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Aldi Gluten Free – the Good, the OK, and the Uh-Uh (Pt.1)

The closest Aldi to where I live is a little over an hour away.  We generally would shop there on occasion to save money.  However, we didn’t shop there on a regular basis.  Things changed when I chose to start eating gluten free.  A friend had posted to Facebook about using one of Aldi’s LiveGFree products, and I was instantly intrigued.  Soon after, every time we went shopping near an Aldi, we went in and checked out what was available.

 

The Aldi closest to us just remodeled and expanded the amount of their LiveGFree line that is available.  Today I want to share the products we have tried so far and what we’ve liked and disliked.  Thankfully, my husband hasn’t minded being gluten free as well, so he enjoys trying new gluten free products as well.  Since we are being introduced to new items and are still trying out, so I will do an update with additional products.

The Good

Pancake & Baking Mix

 

 

We have only used the Pancake & Baking Mix for waffles and pancakes.  I find this very comparable to gluten free Hungry Jack pancake mix, and this is a regular purchase when we go to Aldi.  Sean also had to get the Aldi Belgian type waffle maker, which might I add is very affordable.  Then I have been the one making the waffles!  Anyway, we haven’t noticed any major difference between these waffles and any other waffle mix, gluten free or not.  This definitely gets Sean’s Seal of Approval.  I make the waffles ahead of time, freeze them and eat them when we want.  They taste fresh even after being frozen.

Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Pasta (Fusilli and Penne)

 

Aldi GF Fusilli

 

I have tried a dozen different brands at least of gluten free pastas and the Aldi brand is definitely in the top 3.  I have found I like the taste of a brown rice and quinoa mixed pasta best.  It tastes like and has a texture close to whole wheat pasta.  A lot of other types of pastas I have tried either fall apart easily or they are made with corn flour, and well, taste like corn.  The brown rice spaghetti isn’t bad either, but we have only tried it a couple of times.  I tend to buy the fusilli and penne more often because we cook them more in our house.

Multi-seed Crackers

Aldi has two types of gluten free multi-seed crackers, Sea Salt and Rosemary and Olive Oil.  I am thankful they have these crackers because most gluten free crackers I’ve tried have tasted like cardboard.  These crackers are very flavorful and are fine by themselves and with hummus or another dip.  It has been awhile since I have purchased this because we don’t eat crackers often, so I can’t give a better description from memory, but they are definitely a favorite.

Bagels

You wouldn’t find bagels around our house very often, however I wanted to make breakfast sandwiches for Sean.  He works at a restaurant and has varied hours and when he works on Sundays its nice for him to have an option for a decent breakfast without having to cook before he has to go cook.  After our Aldi had its remodel this was one of the newest products they carry.  We bought a couple of packages and I made frozen egg and sausage sandwiches.  These bagels are delicious and taste and feel like “real” bagels to us.  They aren’t overly hard or dry.  I would suggest though to eat these heated, either toasted or warmed in the microwave.  The bagels have definitely been a repurchase.  I freeze them until I’m going to make the sandwiches and then refreeze them in sandwich form until ready to eat.

The OK

Very Berry Baked Chewy Bars

I really enjoyed the flavor of the Very Berry Baked Chewy Bars, but I did not like the texture.  The bars are definitely soft and chewy but there was just something about that texture that I couldn’t get past.  They definitely have a great berry flavor.  Aldi has two other bars, Coco Loco and Caramel Apple.  If I can get a hold of those two flavors, I will try them out and let you know what I think in the next review post.  I want to add, Sean did not try these.  He had some Nature Valley bars with nuts in them he was eating, and so we had separate bars to eat.

Plain Wraps

I can’t find these plain wraps at our Aldi.  Sometimes when we visit my family in the OKC area, we shop at their local Aldi and I found the wraps there.  They really were okay.  I don’t have anything to compare them too because this was my first gluten free wrap experience, but I would be willing to try them again.  They broke apart easily and didn’t have much flavor.

The Uh-Uh

So Sean came up with this part of the title, and I had to use it!

Yellow Baking Mix

 

Aldi GF Yellow Baking Mix

 

Don’t waste your money on the Yellow Baking Mix.  When I first opened the package, I got the instant smell of the Pancake & Baking Mix.  I then got a little nervous.  I made cupcakes following the directions on the package.  The directions call for adding butter, eggs, vanilla, and milk.  I accidentally added an extra teaspoon of vanilla, but honestly it didn’t help.  After mixing, the mixture looked like cake mix.  The box did say the mixture would be thick.  The box also stated it should make 12 cupcakes, but I had enough mix for about 15. The cupcakes baked beautifully with a nice golden color.  (I completely forgot about taking a picture, sorry).  I made a quick chocolate buttercream, and we tried them, one plain and one with buttercream.  The texture was nice and spongy, but when you are expecting a nice cupcake, all I got was the flavor of the waffles I normally make.  I may be a little bit of a cupcake snob and I usually make from scratch and not a box since being gluten free, but this was not a cupcake.

So to not waste the rest of the cupcakes, for breakfast we added syrup to them, and ate them like pancake cups.  I guess if your Aldi is out of Pancake mix, you can just buy this as an alternate.

Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese

Typically I make mac and cheese from scratch using the fusilli pasta I mentioned above.  As I also mentioned, Sean works crazy hours, so sometimes when he comes home late, he is really hungry and I’ll make something quick or heat up leftovers.  We picked up the Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese to see what we thought.

 

Aldi GF Mac & Cheese

 

I actually bought this twice. I followed the box directions.  Since its deluxe it just came with pasta and a pouch of the cheese sauce.  The first time i made this, i cooked the noodles according to the directions, but because they didn’t look cooked enough I let them cook until the highest time.  The noodles were totally chewy and hard to eat.  I wasn’t feeling well when I made this so we decided to give it another try.

The second round was just as bad.  I even cooked the noodles for an additional 5 minutes with no luck.  They were the tiniest bit more tender, but still extremely chewy.  There wasn’t a whole lot of flavor to the cheese part either.  The whole experience was like eating chewy cardboard with canned cheese.  I definitely would not recommend this product either.  If you’ve tried this macaroni and cheese and had a better experience, please let me know in the comment section.

 

I hope this review was helpful for you.  There are still a great number of products we are currently trying and need to try.  I mentioned in my Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread post that I found out recently I have a nut allergy.  Aldi does carry gluten free granola I won’t be able to try.  If you’d like to add your review of the granola to my next Aldi post, please send me an email and let me know.

Comment below where you buy some of your favorite gluten free products and if there is anything else you would like to see me review.

Thanks!

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Aldi Gluten Free – the Good, the OK, and the Uh-Uh (Pt.1)

  1. Crikey – I didn’t realise the range if gluten free food that Aldi offers. I’ve got a few friends who are gluten free so this is fantastic as I know I can head to Aldi & I’ll pay a lot less that one of the big chain supermarket stores. Thanks for the inspiration! Popping over from #SnappedUp

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