There's no reason to mourn English muffins if you're following a gluten-free diet — a variety of manufacturers make them gluten-free.
If you enjoy plain English muffins, you have plenty of choices ... and you may even find some in the gluten-free section of your local grocery store. But if you crave more exotic varieties — think cinnamon current or "rye" (without real rye, obviously!), you're in luck too. You also can make your own.
When they're toasted and slathered with butter, I can't really tell the difference between gluten-free English muffins and the gluteny variety. Here's what's available.
Specialty foods manufacturer Foods by George makes three different varieties of gluten-free English muffins: plain, cinnamon current and "no-rye rye" flavors. All include flour based on white rice, tapioca and potato, plus yeast.
To make the "rye" English muffins taste like the real thing, the company adds caraway seeds and blackstrap molasses. The cinnamon current English muffins are sweetened with evaporated cane juice.
Foods by George products are available in some grocery stores and also by mail order, and the company donates a portion of its proceeds to celiac disease research.
2. Ener-G Foods
Ener-G Foods, another specialty gluten-free manufacturer, makes two different types of English muffins: plain and brown English muffins with flax seed. Both are casein, dairy, egg, soy and nut-free, but do contain yeast.
The plain English muffins are made with white rice and tapioca flour, and are sweetened with pear juice. The brown English muffins contain brown rice flour and plum puree along with flax meal, and are enriched with several B vitamins, iron and vitamin D.
Ener-G Foods tests its gluten-free products to be certain they contain fewer than 5 parts per million of gluten. The English muffins are available in some supermarkets or by mail order.
If you prefer corn-based English muffins, Glutino's product will suit you well. Glutino's Premium English Muffins include mainly corn flour, plus some tapioca starch, and are sweetened with evaporated cane juice.
They also include milk, egg and soy ingredients, along with yeast.
It may be possible to find Glutino English muffins locally, but you'll probably have better luck ordering them online. Glutino tests its products to make certain they contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten.
Kinnikinnick Foods says that its tapioca rice English muffins represent one of the company's most popular products, especially when toasted with jam or used to create a breakfast sandwich with egg, ham and cheese. The English muffins are free of dairy, egg, nut and soy ingredients, but do include yeast, eggs, corn and potatoes.
Kinnikinnick advises English muffin lovers to toast or microwave these to create the best flavor and texture. The company produces all its products in a tree nut and peanut-free facility, and tests them to less than 5 parts per million of gluten.
Joan's GF Great Bakes makes three different English muffins: plain, cinnamon raisin and multi-grain. The multi-grain English muffins include organic dark buckwheat, organic amaranth and golden flax seed, plus brown sugar.
All Joan's GF Great Bakes products are manufactured in a facility free of gluten, soy, peanuts and tree nuts. In addition, they're all free of dairy and eggs, although they're processed on equipment that also processes those ingredients. The English muffins do contain yeast.
Joan's sources its ingredients carefully and then tests its products through an independent testing lab to make certain they contain less than 5 parts per million of gluten. The English muffins are available online at Joan's website.
Although it's undoubtably simpler to buy your English muffins at the store or online, it's actually not too difficult to make them at home. This buckwheat and honey English muffin recipe, from About.com's Guide to Gluten-Free Cooking, makes English muffins that look and taste just like traditional English muffins.
The recipe uses all-purpose gluten-free flour, plus buckwheat flour, yeast, honey and some spices. The dough mixture, which is combined in a food processor, takes about 40 minutes to prepare and then another 25 minutes to cook, and yields eight whole English muffins.