KC's Top 10 Gluten Free Finds

Here’s my Top 10 favorite Gluten Free Finds – food, products, whatever.  I’ll be updating it often, so check back to see what G-Free items topped my list!

At the beginning of the year, I always start looking for something different, spicy, new – inspiring stuff.  Here’s what I’m digging now –

1. Bari Olive Oil – California grown olive trees, oils pressed with care by a family that’s been farming together for decades – I love Bari Olive Oil.  They sell large containers too, and separate their extra virgin oils into robust, fruity, or delicate lots – so you can get exactly the flavor you’re looking for. I like the infused oils and the Fig Balsamic Vinegar too, but I’ll pour their Fruity EVOO on pretty much anything that’s standing still.

2. Frontera Taco Sauce – Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless has a Gluten Free kiddo at home – and his Frontera Kitchen products are Gluten Free too.  I’ve liked all the Frontera products I’ve tried, but I’m a big, huge fan of the Roasted Tomato Taco Sauce with jalapeño and roasted garlic. Frontera brand is sold in national grocers & gourmet food stores, so if no one around you is selling this brand – ask.  You’ll be glad you did.

3. craft Chimichurri sauce: Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio has created a line of sauces for Williams-Sonoma, and the Craft Chimichurri is SO GOOD. If you’re not familiar, it’s an Argentinean green sauce made herbs with onions, shallots and jalapeño peppers.  Lay it on beef & other meats – yum. Be sure to let the WS employees know that you’re glad they have a Gluten Free stocking list now, too.

4. Nutella: Yes, Nutella is Gluten Free. And I think that the fact that I’m not walking around with a jar of Nutella and a spoon at all times is clearly a testament to my personal willpower. And if you think “chocolate peanut butter” is weird, I would respond that A: it’s made from hazelnuts, not peanuts, and B: your mom is probably not Italian.

5.  WOW’s Oregon Oatmeal Cookie – Dude. This-is-the-perfect-oatmeal-cookie, Gluten Free or not.  The funny thing is, when I read that it had apricots & cranberries in it, I was already-ready to give it a no vote. I was so wrong. The Oregon Oatmeal Cookie from WOW Baking tastes so good – just the right blend of salty & sweet – I ate halfway through it trying to decide if it was as good as I thought it was!  It is. Get some. Now.

6. Cocoa Pebbles -There has been much hullabaloo about how Post is “certifying” Cocoa Pebbles Gluten Free status, and I suggest you don’t get me started on the subject of G-Free certification if you don’t have, like, a LOT of time to talk. So I’ll say this: They lowered the sugar in Cocoa Pebbles to 9 grams per serving. I like Cocoa Pebbles. My kid and my husband like Cocoa Pebbles.  It’s easy to find Cocoa Pebbles. I don’t get sick when I eat Cocoa Pebbles. I make krispie treats out of Cocoa Pebbles, and I think you should, too, ’cause krispie treats are yummy.

7. Peppadew Mild Sweet Peppers – I like many of the Peppadew products, and I’ve been using the Mild Sweet Peppadews in lots of things – in sauces, on salads, stuffed with cream cheese & chopped salami.  These are a great go-to item to give everything from meatloaf to corn chowder a bit of a kick.

8. Orgran Outback Animals – I really like the Orgran Outback Animals Vanilla Cookies – I was given a package of them to try, and they have a really nice flavor.  They’re dairy free too, and come bulk or in individual packages for snacking.

9. Rufus Teague Spicy Meat Rub – I took a risk  – I tried a new spice rub for pork shoulder because it was recommended.  If you have ever smoked a pork shoulder for 12 hours, you know doing something different is a risk – who wants to do anything for 12 hours and have it come out bad?!? I was rewarded for my bravery with a delicious outcome – the Rufus Teague Spicy Meat Rub was crazy-good! The best news is – all of the Rufus Teague products are Gluten Free, so you & I can both do some experimentin’ with Rufus’ other creations.

10. Blackened Tilapia at Daily GrillDaily Grill is one of the restaurants that had a Gluten Free Menu before it was cool, and I think that says a lot about who they are as a company. I’m a fan of the Manhattan Clam Chowder and many of their other G-Free items, but lately I’ve been ordering the Blackened Tilapia – it comes with spinach mashers & a lemon caper sauce that I love, love, love.  And they have Ciroc.

Nope, none of these fine folks paid me, my dog, or my kid for these recommendations.  I just like this stuff.

These Products Were Previous Picks, and are Still Faves!

The Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Guide shopping list

Karina the Gluten-Free Goddess website

Reese’s Pieces

P.F. Chang’s G-Free Lemon Shrimp

479 Fleur de Sel Caramel Popcorn

Trader Joe’s Organic Chicken Broth

Cheese Agnolotti by Depuma’s Gluten Free Pasta

Wellshire Farms Thick Sliced, Dry Rubbed, Center Cut Bacon with Applewood Smoke

Annie’s Green Garlic Dressing

Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix from  Gluten Free Pantry

Classic Wholly Guacamole

Udi’s Gluten Free White Bread with Trader Joe’s Pimento Cheese

Elisabeth Hassleback’s Book “The G-Free Diet”

Healthier Without Wheat by Dr. Stephen Wangen

Gluten Free Mama’s Gluten Free Flour Guide

BiAglut Gluten Free Lasagne

Dark Chocolate Aloha Rocky Road from Lula’s

BJ’s Brewhouse Gluten Free Pizza

Katz Gluten Free Cinnamon Rugelech

Canyon Bakehouse Breads

Gluten Free Specialty

Annie’s Creamy Deluxe Gluten Free Mac & Cheese

Gluten Free Pumpkin Tart from Crave

Silk “Nog”

Gluten Free Mama’s Perfect Pie Crust

Mariposa Baking Co. GF Focaccia Bread

Multigrain Puffins Cereal by Barbara’s Bakery

Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper products

20 thoughts on “KC's Top 10 Gluten Free Finds

  1. Hi KC! Thank you for putting us on your list! We have shared your blog on our facebook. Please send us your mailing address so we can send you some Wellshire gear!

  2. Damn, very nice website. I actually came across this on Ask Jeeves, and I am really happy I did. I will definately be returning here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just absorbing as much info as I can at the moment.

    Thank You

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  3. Thank you so much for this website! I’m about 2 months in now and trying to learn as much as I can. This is a HUGE help! 🙂

  4. Welcome to the group, the more people I see on-line and about advocating a delicious GF or allergen free lifestyle, the better off we are as a community. Love the site!

  5. I just needed to say that I found your blog via Goolge and I am glad I did. Keep up the good work and I will make sure to bookmark you for when I have more free time away from the books. Thanks again!

  6. love reading lists of GF goodies as I keep my own list of my son's GF/CF favorites (he has autism).

    I just looked up those bliss products on EWG.org. EWG.org gave this specific Bliss product a rating of 9 with 10 being the most dangerous. Most of the ingredients are hormone altering parabens and the most dangerous was the fragrance.

    We all have to make sacrifices and choose what we allow in (or on) our bodies, but along with gluten, my family has been eliminating hormone altering parabens and soy and skin damaging SLS.

    Just thought to share in case anyone else is going down this same road or was interested.

  7. I'm totally with you on the Canyon Bakehouse Products. We have a new store here in No. Cal. called Sans Gluten-Free Grocery and they were sampling these during their grand opening and I fell in love with the hamburger buns, San Juan 7 grain bread and their Rosemary-Thyme Focaccia. So FABULOUS!!

  8. Hi Everybody & Thanks!
    Candace – Thanks for telling me about the website. The Blood Orange + White Pepper products are a full line, it looks like there are some products with a 9 rating, but others in that line are as low as 4. Still – if you're looking for natural products, i would suggest the products from LUSH – a brand I love that uses all natural ingredients & has great stuff!
    Happy Holidays everybody!

  9. What a fantastic list!

    I work in a gluten-free market, and make an attempt to try any and everything I can, two of my can't live without products are Sof'ella Gluten Free Chocolate Cake mix (even my gluten-free friends prefer it to other cake mixes), and Wellaby's Classic Cheese Cheese-Ups Gluten-Free Snacks (they taste just like Cheez-Its!). Also, Glutino Yogurt Covered Pretzels and Lemon Wafer Cookies are the gluten-free snack equivalent to crack… just one and you're hooked.

  10. Here’s my Top 10 favorite Gluten Free Finds – food, products, whatever. I’ll be updating it often, so check back to see what G-Free items topped my list!

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