Gluten-free products at Trader Joe's
- CoryKatherine Apr 28, 2009 11:13 AM
I recently started a gluten-free elimination diet and happened to notice some gluten-free products at TJs this weekend- I can't try most of them yet until I get through the first 3 weeks of this diet but they looked really good. I had already tried the gluten-free ginger snaps and I love them- if you're into authentic spicy ginger snaps these are the bomb. Today I picked up the gluten-free cranberry nut granola, and that stuff is deadly. I almost ate half the bag in one sitting.
I also saw TJs brand gluten-free english muffins, french rolls, and a rice bread. Has anyone tried them? Are they good? Do you know about any other gluten-free stuff Trader Joe's has?
that GF granola is just a repackaged Bakery on Main product. do you really like it? i've tried it, and i had major issues with it. first of all, it's waaay too sweet for me. and second, they've got no right calling it granola when there's nary an oat in sight. it's corn cereal!
I will preface by saying I have been a dxed celiac for 5 years and love to bake my own stuff from scratch. I also love to cook and feel most naturally GF things ar more appealing than those trying to imitate a product wherr gluten is key (e.g. yeast breads). I do miss good bread from time to time - I make versions that are OK, but have yet to find a shelf brand I like. Anyway, I don't want you to be discouraged because of my "reviews" - I have noted the products I know others like more than me.
We do the waffles - they are Van's under TJs branding. The key is to toast well or they are mealy. I also use them as a base for French toast or bread pudding.
I despise the dairy free pancakes - they have a very off flavor but many others like them.
The rice bread I also don't like, but it is most palatable if you toast it. My son who was dxed at 2 with Celiac loves the stuff though.
Neither of us liked the rice tortillas, but we are super happy with our local taquerias fresh corn tortillas.
My son likes the mac and cheese, but I don't (but I don't like box stuff),
Pasta is fine, it takes awhile to get used to cooking rice pasta - it goes from al dente to mush quickly.
Ours doesn't have the English muffins or french rolls. I suspect that they might taste strange to you. IMO most GF breads taste best when you have been celiac for long enough to forget what real bread tastes like : ). Quick breads however work rather well GF.
The baking mixes are fine. Pancake mix is best if you use buttermilk instead of the directed milk and the brownies if you use melted butter. I tend to bake from scratch, but others have liked it.
We do like the granola as a treat, and the gingersnaps made some crumb crusts until my son decided he didn't like them (fickle boy).
I have heard good things about the chocolate souffle and cookies in the frozen section, but I haven't had them since I enjoy baking.
I used the gluten-free brownie mix a few months back and I had some problems with the bake time. Although the packaging does give a set time and specifically instructs you not to overbake, "brownies will appear underdone", etc., my result with the suggested time was just way too underdone and I had to return them to the oven for an additional 3-4 minutes after which the edges became hard after cooling. I also suspect this could have been a result of the dark non-stick pan I was using which does tend to brown things quickly. Regardless, they were very well received, maybe just be aware of what you bake them in.
i like the frozen waffles, frozen pancakes, flourless chocolate walnut cookies and brownie mix. the rice bread is good if you toast it and put a little cream cheese on it (strangely).
Tortilla Chips with an Identity Crisis are fabulous
Sweet Potato Chips
Envirokids Panda Peanut Butter Puffs
Sundried Tomato Pesto Torta
BBQ Shredded Chicken
Chicken Enchiladas in Salsa Verde
Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Butternut Squash Soup
Eggplant Parmesan (the grilled not fried version)
Marinated Mushrooms with Garlic (could eat the whole jar in a go)
Double Rainbow Sorbet
oo i've always been a big fan of the marinated mushrooms too. last week i was juggling 3 jars while reorganizing my pantry, and i dropped one. It smashed onto the kitchen floor and broke apart as it rolled across. Dozens of little mushrooms, minced garlic and marinade not to mention bits of glass spread out ALL OVER my kitchen. It was a disaster! And I was so sad to lose a jar! lol
We don't have the english muffins at our TJ's, but we are not fans of the rice bread or the french rolls. Like the brownie mix--I add chocolate chips. The granola is def the same as Bakery on Main, and it's the best we've found GF. Like the frozen pancakes--waffles not as much. Also find the frozen white and brown rice to be very convenient and good. Jambalaya rice pouch is also GF and good for a convenient, at-work lunch option. Have added shrimp or chicken to it for a meal.
I think both the french rolls and english muffins are ok if you toast them. They may take a little getting used to but they are better than other GF breads I've tried. I don't like the rice bread, it's very heavy and needs to be toasted to be palatable, but it doesn't even toast that well. I'll skip the story about my toaster oven catching fire the first time I tried it.