Gluten Free Products that are actually good!!

*Note: This is not an ad. I have not been sponsored/paid by any of the below companies to mention their products. This is my personal opinion only. *

Eating gluten free doesn’t have to suck but often it can. For the last 5 years, I’ve been gluten free. I am gluten intolerant – not Celiac. It has taken a lot of trial and error to find gluten free products I enjoy, ones that aren’t too dry, ones that closely resemble the gluten filled goodness I’m missing. I’ve put together a list of my favourites below (in no particular order) – if you are looking for something new – give one of them a try, or maybe you already have – either way, Enjoy!

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  1. O’Dough’s Bagels

There are several flavours available but my favourite are the Everything ones! They         are the closest I can find to a “real” bagel and to make it better they are thin and only         100 calories each!

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2. Presidents Choice Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

Yum, yum, yum! These chicken nuggets are delicious! If you’re jealous of your kids             getting all the fun – give these a try. If they are for your kids – they will thank you                 because you can’t even tell they are gluten free!

3. Chex Cereal

This cereal reminds me of cinnamon toast crunch – something I can’t eat anymore. The chocolate flavour is also really good – try any of them – you won’t be disappointed.

4. Glutino Rosemary & Olive Oil Crackers

These crackers need nothing else, not cheese or meat – you can add them if you want – but they are really good on their own. You can even feed them to your non-gluten free family and friends and they won’t suspect they are missing gluten.

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5. Breton Gluten Free Black Bean with Onion and Garlic Crackers

Let’s stay on the cracker train for a minute. These crackers are also yummy and not dry. Although good on their own, I tend to have cheese or soup with these ones. Breton makes other gluten free flavours as well – but I think this one is the best.

6. Robin Hood Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend

This flour blend is the answer to all your baking frustrations. It is my go to –  I substitute regular flour for this blend in all of my old recipes and haven’t had an issue yet. And – Robin Hood has some great gluten free recipes on their website if you are looking to try out something new.

 

7. Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Minis – Gluten Free

Finally! Pretzel crisps are now available in a gluten free version! I’ve only been able to find the mini version but they also make one the same size as the original ones.  A great addition to any of your favourite dips.

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8. Catelli Gluten Free Pasta

There are several gluten free pastas on the market – and there are a lot that I do enjoy. The catelli brand is readily available where I live and a great substitute to regular pasta. It tastes very close to regular pasta – most can’t tell the difference. Catelli also has recipes on their website – which I just discovered as I was writing this post – yum!

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9. Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix

Betty Crocker makes some great cake mixes – I’ve had both the chocolate and yellow – they are both what you would expect from a cake – and a great solution when you don’t want to bake from scratch or want to quickly whip up some cupcakes. AND – their website has recipes too – I see a lot of new things in my future.

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10. Nature’s Path Gluten Free Waffles – Pumpkin Spice

Be still my heart!!! There really isn’t much to say here – if you need a pumpkin spice fix and love waffles – this is a must!!!

 

There are a lot more products I love – but I’ll save those for another time. Give some of these a try – especially if you are new to gluten-free eating and struggling to replace old favourites. And when all else fails – have a glass of wine!

 

 

 

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb – the iconic start to summer treat that many people love. This was always one of my favourite pies – and one of my Nana’s best recipes. Then, I began having to eat gluten free. I don’t always have gluten free pie crusts on hand (or don’t want to go through the effort to make one from scratch) -so,  I merged my Nana’s Pie recipe with my Mom’s Rhubarb crisp recipe, made a few adjustments and have a delicious recipe that is easy to make and sure to make you want seconds.

Let’s get started! First you need rhubarb, it is in season right now, so it should be relatively easy to find – I purchased mine from the St.Jacob’s Farmer’s market and there was a wide selection of availability at various stands. The rhubarb season is shorter – so make sure you get out soon if you are hoping to find some.

The first thing to do is preheat your oven to 350 F and grease an 8×8 pan – I used cooking spray. Then, I washed my rhubarb and cut it into 1 inch pieces and put it directly in the pan (you could also put it in a bowl with the next few ingredients).

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Next, wash and slice your strawberries and add them to the rhubarb. Sprinkle with the sugar and orange juice and mix well. If you were using a bowl, this is the point where you should add it to the greased pan.

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Now onto the topping, this is the part that really makes the crisp. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, rolled oats, flour (I used gluten free flour) and softened margarine (or butter) to a small bowl. Using a fork, incorporate the margarine until the mixture forms large crumbs – and sprinkle the topping onto the rhubarb and strawberries.

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It’s now time to put the crisp into the oven for 40 minutes – the top should start to brown and bubble around the edges – the rhubarb should be tender. It will smell heavenly and you will want to devour it right away – make sure you let it cool a little before you do that – no need to burn your taste buds – you will want them for this.

You can always double the recipe if you feel like sharing or want more for yourself. It is best enjoyed warm but delicious cold too. Enjoy!

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Easy Granola

If you’re anything like me, the best recipes are the ones that are both quick and easy. This recipe is both of those and my kids love it – which is always an added bonus.

Granola makes for an easy and delicious breakfast or snack – mixed with your preference of yogurt and fruit if you choose.

Let’s get started! (recipe will be at the end).

First you will need to gather all of your ingredients, oats, coconut, cinnamon, salt, brown sugar, vanilla extract, oil, and sunflower seeds (optional).

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Use a large bowl and mix all of the ingredients together. Make sure you mix them very well – you want to ensure the wet ingredients are very well incorporated.

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Next, you will line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure you spread the mixture evenly on the pan. Now you are ready to bake!

Bake at 350°F for approximately 30 minutes. Stir/flip around the 15 minute mark. Keep an eye on the granola as you near 30 minutes – as all ovens are a little different and you don’t want to over bake or burn the granola.

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Once your granola is baked, remove from the oven and add the cranberries – let the granola cool on the pan for about 20 minutes. I’ve added the cranberries at the beginning but find when they bake they become rock hard – which my family does not enjoy but feel free to bake them for a few minutes if that is your preference.

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When the granola is cooled add to an airtight container. It should keep for a week and makes about 5 cups.

And now the best part – taste test your granola with some yogurt! It will be worth the effort! Enjoy!

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