Whether you avoid gluten due to intolerance or for health reasons, you may know how hard it is to find gluten-free products that taste good. Let me take the guesswork out of it for you! Here is the list of the 5 best gluten-free foods and snacks you will get hooked on in 2018, even if you don’t mind gluten in your diet.
Let me start by saying that I do not have celiac disease. However, I do try to avoid gluten when possible because it makes me feel tired and bloated. One day I’d like to get tested for food allergies, because it’s quite possible I might have a mild sensitivity to gluten.
My first attempts at gluten-free lifestyle were pretty discouraging. So many products tasted like cardboard, had gummy texture or lacked flavor. I ended up cooking my own GF muffins and cookies (mostly with almond flour and GF rolled oats), but my face still craved chips, breads and healthy tortillas.
It took some trial and error (…and dollars – because let’s face it – most GF options are expensive), but eventually the right brands with delicious healthy products made it into my kitchen. If you’re like me, and gluten is not your friend – check out my list for the 5 best gluten-free foods and snacks.
***Side note: I would have picked these products to the top of my favorites list even if gluten was not an issue. They are simply THAT GOOD! So, if you don’t mind gluten in your diet – you should still try these delicious products from the list. They will not disappoint!
The 5 best gluten-free foods and snacks
1. Canyon Bakehouse Breads and Bagels
If you haven’t tried Canyon Bakehouse products, you’re missing out. This brand is at the top of my list for a reason. Their breads and bagels are tasty, light and fluffy. They toast amazingly well: slightly crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside (most other GF breads get hard as nails in a toaster, total deal breaker). For a toast snob like me, it is a big deal.
Since discovering this brand, I’ve been inspired to try different variations of breakfast toasts, delicious sandwiches and snacks. My favorite Canyon Bakehouse products are: Honey Oat bread, Cinnamon Raisin bagels, and Sweet Hawaiian bread (in that order).
Latest breakfast favorite: Canyon Bakehouse Sweet Hawaiian bread, toasted and topped with Kite Hill chive almond spread + wild smoked salmon, 2 scrambled eggs, and fresh chopped cucumber .
Honestly, you don’t even realize that you’re eating gluten-free food, but in case that you wonder: all Canyon Bakehouse products are made with wholesome, Certified Gluten-Free flour without any preservatives, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. I examined the ingredient list of each bread I’ve tried, and was left completely satisfied.
Cost: $5 – $6.5 per loaf
Where to buy: local grocery stores and supermarkets, or on Canyon Bakehouse website. I get mine at Sprouts.
2. Siete Foods Torillas
Yet another product that I’d pick over its gluten containing counterpart. First, these gluten free tortillas are made of my beloved almond and coconut flour. They are packed with flavor and nutrients like healthy fats and protein. One serving provides a whopping 6 grams of protein!
My favorite way to eat these tortillas is for breakfast topped with scrambled eggs, chopped avocado and salsa. The said breakfast gets eaten faster than I think to snap a photo for you. So here’s another way you may enjoy Siete tortillas:
Mid-afternoon snack: Siete almond flour tortilla topped with organic peanut butter, fresh strawberries, local honey and coconut flakes.
The list of ingredients is short (FIVE!) and will easily please any health conscious person, whether GF or not. The texture is not rubbery or crunchy like some other gluten free options. I’m nodding at you rice flour tortillas. These guys will store in the fridge for over a week without losing its flavor and elasticity.
Cost: $55 for a 6 pack (each pack contains 8 tortillas), or retail cost for individual packs at stores
Where to buy: order on Siete Foods website or look for them at local grocery stores. I get mine from Whole Foods.
3. Siete Foods Grain Free Sea Salt Tortilla Chips
If you try Siete tortilla chips, you may just never want to bother with any other brands. They are SO SNACKY! Following the company’s tradition they are made with very few ingredients like almond flour, sans preservatives or any processed stuff you can’t pronounce. They have a nice crunchy texture, with just a hint of nutty flavor from almond flour, not overly salty like most other chips you’ve tried.
I bet Siete tortilla chips are really good with salsa and guacamole. But we never get there. In our house it’s an open season – first come first serve – once a new bag is opened. Between the kids and adults everything disappears with terrifying speed, so be prepared to buy several bags just in case. For same reasons I can’t report on how long these chips last. Because they don’t in our house.
Give these chips a try – they will quickly become your family’s favorite snack! You can thank me later 🙂
Cost: $3.50 per bag
Where to buy: local grocery stores or Siete website. I get mine at a local Sprouts.
4. Kitchfix Garin-Free Blueberry Waffles
This was a surprise find at a local Spouts store. I was looking to diversify my breakfast routine, and these Kitchfix blueberry maple waffles pooped at me at a frozen foods section. I thought I’d give them a try because I’ve heard so many good things about the company (they deliver meals in certain areas and generally promote clean ingredient paleo lifestyle).
If you follow a paleo diet, these waffles will be your jam. They are made with real cage free eggs, coconut flour and cassava flour. I immediately knew, I had to try them for breakfast topped with – you guessed it – blueberries and nut butter (pretty much my standard topping for all things breakfast haha!)
Breakfast: a serving of Kitchfix toasted blueberry waffles topped with sliced bananas, fresh bluebs, almond butter, honey and cinnamon.
I popped frozen waffles in a toaster and was surprised to see they came out a little softer than I expected. Nevertheless, the flavor was amazing and paired with my toppings made for an indulgent and satisfying breakfast.
Cost: $6 per package
Where to buy: local health markets and Amazon. I buy mine at Sprouts.
5. Potapas Sweet Potato Tortillas
If you follow my Instagram, you’d know that Potapas would make it to the 5 Best Gluten-Free Foods and Snacks list! It was one of my favorite finds of 2018! These were discovered at a frozen section of my local Sprouts, and I’m absolutely in love with this product!!
Potapas are certified gluten-free, non-GMO verified and kosher. They are also free from nuts, dairy, soy, corn, and preservatives. If you have sensitivity to these common allergens, Potapas will be your best friend!
You may heat these tortillas in a microwave, but I found out that they turn delightfully crunchy in a pan with a small dollop of real butter. All my breakfast dreams came true with this sinfully good egg burrito:
Breakfast: scrambled eggs, topped with fresh spinach and avocado, wrapped in Potapas tortilla + tsp Greek yogurt
If you’re a fan of corn tortillas, you will like Potapas. They have a very similar texture, and sweet potato lends it just a hint of sweetness! It made for a really tasty savory breakfast, but I also loved them topped with sliced bananas, honey and almond butter for a little mid afternoon energy boost. For an easy dinner option, fill Potapas with your favorite taco meat and toppings.
Where to buy: Sprouts or local health grocery stores.
That wraps up the 5 best gluten-free foods and snacks list. Hope you found it useful!
If you’re looking for home-made gluten free treats, here are some of my favorite recipes:
So tell me, what are some of your favorite gluten-free products? Have you tried any of the ones on this list?
Hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll be back soon to share my latest workout!
This post was in part sponsored by Canyon Bakehouse. All opinions are my own.