glenny_thumbnailjpgWe originally found Glenny’s gluten-free cookies in a health food store in Ocala, FL. At that time, we picked up the oatmeal raisin cookies. The oats used in Glenny’s cookies are gluten-free oats, of course. It’s so unfortunate that so much misinformation about oats is floating around in cyberspace. Several companies went to a lot of trouble – and expense – to make truly gluten-free oats and yet, the myth that all oats are unsafe for people with celiac seems to be alive and well.

According to fairly extensive studies, only about 5% of people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance can not tolerate pure, uncontaminated gluten-free oats. Some people who can eat gluten can also not tolerate oats. Most of the people in either group are reacting to a protein called avenin in the oats that has nothing to do with gluten. Gluten-free oats are one of the healthiest things for someone who can’t eat gluten to include in their diet – if they are able to. Luckily, I can eat oats and do so often. Thankfully, my cholesterol levels are now at healthier levels because of that fact.

It was a great surprise to find Glenny’s oatmeal cookies at my local health food store a while back. There were actually two types on the shelf – Oatmeal Raisin and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. My husband can eat the entire box of the raisin version in one sitting. I’ve asked him not to do that since he can eat gluten filled cookies if he wants to. The Glenny’s Oatmeal Raisin cookies are delicious for sure, but they are so sweet that one cookie at a time is enough for me.

The chocolate chip version of Glenny’s Oatmeal Cookies is really not much like the raisin version. The oats are the same but the texture is different and the cookies are not quite as chewy as the raisin cookie. Overall, the Oatmeal Raisin cookies had a better overall taste and texture to the test tasters in our house. It’s really unfortunate that the Glenny’s Oatmeal Raisin cookies are $.50 more per box than the chocolate chip version at the store we shop at here. Glenny’s cookies are sold online, but only in 20 or 40 count packages.

There are only 10 cookies in a box and they are fairly small cookies. The raisin cookies are about $.43 each and the chocolate chip cookies are about $.38 each. That is kind of expensive, even for gluten-free cookies. Therefore, they are just an occassional purchase at our house these days. I can make 48 large oatmeal raisin cookies with the cookie blend flour from Gluten-Free Naturals and oats from Gluten-Free Oats for well under $4. Since there are only two of us, I rarely make a large batch of cookies unless we are going to share them at a social event. Making a smaller batch of 24 cookies might seem like a lot for two of us, but my husband will eat four of them before they have cooled.

The following companies produce gluten-free oats:

References: Gluten-Free Diet: A C omprehensive Resource Guide, Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic. You can read more about oats here.