When it comes to desserts, sometimes gluten-free products come up a little short on flavor. You don’t have to settle for less! There are more and more companies creating outstanding gluten-free sweets with lots of flavor, good texture, that are made with excellent ingredients. Here are some of my favorite cookies, chocolates, and mixes that are a must for those who stay on a gluten-free diet.
Sun Flour Baking Company is one of my favorite cookie companies. Based in Sacramento California, their cookies are all vegan, and they have a great selection that are gluten-free. They are made with quality ingredients, often organic ingredients, and are sweetened with fruit juices. They have a wonderful texture and flavor. They have a wide array of flavors such as Pumpkin Spice, Banana Nut, or Lemony Lemon. The shortbread cookie with chocolate chips is my all-time favorite cookie. They have several chocolate flavors that are outstanding. Try the German Chocolate, which has a nice cake texture and just the right balance of chocolate and coconut. If you want a dense chocolate fix, try their Golden Brownie Cookie, a rich chewy cookie filled with crunchy walnuts. For a terrific ginger cookie, I like the cookies made by Ener-G Foods in Seattle Washington. This is a delicious chewy cookie with just the right amount of ginger.
In the world of chocolates I have finally found a great gluten-free chocolate company. Wei of Chocolate out of Phoenix Arizona is making inspiring chocolates that are organic, fair trade, vegan and gluten-free. They are hand-made chocolates infused with herbs, spices and flower essences. They are spicy and interesting. If you are looking for a unique chocolate, this is it! They make a delightful flavor called ‘Daily Love’! The ingredients include ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne, so it’s just a little spicy!
Another superior chocolate company is Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates in Petaluma California. They are a family run business and make very high quality organic chocolates, support fair trade practices and encourage sustainable agriculture through the use of organic, non-GMO ingredients. I love a socially conscious company! While they don’t mark their chocolates as gluten-free, their website indicates that they have a gluten-free environment, and my conversations with them support these claims. They make chocolate bars in dozens of flavors; try the dark chocolate with a caramel center! Their truffles are also fantastic!
For mixes you can’t beat products from Bob’s Red Mill. They use the highest quality ingredients, usually organic, and have a large selection of delicious mixes that are all gluten-free. The Brownie Mix is an absolute winner! It makes a deep and intense dark chocolate flavor combined with a wonderfully moist cake texture. Mouthwatering!! If you are a cinnamon fan, you should definitely try their Cinnamon Raisin Bread Mix. It makes a memorable and satisfying loaf loaded with plump raisins and infused with cinnamon. They recommend using it sliced and toasted for French toast.
So, there are a few recommended items that will satisfy the sweet tooth. Package these all together and they would also make a great gift to a fellow friend or family member who is gluten intolerant.