Friendly Gluten Free Foods

Adventures of a recipe tinkerer and food explorer


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Welcome!

This is my digital notebook of gluten free and dairy free recipes I’ve modified/created as well as reviews of local gluten free bakeries and commercial products labeled as gluten free. My choice to be gluten free is based on medical reasons other than celiacs. My gluten and milk fat sensitivity has physical and mental symptoms that have kept me on a low gluten and a diet low in dairy-fat. Recipes added after Sept 2017 will also be meat free (some baked goods may contain eggs, honey and other animal byproducts).

Hope you enjoy the GF food reviews, the gluten free bakery reviews and recipes! Leave a comment to tell me your thoughts.

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Sweet Loren’s cookies

Delicious!! Vegan, dairy free, and nut free!

Product: Sweet Loren’s Sugar Cookies

Found At: Safeway
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • Great taste
  • Tastes buttery
  • Good texture

Rolled half the cookies in cinnamon and sugar mixture to make snickerdoodles. Both were amazing. Tasted buttery.

It comes in multiple flavors, sugar cookies, double chocolate and chocolate chip. They also have edible cookie dough.

The chocolate chip cookies were good too!


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Vegan cream cheese (Tofutti vs Wayfare vs Miyoko’s)

Wayfare

Product: Wayfare Vegan Cream Cheese

Found At: Lucky’s
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • Tastes good
  • Good texture

There are certain cream cheeses that I’m familiar with on the west coast and on a visit to the east coast I was faced with a sea of unfamiliar cream cheeses. So I picked up Wayfare cream cheese and was pleasantly surprised. It was more on the tart side than any other vegan cream cheese I’ve tried.

Wayfare on a NY bagel (non-gluten free)

Tofutti

Product: Tofutti Vegan Cream Cheese

Found At: Safeway
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • Tastes good
  • Good texture

Tofutti on a BFree bagel (gluten free)

Miyoko’s

Product: Miyoko’s Vegan Cream Cheese

Found At: Sprouts
Buy again: No.
Recommend to friends: No.

Not good. Couldn’t finish it. The texture was weird and the flavor was off. People online seem to like it through.


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eMeals: Quinoa patties (black bean and flax)

This recipe from eMeals.com turned out well. The spices made it taste great! (EMeals, July 11-17, 2017, vegan plan)

Without any greens on hand, I made it a sandwich with Franz Gluten free hamburger bun and topped it with avocado and local tomatoes. The patty fell apart a little so I may add more flax meal next time for binding. But who doesn’t love eating messy foods – makes you feel like a kid again.


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BFree Bagels

Bfree bagels

Finding a good gluten free bagel is hard. Most are too small to slice well or put any toppings on it. This one is a decent size and holds it shape well.

Product: BFree Bagels, plain

Price: $5.99 from Safeway
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • Toasts well
  • Tastes good
  • Good texture

It pairs very nicely with vegan cream cheese like this Tofutti cream cheese.


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Chocolate Fudgy Brownie Cookies

I spotted these in the Safeway grocery store and thought I’d give them a try. Wow. I can’t believe they are vegan, gluten free and nut free. They taste great.

I put them in the freezer before baking because I wasn’t sure how long it would be till I could make them and so they are thicker than what the picture on the packaging shows. I cooked them for 18 minutes instead of the recommended 10-15 because they were frozen.

Product: Sweet Loren’s Gluten Free Fudgy Brownie cookies

Price: ?? Not sure
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • Very chocolatey
  • Easy to make (just put them in the oven)
  • Easy to make just one or two instead of a whole batch
  • Doesn’t taste gluten free or vegan

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Cheese Alternative Reviews

Go Veggie!

I love Go Veggie!’s products, from their cream cheese (my cream cheese review) to parmesan to their shreds. In looking at their website for this blog post, I realized they have both vegan mozzarella cheese and lactose free (non-vegan) mozzarella cheese. I’ve only had their lactose free shreds, which contain milk protein (casein). The cheese melts, stretches and tastes good.

  • Stretches
  • Melts
  • Tastes closest to real cheese out of all cheese alternatives I’ve had.
  • Not vegan (some products)
  • Lactose free

 

So Delicious Vegan Mozzarella Cheese

So Delicious Coconut cheeseThis was surprisingly good tasting even though this shredded cheese doesn’t spread in the oven (photo right). When eating it, though, the cheese stretches similar to real cheese.

  • Vegan
  • Doesn’t melt
  • Stretches
  • No soy
  • Base: Coconut

 

Miyoko’s Vegan Mozzarella

Comes in a ball like traditional mozzarella. The first half of the ball, I cut into pieces and wrapped in pizza dough with some pizza sauce. It melted into the dough and was gooey and delicious. Then I put it in the oven on gluten free bagel with pizza sauce and was surprised that it didn’t spread or change shape at all (see photo). When biting into it, it was more like mush than a cheese texture.

  • Base: Cashew & Coconut
  • Vegan
  • Doesn’t spread when heated
  • It gets soft but doesn’t stretch.

Daiya Mozzarella cheese

Once again, I was surprised to find that there were two versions of mozzarella cheese from this company when looking at their website for this blog. Except this company has an artisan version verses their original mozzarella shreds, both vegan. While the Daiya cheese does melt, it seems to taste and look better when I order it in a restaurant verses when I buy it in the grocery store and put it on home made pizza.

  • Tapioca, pea or potato protein, and coconut oil
  • Vegan