Gluten Free Bagels – Find a Decent Alternative to Wheat

One of the foods I ended up craving up the most when I was on the gluten-free diet was a bagel. But, sadly, for me, being gluten-free meant giving up the flour-based goodies that I used to eat regularly.

When the health food stores finally began offering gluten-free bagels, I could not find any that tasted even remotely like the real thing. It was very difficult to make gluten-free bagels with the flimsy, gluten-free substitutes that the stores used to sell.

Fortunately, now there are better options when you want a bagel that is gluten-free.

I could recall the days when I was little, when I used to split a bagel in half, spread a thick layer of cream cheese on it and eat it for breakfast. It was one of the tastiest things I could remember eating!

Fortunately, nowadays, gluten sensitivity has become such a common problem that many people have devoted their lives to making gluten-free food look and taste better. Among other things, they write great recipes which include ingredients that can usually be found in the grocery store. Some brands even come up with pre-made gluten-free ingredients in order to make life easier for busy people.

I have included in this article the most popular brands for gluten-free bagels. Of course, you may want to do more research on your own if you are not satisfied with these products. It can be difficult to find bagels that resemble their gluten counterparts as well as suits the individual taste.

1. Udi’s Gluten-Free Bagels
Udi’s offers many different kinds of gluten-free bagels including, plain, whole grain and cinnamon raisin. You can generally find at least one kind of bagel in the natural food aisle of your local grocery store. However, if you would like to have your choice, I would recommend purchasing the bagels online, though they might cost a little more. They are wholly natural and taste pretty good for gluten-free bagel substitutes.

2. Glutino’s – Gluten-Free Bagels
Glutino is one of my favorite gluten-free food brands. Their pre-made gluten substitutes almost always taste like the real thing. These bagels are no exception and the brand offers five kinds of bagels, plain, multi-grain, cinnamon raisin, sesame and poppy seed. They are great to pop in the toaster and eat spread with butter or gluten-free cream cheese. Although the bagels are a little pricey, their taste should be worth every penny! Plus, they may be available in your local healthy food store for a lower price.


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Tricia Fecteau

I have tried to share what I have learned years in my book called "Gluten-Free with Love" available on Amazon and on my website. I want to help you in your journey to good health.