Switching to a Gluten-Free and/or Dairy-Free diet is an extremely difficult change to make. This list of my favorite Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Pantry Staples will hopefully make this transition easier for you! All of these items are gluten and dairy free as of writing this post, however, I would recommend always double checking labels to be sure.
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Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour Blends can be used in any recipe as a 1 to 1 swap. It will great a slightly different texture but still allows you to try some of the same recipes you are used to. It works perfectly in this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mug Cake!
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips are one of my favorites to bake with. They are free from the top 8 allergens and bake and melt well.
Hu Chocolate Baking Gems are another favorite. These can be baked with or snacked on.
Coconut Flour is another gluten-free baking option. It absorbs more water and gives a coconut flavor to whatever you bake. It is not a 1 to 1 swap though. Try it in this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hummus.
Buckwheat flour is good for making pancakes. These will not be as fluffy as traditional pancakes but still are delicious.
Coconut Cream can be used in many recipes for things like frosting or ganache in place of dairy.
Raw cashews are a must have. Cashews are used to make so many different sauces and add a “cheesy” flavor and texture to many recipes.
Pre-made pasta sauce is great to have on hand for a quick meal. Just be sure to check the label to make sure there is no cheese hidden in it!
Tolerant Lentil Pasta is another great pasta option if you are not a fan of chickpeas. It does not taste as similar to regular pasta in my opinion but it is still delicious. Try it in our Kid Approved Citrus Chicken Pasta.
Quinoa, rice and arborio rice are always on hand as well because they are all naturally gluten-free. If buying rice be sure to get a plain rice and not the flavored packages without checking the ingredients.
Nutritional Yeast is used in many recipes to add a cheesy flavor. It is also good sprinkled over pasta or popcorn.
Gluten-free bread crumbs are a simple swap for some of your favorite breaded meats or vegetables.
Potatoes! All of the potatoes, sweet potatoes, baby potatoes, etc. Potatoes are a delicious and versatile form of carbohydrates.
Boom Chicka Pop is one of our favorite popcorns. The pre-popped and microwave bags are both great. Avoid any of the cheese flavors.
Nuts! All kinds as long as there are no allergies. Peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, cashews etc. Nuts make a great snack.
Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Cups come in regular size and mini. Perfect for a sweet treat.
Trader Joe’s 3 Seed Sweet Potato Crackers are a delicious option for crackers with lots of flavor.
Other Food Items
Cheerios cereal makes many different flavors of gluten-free cereal. We love the multigrain and apple cinnamon the most in our home.
Banza Pasta so far is the closest I have found to regular pasta. It works as a great swap for just about any pasta dish you traditionally make.
Banza Plant-Based Mac is a delicious and quick boxed mac and “cheese”. It uses sweet potato, nutritional yeast and seasoning to create a “cheese” sauce.
BFree Wraps are great for tacos or wraps. They come in a few different flavors and all are gluten and dairy free.
Orgain protein powder is the most comparable to whey protein powder that I have tried so far. It is the least gritty of the gluten and dairy free options. Add it to recipes like our Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Shake (and substitute a non-dairy milk).
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