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What’s in my Gluten Free Pantry

My Gluten Free Pantry

Ever wish you didn’t have to play the expensive gluten free gambling game when you go grocery shopping? Now you don’t!

My Gluten Free Pantry

We’ve compiled a list of the products we’ve tried and love – we make an effort to try as many gluten free products as we can so we can pass more information on to you. This means you can check the list here before you hit the grocery store or order online (I’ve included a lot of links for just that). Please keep in mind they’re in no particular order :) If it’s listed here, we use it in our kitchen!

 

Please comment below with your favorites or questions! I will be updating this periodically, so keep checking back. Happy (gluten free) eating!!!

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Gluten Free Flours

 

Thrive Life

This is an all purpose blend with xanthan gum added. It’s great for cookies, breads, quick breads, everything we’ve tried. A big bonus is that it’s also great for food storage, it comes in a #10 size can and stays good for 6 months once it has been opened, and 5 years unopened. That’s exceptional for gluten free flour!

Some recipes that work well with this flour:   Muffins 5 Ways Dark Chocolate Brownies with Sea Salt Diner Pancakes  Skillet Cornbread

 

Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Blend 

Great for cookies, cakes, biscuits (works especially well for biscuits), and breads. Check out the “Gluten Free Mama’s” tag on the right side of my home page for recipes using this flour. No gritty texture or funky aftertaste. Gluten Free Mama flours have no added xanthan. This means you’ll have to purchase xanthan gum to add to your recipes. Some people like the convenience of having xanthan included in the flour mix, but some recipes (ie biscuits) do better when you add a custom amount of xanthan.

Some recipes that work well with this flour: Easy Soda Biscuits * Muffins 5 Ways * Almond Poppyseed Muffins * Blender Crepes with Cheesecake Filling * Diner Pancakes Tamale Pie

 

Gluten Free Jules

I always keep this on hand for sauces/gravies/soups (click here for the best mac & cheese recipe) It gives things such a smooth and creamy texture and also doesn’t have a funny aftertaste. This flour is also my go-to for breading-think tempura, onion rings, etc. Check out her website for some great bread recipes (particularly the beer bread-it’s good!). We’ve been using Gluten Free Jules flour for years. Be sure it is the actual Jules Shepard site! (gfjules.com)

Some recipes that work well with this flour:  Crescent Rolls Soft Garlic Breadsticks * Dark Chocolate Brownies with Sea Salt * Ding Dongs Cake * Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese

Cup4Cup 

Another high quality flour that will turn out some great baked goods. One of the bonuses of this flour is it is often conveniently found on grocery store shelves while the others are hit and miss (better to buy online). 

Some recipes that work well with this flour:  Coca-Cola Cupcakes * Cheddar Bay Biscuits * Brownie Cookies * Chocolate Zucchini Blender Muffins

Better Batter is similar to Gluten Free Jules

pastas

Favorites:
  1. Ronzoni and Barilla are the closest match in texture and taste to wheat pastas. The price tag is also pretty reasonable.
Runner ups:
  1. Ancient Harvest Quinoa is a great, healthy, alternative and there are lots of fun shapes. 
Wouldn’t recommend:
  1. Any brown rice pasta. The texture only slightly resembles regular pasta and there are just so many other great products out there now.
  2. Glutino-again, it’s a texture issue. I’ve had 2 extra boxes on my shelves for months now because I feel guilty throwing them away, but they just don’t taste good.

Bread

Favorites:
  1. Franz bread is our new fav. We usually buy it in 2 packs at Sam’s Club. Each loaf is sealed and it’s good for a month or two on the shelf if it’s left unopened (no freezer for gluten free bread-say what?!). Once opened, just twist tie it closed or put in an airtight container and, again, store on the shelf for up to a week. It doesn’t crumble at all and you can just pull out a slice and make a sandwich without toasting. Great for lunches!
Runner ups:
  1. Rudis or New Grains are the next closest we’ve found to regular bread. Rudi’s bread toasted tastes just like regular toast, I swear. It also makes great French toast! We make our own quite often to save a little cash (do you ever feel you’re being robbed when you buy a loaf of gf bread???) but it’s nice to have something in the freezer for those all-too-frequent days when you just don’t have the time to whip some up. I’ve also heard great things about Canyon Bakehouse but we haven’t tried that one yet.
  2. Udis is a pretty close runner up to Rudi’s or New Grains. It was actually our favorite for quite a while until we discovered the others just mentioned. They have several different varieties. We have kept them in the freezer and just pull out a slice at a time and always toast it. The pieces are smaller than a regular loaf so I feel you have to have 2 sandwiches or 2 slices of toast, but I’ve heard they sell regular sized loaves at Costco.
Wouldn’t recommend:
  1. Any brown rice or tapioca loaves. Seriously, there are some gross gf bread products out there!

Tortillas

Favorites:
  1. Udi’s is by far the closest thing to an authentic flour tortilla. In fact, if you serve it up right, it is unlikely your guests will notice it is gluten free. These tear fairly easily, but this can be avoided by heating a small amount of oil (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan) in a frying pan over medium heat, and frying one tortilla at a time, flipping just after it starts to bubble up. Remove to a plate lined with a  paper towel and pat dry. separate each tortilla with additional paper towels. I do this any time I use these tortillas-tacos, wraps, enchiladas, etc.
Runner ups:
  1. Rudi’s and LaTortilla Factory Ivory Teff Wraps are also great options. They are both a little stiffer but have a good flavor and hold together fairly well.
  2. Your traditional corn tortilla can be great for a lot of things, too, so don’t completely discount it. They are a lot cheaper than other varieties, and I always keep some in the freezer/fridge to pull out when we need something quick.
Wouldn’t recommend:
  1. Food For Life Tortillas are pretty stiff (wrap? not so much) and the taste is sub-par when compared to the other varieties available.

Cold Cereals

Favorites:
  1. Nature’s Path Organic (Maple or Vanilla Sunrise) Be sure to watch the labels, the same brand makes some varieties very similar to the gluten free but they aren’t. Nature’s Path also makes a great Rice Krispies knock off.
  2. Kellogg’s (New!) Gluten Free Special K It’s good, folks. ‘Nuff said.
  3. Bakery on Main Granola is oat free (yes, oat free!) and seriously addicting.
Runner ups:
  1. Chex The Cinnamon variety is one of our favorites, and the Corn or Rice is great for making treats or snack mixes. Taylor Miller over at Gluten Away just wrote a piece discussing Celiacs and Chex, you may want to check that out.
Wouldn’t recommend:
  1. Freedom Foods I really want to like their cereals, but they just don’t taste great and the texture is a little lacking for me (and the family agrees so there you have it).

Hot Cereals

Favorites:
  1. Love Grown Foods has some tasty and healthy oatmeal, just be sure to watch the labeling because not all their products are gluten free.
  2. Quinoa Rice and Shine is a hot cereal that’s made of brown rice groats and quinoa flakes. It has a fairly strong flavor so it may not be for everyone, but it’s pretty healthy and we enjoy it.
  3. Bob’s Red Mill Scottish Oatmeal or 8 Grain Cereal are super tasty.
Runner ups:
  1. Nabisco Cream of Rice
Wouldn’t recommend:
  1. This spot reserved :)

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Patty
    July 8, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I just wanted to thank you for your time and effort with your site. My 6 year old son has been diagnosed with many allergies recently, among them wheat, soy,corn, peanuts, coconut and tomato. We were shocked, because he ate those things every day in his lunch at school and at home. This past year was his kindergarten year, and he had a lot of sickness. We chalked it up to all of the new germs he was being exposed to. He would often have fevers and belly aches, which we brushed off as the virus du jour making the rounds. I am a pediatric nurse, and I trust our pediatrician absolutely, but these allergies kind of snuck up on us. So now I begin this journey into “weird foods” as my 14 year old calls them. Thanks for the resources you are sharing for all of us impacted by food allergies!

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      LifeAfterWheat
      July 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      It definitely snuck up on us in our family too, Patty. I think it would be especially difficult with little ones but I know you will figure it out and soon be an expert! Thank you for the kind note, if you ever have questions, you can e-mail me at ThereIsLifeAfterWheat@gmail.com and I would be happy to help!

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    Margo
    September 4, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    While I don’t have celiac, I have to limit wheat intake, so following the gluten free path is easiest. I am still in the learning process, so thanks for this post. It all helps!

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