My daughter has a gluten sensitivity. She can eat a little wheat and be okay, but if she has it too often, she gets stomach aches and feels crummy. Unfortunately…her favorite foods are pasta, mac and cheese, and bagels! Uh oh!
And on top of wanting to eat all carbs all the time, she also is very picky. You can’t just make any old substitution and expect her to eat it. She won’t take, “isn’t this good enough?” as an argument. Needless to say, this has resulted in years of trial and error, not to mention stress on her poor mama.
I have worked to create recipes that please her, and you will find lots of those on my website. For example, I have perfected gluten-free banana muffins and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. There will definitely be more of those to come! But sometimes a mama needs a break from
If I can take what I learned and help another stressed-out mama, I want to do it! Trust me, we have tried MANY products that did not make the list. I have thrown out dozens of things that she refused to eat. The girl is a tough customer! Now remember, I said that she has a wheat sensitivity. If you have celiac or another more serious condition like that, you would need to be more careful than us. None of these products contain wheat, but some of them may be made in facilities that may use wheat for other products. I have put an asterisk* on the products in my list that may not be okay for all. Please carefully check labels!
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So here is what made the cut – now without further ado, our list of the best tasting gluten-free products out there!
Best Tasting Gluten-Free Bread
I am starting with bread because it was the hardest category in which to find something edible! Many gluten-free
Trader Joe’s makes some good tasting gluten-free hamburger buns.
Best Tasting Gluten-Free Bagels
Canyon Bakehouse makes bagels in several flavors. We have bought the plain, blueberry, and cinnamon raisin varieties. They are all pretty good, but my daughter likes the plain ones best. They need to be toasted to be yummy. I buy them at Sprouts, and they are in the refrigerated bread section. Check the freezer aisle at your store. The award for worst-tasting goes to Trader Joe’s gluten-free bagels. I love Trader Joe’s, but those bagels are awful.
Best Tasting Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese
Trader Joe’s redeems itself already! Their frozen mac and cheese is great – my daughter likes it the best. If you want to get boxed mac and cheese, Annie’s is great. Annie’s Homegrown Rice Pasta & Cheddar is tasty. However, be careful! We tried several other versions of Annie’s gluten-free pasta and she did NOT like them.
Best Tasting Gluten-Free Pasta
We have had pretty good success with rice pasta. I’ve tried buying her corn pasta and quinoa pasta -neither of those pass the test. I’ve also seen various bean pastas on the market, but she gets stomach aches from beans, too, so I’m sure those wouldn’t work for us. Most rice pasta seems to be about the same. Trader Joe’s also has a rice and quinoa blend that is pretty good. She is pretty annoyed that she had to give up wheat pasta – nothing else is quite right, unfortunately, and wheat pasta is one of her favorite things in the world. I’ve been told several times, “I’m so sick of everything tasting like rice.” So I have found one psychological trick that works on her: spaghetti. If it’s long and fun, it’s better.
Tinkyada is good rice pasta, as is the Trader Joe’s rice pasta. When you cook rice pasta, make sure you drain it really well when it is done. Then toss it with olive oil so that it doesn’t stick together. Rice pasta can be much gummier than wheat pasta, so you have to be careful with it. I have also found that the leftovers don’t last as long as wheat pasta leftovers. While wheat pasta can still be okay up to five days later when refrigerated, rice pasta gets hard and unpleasant after a couple of days. So don’t cook more than you need.
All of the pasta and mac and cheese that I recommend are COMPLETELY gluten-free.
Best Tasting Gluten-Free Crackers
Oh my gosh, have we bought a lot of crackers! There are LOTS of gluten-free crackers on the market, and lots of them are NOT good. Her favorites are Glutino pretzels (either twists or sticks), Glutino’s Bagel Chips, and Annie’s Gluten Free Cheddar Bunny Tails. These are the closest we’ve found to Goldfish. She loves Goldfish, and as of yet they don’t have a gluten-free product in their line. But Annie’s Gluten Free Cheddar Bunny Tails are pretty darn good.
MY favorite gluten-free cracker is Simple Mills Fine Ground Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers. They are also grain-free and paleo-friendly. I think they’re delicious. I also like the rosemary version. My daughter isn’t thrilled by them, but she is okay with the cheese version, Simple Mills Farmhouse Cheddar Almond Flour Crackers.
All of the crackers on this list are COMPLETELY gluten-free, so safe for those who have celiac.
Best Tasting Gluten-Free Cereal
Yummy gluten-free cereal is not too hard to find. Her favorite for years now is Nature’s Path Organic Pumpkin Seed & Flax Granola*. It is available at lots of stores- I have found it at Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and they have a great deal on it at Costco. She also really likes Cheerios, both regular and Honey Nut. Those are available everywhere! Trader Joe’s also has a tasty version called Joe’s O’s*.
Annie’s Homegrown makes several yummy gluten-free
My daughter’s favorite of the sugary gluten-free cereals is Van’s brand. She likes their Blissfully Berry as well as their Cinnamon Heaven. Both of these are certified gluten-free.
As you can see, there are lots of good choices for tasty cereal, but several of them are made in facilities that also make things out of wheat. Remember, all the ones I placed an asterisk (*) on can be iffy. So please always read labels to be sure what you are getting. Happily, Cheerios has made an effort to make their cereal completely gluten-free, so that is a good choice (and delicious)!
Best Tasting Gluten-Free Waffles
Van’s Gluten-Free Original Waffles are the bomb-diggoty. Even my son loves these, and he doesn’t need to eat gluten-free. They are certified gluten-free, so safe for everyone. They also are egg and dairy-free, so they are a good choice if you have those allergies, too. We have tried their other flavors, and the original flavor is definitely both of my kids’ favorite.
Best Tasting Gluten-Free Pizza
The best store-bought gluten-free pizza we have found is Vicolo’s Gluten-Free Four Cheese Pizza. It is delicious, but is really hard to find. I got it at Whole Foods market, but only certain Whole Foods carry it. There is also a Vicolo’s gluten-free pizza crust available. Both products were in the refrigerated section near the deli.
Udi’s Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza is easier to find. I bought it at Target, and I think it is also available at Safeway and
Best Tasting Gluten-Free Tortillas
We have eaten a lot of crummy tortillas around here! Thankfully, we found Siete brand. Siete makes several varieties, we have tried both the Cassava & Coconut variety and the Almond Flour variety. They are both good. I like to eat them too instead of traditional tortillas, as they are grain-free and paleo-friendly. They also make great grain-free tortilla chips.
Best Tasting Gluten-Free Snacks
Pirate’s Booty is a favorite of many kids and is available EVERYWHERE. There are also good snack bars readily available. My daughter likes Clif Kid Organic Z Bar* – these are made in a facility that also processes wheat. They are also available at most stores. Annie’s Organic Crispy Snack Bars is another delish snack. They are basically rice
Best Tasting Gluten-Free Treats
Glutino Yogurt-Covered Pretzels and Kinnikinnick Vanilla Wafers are two of my daughter’s favorites. I’ve found both of them at Sprouts. Annie’s also makes several varieties of little cookies that are tasty. Those are widely available.
So there you have it! A list of the best tasting gluten-free products for picky kids! I would love to know about any products I missed! If you have suggestions, please mention them in your comment below!