Aldi Takes On Gluten Free [+ nailed it]
I’m not gluten free, and I don’t think I could make it if I tried. However, I enjoy the occasional gluten-free product—I have friends with celiac disease and friends with gluten intolerance, so I’ve dabbled with the product offering. If you ask me, this makes me an authentic source, someone who can eat all the gluten in the world and still chooses to enjoy a gluten free chip every now and then.
Well, let me introduce you all to an often forgotten grocer, Aldi.
A grocery store that keeps their products in the boxes they were shipped in, that makes you pay a quarter to use a shopping cart (don’t worry you get it back when you return the cart), and that doesn’t give you a plastic bag to bring home your purchases? They run a tight ship.
Lucky for those of us willing to push past the barrier of entry, their deals are a byproduct of this tight ship. Gluten Free products can cost a fortune when you buy on Thrive Market or at Whole Foods, but Aldi offers a line of products called liveGfree. These products are offered at an extremely competitive price point.
liveGfree Sweet Chili Brown Rice Crisps
I’ve gotten the office hooked on these. Seriously. The sweetness followed by the heat of the chili is SO GOOD. They are so crisp and have a great crunch in each bite. Aldi nailed it with these things, I just wish there were more flavors.
PSA to Aldi: If you’re reading this, please make a Jalapeno flavor, I’m addicted to jalapeno chips and I need your help.
liveGfree Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Sandwiches
I won’t lie to you, this taste is different than a Hot Pocket. But, the cheese and pepperoni are melty and delicious. The crust tends to not get very crisp and tends to be on the flaky side, but they are such a great option for a quick meal that is gluten free, something that is majorly lacking in the frozen food section.
liveGfree Brownie Mix
Two of my best friends are gluten free—and do you know how tough it is to have girls nights without brownies or cookies?? I’m serious. I was crying for help. But this brownie mix is the solution. They’re dark chocolate (which I prefer), but make sure you make them in 9×9 inch baking pan so they are thick and moist!
liveGfree Rosemary & Olive Oil Multiseed Snack Crackers
This is probably the healthiest tasting GF product at Aldi. You can taste the individual flavors of the grains and the rosemary—and if you are craving some crunch in your meal, these are a great addition to the rotation. They’re even better when paired with hummus or some Babybel cheese.
Fit & Active Lightly Salted Rice Cakes
Most rice cakes are gluten free—in fact, I haven’t met one that isn’t! They are a great snack for the GF and non-GF’s of the world. They are light, but when paired with a nut butter and some fruit, they make a fantastic snack. You can find these at Aldi for only $2.
liveGfree SimplyNature Organic Peanut Butter
Here’s my beef with organic peanut butter. Once the oils separate from the rest of the peanut butter, it takes superman strength to stir them back together. This peanut butter, however, doesn’t do that. Even if you do your workouts with the 5-pound dumbbells you’ll be able to stir this (heck, even if you don’t workout at all you can). This organic peanut butter will relieve you from any stress about non-organic products but is still easy to use and yummy to eat.
Peanut Butter is almost always gluten-free, but I’ll sweeten the find a bit by giving you the best GF cookie recipe EVER. I’m talking, 4 roommates and some boyfriends all chanting and begging for these (when their typical vice is a big Braum’s ice cream cone). I’m talking, take to a party and don’t come back with any left. I’m talking seriously yummy.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar (or some stevia)
- 1 large egg
- Chocolate chips (optional)
- Stir together and shape into 1-inch balls
- Place balls 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet, flatten them a bit with a fork, and place chocolate chips as desired on top of cookies
- Bake at 325°F for 10 minutes (or until golden brown)