Since gluten is the sticky protein in many types of flour that gives pasta texture and causes baked goods to rise, finding tasty name-brand gluten-free foods can be a challenge. Many different brands of gluten-free foods exist both in stores and online. Brands popular with those who follow gluten-free diets include Glutino, Udi's Gluten Free Foods, Bob's Red Mill, Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery, General Mills, Blue Diamond Growers, Pamela's and Ancient Harvest.
Finding Flour and Bread
Many recipes exist for making your own gluten-free flour blends, but as gluten-free diets become more popular, pre-mixed flours have shown up in most food markets. Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix is a common brand for baking, as well as King Arthur, General Mills Bisquick and Bob's Red Mill. Brand-name breads made with gluten-free products include Udi's Gluten Free Foods, Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery and Kinnikinnick Foods.
A variety of gluten-free pastas exist. Many pastas are made with rice or corn flours, while different grains like quinoa are used for others. Name-brand pastas include Tinkyada, Ancient Harvest, Ronzoni, Barilla and Sam Mills. Pre-made frozen and boxed pasta meals can be purchased as well. Caesar's Pasta, Dr. Schar and Annie's Homegrown are popular brands of premixed pasta meals.
Fun and crunchy snacks can easily be found for people on a gluten-free diet. The key factor is reading the ingredient list. Some brands of tortilla chips are gluten-free, while others are not. For example, regular nacho Doritos have wheat gluten, while ranch-flavored Doritos do not. Other name-brand snacks include All Natural Popchips, Glutino's toaster pastries, Lara Bars, EnviroKidz Organic Crispy Rice Bars and Cheetos. Many name-brand chips and crackers do not contain gluten.
Cereal can be a quick and easy meal. Several brands of gluten-free cereals are available. General Mills makes Rice Chex cereals that are gluten-free and now come in several flavors, such as apple cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate and honey-nut. Crispy rice cereals can be found as Kellogg's Gluten-Free Rice Krispies and EnviroKidz Koala Crisp. EnviroKidz also has Leapin Lemurs, Panda Puffs and Gorilla Munch -- all gluten-free cereals made with corn.