Is Oatmeal Gluten-Free?

The dreaded question of every Celiac, gluten intolerant, gluten sensitive person. Is one of my favorite breakfasts gluten-free? The simple answer is yes! BUT…no. Unfortunately due to cross-contamination oatmeal is not gluten-free. The reason this cross contamination happens is because farmers do not only handle the oat grains. They handle all types of grains which unfortunately more often than not are gluten containing grains.

Since this cross contamination is very common with the oatmeal grain is it unsafe to have oatmeal on a gluten-free diet. Now this does not mean if you are gluten sensitive that you do not get to enjoy your favorite breakfast. If your sensitivity level is low you may be able to handle this cross contamination. However this is completely up to you and we advise you to try it in your diet in strides to make sure that your stomach is able to handle it. We recommend remaining on the side of caution if you are unsure of how sensitive you are.

We have more GOOD news!! There are gluten-free certified oatmeal brands!

Which oatmeal brands are safe to eat on a gluten-free diet?

Bob’s Red Mill is one of the most popular gluten-free oatmeal brands.  Not only are they the most popular but they produce all three types for your eating pleasures. The three types include steel cut oats, rolled oats and quick-cooking oats!

Bob's Red Mill Oatmeal

Arrowhead Mills is another completely that produces steel cut gluten-free oatmeal. Please be aware that Arrowhead also produces an organic brand of their oatmeal that is in a very similar box. Be sure that you choose the correct non gluten box or you will be sorry.

Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats Hot Cereal

GF Harvest is another great company out of Wyoming. This company actually produces strictly gluten-free products which should make it an easy choice if you worried about others that may have cross contamination. This company does extensive testing on all products, so you can be assured they are Celiac and gluten-free safe.

GF Harvest Steel Cut Oats

We know you guys love your flavors! We also love our flavored oatmeal and when Glutenfreeda Foods came out with 4 flavors! We were so excited about this! The company sells natural flavor, banana maple flavor, maple raisin flavor and our all time favorite apple cinnamon flavor.

Apple Cinnamon with flax gluten-free oatmeal
Apple Cinnamon with flax gluten-free oatmeal

If you want to be sure that your gluten-free oatmeal is under 5ppm then Holly’s Oatmeal should be your number 1 choice. This company makes sure that every box produced is under that 5ppm, so if you have Celiac or are really sensitive it is a good idea to choose Holly’s. They also produce two flavors! These flavors are natural and cranberry. Who says a gluten-free diet can’t have some variety.

Holly's Gluten-Free Porridge

Looking to buy your gluten-free oatmeal in bulk? If so then Montana Gluten-Free should be your #1 choice. They sell in 3lb and 7.5lb bags. You can purchase directly from their website.

Montana Raw Gluten-free Oatmeal

If you are Celiac or gluten intolerant you have definitely heard of Udi’s. Of course since they market everything gluten-free they would also carry a gluten-free oatmeal. If you’re looking for a full healthy breakfast oatmeal then Udi’s will probably be your number one choice. They offer oatmeal with added flax seed, chia seed and currants. For you guys who like your regular oatmeal they also provide steel-cut regular flavor as well.

Udi's Gluten-free Steel Cut Oats

You should note before going shopping for your oatmeal, that many of these companies also produce non gluten-free products. Be sure to choose the right bag/box before leaving the store.


5 thoughts on “Is Oatmeal Gluten-Free?”

  1. If you ve got ripe bananas, make these gluten free banana oat muffins! They re hearty and filling so they ll keep you full until lunch.

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