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23 Gluten-Free Kitchen Must-Haves to Buy STAT (Plus 12 Insanely Good Gluten-Free Recipes!)

You ever just stare into your pantry like it’s a dark, empty abyss?

There’s nothing to eat! 

Well, imagine opening your pantry–

And standing in awe of how many delicious foods there are to choose from?

What if you were SO excited to make dinner because you knew you had something delicious and gluten-free on hand?

‘Tis the season to reset and re-stock your pantry essentials for the New Year!

Keep these kitchen must-haves in mind!

Table of Contents:

  • 11 Pantry Staples: For Groundbreaking Gluten-Free Baking
  • 7 Pantry Essentials: For Simple, Savory Gluten-Free Cooking
  • 5 Pantry Musts: For Lip-Smacking Gluten-Free Snacking
  • 6 Extra Things to Always Keep In Stock Throughout the Week
  • 12 Matches Made In Heaven: Staple-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes

11 Pantry Staples: For Groundbreaking Gluten-Free Baking

The great gluten-free bake-off begins!

If you’re a fanatic for muffins, bread, cookies, cakes, and brownies, 

Then you’ll definitely want to keep these essentials on your pantry shelves. 

1. All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour

Don’t want to take the time to make your own flour blends? 

Keeping gluten-free all-purpose in stock is a must for goods like muffins, bread, pancakes, cookies, and more. 

Hello, simplicity!

Reputable all-purpose flour options:

2. White & Brown Rice Flour

Besides homemade flour blends and all-purpose flour, white rice flour seems to be used the most in gluten-free cookbooks. 

To top it off... 

most flour blend recipes actually call for rice flour as the main ingredient–

So you’ll be using it!

3. Coconut Flour

High in healthy fats and low in carbs–

One of the great things about a gluten-free diet is it’s super hard to eat empty carbs.

Particularly when you use flours like coconut!

4. Almond Flour

One magical baking combo:

Coconut flour and almond flour!

The texture is super similar to regular flour baked goods. 

And since it’s a nut flour, it’s also full of nutrients!

5. Gluten-Free Oats

Keep in mind:

Oats themselves don’t have gluten.

But they’re usually contaminated in processing, so it’s best to go with certified gluten-free oats to stay on the safe side. 

Either way–

You can use them in e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. 

6. Tapioca Starch

The protein in wheat gives baked goods that doughy elasticity, but without it?

Your muffins and cakes will totally fall flat. 

No worries, though!

You can use tapioca starch to bring it back up to par.

7. Xanthan Gum

Same as tapioca starch:

Xanthan gum gives baked goods back their texture. 

Most pre-made gluten-free flour blends come with it already mixed in!

8. Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs

Breadcrumbs are like the cherry on top of savory, baked recipes.

That extra crunch is *chefs kiss*

Be sure to load up on gluten-free breadcrumbs to use for meals like meatloaf and breaded chicken. 

9. Baking Soda & Powder 

These are the end-all-be-all for helping baked goods rise. 

Most recipes call for tiny amounts–

Which means you’ll have plenty for ages!

10. Coconut Oil

You always need a fat source when baking–

And if butter isn’t your jam, use coconut oil!

It’s thought to have amazing benefits like boosting heart health and protecting your hair, skin, and teeth. 

11. Cocoa Powder

Bakeaholics unite!

Keep the cocoa powder handy for those late-night healthy brownie cravings! 

(See a delicious gluten-free brownie below in the recipe section.)

7 Pantry Essentials: For Simple, Savory Gluten-Free Cooking

Love a simple, gluten-free dinner?

The best kinds of meals only involve ingredients you already have, like broths, sauces, and canned goods.

So easy for weeknights!

Here are gluten-free ingredients you can count on for those “too good to be true” meals. 

12. Chicken/Vegetable Broth

Broth is more than just a tasty soup base.

It’s also wonderful for flavoring rice, pasta, and veggies. 

It’s naturally gluten-free, too!

13. Gluten-Free Soy Sauce & Tamari

Some soy sauces contain wheat protein–

Which is obviously a no-go if you’re gluten-free!

Instead, double-check for gluten-free specified soy sauce, tamari sauce, or even coconut aminos. 

They all work wonders for amping up that classic flavor in Asian food. 

14. White/Brown Rice & Quinoa

And the easiest gluten-free carb winner goes to…


It’s extremely versatile and simple to include in almost every gluten-free recipe–

Especially as just an extra side dish!

15. Canned Beans or Legumes

Think beans, chickpeas, lentils, split peas, etc…

If you’re gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian, adding legumes to your diet is extra important for protein.

Fortunately, they usually take on the flavor of anything you pair them with–

Which means the possibilities are endless!

16. Spices

Healthy eating 101:

Make it fun!

And the best way to do that?

Experiment with different spices to boost the flavor profiles.

Most spices are gluten-free–

But watch out for mixed spices as they may contain wheat ingredients.

Give paprika, thyme, oregano, basil, chili powder, and nutmeg a go!

17. Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce knows how to save the day–

Either canned or jarred, you can rely on it for pretty much every entree ever–

Casseroles, spaghetti, meatloaf, soups, meatballs, pork chops, chicken…

You get the point!

18. Potatoes

Potatoes are insanely cheap, 

and surprise!

Also totally gluten-free.

Chuck ‘em in soups, make homemade french fries, or boil up some mashed potatoes. 

5 Pantry Musts: For Lip-Smacking Gluten-Free Snacking 

What do you munch on when you’re in the middle of a snack attack?

Just because you’re gluten-free doesn’t mean you should have to sit in the hangry.

Instead, grab any of these go-to gluten-free pantry items!

19. Nuts & Seeds

Regardless of if you’re gluten-free or not, everyone could benefit from keeping nuts and seeds on hand as snacks.

Raw nuts are best since they’re minimally processed.

Feel free to shoot for almonds, walnuts, cashew, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.

They’re all full of healthy fats, protein, and fiber!

(P.S. nut butter is a fantastic option, too!)

20. Gluten-Free Crackers

You can’t have cheese without the crackers.

And while most people assume crackers are out of the question on a gluten-free diet–

They couldn’t be more wrong!

Check out these gluten-free cracker brands:

21. Gluten-Free Pretzels

Thank goodness the food industry is catching on to gluten-free needs, too.

Mainstream foods like crunchy pretzels are now available to you!

(Not to mention how stellar they are as dippers for hummus. 

22. Rice Cakes

Remember when we said rice is naturally gluten-free?

It also turns into a super convenient snack with store-bought rice cakes. 

Just top with either a nut butter and cinnamon or even cottage cheese and fresh fruit!

23. Tortilla Chips

Don’t gotta tell me twice!

There’s nothing like dipping your hand in a giant bag of tortilla chips, knowing you get to savor every bite without stomach pain.

Here are some amazing gluten-free chip brands:

6 Extra Things to Always Keep In Stock Throughout the Week

It’s a sin to run out of some things, like milk and bread. 

And when you’re gluten-free, it’s no different!

Now you’re probably thinking…

How can these extras live in a gluten-free kitchen?!

A lot of these bonus kitchen essentials are actually really easy to make gluten-free, and are a life-saver when short on time.

It’s still important to have those basic carby foods on hand for when you’re in a dinner pinch and need a sandwich ASAP. 

Here’s what to always keep in stock!

1. Sliced Bread

There really is nothing better than sliced bread.

Need some good gluten-free bread options?

Try these out!

2. Tortillas

From quesadillas and tacos to wraps…

Having gluten-free tortillas on hand may just make or break an easy weeknight dinner.

Always have a stack or two on hand!

3. Pizza Crust

One of the biggest misconceptions of a gluten-free diet:

You have to completely cut out comfort food like pizza, pasta, and bread.

No freaking way!

When you have a gluten-free crust in your freezer, a yummy pizza is always just minutes away.

4. Waffles

Having one of those crazy busy mornings?

Instead of whipping up a giant breakfast, just throw your gluten-free waffles in the toaster.

Top with nut butter and boom!

A nutritious breakfast in no time at all.

5. Cereal

This is especially important if you have kids.

Cereal makes such an easy snack!

Here are some stellar gluten-free cereals to buy on your next shopping spree:

6. Pasta

Gluten-free pasta comes in all different forms:

For instance, legume-based pasta or buckwheat flour pasta.

It’s usually accessible, too! 

Just head to the gluten-free section of your local grocery store. 

Easy Gluten-Free Pie Crust from Nicki of From Scratch Fast

12 Matches Made In Heaven: Staple-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes

So you bought all the essentials–

Now what?

You make stuff!

Use these 12 recipes to get you started on using up those gluten-free staples.

Here comes delicious!

1. Lemon Blueberry Muffins

If you’re making blueberry muffins, you can’t NOT add in some lemon.

It takes regular ‘ole muffins to totally out-of-this-world. 

Don’t believe me?

Try these lemon blueberry muffins and see!

You’ll use a gluten-free all-purpose flour here, but make sure it includes xanthan gum to create the best texture ever.  

2. Coconut Flour Cookies

Picture pillowy soft, mini cookies that taste exactly like chocolate chip cookie dough–

Sans the gluten!

That’s right.

The coconut flour makes these rounds of goodness super healthy and also incredibly enjoyable. 

You don’t even notice the difference!

P.S.- if you love almond joys, you’ll definitely love these cookies. 

3. Perfect Almond Flour Brownies

Rich, decadent, naturally gluten-free–

And dare I say…

Better than a box mix?

These perfect almond flour brownies are better than you’d ever expect. 

You just need 8 simple ingredients, and I bet you could snag all of them from your kitchen right now. 

4. Easy Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Say hello to the most versatile pie crust on the planet:

This particular recipe can be made with either gluten-free or regular flour.

But either way!

You’ll still bake up that beautifully flakey, butter crust that melts in your mouth, regardless of the pie filling.

It’s a pie miracle! 

5. Baked Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese

Stop what you’re doing.

It’s mac and cheese time!

But this cheesy baked comfort food isn’t your typical mac–

It’s gluten-free, but still has that yummy, crunchy breadcrumb topping…

Which, in my humble opinion, just makes it that much better.

And it only takes 30 minutes to bake–

Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner that everyone will love. 

6. Chickpea & Tomato Coconut Curry Soup

Talk about a pantry staple meal!

I doubt you’ll even need to grocery shop. 

Plus, could it be any more flavorful?

The broth, tomatoes, chickpeas, coconut milk, onion, garlic, and curry powder take this dish to another planet of deliciousness. 

Oh, and did I mention this recipe only takes 30 minutes, too?

7. Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos

Seasoned sweet potatoes, fresh cabbage slaw, and a light drizzle of chipotle crema fill each gluten-free taco shell with more goodness than you can imagine. 

No joke–

Plus, the beans make up for the protein. 

You might not ever go back to meat tacos.

There’s no need when you have this recipe!

8. Healthy Sesame Chicken

It isn’t easy finding Asian-style food when you’re gluten-free.

Soy sauce can be dangerous!

So why not make your own from home, where you can rest easy with gluten-free soy sauce substitutes.

Like the ones in this healthy sesame chicken!

You could even use tamari or coconut aminos.  

9. Gluten-Free Chex Mix

If your chex mix isn’t totally addicting, you’re doing it wrong. 

Thankfully, this gluten-free recipe does it mouthwateringly right with garlic, onion, paprika, peanuts, gluten-free pretzels, and cereal.

The effort it takes to keep your hands out of the bowl?

100% nonexistent from your first bite. 

10. Gluten-Free Energy Bites

Here’s another recipe that uses solely pantry staples:

Oats, peanut butter, protein powder, milk, and chocolate chips.

If you don’t have chocolate chips lying around, you can always use dried fruit like cranberries! 

Also, feel free to make a giant batch and freeze the leftovers for a rainy day. 

11. Butternut Squash Tots

Potatoes aren’t the problem–

It’s always the breading that gets ya in fried foods like french fries, chicken fingers, and tots!

Typically recipes use flour, but not this one!

Here we’re using coconut flour, cauliflower, butternut squash, and spices to create one freaking tasty tot–

Or two, or three, or 10...

12. Baked Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

This baked spinach artichoke dip is completely vegan and gluten-free:

Double health whammy!

Use a cashew cream base with loads of nutritional yeast and BAM:

It tastes just like the real deal.

Maybe even better, because you can literally taste how good it is for you.

I’d call that a wellness win for the books! 

Baked Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip from Tessa of Salted Plains

Start the New Year Prepared to the Nines

Ready to restock your pantry with loads of healthy, gluten-free food for your family?

Dang right you are!

Use this list as a guide anytime you’re about to head grocery-shopping.

Your stress levels will instantly drop while you shop!



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