Too many gluten-free alternatives taste like...well, they don’t taste great. And often, they’re made with ingredients (we’re looking at you deglutenized wheat starch) which just aren’t that good for you. But you don’t have to settle for less when you’re going gluten-free.
Our Go-To Gluten-Free Foods
These are the foods we like to eat not just because they're gluten-free, but because they taste good and they’re made with good ingredients.
Unlike the majority of conventionally-produced gluten-free products available, you won’t find any “deglutenized wheat starch”, additives, or excessively high amounts of sugar and fats in Schnitzer’s range. The German baking company works with clean ingredients that are inherently gluten-free, using organic and ancient whole grains for depth of flavour and increased nutrition.
Add a bowl of organic Grissini to a tapas spread. The small crunchy sesame-based breadsticks come from a traditional Italian recipe and they're great for dipping or eating on their own.
Though not as well known as its cousin quinoa, canihua deserves just as much devotion! Just like its cousin, canihua is a seed posing as a grain that’s traditional to the high altitudes of Peru. It has a lovely nutty flavour and quite the nutritional profile: loads of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Schnitzer uses the grain to make a robust, thinly sliced bread with a base of rice sourdough.
Schnitzer’s gluten-free loaf features pumpkin seeds and teff, an ancient grain common to Ethiopian cuisine. Teff is high in calcium and resistant starch—a type of fiber that’s hungrily gobbled up by our healthy gut bacteria. This bread is hearty and strong-tasting, ready to be baked whole or sliced and toasted.
Gluten-free baking can be a tricky beast since most wheat-based recipes require more than one gluten-free flour to successfully convert. Thankfully, Doves Farm has taken the guesswork out of gluten-free baking with their plain flour made out of a blend of naturally gluten-free ingredients (rice, potato, tapioca, maize, buckwheat). With a bag of this flour in your pantry, you’ll be able to (gluten-free) bake away to your heart’s content.
Can we just take a moment to reflect on how hard it is to find a gluten-free pasta that’s organic, that’s made with whole grains, that contains just one ingredient, that isn’t filled with questionable additives, and that’s actually pleasurable to eat? It’s pretty hard! But Doves Farm Organic Brown Rice Pastas have completely won us over. We might not guess they’re gluten-free if we didn’t know better.
Biona rice bread is made in Germany using traditional baking techniques and naturally gluten-free grains that are freshly ground just before baking. This mild-tasting thinly sliced bread is just waiting to be toasted and topped with coconut jam (for breakfast) or Wild Irish Tuna (for lunch).
It’s so handy to have an easy, gluten-free breakfast option within reach and it’s a major bonus when that option is not only delicious but also made with wholesome ingredients. The toasted granola from Irish company The Gluten Free Pantry fits that bill by taking nourishing ingredients (like buckwheat flour, nuts and seeds) and natural sweeteners (like honey and maple syrup) and turning them into huge crunchy clusters. We’ll have ours with Oatly oat drink, thank you very much.
We whip out these twice-baked soda bread toasts when we’re feeling fancy and we want something extra special to pair with an aged Irish cheese. Crunchy and nutty (thanks to the almonds), herby and fragrant (thanks to the rosemary), they’re just what your drinks and nibbles party is missing.
Sometimes, you want something chocolatey and luscious but you want it to be small—nothing that’s going to weigh you down. Enter: Bite-size Brownie Biscuits, both gluten-free and vegan. So much satisfying rich cocoa flavour in just one mouthful.
By the way, the gorgeous crockery in these photos was made locally by Helen Ennis. Find more of her work on her website.
Time to Stock Your GF Pantry
Now, no more feelings of deprivation due to bland gluten-free foods— you know exactly where to turn for tasty, nourishing foods that just happen to be gluten-free.