Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Best Gluten-Free Products

Several people have asked me to post the gluten-free products that we enjoy. I haven't sampled every gluten-free product in the world, but I've tried a lot--some disgusting, some delicious! Here's the best of the products we've tried, divided into different categories. As a general rule, these are products we've found that people enjoy whether or not they have to restrict themselves to a gluten-free diet. Also, as a general, we have not enjoyed any products with bean flours but far prefer rice-flour, tapioca, and potato starch products.

Best All-Purpose Flour
Better Batter (dairy-free)

This flour is truly amazing. I have only begun to experiment with it, so it may replace some of my other mixes in the future. For now, I can say that it is by far the best flour or mix for any recipe that needs to be rolled out: pie crust, cinnamon rolls, sugar cookies, etc. And it tastes absolutely delicious. I recently made yeast rolls with it using nothing more than the flour, water, yeast, and salt, and the rolls turned out crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside; the texture inside even had the stretchy bubbles of air characteristic of gluten grains! Yum! I can't wait to try it for pizza crust.

One piece of advice I would give is to use the recipes on the Better Batter website rather than trying to substitute the flour into recipes that normally contain gluten. I tried substituting it in a couple of gluten recipes with moderate results. But every recipe I've tried from their website has been fantastic.

Best Quick Rise Baking Mix
Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix (contains dairy)

This mix makes the best pancakes; Belgian waffles (absolutely delicious! Follow the recipe on the back of the bag. My husband, who can eat gluten, loves them); quick breads like banana bread, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, and muffins; coffee cake (you MUST try this recipe from Pamela's website, only I usually cut the sugar in half); and cookies (check out my recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies).

Best Sandwich Bread

With dairy: Against the Grain Rolls
Without dairy: Udi's bread (pre-made) or Pamela's Gluten-Free Bread Mix (works great in a bread maker)

Best Pasta
Tinkyda Brown Rice Pasta

Best English Muffins
Food for Life Wheat and Gluten-Free Brown Rice English Muffins

Best Oatmeal

McCann's Steel Cut Oats

Yes, oatmeal can be gluten-free. We have had trouble with all other oatmeals, even the ones that are labeled gluten-free. McCann's has been great and a wonderful addition to our breakfast choices. We like the 5-minute quick cooking oatmeal.

Best Pizza Crust
Gluten-Free Pantry French Bread and Pizza Mix

My family loves our homemade pizza. It outshines every store-bought GF pizza we've ever tried (Udi's, Against the Grain, Uno's, etc.). But I'm looking forward to trying pizza with Better Batter, which may even be better since it's such a great flour for rolling out.

Best Chocolate Cake Mix
Gluten-Free Pantry Decadent Chocolate Cake Mix

This cake mix used to have a recipe on it that included 1 cup of yogurt or buttermilk. I highly recommend adding yogurt or buttermilk to the recipe as it makes an exceptionally moist cake and enhances the flavor of the chocolate. My husband and neighbors (none of whom eat gluten-free) love this cake.

Best Vanilla/White Cake Mix

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix

We love the lightness and sponginess of the texture of this cake. We've made it for many a birthday party and all the kids, gluten-free or not, gobble them up happily. The mix is an exception to many of Bob's Red Mill gluten-free products which we generally do not like because of the bean flour this brand often uses.

Best Prezels


They taste like regular prezels!

(This is a note from Kate now; sorry for the confusion! I told Christy I would link these Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls for her. She has tried them as well, and thinks they are delicious. :) They are made from my favorite pizza crust mix; the Pamela's Gluten Free Bread Mix.)

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