Friendly Gluten Free Foods

Adventures of a recipe tinkerer and food explorer


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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

 


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123 Gluten Free Biscuit Mix (Cinnamon Buns)

123 Gluten Free came through for satisfying my craving for cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon buns recipe is printed inside the box of the Southern Glory Buttermilk Biscuit mix or on their website. I’m on a vegan kick right now so this was the perfect dessert because it doesn’t contain eggs and allowed me to substitute the milk/heavy cream with coconut cream.

Product: 123 Gluten Free Biscuit Mix

Price: Listed as $8.99 on their website
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • The mix was fast and easy to make.
  • You can make it as cinnamon-y as you want! I put on a lot and it wasn’t quite enough IMO.
  • I used 1 can of coconut cream instead of the heavy cream + half&half that the recipe calls for.  I did not add lemon or apple cider vinegar to make it buttermilk.
  • Rolling it was a little difficult because I wanted to use my fingers like real cinnamon rolls but it crumbled in my fingers so I had to use the plastic wrap to roll it, which worked fine.
  • For the glaze icing, I used hemp milk and powdered sugar (omitted the butter).
  • They didn’t rise much, if at all, for the two hours in the fridge that the recipe calls for.
  • The outside edges that touched the heavily “buttered” pan turned crunchy – yum.

I scarfed down four cinnamon rolls before realizing I should blog about it. The glaze was a little thin when I put it on, so it seeped down into the cracks of the roll.


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Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust

Wow, a good gluten free pie crust!

I followed the instructions on the package, using 12 tbsp butter and 8 tbsp margarine and then pre-baked the crust for 12 minutes before filling it to make a pumpkin pie. 

It makes enough for two crusts or a single double crust pie. The second crust is in the freezer for use later, per the package instructions. 

Product: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust
Price: Not sure, it was a gift to me
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes, I would tell them that it isn’t as flakey as much as their gluten counterparts.

  • Not very sticky! I used a rolling pin with the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap.
  • Was not crumbly and weak after it was cooked! This is amazing for something gluten free!
  • It was not grainy.
  • It had a crunchy dense texture. They are not as flaky as as their gluten counterparts.
  • Is a great substitute for pizza crust with gluten or store bought frozen gluten free crusts.
  • Not so easy to make but would have been worse if the ingredient included eggs

   

  

  

  


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Betty Crocker Gluten Free Pizza Crust

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It’s tough finding a good gluten free dough (pizza crust, biscuits, pie, etc) as most gluten free doughs are extremely sticky and unable to roll with a rolling pin. However, as with all other Betty Crocker mixes, like their Devil’s Food cake that I’ve tried, this pizza crust turned out great!

Product: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Pizza CrustIMG_6629
Price: $4.99
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes, I would tell them that it don’t rise as much as their gluten counterparts.

  • Not very sticky! I had to use a little corn flour on my fingers when I punched it out but I bet I could have used a rolling pin.
  • Was not crumbly and weak after it was cooked! This is amazing for something gluten free!
  • It was not overly grainy and I wouldn’t have noticed if it was because of the cornmeal bottom I added.
  • It had a crunchy texture, like a thin crust pizza. They do not rise as much as their gluten counterparts.
  • Is a great substitute for pizza crust with gluten or store bought frozen gluten free crusts.
  • Easy to make.
  • I added polenta (corn meal) to the bottom of the crust.

Check out that pizza holding it’s shape under the weight of all of those toppings!

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But let’s get back to the beginning…

The dough formed well and rose slightly during it’s proof stage.

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This is the dough on the pizza stone with cornmeal under neath after it came out of the oven. It has some cracks in it but that didn’t make it loose it’s integrity.

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I piled it high with toppings (pepperoni, dairy free cheese, green peppers, onion, garlic, fresh basil and dried oregano)

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The finished product was so good that I ate half the pizza in one sitting. Next time I could use a rolling pin and get the crust a little thinner.

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Easy instructions, like all of Betty Crocker’s mixes.

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