a word from our sponsors: Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats

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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. 

97 comments on “a word from our sponsors: Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats

  1. Susan

    I keep a 2 quart glass jar full of homemade muesli made with the ingredients in Bob’s Muesli ingredient list. (We eat it with homemade kefir… SO good.) We make protein bars with it. Of course, we eat hot oatmeal too.

  2. Fiona T

    I love oatmeal for breakfast and I bake flapjacks as well. So happy I can still eat oats!

  3. Laurie

    Blueberry and cinnamon oatmeal with bobs ground flaxseed is my daily breakfast, except the days I do cranberry,orange Nut oatmeal.

  4. Alison Gordon

    I love to bake oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, adapted from an old recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook from the 80’s. I simply sub in my gluten free flour mix blend following Shauna’s suggestions of 140grams per cup of gluten containing flour. They come out perfectly every time! I would love to win a bag of Bob’s GF oats! Thanks!

  5. Nicole

    I make stove top oats and cook in blueberries for fun purple food. I also love them in muffins. I grind up half the oats for flour and half as is for a nice texture.

  6. Mary

    I eat Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats every morning, I can’t start my day without them. And not only do I use them in my gluten-free oatmeal cookies and ooey-gooey peanut butter crispers, I mix these oats, along with their flaxseed, in my meatloaf recipe. Yum!

  7. Liz

    oh i love Bob’s. I make jars of muesli for a cool summer breakfast or hot cereal in the morning. But my very favorite thing is oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Not to forget oatmeal bread or savory oatmeal risotto.

  8. Nancy Robertson Cook

    I rely on Bob’s so much, but have never tried (yet) the GF oats. WANT TO!!! A bowl of hot oatmeal with a bit of brown sugar would take me back to my childhood; oatmeal raisin cookies would satisfy a longing I’ve had for the five years I’ve been diagnosed. But what we’re really hungry for in this home? Apple crisp made with Bob’s GF oats. As the Donkey says in Shrek, “Pick me, Pick me!” Thanks for all you do!

  9. Megan M.

    Bob’s oats are a staple in my house as well. More often than not, we’re having Bob’s oats for breakfast. That’s usually what I make with them.

  10. Madeline

    I’d make banana oats for breakfast, and then a huge batch of chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies for snacks.

  11. Linda Williams

    I eat Bob’s rolled oats or granola almost every morning. Also cook with oats and make a quick oat cake sometimes.

  12. annabell skripek

    So far we have only made oatmeal so a bag to make cookies or a crisp would be great!

  13. Nikki Chambers

    Hi, I am new to your site, I have been real impressed. I make an apple oatmeal pancake that is great and an oatmeal pecan crust for pie or topping and I love to make oatmeal bars with fruit in the middle. You have my taste buds going. Thanks…

  14. Lindsey

    I love oatmeal pancakes and cookies and just regular old oatmeal. No-bake oatmeal protein bites are a great travel snack. So many things I love with oats!

  15. Sharon Osenga

    I use these oats for all kinds of recipes but most recently for apple crisp topping.

  16. Laurie D.

    Bob’s oats are the best!! This time of year, as it starts to get warmer, it would be nice to make my own batch of granola.

  17. Lea

    Cold – Overnight oats with yogurt, dates, chia & flax seeds. Hot – Breakfast porridge with cinnamon and maple syrup, topped with raisins.

  18. Caitlin

    I love to make apple crisp in the fall with these oats. And peanut butter oatmeal cookies are good any time of year!

  19. Adrienne Kristine

    Since I’m vegan, I have Bob’a Red Mill gluten-free Scottish oatmeal every morning. Someone once said, “The only difference between animals and humans is the ability to accessorize.” So I find something new to “accessorize” my oatmeal each day: raisins, cranberries, raspberries, pineapple, mango, strawberries, blackberries, cherries, blueberries, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, chia seeds (two-time cancer survivor so I eat them every day), almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds…well, you get the idea!

  20. Ann Chase

    Always eat oatmeal with raisins, dates, blueberries or bananas every morning. Happily discovered Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats when I was diagnosed with DH and could no longer tolerate Quaker Oats. They are a staple in my kitchen for breakfast, cookies, meatloaf, and topping for fruit cobblers. Thanks Bob’s Red Mill…one of my life’s big hurdles nicely solved!

  21. Rosie

    I’m very happy for you that you are able to eat Bob’s products. I love Bob, his company and it is the best of American companies. I would love to make granola, I haven’t made it in years, I used to collect recipes for it and all, I’m missing it right now. I usually make cookies with oatmeal! Love that, too!

  22. lisa

    My next to-try recipe w/oats is the overnight oats…oats+milk+greekyogurt+frozen fruit. Sounds like a winner, but I’m not sure I’ll enjoy cold oats.

  23. virginia grimmer

    i love oatmeal and making my own granola. I also use it in my baking along with bob’s all-purpose flour.

  24. Katie

    I love making oatmeal cookies and granola with oatmeal. It also makes a great binder in meatloaf, and even makes a good dinner if you turn it savory. Oats are pretty versatile and tasty!

  25. Geena S

    Before I know making only Oatmeal and oats cookies. These days I learn making many things with oats. My knowledge on it is increasing. I am now able to make oats pancakes, mixed vegetable oats and oats in smoothies too.. yumm..

  26. Michelle Everhart

    My son was recently told by a doctor with his level of Autism/ADHD going Gluten Free would be a good thing, he’s fallen in love with Bob’s Gluten free products including the oatmeal and even cut down his out breaks of his temper that autism/ADHD brings out. Thanks for the chance.

  27. Katy P

    i like to make cookies, oatmeal for my family, and honey oat bread! I have found a few good bread recipes in this last year since my three old was diagnosed with Celiac- we use their oats all the time!!

  28. Sylvia

    Oatmeal raisin cookies, of course! And a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast when it’s cold outside.

  29. Heather

    I love oatmeal anything! I haven’t had oatmeal since I stopped eating gluten and look forward to trying Bob’s not that I know the details about how great they are. Thank you!

  30. Joyce

    I love Bob’s Red Mill and I love to use gluten free oats. What sounds good right now is a warm blueberry crisp with an oaty buttery topping.

  31. Tania Malven

    We love the moist and chewy oatmeal cookies on the side of Bobs gluten free old fashion oats.but I substitute butterscotch chips for the toffee chips!

  32. Jerriann Zinter

    Since being diagnosed I eat your Gluten Free Rolled Oats every single morning. I cut up a banana on them and drizzle with a little organic honey. It’s something I look forward to as soon as I open my eyes 😛

  33. Kevin Denny

    Simple but delicious, just a big bowl of oatmeal. I used to eat it every morning prior to being GF, now I eat either BRM Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal or BRM GF Oats for breakfast. Toppings are endless and that’s why I love it.

  34. Gretchen Schumacher

    What don’t I love to make with oatmeal? Apricot or Date Oat Bars, cookies, meatloaf, Lazy Dazey Oatmeal cake, a big bowl of piping hot oatmeal with fruit, etc… LOVE you Bob! And thanks for taking such good care of us!!!

  35. Susan Goldsbury

    Love Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal. Can’t live without Oatmeal or Oatmeal Raisin cookies. Would love to win one for my birthday which is this weekend. The expense can be difficult at times.

  36. Robbie Wilson

    Anzac cookies – I make them for my grandchildren – thanks for Bob’s Red Mill as I can eat them too now!!! With Anzac day fast approaching,, I will be filling up the cookie jars!!!

  37. nancy

    I make homemade granola and a chocolate chip snack bar with almond butter. Thanks Bob. I don’t know what I’d do without my morning granola or all your gluten free flours!

  38. Stephanie B

    I don’t make any foods with oats right now because I haven’t seen the gluten free variety until now! I’m looking forward to trying these oats in the no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies. My dad LOVES them and they made me so sick last time. It was a recipe that my favorite grandmother used to make a lot.

  39. Pam

    i love to make oatmeal! For my husband, I add ground flax, fresh cut Apple and some cinnamon. For myself, ground flax and blueberries! Add some water and microwave for 3 1/2 minutes.

    I love how much my husband loves it – it makes me happy when he eats healthy and enjoys it!

  40. Elizabeth Alden

    I use it with quinoa, millet, buckwheat groats, and dried fruit and honey for a tasty and healthy gluten free chewy granola bar. It’s so delicious, quick and easy to make, and it’s even soft enough for the elderly to eat!

  41. Mary G

    I love overnight oatmeal I make in the fridge. Add fresh fruit and anything else I can think of. Ready to go every morning with little effort.

  42. Neena

    These very oats are a staple in my pantry. I’ve never added oats to my fruit smoothies (never thought to do it), but recently saw a recipe for a blueberry/banana/coconut water/plain yogurt/chia seeds smoothie with a quarter cup of oats blended in. This is going to be my next oats experience, I think!

  43. Mellissa

    I’ve had a hankerin’ some mini meat loaves that I have used Bob’s oats as the filler… but I’m fresh out!! They are delish!

  44. Lisa

    I loved scrolling through and seeing a few folks who like to make overnight oats like me! My little mason jars of oatmeal with fruits and other mix-ins have my breakfast as the talk of my morning classes!

  45. Julie moon

    I love gluten free muesli and maple oat muffins the best ! Especially with Bob’s Red Mill!

  46. Shawna

    I’d love to make apple cinnamon oatmeal and Oatmeal Breakfast Bars for my family with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free oats. My husband has been gluten free for almost 2 years now for medical reasons and he loves oatmeal. Thank you for the great giveaway 🙂

  47. April

    I love to make flourless peanut butter oatmeal cooks with these gluten free oats!! I usually make more then 1 batch at at time because they are gone before you know it!

  48. Laurie Koochesfahani

    We make Bob’s GF Old Fashioned Oatmeal EVERY morning! We change it up by adding different fresh or dried fruit, sometimes chopped nuts as well. We are SO grateful for this gluten free option, b/c we love our oatmeal and would be very sad without it! We also use it to make meat loaf. My son has many food allergies and intolerances, so your oatmeal provides welcome addition to his diet.

  49. Rebecca

    I make a daily bowl of oatmeal. I also use it for homemade granola and also gluten free cookies!

  50. mary

    I like Bob’s flour. I want to try the oatmeal. Cookies and a bowl of oat meal with raisins and almond milk.

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