Gluten free whole oats vs quick oats, isn’t it nice to know you can easily buy both. In the gluten free world things change pretty fast. Every year there are more products available and companies are recognizing the needs and wishes of consumers for safe ingredients. It is well accepted that the consumption of moderate amounts of oats in a gluten-free diet is safe. If you want to review the research look at the Canadian Celiac Association’s Position Paper on Oats or Health Canada’s document Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Claims on Uncontaminated Oats.

Two glass dishes showing gluten free whole oats vs quick oats
Gluten Free Whole Oats vs Quick Oats -photo credit Jim Little

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Although many people don’t need to ask (and probably don’t even wonder) where their ingredients are grown those living gluten free certainly do. Thankfully certified gluten free oats and oat products are becoming more available. Terms like certified to test to less than 5ppm of gluten, processed in pure oat dedicated plant and now clear symbols and labeling for gluten free products, all help consumers make healthy choices.

Purity Protocol Oats

Follow Gluten Free Watchdog for excellent information on all things gluten free from a consumer perspective. This article about purity protocol oats provides a list of suppliers.

Be sure to share this information with family and friends. If they cook for you, often or infrequently, then it doesn’t hurt to let them know that safe gluten free oats can be the brand they chose for their pantry. These buying choices support the industries that people with celiac disease depend on. Here are some of the gluten free oats for sale online:

Whole Oats vs Quick Oats vs Steel Cut Oats

Whole Grain Rolled Oats are my favourite for baking and also what I use when I want hot or cold oatmeal for breakfast.

A Little Kitchen Hack – In the fall when I haven’t had hot oatmeal for awhile I refer to my recipe card. This card is conveniently taped to the inside of the cupboard just above my microwave. I just open the cupboard to remind myself of the amounts and cooking time. It says:

1/3 cup oatmeal, 3/4 cup water and a pinch of salt. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, microwave 30 seconds, stir and microwave another 30 seconds.

Quick Oats are small flake oats that can be cooked more quickly. Using the above method you can cook oatmeal in 1½ minutes instead of 2. To keep my pantry less crowded and because I prefer the texture of the larger flakes for many recipes, I only buy whole oats.

Steel Cut Oats have just appeared on the shelves where I live  or maybe I’ve just started to notice them. Some people love the texture and nutty flavour of steel cut oats. If that’s sounds like you then by all means buy them and use them. For me, I have a lot of ingredients in my house and sometimes I decide that I don’t want to expand the size of my pantry. In the oat department I simply use regular oats. I don’t stock steel cut oats or instant oats. That’s just one small way I simplify in my kitchen.

Whole oats vs quick oats, do you have a preference? Let me know in the comments below.

The Recipes – Safe Gluten Free Oats

Add whole or quick oats to recipes for muffins, cookies or squares but I prefer the texture of large flake oats in everything. My mom even uses whole oats in meatballs as a substitute for breadcrumbs, a great tip when you are out of breadcrumbs. I sometimes use oats in breading for fish or chicken too. A few favourite recipes using whole oats are:

Potato Latkes

Gluten Free Potato Latkes topped with sour cream.
Potato Latkes -photo credit Jim Little

Both quick oats and oat flour can be used in recipes to replace some of a gluten free flour mix. This works well in recipes for muffins and quick breads so give it a try. I use my recipe for Banana Muffins to experiment with new ingredients in baking all the time.

You can read more about How To Use Oat Flour in this blog post from my year-long blog post series on how to use different gluten free flours.

How To Use Oat Flour
How To Use Oat Flour -photo credit Jim Little


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