Last month I was the lucky winner of a pack of Hunger Busters from Gluten-Free Prairie. Any cookie that is described as ‘darn near a meal in a cookie’ has my undivided attention. Gluten-Free Prairie is a family owned and operated company dedicated to providing the gluten-free community with healthy field to fork products from Montana.
Deb Wheaton and her daughter Amy both have celiac disease, which lead them on a quest to find healthier gluten-free options and the launch of Gluten-Free Prairie followed in 2012. The oats used by Gluten-Free Prairie aren’t your standard gluten-free oats and here is why:
- Their oats are naturally hull-less, require minimal processing, and have not been soaked or steamed.
- This new variety of hull-less oats, developed at Montana State University, is also higher in protein than many varieties. Most oats contain approximately 13% protein, while their oats test between 17% and 22% protein.
Gluten-Free Prairie oats are also:
- Certified gluten free – consistently testing at three parts per million
- Non GMO and Certified kosher
- Grown in gluten-free fields
- Harvested and packaged in a designated gluten-free facility in Southwest Montana, USA. Just a few miles from the designated gluten-free field.
I am a texture eater, so I didn’t think I would like oats, peanut butter, raisins, and chocolate chips together in one cookie, but somehow it works. All of the ingredients complement each other, and when taking a bite of the cookie, each ingredient hits the palate individually. These soft and chewy cookies are beyond filling, and they will be added to the gluten-free foods I pack when traveling.
To say that these cookies are a meal is an understatement. One or two bites is all that is needed for an afternoon snack, or a treat. Attempting to eat just half of a cookie left me full for hours and led to skipping lunch. I learned from Deb that the recipe was inspired by Rick’s grandmother who packed everything in every recipe she ever made.
I am sad to report that two weeks before their brand new store was set to open it was flooded and an estimated $45,000 of damage was sustained. The bakery is back on the road to opening due to generous donations of time and money from the community. If you would like to make a donation, check out their GoFundMe page.
All of their gluten-free oat products (groats, oats, toasted oat flour, granola bites, and cookies) can be purchased from their online store. I highly recommend trying out their Hunger Busters and other quality products.