One of the most popular alternatives to having a sandwich for lunch is to eat a wrap. Wraps are just as easy to make as sandwiches and you can put the same kind of ingredients in a wrap that you would have in a sandwich.
Besides that, a wrap is usually just as delicious. In fact, some people prefer the taste of wraps to that of sandwiches or paninis.
Unfortunately, most gluten-free wraps and tortillas on the market are horrible. They taste terrible, fall apart, and are nothing like those made with wheat. Here are some alternatives we have found that can fit the bill.
Wraps are also a very good food for people on the gluten-free diet. They will usually be less expensive than other gluten-free groceries. Additionally, gluten-free wraps sometimes taste better than the gluten-free breads that are available.
Gluten-free wraps are always easy to find online, especially if you do a search. They are generally easy to locate in the health food stores too. Sometimes regular grocery stores will sell gluten-free wraps; however, you cannot count on them always being available in an ordinary grocery chain. Still, it never does any harm to check the natural food section of the grocery store. Some grocery stores will even have an aisle where all non-refrigerated gluten-free foods are located.
Throughout our years of following the gluten-free diet, we did a lot of research on gluten-free wraps because they seemed to be one of the best types of lunches for the work or school day. We tried several different brands. Obviously, some of them were tasty and did not set off our allergies while some of them would not work so well. I’ve included,in this article the results of our experimentation with gluten-free wraps.
1. The Pure Wraps
These wraps are paper-thin, very tasty and kind of sweet. They have completely grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free and egg-free. These wraps will not cause any frustrating side effects. However, they are definitely a little pricey both online and at the health food store. Also, the wraps tend to stick to the roof of your mouth because they are somewhat oily from their coconut texture.
2. Food for Life: Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortillas
Although these are not technically gluten-free, you should be able to safely eat them if you do not have celiac or official gluten-intolerance. Since my family and I are merely sensitive to gluten, we were able to eat these wraps without any problem. They have a very good, slightly nutty flavor and are perfect for making wraps with meat and/or vegetables. Food for Life Tortillas are also easier to find in the stores. They also usually cost less than the Pure Wraps.
3. Corn Tortillas
If you are not allergic to corn, these tortillas are a good, cheap alternative to the above gluten-free wraps. Corn tortillas are easy to find in your local grocery store, usually cost only a few dollars for a large package and they taste great when you warm them in the oven or microwave before using them. Some brands of corn tortillas will be clearly labeled gluten-free while others will not. So, if you are worried about cross-contamination, check the label before buying corn tortillas.
If you are not satisfied with the taste, texture or price of pre-made gluten-free wraps, than you might be better off making them yourself. There are many different recipes for gluten-free wraps or tortillas out on the internet. Here is a great one that I found:
Gluten-Free Wrap Recipe – Millet Buckwheat Tortillas
- 1 cup of certified gluten-free millet flour
- ½ cup of certified gluten-free buckwheat flour
- ½ cup of sorghum flour
- ½ cup of arrowroot or tapioca starch
- 2 teaspoons of xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of minced onion
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of thyme
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of honey or raw agave nectar
- ¼ teaspoon of light tasting vinegar
- 2 eggs whisked
- 1 ½ cups of hot water
- ½ cup of non-dairy milk
- Beat the wet ingredients into the dry mix until the batter is smooth. It should look and feel like a thick pancake batter (though it appears strange and goopy at first, keep beating).
To Cook in a Griddle or Crepe Pan
- Heat a slightly oiled griddle or crepe pan over medium high heat. When a drop of water sizzles and bounces off the surface, your griddle or pan is ready.
- Using an ice cream scoop to measure and plop a spoonful of batter onto the hot pan; and working quickly, use the back of a large spoon to spread the batter out as thin as you can. Six inches is usually the average size.
- Let the wrap cook for a minute until firm. Using a thin large spatula, slide underneath the wrap and flip it to cook the other side for a minute until done.
- Place the cooked wrap on a flat surface to cool
- Repeat the process to make a total of 10 wraps
- These are best eaten fresh
To cook on an electric tortilla press
- Preheat the electric tortilla mix. A VillaWare Wrap and Tortilla Press is recommended.
- Use an ice cream scoop to measure and plop a spoonful of batter onto the hot press. Lower the top of the press down gently and push down lightly to press the batter out flat. Do not press too hard too fast or the wrap will fall apart from the sudden release of steam. Cook for a minute or so. Follow instructions for cooling the cooked wraps, as above.
- When the wraps are cooled, cut larger-than-the-wraps circles out of wax-paper; place the wax paper between the wraps, bag in a large freezer storage bag. Freeze. To use, remove the wax paper. Thaw. Stuff with your favorite sandwich or burrito filling.
Recipe courtesy Gluten Free Goddess
Gluten-Free wraps are definitely a great alternative to sandwiches! They’re quick, lighter than bread, easy to make and quite tasty. Wraps are perfect for lunches, snacks and even breakfasts! Try to experiment with your own wraps by using different fillings and buying other kinds of gluten-free tortillas.
Image courtesy Stacy Spensley