Friendly Gluten Free Foods

Adventures of a recipe tinkerer and food explorer


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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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eMeals.com Creates a Vegan Plan!

I have been using a meal planner for over a year that is saved me time at the grocery store, time in the kitchen and I no longer agonize over what to make. It helps that the app is amazing.

eMeals is a subscription-based service that provides you seven recipe per week based on a two person or family meal plan for just $5/month if you get the year plan. The recipes are easy to create, usually contain just a few ingredients which translates to spending very little time in the grocery store. The recipes are varied for anyone’s tastes preferences, which allows me to try recipes I probably wouldn’t have picked if I was searching the internet for a random recipe (see french onion soup below).

They have many categories from heart healthy to gluten free to diabetic to Paula Deen comfort foods. I was using the vegetarian category in September, when I changed my diet to be mostly vegan. I would substitute the dairy for dairy-free alternatives and the gluten for gluten free alternatives.

Then they came out with a vegan category, which has been excellent. I mentioned that their app is amazing, they have a ‘cook mode’ where it steps you through the recipe in a wide screen format which is perfect for my iPad. (Rice, bean and corn recipe here)

The eMeals app is well designed and easy to use (see photos below). The tabs at along the bottom of the app allow you to go into cook mode, add it to your shopping cart (which makes it quick and easy to get items at the grocery store), and the ability to share and add it to your list of favorites. Photo to the right of the recipe below (added spinach and avocado). (eMeals app, Week Nov 22-28, 2017, Vegan plan)

Another meal created from an eMeals recipe. I never would have gravitated to make french onion soup on my own. Used gluten free bread and vegan cheese. (eMeals app, week Oct 4-10, 2017, Vegetarian plan)


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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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1-2-3 Gluten Free Delightfully Gratifying Bundt Poundcake (Sugar Free)

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IMG_1849This 1-2-3 Gluten Free Pound Cake made a LOT of pound cake. It made two thick 8×8 squares of pound cake! It freezes well! And it’s oh so good. Adding the orange juice is the BEST idea (follow the directions).

Product: 1-2-3 Gluten Free Delightfully Gratifying Bundt Poundcake (Sugar Free and Gluten Free)
What I paid: $62.48/3 @ Amazon
Buy again: YES!
Recommend to friends: Yes!

  • Not grainy
  • Delicious orange flavor
  • Sugar free
  • Extra large portion size (Freezes well and great for holidays)

 

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Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin (Mariposa Bakery)

20140608-113443-41683493.jpgMy favorite gluten free blueberry muffin is from Mariposa bakery. I couldn’t pass one up when I visited their flagship bakeshop in Oakland for the first time (I typically go to the SF Ferry Building). Their bakery smelled heavenly. The last 30 mins they are open everything is 20% off.

The blueberry muffin has a brown sugar crumb topping which reminds me of my homemade blueberry muffin topping. Not only is the topping crumble but the inside falls apart in your hand – this is not meant to be eaten with a fork. The inside is moist, not grainy and delicate. By the looks of it they use fresh blueberries instead of frozen because the dough is not a blue color.

The only thing differing from my homemade blueberry muffins is that I tend to put more blueberries in my muffins =)

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Franz Bakery (Gluten Free Breads)

Franz Bakery based out of the northwest portion of the U.S.A now has gluten free breads. Their 7 grains gluten free bread is the best sandwich bread I’ve had.

Product: Franz Bakery 7 Grains Gluten Free Sandwich Bread
Price: $??
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Very few holes
  • Don’t fall apart
  • Are large for a gluten free bread
  • MOIST

Bottom line, I couldn’t believe it was gluten free.


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Chocolate Chip Cookie & Blueberry Muffin (Pushkin Bakery)

The gluten free chocolate chip cookie had a deep brown sugar taste. It was moist, and tasted like a home made chocolate chip cookie. It only slightly grainy, and didn’t hold together as well as other cookies but I wouldn’t call it ‘crumbly’. Nice sized chunks of chocolate in the cookie.

The gluten free blueberry muffin had a ton of blueberries, was moist, and had just a slight grainy texture. There was no crumb topping that you see on most blueberry muffins, but I don’t think it was necessary, as it was just the right amount of sweet.

If I were in the area again, I’d certainly pick up the chocolate chip cookie and blueberry muffin from Pushkin Bakery.

My favorite gluten free chocolate chip cookie is from Red House Bakery and gf blueberry muffin favorite is from Mariposa Bakery.

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