Bakery On Main Instant Oatmeal

I just discovered a new brand of gluten free instant oatmealBakery on Main makes three fantastic kid-friendly flavors:  Apple Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, and Maple Multigrain Muffin.  All are made with certified gluten free oats, plus chia seeds, flax meal, quinoa and amaranth… giving it 5 grams of fiber per serving!  This is the new power breakfast I’ll be serving my son in the mornings before school.

Keep those great new gluten free products coming!  We love them!

DeBoles Rice Lasagna

Think you need to give up lasagna, now that you’re cooking gluten-free?  Not so!  DeBoles makes these great rice lasagna noodles.  Even better?  You don’t need to boil them first!  Just assemble your favorite lasagna recipe, pop your dish in the oven, and let your family enjoy some comfort food.  I’ve found these available at most grocery stores or “natural foods” markets.  Buon appetito!

Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies

Who doesn’t love Oreo cookies?  These “Oreo” style gluten free cookies from Glutino maybe aren’t so healthy, but as a special treat, they definitely make my son happy :-)  And as far as “imitation” Oreos go, these taste pretty dang close to the original. I actually wish they didn’t taste as good as they do, so I wouldn’t eat so many myself!

Back in our pre-diagnosis days, I hosted a bug-themed party for my son’s 3rd birthday.  One of the games we played was “Put the Spots on the Ladybug” which involved the kids opening Oreo cookies, licking the cream filling, and sticking it to a red poster board with a simple lady bug drawing, like so:

A little bit gross, but lots of fun.  Now that we have an acceptable gluten free alternative, I’m planning to use this game again at my daughter’s upcoming birthday party.

I have also used the Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies for making the “Cookies and Cream Cake” from my “The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free” cookbook.  This cake turned out AMAZING and is definitely my new favorite.  It was easy to make look good too, with sprinkled cookie crumbs on top of the frosting (I have a pretty disastrous track record with cake decorating).  Now I just need an occasion to celebrate, so I have an excuse to make this again :-)

King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour

If you don’t have the time or inclination to buy five different kinds of flours and mix up your own gluten free flour blend for baking, I wholeheartedly endorse the Multi-Purpose Flour from King Arthur Flour’s gluten free line of products.  It is a blend of rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, and whole grain brown rice flour.  I made my favorite banana muffin recipe and they turned out exactly like muffins I’ve made with regular wheat-based all-purpose flour.  Simply substitute cup for cup in your baked goods recipes.  This mix does NOT have xanthan gum, so be sure to add your own to keep your goodies from falling apart.  Here’s a helpful guideline for using xanthan gum in gluten free baking:

  • For bread and pizza dough recipes: Add 1 tsp xanthan gum per cup of gluten-free flour used
  • For cake, muffin and quick bread recipes: Add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum per one cup of gluten-free flour used
  • For cookie and bar recipes: Add 1/2 tsp (or less) xanthan gum per one cup gluten-free flour used

This boxed flour is also a wonderful option for folks who only want/need to bake gluten free for a friend or special occasion.  By my measurement, there was exactly 4 cups of flour per box.  My local grocery store carries this, so it’s convenient too.

Another note: I attempted to use this flour to coat the bag I cooked my turkey in on Thanksgiving, and it didn’t work.  However, cornstarch worked just fine.  FYI.

Glutenfreeda Instant Oatmeal

So glad to see more convenience foods entering the gluten free world!  Glutenfreeda makes this fantastic instant oatmeal with certified gluten free oats.  The price on Amazon is about the same per box as Quaker instant oatmeal.  Plus it’s made with only natural ingredients, including flax, and healthier for you.  This instant oatmeal comes in four flavors: natural, apple cinnamon, maple raisin, and banana maple.  Go enjoy quick oatmeal again.  You’re welcome.

Barbara’s Puffins Multigrain Cereal

We have happily added a new option to our family’s repertoire of gluten free cereals!  Mambo Sprouts offered us the chance to try out Barbara’s Puffins Multigrain Cereal made with gluten free oats*.  This is a lightly sweet and tasty “puffed” textured breakfast cereal.  Made with whole grain corn flour, brown rice flour, and oat flour, with evaporated cane juice (only 6 grams of sugar) and enriched with vitamins and extra fiber (3 grams per serving).  My son (5) and daughter (2) both loved it, and I enjoyed it too.  Love that more and more products are being made with gluten free oats!

*A note about the gluten free oats from the back of the cereal box: “Our pure, clean oats are grown by a dedicated association of farmers who’ve made a commitment to plant and harvest the finest, cleanest grains available…”

FYI for the ULTRA-gluten sensitive… the box also says: “Manufactured in a facility that also processes milk… and wheat. Verified to contain less than 20 ppm gluten.”

Tinkyada Brown Rice Spaghetti

Tinkyada makes our favorite gluten free spaghetti noodles.  They have a wonderful not-mushy texture, great taste, and are made with brown rice and rice bran, so they have extra fiber.  Makes me not miss “regular” spaghetti noodles at all.  If you can’t find this in your local grocery store, you can order it from Amazon.

Roast Beef

Last night I made a roast in the crockpot that turned out great and was the easiest ever.  I usually brown my roast and then slow cook it with sliced onions, fresh mushrooms, beef broth* and a little splash of red wine… which turns out delicious.  Yesterday, I was low on some ingredients and scanned my pantry for inspiration.  I tried slow cooking my roast with just a can of Progresso French Onion soup (which is gluten free) and a touch of red wine.  After the roast was done, I thickened the soup into a nice gravy with a little cornstarch.  Served with mashed potatoes and steamed peas.  The whole family loved it!

* I like to use Better Than Bouillon Beef Base to make my beef broth.  But, BEWARE, the new low-sodium version is NOT gluten free.  They decided to add BARLEY MALT!  Very frustrating!  At least the original version is still gluten free.  You have been warned.

Peanut Butter Panda Puffs

My kids love this Peanut Butter Panda Puffs cereal from Nature’s Path.  With so few gluten free choices for cold cereal out there - NO thanks to that ubiquitous barley malt! – it’s so great to have another wholesome option for breakfast.  Plus, they just love the cute pandas on the box :-)

Bob’s Red Mill Brownie Mix

The same sweet friend made us gluten free brownies too!  She used the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Brownie Mix.  Rich and fudge-y.  Very good.  My son was delighted to have a treat made special for him.  One note: My friend was thrown off by the instructions calling for “gluten free vanilla” and left it out to be safe.  According to our Children’s Hospital nutritionist, vanilla flavoring used to be considered iffy because it is often extracted using grain-based alcohol.  Now they know that any distilled alcohol is gluten free, regardless of the grain source… so all vanilla extract should be naturally gluten free.