Your New Gluten-Free Fall Favorites
‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything (yeah, I’m guilty of being obsessed with it, too)! Thankfully, there are lots of delicious foods out there that are perfect for fall as well as gluten-free. Here’s a whole list of safe, gluten-free foods you and your family can enjoy this season!
KIND Peanut Butter Breakfast Bar: On chilly fall mornings, you need a hearty breakfast. No matter how hectic your schedule is, you can fit new Breakfast Bars from KIND Snacks into your morning. These packaged bars are the perfect on-the-go meal. The Peanut Butter Breakfast Bar is incredibly filling—with 5 grams each of protein and fiber, it’s no surprise this bar will keep you satisfied until lunchtime. Just as importantly, it’s really delicious! It tastes like a cookie—a breakfast cookie, that is. In fact, it tastes so good that you might forget it’s actually good for you, too. There are 2 bars in each package (and the serving size is both bars), so you can enjoy the whole thing at once, or split it up so one bar is breakfast and the other is a mid-morning snack. Find all five varieties of KIND Breakfast Bars, including Peanut Butter, at your local Target.
KIND Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars pair nicely with Celestial Seasonings’ Sweet Harvest Pumpkin tea. It’s black tea with just the right amount of spice—it’s the perfect drink for fall!
Barbara’s gluten-free Pumpkin Puffins: I’m already a huge fan of Barbara’s gluten-free Puffins cereal, so I was happy to find out that they added Pumpkin Puffins as a limited edition release for fall! They’re made with real pumpkin, plus whole grains (oats, brown rice), and spices like cinnamon. These Puffins are a delicious breakfast—I enjoy them with So Delicious vanilla almond milk. They’re also great as a snack (am I the only adult who brings baggies of cereal to work to snack on?).
Seasonal Sweet Treats
Pamela’s Ginger Snapz mini cookies: You know fall’s coming when you see rows of Spiced Wafers stacked up at the entrance of your grocery store. I’d always liked Spiced Wafers, so since going gluten-free, I’ve been sad that I couldn’t have any. Luckily, this year I found the perfect alternative: Pamela’s Ginger Snapz. These cookies have a nice spice kick and taste very much like the Spiced Wafers I used to enjoy, just without any gluten (they’re dairy-free, too). A serving is 4 cookies, which is just the right amount to satisfy. Like Spiced Wafers, they’re not a soft cookie, but here’s my trick: break one Ginger Snap in half, put it in your mouth, and just suck on it before you start chewing. That not only softens it up, but helps the flavor really come out. They’re also great dunking cookies to complement your favorite hot fall beverages! Find these cookies at your local grocery store (I got mine at Giant) or Whole Foods.
Lucy’s Pumpkin Patch cookies: Dr. Lucy’s cookies are deliciously crunchy, as well as free of allergens like gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. Her Pumpkin Patch cookies are perfect for fall. Comforting pumpkin is blended with Lucy’s flour blend (that includes oats, sorghum, chickpeas, and garbanzo beans) with spices like clove and even a little Tabasco. The result is a crispy, tasty cookie that is perfect for snacking on anytime or packing in your child’s lunch box. The Pumpkin Patch cookies also hold up nicely in hot beverages, so don’t hesitate to dunk! Buy them at your local Whole Foods or other grocery store.
G.H. Cretors Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn: Pumpkin spice everything is everywhere, and the trend has even been extended to popcorn! In this limited edition, seasonal treat, G.H. Cretors tops their already fantastic crispy-sweet caramel popcorn with a dash of pumpkin powder, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, walnuts, and pepitas. The popcorn, which is certified gluten-free, is an excellent snack to serve at any fall gathering…or just munch on right out of the bag (guilty as charged). G.H. Cretors also has two other fall-themed popcorn flavors available—Orchard Apple Caramel Corn and Double Chocolate Caramel Corn. So far, the only one of the here varieties I’ve been able to find in the wild is the Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn, at my local Wegmans.
Sweet’s Naturally Flavored Candy Corn: It’s tough to find gluten-free candy corn. Some of the most popular brands aren’t safe, or it’s not really known or stated whether they’re gluten-free, so in my mind, those are brands to avoid. That’s why I was thrilled when I found Sweet’s Naturally Flavored Candy Corn at Wegmans. This candy corn is not only certified gluten-free, it’s also free of GMOs and artificial flavors. Sure, it looks a little different from regular candy corn—instead of the traditional three-colored candy, each piece of candy corn is one color, either white, yellow, or orange—but they’re actually quite tasty. I thought it tasted sweeter and certainly more natural than the typical candy corn.
Red Bird Pumpkin Spice Puffs: Gluten-free bargain hunters, listen up. You want to know where I found my Red Bird Pumpkin Spice Puffs? At the Dollar Tree. One bag for one dollar. You can’t get much better than that! I was a little worried what they’d taste like—I’m a big fan of the company’s Peppermint Puffs, but I had no idea what any other flavor puff might taste like—but I wasn’t disappointed. The puffs, gluten-free and made with cane sugar (not corn syrup), come individually wrapped and are the perfect fix for a sweet craving.
Giant/Stop and Shop brand Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips: I was beyond thrilled when, browsing the pumpkin/fall-themed foods section of my local Giant, I came across a bag of store brand Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips that was clearly marked gluten-free on the front. I feel like Giant either doesn’t have many gluten-free store brand products or simply isn’t marking them gluten-free, so I was really excited to find these! These hearty chips, made with whole grain corn masa flour, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, honey, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, might be my very favorite fall gluten-free find. They have the perfect amount of satisfying crunch and seasonal spice. For a delicious game-day snack, top these chips with shredded sharp cheddar cheese and bacon crumbles.
Peanut Butter & Co.’s Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter: There are so many wonderful things you can do with this seasonal flavor of peanut butter! Make the perfect fall sandwich with Pumpkin Spice peanut butter and sliced apples on multigrain bread. Dip apple slices or celery sticks into it. Use it to make fall-themed gluten-free peanut butter cookies. Warm it in the microwave and drizzle it over vanilla ice cream. The possibilities are not only endless, but also delicious! I’ve still not been able to find it in any grocery stores near me, but luckily, it can be purchased online. (Note that on the Peanut Butter & Co. website, it doesn’t come up as an option in the Gluten Free section, but if you look at the specific page for the Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter, you’ll see the certified gluten-free logo.)
Blue Diamond Pumpkin Spice Almonds: What’s a more seasonal fall treat than spiced nuts? These almonds are a little sweet and a little spicy, the perfect blend of fall flavor. And since almonds are a healthy snack, you can feel good about eating these! Note that Blue Diamond doesn’t mark gluten-free on their packaging, but I didn’t see any problem ingredients listed on their label (nor did I get sick from eating them), and the company says on their website that most of their products (with the exception of their Jordan Almonds and their Wasabi & Soy Sauce Almonds) do not contain gluten. (The maltodextrin the company uses is from corn, not wheat.)
What gluten-free fall foods are you falling in love with this season? Leave me a note and let me know!
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I first posted this article on Examiner.com.