5 Essential Ingredients for the Gluten-Free Pantry

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June 25, 2014

When changing your dietary habits, having the right ingredients on hand make the transition easier.  Once you've decided to go gluten-free, it's important to clean out your pantry and re-stock it with ingredients that you know will assist you on this journey.  As they say, out with the old and in with the new.  These five ingredients are essential to gluten-free living.

Gluten-Free Flours

To make pancakes, muffins, cakes and cookies, you will need to invest in some gluten-free flours.  Depending on the recipe, pre-packaged all purpose gluten-free flours may work but it's better to have a variety on hand in case a recipe calls for a specific ratio of certain flours. Brown or white rice flour, oat flour, sorghum flour, potato starch, tapioca starch and xanthan gum are a good place to start.


Quinoa is a superfood that should be incorporated into any diet, not just gluten-free.  It's packed with protein and rich in iron, magnesium, calcium and dietary fiber.  It's a great substitute for rice and other grains.

Gluten-Free Pasta

Just because you are eating gluten-free doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite pasta dishes.  Most gluten-free pastas are made from rice but you can also find quinoa and other ancient grain pastas as well.  Pasta is great for quick and easy cooking on busy weeknights.

Gluten-Free Bread

Bread is an essential ingredient in any kitchen, even a gluten-free one.  I prefer millet bread to other gluten-free breads but it's personal preference.  Use it to make sandwiches, enjoy a piece of toast or turn the slices into bread crumbs.


Corn Tortillas

Enjoy all your favorite Mexican dishes by swapping out flour tortillas for corn ones.  Corn is gluten-free and therefore safe food for those with celiac's disease.

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