If you ask someone with celiac disease or gluten intolerance what bread product they miss most, many people will answer "bagels." That's because traditional bagels — the gluten-filled variety — rely heavily on the gluten in the flour for their taste and texture.
It's tough to make a gluten-free bagel that tastes close to the original. But four well-known gluten-free bakeries are trying, and generally succeeding in making decent bagels. Slather them with cream cheese, or better yet, add some gluten-free lox, and you may not be able to tell the difference.
Here's what's available in gluten-free bagels:
Glutino offers five different kinds of bagels: plain, multi-grain, sesame, poppy seed and cinnamon raisin. All contain soy, milk and eggs and are sold five bagels to a pack.
Glutino tests its products to make sure they contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten.
The bagels are available in the gluten-free frozen food section of many larger and health-oriented grocery stores. In addition, it's possible to order them online and have them shipped in.
Udi's gluten-free bagels represent the company's latest addition to its popular line of gluten-free baked products. Udi's offers plain, cinnamon raisin and whole grain bagels, all of which include brown rice, tapioca and potato starch along with yeast and eggs.
The bagels are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, which requires testing to 10 parts per million of gluten. They're also dairy-free and soy-free, and are certified kosher.
3. Kinnikinnick Foods
Kinnikinnick Foods makes three different bagels: plain, cinnamon raisin and sesame. All include sugar, corn, yeast and eggs, but are free of dairy, soy, nuts and potato ingredients. The bagels are based on a mixture of white rice flour and tapioca starch.
Kinnikinnick Foods tests its products to contain fewer than 5 parts per million of gluten as part of its GF certification from the Celiac Sprue Association. Kinnikinnick advises keeping the bagels frozen until use, and then toasting or microwaving them for the best texture and flavor.
Enjoy Life Foods makes two different types of bagels: plain and cinnamon raisin. Both are dairy-free, casein-free, peanut-free, tree-nut free, soy-free and egg-free in addition to being baked in a gluten-free facility.
The Enjoy Life bagels are made with rice, amaranth and tapioca flours and fortified with ground flax seed, and they're sweetened with fruit juice and honey. Again, the manufacturer recommends toasting the bagels for the best taste and texture.