Best Gluten Free Products
It used to be challenging to follow a gluten-free diet. Especially when it comes to snacks and convenience items, such as pasta. The health food industry has begun to produce many kinds of gluten free products in the recent years.
I am so grateful for the many celiac-safe products that are now available at stores. Here are some of my all-time favorites:
Udi’s Gluten Free Au Naturel Granola
Ok, let me start by saying I always LOVED granola before I was diagnosed so I naturally looked for it in a gluten free version. I do not like raisins and everything that traditionally comes in your normal granola, I just like it plain. I had a really hard time finding it-not finding gluten free granola so much, finding gluten free PLAIN granola. Then one day, there it was-PLAIN gluten free granola.
This granola is DELICIOUS!! It is made with certified gluten free oats, wildflower honey and canola oil, that’s it. No added crap, just plain old yummy granola. My husband loves to eat it by the handful as a snack (he is not Celiac) but I love to put a little in a bowl and pour milk on top of it for a nutritious healthy breakfast.
The granola has a wonderful light sweet taste and the oats are crunchy and perfectly toasted. The flavor is just DELICIOUS!! Can I say it again? DELICIOUS!! If you have other allergies you’ll be happy to know that this granola is dairy, soy- and egg-free as well.
Finding it might be a tiny bit harder as I used to get it on Amazon but they no longer carry this particular flavor. I can get it from my Giant food store and Wegman’s though. I am sure most natural food stores will most likely carry it, or at least can order it for you. There are two different types of packaging I have come across and I have shown both above. There are also many other flavors available so look for reviews on them in the future.
Glutino Gluten Free Toaster Pastry – Apple Cinnamon
Ok, let’s start by saying that I miss my gluten filled cinnamon Pop Tarts, I REALLY miss them. So when I saw that Glutino put out an apple cinnamon toaster pastry I was thrilled!!
To be honest, the first time I tried one I was less than thrilled with them. After I thought about it though, I realized that I wasn’t being fair; after all, I was expecting something like a Pop Tart and a Pop Tart these are not.
What they are though is a tasty little pastry with a tart like an apple flavor and a consistency close to that of a toaster strudel (kind of flake like). I put them in the toaster as I like them warm. They are pretty filling as I only eat one for breakfast and my stomach is happy. I think they would be great if they had some icing on top though (hint hint Glutino). All in all, I would recommend them but again, do not expect them to be like a Pop Tart.
*Note-These are also kosher and dairy free!
Glutino Pretzel Twists
If you are Celiac, these pretzels are a great substitution for snacks. They make a great salty and crunchy chip with which you can to scoop up some cheese or hummus. They are also yummy straight from the box.
I get mine from Amazon. If bought in bulk, price for a box is really affordable, considered the other brands of gluten free snacks.
If you need to go gluten free, Glutino is much probably the best way to go. These snacks would suit your tastebuds – just get one bag first to try them out.
Glutino Gluten Free Bagel Chips
These are Premium wheat- and gluten-free salted bagel chips, crisp and crunchy. We use them with mostly with dips. Each 6-ounce package contains six of them.
I Love these Glutino Gluten Free Chips. I don’t indulge in cracker type items too often. But it is good to have them as a “backup treat” on occasion. They are deliciously crunchy and can be enjoyed on their own or with a cheese topping or dip. If you like, they make amazing bruschetta bites.
They are very well made – it’s hard to tell they are gluten free. I wish that they were a little lower priced (or had more in box), but overall thumb up for Glutino Gluten Free Bagel Chips!
Barilla Gluten Free Pasta
This review would not be complete without Barilla gluten free pasta. It is a godsend for pasta lovers, as it is made only from corn and rice. Therefore it is certified Gluten Free. It also contains no GMO ingredients.
I must admit that both the taste and texture of this pasta are incredible. Barilla is spot-on with this pasta. It is my favorite pasta and I use it for everything. The only thing I would say – always make it fresh, as it is not too suitable for freezing.
You can buy several different shapes – including penne, farfalle, rotini, elbows, and spaghetti. According to Barilla’s instructions the pasta cooks in ten minutes, although I give it one-two minutes extra to cook for al-dente.
I have tried several different gluten free pastas over the years. Now I can say hands down that Barilla is simply the best! Their pasta products have that classic taste and texture you can find in the classic gourmet pasta. It also cooks almost identical to standard wheat pasta, which is another big plus. In fact it has less tendency to stick together.
Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie Dough
Pillsbury made a bold move when they created Pillsbury Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I mean, can the gluten-free version possibly live up to its original counterpart? Did this cookie dough succeed in triggering my Pillsbury childhood memories? It may just have.
Making cookies with this dough is rather easy. You simply scoop it out of the tub with a tablespoon and space out the blobs of dough two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Within minutes of the cookies starting to bake in my oven, my entire apartment smells like Pillsbury childhood memories. By the eight-minute mark, I couldnt wait any longer and crouched in front of the oven window watching the cookies turn a golden brown, while thinking mmmmm coooookies.
When they were finally done, I was impressed. They looked just like the original, they smelled like the original, but did they taste like the original?
I havent had a wheat Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie in many years, but the gluten-free version definitely reminded me of the original. Considering the dough came out of a tub, it made pretty damn good cookies that were chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. They were a bit too greasy for me, but the cookies were also sweet, chocolately, and deliciousall things I look for in an evil treat. And most impressively, I couldnt really tell they were gluten-free.
I admit, I prefer making my own cookies. But if you want delicious, freshly-baked, bad-for-you cookies in a matter of minutes, I totally recommend these. They may just be some of the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies Ive ever had.