My Favorite Gluten Free Products

I’ll be sharing more and more links and information on some of my favorite gluten free products here, so keep checking back!

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The first product that came to mind that I should include on this list is something I was looking for way back in October of 2008, when I was hoping to find a gluten free cheese cracker that compared to Cheese-Its.  It turns out that The Grainless Baker makes an awesome cheese cracker, and they are as close to Cheese-Its as I’ve found so far.  The problem is, as I said in that old 2008 post, ” . . . though to be honest, I used to keep eating Cheez-Its until I’d get sick. I never learned how to stop when I’d had enough,” they’re so good that I have the same trouble stopping when I’m eating them.

Store Locator for Grainless Baker products

The Grainess Baker also makes some delicious Raspberry Butterfly Cookies that SS and I both like . . . and so does Emily, apparently.

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Against the Grain Gourmet rolls.  Whether it’s their hamburger rolls, bagels, or baguettes (which make amazing hoagie-roll type rolls as well), they are above and beyond in taste and texture.

We’ve also had their frozen pizza and we both agreed it was one of the best gluten free pizzas we’ve had. Now, we try to keep one in the freezer for days when we don’t feel like cooking.

Store Locator for Against the Grain products

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Shabati Gourmet Gluten Free desserts.

So far, we’ve had the Ring Ting Cupcakes (many times), the Swiss Chocolate Roll (a few times), and the Black and White Cookies.

All I can say is . . .

Oh. My. God.

Store Locator for Shabati Gourmet Gluten Free products

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Think Thin Protein Bars.  I have these for breakfast a lot of days.  I’ve been trying (though I’m not always successful) for more of a balance between my carb and protein intake.  These are helpful, and they also taste very good and are filling.  Sometimes I keep one in my purse if I’m going someplace where I’m unsure of the food options, if I’ll be out long enough to be hungry.

Store Locator for Think Thin products

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Betty Lou’s Jumbo Gluten Free Fruit Bars.  Very filling because they are high in fiber, and they come in several great flavors.  We keep a selection in our pantry all the time.

Store Locator for Betty Lou’s products

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In response to the comment below from Veronica, it dawned on me that I should also add other favorite products here besides food items, like hair and skin care and cosmetic items.

The products listed below are not the only gluten free hair and skin care and cosmetic items out there, by far, but they are the ones I know and use:

Desert Essence Organics Fragrance Free Hand and Body Lotion.  I like a lot of things about this lotion – that it is gluten free and also paraben free, that it makes my skin soft without being greasy, and I like that it is fragrance free because it won’t compete with my perfume.  I also have the Spicy Citrus and it smells really nice, but I find I use the fragrance free even more often.

This company also makes shampoos and conditioners and several other items.  I haven’t tried their other items yet.  I found the hand and body lotion at Whole Foods and I have seen it at other stores as well.  I’m not 100% sure if all of the company’s items are gluten free or only some of them (on their web site, they say, “Choose from some of our highest-rated products and discover their enriching, gluten-free benefits for your skin, hair and body.”  I take that to mean that everything is gluten free, but it is always a good idea to double-check in case I misunderstood that statement.)  On the back of the tube of hand and body cream that I have, it says, “100% Vegan, Wheat & Gluten Free”.

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Beautiful Curls Curl Enhancing Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner.  I have curly hair and I really like a leave-in conditioner.  I used to use another brand that is found in most stores, as it is also gluten free, but early this year I decided to stop using any products that contain parabens and that was when I found Beautiful Curls.  I haven’t tried their shampoos yet, but I am planning to try it.

In addition to the ingredients it doesn’t contain, I also like that it makes my hair soft.  (I have coarse-textured hair with a large percentage being white/gray, which seems to be even more coarse than when it was all brown.)

I found their products at Whole Foods, and they have a store locator on their site, to find out if other local stores carry them.

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The shampoo I use is Pantene Curly Hair Series Dry to Moisturized.  I understand from various forums and web searches that all Pantene shampoos are gluten free, but I have to say that it bugs me that I can’t find that information on their web site.  They are a Procter & Gamble company, and Procter & Gamble is not on the list of the companies with exemplary labeling practices.  While I have been using this shampoo for quite some time and like it, and it doesn’t appear to contain parabens either, I am seriously considering switching to the Beautiful Curls brand for my shampoo, too, once I run out of the Pantene I have.  The fact that they make it so difficult to find out about the presence of or lack of gluten in their products on their web site is the reason I’m not linking to them here, although I still like their product enough to recommend it.

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Everyday Minerals is another company that I would happily link to (and have, elsewhere on my blog) if only I could find information about gluten on their web site.  I am almost 100% sure that I did see, on their site, that most or all of their products were gluten free, back when I first started using it.  I don’t wear makeup very often, so I don’t need to buy new makeup very often, and in the time since I last ordered from them, their web site has undergone some big changes.  I see, from googling, that their products still appear to be gluten free, but I can’t find that on their site.  I went to their site today (8/25/11) and looked all over, in the “About” section, the News and Press sections, and some of the product sections.  I clicked on some of the products, and if you choose a specific color and click on it, you can find a section with ingredients below.  None of the ingredients I looked at raised any red flags for me as far as being gluten-derived, but they don’t say they are gluten free.  It appears that all of their listings read, “Our products are always vegan and cruelty free. Everyday Minerals can be found on PETA’s list of approved companies.”, and on one of the lipstick ingredient lists I even saw, “Yes Vegan, No Petrochemicals, No Mineral Oil, No Silicones, No Parabens, No Propylene Glycol, No Carmine, No Retinol/AHAs, No Synthetic Lake Dyes, No Alcohol, No Animal-by-products, No Animal Testing, No Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)”, yet still, they do not say, “Gluten Free”.  This really bothers me.

So, while I still recommend their products because I like the ones I have purchased from them, I would also recommend double-checking with them about the gluten issue before ordering, in case there have been any changes that might explain their reticence to putting that information on their web site.

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Dove Products – I use various Dove soaps, body washes, deodorants, body sprays, and shampoos.  Dove is a Unilever company, and Unilever IS on the list of the companies with exemplary labeling practices.

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6 responses to “My Favorite Gluten Free Products

  1. I too love Against the Grain. But, their rolls (great for hamburgers) are expensive aren’t they??
    I keep saying I’m going to learn how to make them. If I ever come up with a good recipe I’ll let you know!

    (I also love them because they are great for fructose intolerance too!!)

    wendy

    • I’ve noticed that most gluten free breads and rolls are expensive. It costs more to make, I’m sure, and the companies that make them can’t make them in the volume that regular brand-name bread is produced. I find, though, that I’m willing to trade something else in the budget so that I can have bread, even though I’m (finally) eating less bread now than I used to.

      Yes, if you ever come up with a good bread or roll recipe, please do share! SS and I are thinking of getting a bread machine at some point and branching out into home-baked bread. There is nothing like being able to smell it while it bakes!

    • SS ordered some of these pans for making homemade hamburger buns. We haven’t tried them yet, but I’ll post here when we do and let everyone know how they worked. Any good recipes for gluten free breads, buns, and rolls would be greatly appreciated! :-)

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  3. I just found out last week that i have celiac disease and im trying to find a powder foundation that can wear can you help and if you know of shampoo and conditioner and lotion please help me.

    Veronica

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