Gluten free or not? – Oats cookies

“So, are these cookies gluten-free or not?” If I have to get a dollar every time I answer this question, I will be a wealthy blogger, let alone a very happy blogger.
The question poses to be a rather difficult one to answer after the research I have done, but I think I have figured it out and would gladly share my bit of knowledge  I have gained. Let’s just remember, I am by no means a homeopath,dietitian or specialist on coeleac or celiac disease, I am merely a mom who is constantly on the look out for healthier options. After….
my radio talk about Betty Bake’s Wheat free Date and Almond treats, I realized after the umpteenth email that there is a great need for gluten free recipes. Sadly though, the general conception is that you cannot possibly be eating delicious, mouthwatering  food that is also nutritious and good for you. Somehow we find it very difficult to combine these two concepts in one meal. When it comes to gluten, the arguments are as many as the recipes to be found on the Internet and the debate whether oats is gluten-free or not as as old as the mountains. I have read as much as I could and  spoke to homeopaths and dietitians and I have learned the following:

For people with celiac disease, it is important to know:

  •  Recent research indicates that some cultivars of oats can be a safe part of a gluten-free diet, because different varieties of oat have different levels of toxicity. Celiac, disease, is often associated with the ingestion of wheat, more specifically proteins labelled prolamines, or more commonly called gluten. 
  • Oats lack quite a few of the prolamines found in wheat; but oats do contain avenin, which and can trigger a reaction in these coeliacs.
  • Additionally, oats are frequently processed near wheat, barley and other grains, so much so that they become contaminated with other glutens.
  • Consumption of oats is safe in the amount of 50 to 70 grams per day (1/2 – 3/4 cup dry rolled oats) by adults and 20 to 25 grams per day (1/4 cup dry rolled oats) by children with celiac disease.
  •   Individuals with celiac disease who wish to add oats or oat products to their diet must ensure that the oats they are eating are free from gluten contamination. 

For my family and I who wish to just reduce our intake of refined wheat products, these oats cookies are a wonderful and very moreish alternative. It is also ideal for Meatless Mondays. At the end of the recipe, I will give sweet and savory options, but this is just the basic recipe for Oats Cookies

Gluten-free Oats Cookies
8 servings

2 cups organically grown oats
enough water to form a sticky dough.

Place the oats in your food processor and let the machine run until you have a mealie meal like consistency. Pour water into the funnel while the machine is running until you have a thick sticky dough(almost like cooked oats). Add some salt if you wish. Use a non-stick pan or spray your pan with non-stick spray and bake spoonfuls on a very low heat until they get some colored spots on the one side, turn over and do the same. when cooked, allow to cool slightly, slice open and serve with your favorite topping

  • – butter and honey
  • – peanut butter and honey
  • – tomato and cheese
  • – avo and tomato

The can use this basic recipe as an open canvas and create your own unique recipe. Sometimes I add:

  • – ½ cup of mealie kernels
  • – chopped chives
  • – dried thyme or any other herb you have available
  • – ½ tsp ground cinnamon for a sweet option – serve with banana and honey.

Please don’t forget your entries to the Monthly Mingle where this month we will be mingling with apples. Send those recipes, savory or sweet, I am eagerly awaiting your entries!