15 of the best gluten free products I actually use
You’re standing in the grocery store trying to decide which are the best gluten free products to buy. Maybe you’re trying out the gluten free trend, maybe you’ve been gluten intolerant for years, maybe you’re having someone over who’s on a gluten free diet. Don’t waste money on food that tastes like cardboard and disappointment. I’ve definitely have a list of what not to buy, but that’s for another post!
While I love cooking, baking, and eating healthy, “whole” food in general, I have a special place in my heart devoted to carbs. Here are my favorite gluten free carb products that are relatively easy to find at grocery stores or Amazon. I intentionally didn't include boutique brands that aren't nationally available in the U.S, so my reviews would be more relevant for you guys.
*Note: This post contains affiliate links to products I have personally tested and love, and my (non-gluten free) family members love too.
1. Glutino Gluten Free Toaster Pastries (These Pop-Tart-like toaster pastries are the only readily available substitute, and they taste great and actually have a decent amount of fiber without a ton of sugar. And if you want a real treat, they make frosted ones now too. You’re welcome.)
3. Udi’s Gluten Free Granola (I love my granola and Udi’s has the best taste texture and value for the money. They also make lots of flavors.)
4. Jovial Gluten Free Pasta (The best commercially available gluten free pasta, bar none! I have tried almost every gluten free pasta over the years, and Jovial’s varieties are absolutely the best texture and flavor.)
5. Udi’s gluten free bread and bagels (Overall, they are the best in terms of what you can find in the average grocery store for gluten free bread, bagels, hot dog buns, and hamburger buns. Just make sure they're fresh when you get them and keep them frozen or use them within a day or two, otherwise, they dry out.)
6. Amy’s Gluten Free Rice Macaroni and Cheese (The ready-made, no-need-to-dirty-a-pan nature of this frozen mac and cheese cannot be overstated. This is the ultimate comfort food right here folks. And if you have dairy issues, they also have a GF/Dairy-free version that’s not bad.)
7. Snyder’s Gluten Free Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzels (They also make great plain gluten free pretzels, but the flavor on these is fantastic and addictive! It’s like a cross of their honey mustard pretzels and those Hawaiian sweet onion chips that sadly, aren’t gluten free.)
8. Chocolate Coconut Luna Bars (You guys, Luna Bars are gluten free now! If you have other allergies, such as nuts/peanuts, read the labels carefully. I have a peanut allergy, and can eat some flavors, while others aren’t safe for me.)
9. Krusteaz Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (This is my new favorite commercially available, 1:1-ish substitute for regular flour. Of course there are lots of other things to take into consideration when adapting a recipe, but this has great flavor, fiber and nutritional content, and is among the most affordable. I’ve had great success using it in a delicious plum skillet cake.)
10. Tate’s Bake Shop Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (Crispy, buttery, chocolaty goodness. These are the best commercially available GF chocolate chip cookies I’ve found. Slight grittiness is the only thing that keeps them from absolute perfection. These cookies work really well for making ice cream sandwiches. Also, I have a working theory that Trader Joe’s sells these cookies under their house brand.)
11. Wolfgang Puck Organic Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (He makes other gluten free varieties as well, and they are ALL good! As far as canned soup goes, Wolfgang’s are my favorites. Flavors are complex and well seasoned, but not overly salty, and the texture isn’t too soft. I take these in my lunches some time. And they’re great to have in the pantry for a quick meal.)
12. Dare Breton Gluten Free Crackers (It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to eat gluten, but the texture and buttery flavor on these is the closest to what I remember crackers could be. My non-GF family members love them too.)
13. Milton’s Gluten Free Cheese Crackers (Speaking of crackers, I might just keep a bag of these in my desk drawer at work. The salty, crispy, crunchy, cheesy goodness is perfect.)
14. Glutenfreeda’s Instant Oatmeal (I love my oatmeal! I could literally eat oatmeal for breakfast every day. And I often do. I’ll mix in some chia seeds and maybe some almond butter for extra protein. Glutenfreeda’s and Nature’s Path are my favorites. These brands give a substantial enough serving size, with higher protein and fiber content than other brands.)
15. Udi’s Cinnamon Raisin Gluten Free Bagels (These are a super carb splurge, but SO good right out of the toaster with some cream cheese, or a little butter and cinnamon-sugar.)
There, that was a big, long list! If you made it this far, good on ya. Maybe next time I’ll do a post on the worst gluten free products I’ve wasted money on that you definitely shouldn’t buy. Would anyone find that helpful, or at least entertaining? Chime in on the comments and let me know. Also, if you have a favorite product, tell me. Maybe I’ll find something new!