Today I’m sharing my favorite gluten free packaged foods. I’ve been gluten free for eight months now (and I haven’t cheated other than not knowing there has been gluten in things, like soy sauce, I now use this brand. And, say, McDonald’s French Fries. Someone told me that there is wheat in their oil? If you didn’t want to know that then just pretend you didn’t read it. I did not want to know this. I mean, it’s like my one vice. And between you and me and the whole wide world it’s still going to be my occasional vice. Please don’t tell me why this is a bad idea–don’t worry I’m not Celiac.)!
And for these last eight months I feel like I’ve been a part-time taste tester. When you go gluten free you quickly become really focused on replacing some of your everyday staples.
So without further ado here are what I consider to be good gluten free foods:
1 / Kinnikinnick Glazed Donuts – If you were to ask me what I miss most it would be donuts and hamburger buns (I still haven’t found a bun that I like, let me know if you have). It’s just straight up not fair when fresh donuts are in the house and I can NEVER have one. So, I started buying frozen ones at the store. I started with the cinnamon sugar ones, which were ok. I couldn’t imagine how glazed donuts from freezer to microwave could be good. But they are. The chocolate and the vanilla are pretty amazing (if you’ve been off regular donuts for awhile, that is). The key is to not overcook them. I put mine in the microwave for 15 seconds, check them and then maybe 10 seconds more. I keep these in the freezer at all times to alleviate major FOMO (“Fear of Missing Out” – I just finally learned what this meant).
2 + 3 / Granola / Energy bars. I love Lara Bars. I know they are nothing new, but they are my favorite gluten free quick snack or fast breakfast choice. If you are looking for something with more protein I like Pro Bar (the Chocolate Cherry Cashew is my favorite).
4 / Van’s Honey Crunch – This is a pretty yummy cereal. Every time I buy it one of my kids eats it before I can.
5 / Tate’s Chocolate Chip Cookies – If you only try one thing – TRY THESE! My whole family loves these (and they are phobic of my gluten free foods). They do not even taste like they are gluten free (I find many bake goods have an after taste – anyone else?) and they are pretty low in calories. Perfect after dinner treat with a cup of tea. Your welcome!
7 / Canyon Bakehouse White Bread / Bread is a tricky one. I find most gluten free bread to be mealy and within a few bites time they crumble everywhere. When I make sandwiches I usually end up toasting the bread because I think it holds better and just tastes better. This bread has a consistency all of it’s own and a unique taste. It’s the best I’ve come across and I don’t even have to toast it. If you have a favorite bread, I’d love to know.
8 / Schär Table Crackers / This past winter I got the flu bad. All I wanted was saltines. I thought, ….if break this gluten free deal for saltines then I’m gonna be really mad. My sweet mom went to the store and came back with like five different brands of crackers for me. I found these to be the closet thing to saltines. They helped me through a hard time and now I’m loyal. I also like these a lot too.
9 / Gratify Pretzels / Pretzels are hard to give up too. I brought these home a few months ago and my husband (the biggest gluten free phobic in the house) ate the bag before I could try them. These everything pretzels are super yummy, too!
Your turn! Do you have any gluten free favorites? I’d love to know. I think I’ll be taste testing for a long time.