Food & Nutrition

Oats that are truly gluten free – 6 of the best we’ve tried

Published by Finn Hayden

As we've written about many times on our blog, following a gluten diet can be difficult, but there is no denying that it is much easier now than it was in recent years. Long gone are the days of cardboard pasta and bread in a tin - there are so many gluten free options out there now, from delicious gluten free crisps to tasty gluten free biscuits, and almost every supermarket has a great gluten free section too.

However, the one aspect of a gluten free diet which still seems to cause some confusion is the consumption of oats. On their own, oats don't contain gluten and are fine for people like coeliacs to eat. But as we outlined in our gluten free granola guide, because oats are so easily cross-contaminated by other grains such as wheat, for oats to be classed as gluten-free, they have to be processed in a separate environment where no cross-contamination can occur.
This might make it sound like it would be hard to find gluten free oats, but we're lucky here in the UK to have loads of options. We thought we'd round up the best gluten free oats you can buy, let's get into it:

Co-op Free From porridge oats

We love so much of the food from the Co-op, including the tasty pizza from the supermarket. But one thing we probably don't mention enough about this supermarket is that you can also buy lots of great gluten food from there. We were quite surprised to find this gluten free oats at our local Co-op as it was only a small shop, but we were delighted nonetheless. The Co-op has previously reported that the Free From oats are one of the highest-rated products made by the supermarket, which is impressive. Learn more and buy them here - shop.coop.co.uk
Co-op gluten free oats

Just Natural 

The Just Natural brand has a great selection of gluten free products, and we were really impressed by these gluten free porridge oats. They're 100% organic, and according to the team at Just Natural they're selected from producers who use dedicated gluten free processing lines and who test for gluten at various stages during their production to ensure that the product is below 20PPM Gluten content. It's really impressive, learn more and buy them here - justnatural.co.uk

Just Natural

Holland & Barrett organic gluten free jumbo oats

It was quite hard to find organic gluten free oats for this guide, but we were delighted to find these organic gluten free jumbo oats available to buy from Holland & Barrett. They're simple but great, and at less than £5 for 1kg, they're also good value too. Learn more and buy them here - hollandandbarrett.com

Holland & Barrett organic gluten free jumbo oats

MOMA Jumbo Oat Porridge cranberry & raisin

We included the MOMA brand previously in our low sugar granola guide, but this brand also does an excellent range of gluten free jumbo oat porridge pots. The oats used are British, and the range includes porridge made with fruit such as this delicious cranberry & raisin variety. Learn more and buy it here - groceries.asda.com

MOMA jumbo oat porridge

Tesco Free From pure oats

Tesco has a great selection of gluten free food, including the very tasty Tesco finest gluten free bread. We were impressed by these pure oats from the Tesco Free From range, which are totally free from gluten and any wheat contamination. As explained on the Tesco website, these oats are carefully grown and processed to prevent cross-contamination. Learn more and buy them here - tesco.com

Tesco free from pure oats

Quaker oat so simple gluten free

Quaker is probably the biggest oats brand and really doesn't need much of an introduction, but many people don't realise that Quaker also does a gluten free version of its oats and that they're excellent. The oats come in individual sachets and are perfect for making porridges, but you could use them for other purposes if you wish. We love that the team at Quaker clearly understands the importance of processing these oats in a separate environment to prevent cross-contamination - as explained on the Quaker website, stray wheat, rye or barley can be introduced during harvesting and transportation of oats and can cause them to absorb gluten. We're really impressed with this product, learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk

Quaker gluten free

Hopefully this guide helps you to find some delicious gluten free oats to enjoy either on their own or however you choose. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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