When I was first diagnosed with celiac, nearly 10 years ago, I didn’t really care that I would live a life without sandwich bread. Who cares about sandwiches when I could feel good for the first time in years? Beer? Whatever. It always made me sleepy and red-faced. Pizza? I’d eaten my share. One thing was more important than taste or texture: my health.
However, there were a few things I had to mourn. Chocolate malts. The chance to eat farro (it became popular in the food world after I was diagnosed). And a big bowl of oatmeal.
You see, at the time, there were no certified gluten-free oats. Traditionally, oats are grown alongside wheat, transported in the same trucks as wheat, and processed on the same line as wheat. Even though oats do not contain any of the gluten that makes those of us with celiac sick? Oats made us sick.
Thankfully, people were planning to change this behind the scenes when I was mourning my morning bowl of oatmeal. As has happened so often in my gluten-free life, Bob’s Red Mill came to the rescue with their certified gluten-free oats.
We love Bob’s Red Mill. They have been a sponsor of this site for years. We’re very picky about whom we work with on this site, since we want to share with you the best gluten-free food and products out there. We love the way Bob’s does business. We love Bob. And we love that company’s commitment to truly gluten-free food.
From the Bob’s website: “Maintaining a gluten free diet isn’t a lifestyle choice for many Americans. It’s a medical necessity for those who have Celiac Disease. Gluten free diets have also been discovered by parents of autistic children to yield positive behavioral effects. We’ve responded to this growing need by increasing the number of gluten free products that we sell, now over 50 products, and offering unmatched selection and nutrition to those who depend on it most.”
Isn’t that a sigh of relief? To have a company that truly takes gluten-free seriously, as a medical issue, instead of jumping on a bandwagon to make a buck fast before the fad ends? That’s a business I trust.
(Here’s news: this isn’t a fad, people. We’re here, we’re gluten-free, and we’re staying.)
Bob’s is the real deal.
Years ago, in order to ensure that their gluten-free oats were truly gluten-free, Bob’s contracted with farms to let their fields lay fallow for a few years, to clear out all their wheat. They developed a completely gluten-free transportation system. And these oats are processed in their gluten-free facility, where everything is scrupulously tested to make sure it’s gluten-free.
(There are a small percentage of celiacs who react to the avenin protein in oats. Some studies put it at 8% of celiacs. If you don’t feel well after eating these scrupulously gluten-free oats, you might be in that category.)
I’ve been eating these oats for years. I have never gotten sick off them. These are the oats I used to make the salted oatmeal cookies we’re still talking about here. In fact, this morning, I ate a big bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, ginger, blueberries, and almond milk. Hours later, I’m still feeling charged to to tackle the day.
Thank you, Bob’s Red Mill, for making these meals possible for me.
Bob’s Red Mill would like to give away a bag of gluten-free rolled oats to three readers here on Gluten-Free Girl. Leave a comment about what you like to make with oats. Winners will be chosen at random on Friday, April 24th and notified by email.
Update: winners have been chosen and notified. Thank you to everyone who commented.