Every year Natural Products Expo East attracts the top natural foods producers from around the U.S. and the world. With over 1,350 exhibitors showing off their newest products, finding great gluten-free goodies at this trade show can be a bit of a delicious treasure hunt. Here are some of the best new gluten-free products I discovered at Expo East, most of which you’ll find for sale in stores or online this fall or winter.
If you’re a fan of Bakery on Main’s instant oatmeal, you’ll want to start your morning with the new Hot Breakfast line. This hot cereal is made with brown rice, cornmeal, amaranth, and flax, so it’s a great breakfast for oat-intolerant celiacs. Grab the coffee flavored Hot Breakfast to give your morning an extra boost.
When you’re in the mood for a hearty breakfast, it’s hard to top a hot bowl of oatmeal. The new Oatmeal Cups from Bob’s Red Mill are made with gluten-free oats and have a healthy amount of fiber and protein. Even better, they’re available in flavors like apple cinnamon and blueberry hazelnut, and are ready in just a few minutes.
Whether you have kids or you’re a kid at heart, sometimes you just want a toaster pastry for breakfast. Glutino has taken their original toaster pastries to the next level by adding icing to the top, making them even more delicious. Fortunately the blueberry and strawberry Frosted Toaster Pastries are packaged individually so you won’t be too tempted to dig into more than one at a time.
Lunch & Dinner
If you’ve given up on ever finding a palatable frozen gluten-free pizza, rest assured that Cappello’s grain-free crust completely changes the pizza game. Together, the chewy yet crisp crust, sweet and spicy sauce, and sheep’s or cow’s milk cheese make what will soon be the tastiest gluten-free pizza on the market.
If you’re looking for a new grain to add to your cooking repertoire, get ready to discover gluten-free certified oat groats. Similar to brown or wild rice, protein- and fiber-packed oat groats easily substitute into risotto, salads, and any other grain-focused recipe.
If you miss the taste and convenience of ramen, Lotus Foods has a great tasting and much healthier alternative. The new Rice Ramen varieties include purple potato and buckwheat mushroom, and they’re great on their own or dressed up with your favorite protein and veggies.
Whether you’re looking for a quick after school snack or a fun treat to share at a party, the Cheeseburger Bites from GeeFree hit the spot. These little cheeseburger morsels are wrapped in GeeFree’s flaky gluten-free puff pastry dough and are great with or without ketchup and mustard.
The world of jerky is expanding quickly, and the new certified gluten-free Meat Sticks from The New Primal are a welcome addition to gluten-free lunches and snack packs everywhere. Look for these in turkey and original or spicy beef.
When you want a healthy cracker for snacking or appetizers, the new Almond Protein Crackers from Two Moms in the Raw are a smart choice. With flavors like chive & onion and spicy chipotle, the topping options for these raw and organic crackers are endless.
Gluten-free doughnuts keep getting better and better, and the new Soft Donuts from Kinnikinnick taste as great as any fresh doughnut. Buy them frozen, heat them up for a few seconds, and drizzle on as much icing as you like. These doughnuts are best enjoyed warm.
Gluten-free pies aren’t always easy to find, but the Maine Pie Co. has all of your pie needs covered with a line of about a dozen types of gluten-free pie. With everything from lemon curd to wild blueberry to classic apple and pumpkin, you’ll never have to bake pies from scratch again.
Granola from the Toasted Oat is wonderfully sweet, soft, and addictive, completely unlike any other I’ve tried. The new Dark Chocolate & Cherry Granola is divine on its own, on top of Greek yogurt, or sprinkled on ice cream.