Gluten-Free Baking Mixes and Other Gluten-Free Products

| 4/29/2010 9:20:33 AM

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Some people avoid gluten for other health reasons. Gluten is in many foods you might not think of — cream soup, gravy and soy sauce — but those foods can be made without gluten. Bread, cakes, cookies and other foods usually made with wheat flour can also be made gluten free by using rice, potato, sorghum or other flours. Gluten-free baking can be a little challenging, but new gluten-free products and mixes are available all the time, making it easier to have variety in your diet while still avoiding gluten. Here are a few of the products we’ve sampled in the last year or so.

Shortbread cookie mix

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Mixes
We tested the shortbread cookie mix and vanilla cake mix from Bob’s Red Mill. The vanilla cake mix was good, with little difference between it and a “standard” mix. The shortbread cookie mix was impressive. One of the editors who is not accustomed to gluten-free foods said, “I couldn’t tell these were gluten free.” (High praise from this particular editor, who is a tough critic.) It’s also great to have some out-of-the-ordinary gluten-free desserts — not just the standard cookie and cake mixes.

Bob’s Red Mill also produces various flours and other ingredients useful (even necessary) for gluten-free baking. My wife and I keep a variety of gluten-free flours in our fridge.

 bean chips

Beanitos Gluten Free and Corn Free Bean Chips
Even if you’re not eating gluten free, there are good reasons to avoid genetically modified corn. Beanitos are made primarily from beans, and although we hesitated to try them, we really liked them. They’re something delightfully different than standard corn chips. One editor asked, “Where can I buy these?” Beanitos are available at Whole Foods stores throughout the United States. They should also be available soon (you may have seen them already) at major grocery chains: Kroger, A&P, Winn-Dixie, Ingles, Publix and Harris Teeter.

10/22/2012 2:02:02 PM

Hands down the best GF bread is UDI's. I've tried all the others and this is what I buy regularly. I can't get it locally, so when I shop to stock up, I freeze several loaves. Traders Joe's has it, sometimes other supermarkets - check their site for locations. Schar has some great par-baked Ciabatta Rolls (shelf stable) and their pasta is superior (best selling in Italy), but Walmart has Heartland brand pasta, which is close in quality. And a good standby is Chebe products - lots of variety (Brazilian cheese rolls, cinnamon rolls, pizza dough etc) check the recipes on their site.

Dona Maria Baker
8/18/2010 7:24:34 AM

My website has the Culinary Cookbook on sale and gluten-free products.

Patti Wigington_1
6/12/2010 11:16:23 AM

I love the sandwich bread mix from Gluten Free Pantry - I usually bake two loaves at a time, slice them, and then freeze most of it. The Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookies are amazing as well -- again, I mix up the dough, roll it into small balls, and then freeze them on a cookie sheet. Then I save them for when I have a 2 am cookie emergency crisis -- and who doesn't have that? As far as the other flours, I mix up a blend of tapioca flour, brown rice and soy flour (all from Bob's Red Mill) and I use it for breading on things like chicken nuggets or tilapia. It's pretty versatile, and by adding different ingredients I can make rolls and biscuits as well. Eating gluten free isn't hard, it just requires some forethought. If nothing else, developing a gluten sensitivity has inspired me to eat more vegetables -- I don't have to read the ingredients list on an avocado.

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