Disclaimer: I have not received financial compensation for recommending any of these products nor have I received free samples from any of these companies. These are all products which I have purchased on my own and have found that I like! Also, all items are gluten-free at the time I post them (I update this page approximately every 6 months), but I encourage you to confirm gluten-free status at the time of your purchase, as manufacturers can change ingredients and labels at any time. Last updated March 2016.
Baby Finger Foods:
Baby Mum Mums
These are riced-based baby cracker which are GF and a great substitute for the wheat-based “biter” biscuits. Although I think that these crackers taste very bland, my youngest loved munching on these when she started on finger foods last year. I have been able to find them almost everywhere and they are reasonably priced, about $3 for a box of 24.
I discovered these bars in 2013, right before a long stretch of travel, and they have been a life saver. My two favorites are the dark chocolate hazelnut and peanut butter chocolate chip, which are both gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. I have ordered them by the case on amazon.com and plan to continue to do so.
KIND Breakfast Bars
I discovered these at Target in 2015. They are filling (2 bars in each packet), inexpensive, portable, and perfect for people like me who often forget to eat.
Dove Body Wash
Yes, it has been hotly debated whether or not gluten is absorbed through the skin. After getting ill from a shampoo which contains hydrolyzed wheat protein as an ingredient, I have decided to not take any chances with beauty products. Almost all of Dove’s body washes, shampoos, and conditioners are gluten free (and cheap and easy to find). I also like the Whole Foods 360 brand of body wash as well.
Against the Grain Gluten Free Baguettes
I am half Italian and I grew up eating “real” bread with a thick crust on the outside and a soft, chewy center. These baguettes are the closest thing that I have found. I can eat almost a whole one by itself (I actually think I did finish a whole one during my 4th pregnancy), but they also make great garlic bread and bruschetta. Many non-Celiacs have been surprised to find out that this bread is gluten free.
My family and I discovered Canyon Bakehouse’s 7-Grain bread in early 2014 and we will never turn back. It is by far the best GF sandwich bread that we’ve come across since my GF journey started in 2010, and many of our non-GF family and friends also enjoy it. It is available at Target stores throughout the U.S.
Chips–tie between two:
If you are anywhere near Chicago try these chips. When we used to live in WI we would go through 2-3 bags per week (I ate at least one bag/week myself). I think they are the best tortilla chips I have ever tasted.
Way Better Snacks
I was obsessed with these chips after I was diagnosed with celiac, especially the sweet potato ones. They are all gluten-free and GMO, and I have never gotten sick from them. They are the perfect item to bring to a party as an appetizer and go especially well with homemade salsa or pico de gallo.
Cake Mix and Frosting:
As a family of 6, we have made many, many GF cakes through the years for birthdays and other celebrations. We’ve unanimously agreed that Cherrybrook Kitchen yellow and chocolate cake mixes are our favorite. They are GF as well as dairy-free, nut free, and egg free. We use their ready-to-go vanilla frosting as well. I’ve been able to buy the mixes and frosting at my local grocery store and also online.
I love these chocolate chips and have been using them in my baking since going gluten free. They are also free of dairy, soy, and nuts, so can be used when baking for others with food allergies.
When I have a true chocolate craving, and chocolate chips aren’t enough, I eat this chocolate. It is gluten free and is made on dedicated equipment, so there is not a risk of cross contamination. It is really, really difficult to stop after just a piece or two (don’t say that I didn’t warn you!)
Cookies (for my kids):
I started buying Nana’s cookies at T.J.Maxx, and then online, in 2013. They are GF and non-GMO, and also free of eggs, dairy, soy, and refined sugar. They are individual wrapped, portable, inexpensive, and make a perfect snack for a toddler (or school-aged child) on the go. Interestingly enough, my kids called both of their grandmothers “Nana” so I think that these cookies are meant for us!
Cookies (for me):
Tate’s GF Chocolate Chip
Just try one and you will see…just please, please don’t buy the similarly packaged, non-GF ones by accident. I know a few people who have been glutened this way.
Corn Bread Mix:
I connected with Jules via social media a while back and she’s dedicated her life to creating some of the best GF flour and baking mixes out there. We tried her cornbread mix in Jan 2016 and loved it. You can order her products online at www.gfjules.com.
Milton’s GF Cheddar Cheese Crackers
I like all of the flavors of Milton’s GF crackers, but the cheese ones are my favorite. I would eat them even if I did not have to be gluten-free (which, as you all know, really says something).
I just discovered these in my local Market Basket grocery store in Feb 2016. They cook up very quickly and I love the consistency of the crust..it’s thin and chewy but not soggy. Prior to this I have despised just about every GF frozen pizza I have tried.
Gluten Free Flour Blend:
William Sonoma’s Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Flour
I have been using this flour for about a year and absolutely love it. I have successfully substituted it for wheat flour in cookies, muffins, bread, etc. It does not have the “weird” taste that many other gluten free flour blends have. It is not cheap, the last time I ordered online it was $19.95 for a 3 lb. bag, but it is worth it to me to be able to make great tasting baked goods which do not make me sick!
If you need to use a hand sanitizer, it is best to stick with boring old Purell, because it is gluten free. And, if you are like me, you will inevitably have hand sanitizer residue on your hands at some point while you are eating. Yes, I have gotten glutened from hand sanitizer which contained “wheat amino acids” as an ingredient, and I do not want it to happen to you!
After about two years of feeling sorry for myself about not being able to eat most desserts, one of my coworkers, Bridget, suggested that I try Talenti Gelato. Since trying my first bite a few months ago I have been unable to turn back. Many of the flavors are gluten free and the ingredients are about as “natural” as you can get for a frozen dessert. My favorite flavors are Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. If you and/or your GF loved ones can tolerate dairy and lactose, I highly recommend having a pint (or two) regularly!
Red Apple Lipstick
Up until recently my favorite lipstick was Nars “La Dolce Vita,” but since discovering Red Apple Lipstick in 2013 I will never use Nars again. All of their lipsticks are GF and paraben-free, and since using Red Apple exclusively since last winter my facial acne and chapped lips have improved significantly. My favorite shade is “Audrey.” I have also had success using Cover Girl cosmetics since going GF. The best resource I’ve found for gluten free makeup is a website/blog called www.glutenfreemakeupgal.com. Although gluten is technically not absorbed through the skin, I believe that it is best to avoid it in all body and skincare products, especially those around the mouth.
Multivitamin–tie between two:
Megafoods Women’s Once Daily
This is a great, relatively inexpensive multivitamin which is gluten free, soy free, and dairy free. I have purchased it at both Whole Foods and online at amazon.com. I take one tablet a day, along with Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and a probiotic, and I am good to go.
Rainbow Light Women’s One Vitamin:
I tried these a few months ago when I couldn’t find the above-mentioned brand at Whole Foods and I’ve been happy with it (plus it is actually a smidge cheaper).
XO Baking Co. Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix
We tried this pancake mix for the first time on Christmas morning and all loved it. It is made in a totally GF facility, is soy free, and non-GMO. They were the best pancakes that I’ve had in 3+ years since starting this crazy diet! Although I have not seen this mix locally, my friend found it at a Home Goods in the Chicago area for a great price, and, per the company’s website, they are also available at Whole Foods and on amazon.com. I hope that you enjoy your pancakes as much as we did!
Pizza Crust Mix-tie between two:
1. At the Table Together Gluten Free 5 Minute Pizza Dough Mix
This pizza dough mix is another awesome find from my local T.J. Maxx (Home Goods). We have been experimenting with GF pizza dough for 3+ years now and this is one of the best. It is also super easy. The only extra ingredients are 1 cup of club soda and 6 tbsp. of olive oil. We’ve had the best success with cooking it for abut 4-5 minutes longer than the directions recommend for the last step.
2. Chebe Pizza Crust Mix
My family and I cannot get enough of this pizza crust mix, or of the all-purpose bread mix (which we use to make small rolls). It’s tapioca flour based and very, very easy to make. My extended family members, who are still eating gluten, have all been fans as well when they’ve come to visit us. I cannot think of a single person who has not liked our Chebe pizza.
If you’ve been following my page, you know that I am a big fan of taking probiotics, especially if you have any digestive issues, including Celiac Disease. Florajen 3 is my favorite one. It is gluten free, high potency, contains 3 different bacterial strains, and costs less than $20/month. I have been able to purchase it over-the-counter from my local pharmacy.
Life Time Life’s Basics Plant Protein Vanilla Flavor
I am a long distance runner, so I often need to increase my caloric intake when I am training for a race. This protein powder is gluten, soy, egg, and dairy free and I have never gotten sick from it. I blend it with almond milk and fresh or frozen berries. I will sometimes add a banana and/or yogurt to the mix for an easy breakfast.
Sticky Finger’s Bakeries Gluten-Free Scones
I first tried these mixes in 2015 and they are super easy to make and taste great. I’ve enjoyed every flavor that I have tried.
Shampoo and Conditioner: I used to recommend Garnier Fructis because all of their shampoos and conditioners used to be GF but this changed sometime in the last year or two. Right now I am using L’Oreal EverPure Shampoo and Conditioner (both GF) because my hair is highlighted, but it’s not cheap. Jane Anderson, from celiac.about.com just updated her GF Shampoo and Conditioner list in Jan. 2016, so you can check out her page for suggestions.
Snack (not cookie, cracker, or chip):
180 Almond Pops
I’ve picked these up at both Costco and Homegoods and they are addictive. I usually have to hide them from my kids.
Tom’s of Maine Whole Care
Like it or not, you will accidentally ingest toothpaste from time to time. All of the Tom’s of Maine toothpastes are gluten free.