I’ve been riding this gluten-free wagon for two years now, as well as the peanut/tree nuts-free wagon for thirty two years. It’s kind of a stacked wagon setup where I hitched the one to the other one thirty years in. It works in my head at least. Anyway, we’ve encountered some incredible replacement foods on our travels. We’ve also had some terrible, awful, no good, gag discreetly into a napkin products along the way. I’m looking at you, Schar hamburger buns.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. I’m not one of those pretend doctors from pharmaceutical commercials on TV. I didn’t even play doctor as a child. Once Barbie got sick, she was screwed. Nothing but thoughts and prayers for Barbie. My nutrition advice is often things like “Cheetos tastes good, kale does not.” Take this into account if you decide to try one of my recommendations. Now, on to the gluten-free, nut-free tea on ten of the big hits in our house.
1. Udi’s Baguettes
The only not awesome thing about these baguettes is how hard it can be to find them. I have yet to find them in a brick and mortar grocery store, and I check everywhere I go. I buy and freeze them a bunch at a time from Amazon Fresh. We use these for everything, from garlic bread to dipping slices in cheese. We make bruschetta all the time.
2. Udi’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread
I used to love another brand’s very gluten-y cinnamon raisin swirl bread, and this tastes exactly like it. You can’t beat this, toasted with butter.
3. Annie’s Gluten Free Rice Shell Pasta & Creamy White Cheddar
Annie’s does have a gluten free version of the more stereotypical orange mac and cheese elbow noodles, but in my opinion this one is the star. My friend Anthony bought me a box last year to try, and now I tend to have at least one box on hand.
4. Udi’s Gluten Free Plain Bagels
Last Udi’s product on my must-haves list for now! These bagels can be dry if you don’t toast them, but my favorite way to eat bagels is toasted anyway. They taste like “real” bagels to me, or at least the closest I’ve gotten so far. And I come from New Jersey, where we know bagels.
5. Gluten Free Bisquick
I love when W makes pancakes on the weekends sometimes, and this stuff tastes just like the gluten kind to me. Speaking of W, he likes fancy grade maple syrup on his pancakes and turns up his nose at my delicious high fructose corn syrup kind. I don’t care! It’s what I grew up with! Let me have my trash syrup.
6. Sweet Loren’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Ready To Bake Cookie Dough
YES. MY FAVORITE CATEGORY OF FOOD IS HERE. I have baked these ready-to-bake cookies for almost everyone I know, and they always say they are wonderful and taste nothing like what you think of when you picture “gluten free cookie.” It’s easy to freeze a package and take a couple cookies worth of dough out to make for dessert. Or for dinner.
7. Goodie Girls Fudge Striped Cookies
When I was a little girl, I absolutely loved those Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies. I randomly saw these on the shelf at a store, and curiosity made me do it. They taste exactly right and therefore cannot be in my house because I will eat the whole sleeve.
8. Nature’s Promise Gluten Free Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Creme
This one’s simple. Closest thing to an Oreo I’ve tried yet. I crumble them on ice cream. What else do you need to know?
9. Bob’s Red Mill White Rice Flour
We use this white rice flour for everything. W uses it to thicken things when he’s cooking. I make crumbs for the top of fruit cobblers or crisps. A word of caution though…it isn’t 1:1 in everything that normally requires flour. I’ve figured it out for a kickass coffee cake, and W makes amazing brownies, but those are the only two baked good successes. I’d recommend you mess around with all those other gluten free flour mixes that are on the market if you plan on extensive baking. I’m just not a person who will care enough about baking to own and store xantham gum. I congratulate you if you are!
10. Aleia’s Gluten Free Italian Bread Crumbs
These bread crumbs are awesome to have around. We’ve used them to bread fish or chicken, and they work great on chicken divan.
We’ve got many more recommendations, but I thought I’d start with our ten current favorites! As I talk about more, I’ll add them all to a living master list for you. If you like a gluten free product I should try, let me know!