Gluten free tips & options.

Disclaimer: because I also need to avoid dairy and garlic, this is by no means an extensive list…just a list of stuff I’ve found & tried/learned etc. Enjoy!  All findings are based in the GVRD of BC

please do add your findings!


– crackers – I LOVE their crackers…they taste like ritz style crackers!

– pizza – almost the most revolting crust I’ve ever had.

– cinnamon raisin bagels. Very heavy, cardboard like.

– good “oreo” cookies.

– good chocolate chip cookies that are also df

buy at almost any store, although selection will vary


– bread that tastes good enough to use fresh! My fav is the whole grain or millet & chia

– hamburger & hotdog buns

– cinnamon buns that are good, albeit a bit dry

– Chocolate & lemon cupcakes that are very tasty

buy @ Save On, Safeway, IGA etc. often in the frozen section of the bakery & sometimes in the fresh section of the bakery.


– Sunflower Flax Rice bread – very nice toasted

– Tapioca English Muffins – yum! good for sandwiches

– their “oreo” cookies are quite tasty. Love their version of double chocolate oreos.

buy @ Save On, London Drugs, IGA

– pancake mix. probably has zero nutritional value, but tasty and was good with a banana added.

– pizza crust – same crust that Boston Pizza uses 🙂

– Angel Food cake mix – very very good. We used this for our wedding cake.


Tinkyada – easy to cook, and fairly tasty.

Mrs. Leeper’s is also quite nice, but the corn pasta does have a distinct flavour.

Easily available at most grocery stores.

Arrowhead Mills

– mac & cheese in a box – yum! (not dairy free though)

– white cake mix – fairly tasty, albeit a diff texture.

seems to be available in stores like Two E’s…but not mainstream.


chicken fingers/fish sticks…don’t bother…crust is waay too thick for the amount of meat included. (also contains garlic) 


– misc cookies. Their mini chocolate chip ones are addicting. Unfortunately, they are not dairy free. (took me 3 times to read the label and realize this.) The gingersnaps are dairy free.

available at Save On & IGA

Silver Hills Bakery

Production plant in Abbotsford has a storefront where you can buy gf bread there. They have two varieties and both are good – more like a light rye bread with heft to it.

Panne Rizo

gf bakery by Vanier Park in Vancouver – you can actually get a sandwich made for you! Bread products are good, but I wouldn’t say they’re the best gluten free I’ve had.

Choices Marketplace – rice bakery

Many options available. I don’t like the premade pies as the crust is too thick, but the frozen shells are great for when you want to make a pie or tarts at home. It’s a fun treat to look at everything offered and pick something new and tasty to try. I especially enjoy their brown rice sourdough bread.

Ingredients to watch out for:

– hydrolyzed corn/soy/etc protein

– “seasonings” In Canada, this can be a ‘cover’ for gluten based ingredients.

– soy sauce – most are not wheat free

– beer. Yes it’s great for marinades…but it’s too wheat based to be safe.

– bouillion – usually has a wheat derivative

food to be wary of

– hamburger patties – what’s the filler?

– chicken – is it seasoned with hydrolyzed protein?

– canned soup

– cream sauce – usually thickened with wheat flour

– french fries – frozen are often dusted with flour, @ restaurants, is it a kitchen that cooks battered food in the same oil?

– vitamin E…is based on wheat germ

Stores to try:

comment – do NOT always trust the label on the shelf that says “gluten free” Always read the labels anyway. It could very well be that someone put the product or label in the wrong spot.

– Organic Grocer –  Surrey

– Choices Marketplace  – various locations in the Lower Mainland.

– Save On Foods – most locations have natural food sections

– Safeway – usually has a few products here & there.

– Real Canadian Superstore – some have whole isles of natural foods/gf items

– ethnic food stores for different flours. just do your homework before buying as they may use different names for the various flours

– IGA marketplace – some stores have a very good section of gluten free items.

– Tracycakes bakery – various locations

will make gf cupcakes if order is placed the day before..very tasty! Icing is not dairy free.


3 thoughts on “Gluten free tips & options.

  1. If you ever head down to the US, Fred Meyer has a pretty good selection of gluten-free stuff, and for way cheaper than you’ll find here!

    I wanted to add a couple things:
    Nature’s Path Buckwheat Wildberry gluten-free waffles
    Nature’s Path Homestyle gluten-free waffles
    Nature’s Path Sunrise Vanilla Crunch gluten-free cereal

    I got bored of Tinkyada quickly, especially since I’ve able to try other gluten-free pastas that don’t get as mushy and taste a little more authentic. So far one of my favs has been Ancient Harvest Corn-Quinoa blend pasta – I haven’t been able to find it in Vancouver yet, but they do carry it in the States. If you ever go to Bellingham, there’s a community co-op with such a huge selection of pastas (I’ve also tried one containing soy and potato but I can’t remember the brand). Prices are comparable to Fred Meyer.

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