple.
A fantastic part of their page that describes gluten-free oats. Apparently there were some issues in Canada with labeling oats as gluten free (including allowing the gluten-free brand name Glutenfreeda – leaving nothing but the iconic logo). I knew that gluten-free oats are an intense process, but I think this makes me really appreciate companies like Glutenfreeda for giving Celiacs gluten-free oat products. Thank you!
Learn more about their oatmeal on their website. You can even purchase online – I find mine at Safeway or through GlutenFreely.com for approximately $6.99 a box. Apparently you can now find them at Whole Foods too!
Glutenfreeda seems like a great company, and I certainly recommend this oatmeal. I give it 4 out of 5 wheat stalks, but I’ll give the Apple Cinnamon variety a 5 out of 5. I’m not sure if I would get the mixed pack again – because of my deep fear/hatred of raisins. I think the Apple Cinnamon with Flax is the best flavor and would recommend that if you only purchased one flavor.