Gluten-Free Favorites

13 Jun

I’ve spent a lot of time and money trying to find the best-tasting gluten-free products. Just like Oprah has her list of favorites, these are my gluten-free must-haves. (I think there may be even better products out there, as the gluten-free market has exploded since I left the U.S., but these are products I can order internationally through iherb.com.)

Best Baking Mixes

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Pamela’s is the best all-purpose gluten-free baking mix. The pancakes are wonderful, as are many of the recipes on the back label. I have tried almost all of the recipes on the back. In particular, I love the zucchini bread, coffee cake, and banana bread recipes–they are to die for! My husband (who is not gluten-free) says the zucchini bread is his favorite out of all of my experimental recipes. For the chocolate chip cookies, I usually substitute about half cup of 100% rice flour for the Pamela’s mix. Sometimes my cookies end up too flat if I do not add rice flour.

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I use the Pamela’s baking mix to make pancakes, but I prefer the Kinnikinnick brand pancake mix. The texture is smoother than the Pamela’s mix. Pamela’s is a bit grainy for pancakes, and Kinnikinnick is as close as it gets to the real thing.

I was so surprised and happily relieved to see Betty Crocker gluten-free mixes on the supermarket shelves. I have tried several brownie mixes, as fudge brownies are my ultimate indulgence. The one with the best consistency and most natural taste is the Betty Crocker mix! The Pamela’s brownie mix is not bad, but I prefer Betty’s.

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Pamela’s chocolate cake mix: perfection. The frosting mixes are also wonderful. 

 

Gluten-Free Pasta

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I have tried almost every gluten-free pasta that New Seasons and Whole Foods have to offer. I just love the Tinkyada brand. The pasta cooks perfectly, the consistency is great, and the taste is superb. I usually add a bit of oil to the pasta while boiling so that the noodles do not stick together. Whether made with brown or white rice, the pastas taste great. I’ve used their lasagna noodles, penne, spirals, and spinach spaghetti. 

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For a little comfort food, Annie’s gluten-free mac-and-cheese is my guilty pleasure. Creamy and delicious! Just like Kraft without the horrible side effects.

Often touted as a “superfood”, quinoa is the single best alternative to pasta. There are endless quinoa variations: you can make it as a pasta, salad, vegetable dish, etc. I recently added some fruit I had to eat to cooked quinoa, and the creation turned out very tasty.

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