Recently a friend of Emma’s was diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity. As her family explores this transition to gluten free cooking, over the weekend the mom asked me whether my website had a list of gluten free favorites. Hmmmm, I thought. Well, I do have product reviews, but I am not sure I have our favorite products listed in one spot. So I am doing it now.
I have to say, brands change often for us, because gluten-free products are evolving, for the better.
Here is a list of the gluten-free staples in our pantry right now, that might be worth a try for you.
- Salty snacks
- Glutino Pretzel Sticks perfect for dipping, eating with cheese or using as crunchy chow mein noodles <– seriously..you should try it
- Baked Cheetos or Baked Ruffles These are favorites for my girls when they have a to-go lunch that has to be made
- Everyday Essentials Butter Microwave Popcorn — this is a generic brand sold at Cub Foods and labeled gluten free
- Van’s Multigrain or Lots of Everything gluten free crackers (My dad really likes the cheese ones too). Great with meat and cheese, my daughter would prefer these over a sandwich for lunch any day.
- I usually make my own basic flour mix using rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch– I buy those supplies at Asian food markets. I use this as my base mix…for baking but also for thickening gravy.
- Sorghum and brown rice flours from Bob’s Red Mill
Flour Mix: King Arthur’s All-Purpose Gluten Free Baking Mix. It does not contain xanthan gum. I made some great pizza crusts with it recently.
- Pre-made pizza crust
- Schar gluten free pizza crusts. These are individually wrapped and are shelf stable. Emma likes these because they are not super thin like most gluten-free pizza crusts
- Pancake and cornbread mix
- For both of these items I use Bob’s Red Mill.
- Taco night
Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Udi’s Bagels mostly used to make homemade croutons
- Glutino English Muffins Emma loves these as a snack
- *note, we don’t really buy bread. Emma doesn’t really eat sandwiches, she would rather do crackers (see favorites above) and meat and cheese. I did get my brother and dad Canyon Bakehouse hamburger buns for sandwiches once and I was told they were pretty good.
Keep in mind, my daughter has pretty bland tastes. So you may want to spice any of these products up with your own twist.