I Review Hilray Gluten-Free Oats

A few weeks ago a co-worker of mine was going on and on about eating porridge and her and I got to talking about eating oatmeal and porridge when we were both younger.

Oatmeal always reminds me of having breakfast at my Grandma’s house and since I’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease never really worried myself about getting my hands on gluten-free oats. You know the whole deal about having real gluten-free oats. If you don’t, then guess what? Oats are naturally gluten-free. Oats are usually processed or grown in the same place where a grain with gluten in it is also grown. So the issue with cross contamination is always on the mind of people who need to be on a gluten-free diet for serious medical conditions (I have celiac disease so finding pure gluten-free oats is a MUST for me).

In Canada the rule was just changed so that gluten-free oats can be sold as ‘gluten-free’ and not as ‘wheat-free’ as long as it’s grown in a dedicated location or tests with trace amounts of gluten. And being a diagnosed celiac you know you have to avoid that label too, because you never know what other gluten-grain is there. Remember WHEAT-FREE doesn’t always equal gluten-free.

So, after this whole conversation about porridge and oatmeal in the morning I was suddenly just craving it. For a whole week, all I could think about was oatmeal and brown sugar every morning. It invaded my mind like a worm and while I was eating cereal, I wanted oatmeal. It became the thing that was controlling my every waking moment.

You can see my tablespoon in the bag still. Classic Jordan, totally not paying attention when he takes his pictures.


Then HILRAY WHOLE GRAINS (click HERE for their website) came to my rescue. They offered to send me some of their gluten-free oats in exchange for an honest and unique review of their food. And here it is.

HILRAY produces their oats in dedicated fields and in a dedicated gluten-free facility.

Every reason you need to know that this is a genuine gluten-free product. A company that takes gluten-free seriously and even “stop[s] looking over shoulders once you’ve taken the first spoonful (we had to stop there as we understand that peeping is still universally frowned upon).” When a company takes a so much care to have a safe food, you know your guts are in the right company.

Here’s where I get real.

When you buy prepackaged oatmeal, like the flavoured kind: apple/cinnamon or maple the only reason you as an individual likes them is because they have that specific flavour. HILRAY doesn’t provide flavoured single use packets, they provide straight oats that you cook yourself in as much quantity as you can handle (I have been eating one bowl a day. 200ml water and 10tbsp of HILRAY oatmeal cooked in the microwave with 2tbsp of brown sugar). Here’s the rub; plain oats are just plain oats. You can’t really perfect the flavour of oats. They are what they are.

What I like about HILRAY is how fast they cook for me and the texture of the oats before cooking. They’re a great combination of soft and toasted and absorb water with minimal ease. It’s a easy, tasty and healthy breakfast. One of which I hope to continue on long past my bags of HILRAY gluten-free oats are gone.

Now, how do I get my daughter to like oatmeal as much as me? I think she has an issue with the texture of oatmeal. I’d like her to have as fond memories as I do with it.

hilray2Wondering where you can get some HILRAY gluten-free oatmeal? Hate to tell you, but HILRAY is Canadian and operates out of Ontario. Since my readers are split down the middle of USA and Canada, I’ll give you a list of where you can pick up some of these great gluten-free oats by clicking HERE.