Gluten and Corn free Baking Mixes: See Our Favorite Brands

Favorite gluten and corn free baking mixes from dedicated facilities

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Gluten and corn free baking mixes: All gluten and corn free kitchens need a few handy products. Gluten and corn free baking mixes are hard to find. Corn is not an official allergen in the United States and therefore is not legally required to be labeled on food products as a hidden ingredient. Manufacturers of gluten and corn free baking mixes are known to change ingredients. It is always safest to call the company and verify yourself, especially if you are highly allergic to both gluten and corn. Corn is a tough ingredient to verify as present or absent as it is not an official ‘allergen’ in the United States. Please use this gluten and corn free baking mixes list as a helpful guide and not the final word, especially concerning corn-free products.

Favorite Gluten and Corn Free Baking Mixes

Breads from Anna Gluten and Yeast Free Bread Mix:

This is my husband’s favorite gluten and corn free bread mix. It is also dairy, soy, and rice free. It bakes up like an old fashioned loaf of Irish Brown Bread and tastes great with jam on top. The texture is very good. Breads from Anna Gluten and Yeast Free Bread tastes hearty and has a nice chewy feel to it. We do add about 1/4 cup of brown sugar to the loaf and wrap it in a damp tea towel just after we take it out of the oven to give it a nice soft crust. I highly recommend this bread to anyone who needs to avoid yeast as well. It is a nice bread to start with.

Namaste Foods Brownie Mix:

The first time I made this gluten and corn free mix for the family I almost ate the entire sheet myself. It is that good. I kid you not. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY would know this was gluten-free if you didn’t tell them. Note: this mix is corn-free, but does contain xanthan gum. Namaste has verified on their website that their xanthan gum is not derived from corn. This mix is also kosher and non GMO. This mix is also dairy free, soy free, and nut free. It’s an inexpensive mix if you need to make a party size amount. It will make a 9 x 13 size pan for a group. We have made it with an extra egg, which gives it a more cake like texture.

Namaste Foods Vanilla Cake Mix:

This is a moist cake and the vanilla is derived from ground vanilla beans. It’s made with brown rice flour, evaporated cane juice, tapioca starch, brown sugar, arrowroot powder, rice milk powder, baking soda, ground vanilla bean, salt, cream of tartar, and corn free xanthan gum. The package mix will make two round cakes. This cake is also dairy free, soy free, and nut free. This is a heavy cake and it is not a light yellow color, so it makes a great bundt cake or streusel cake. Namaste is a dedicated facility and has verified on their website that their xanthan gum is not corn derived.

Chebe Bread All-Purpose Mix:

Any kind of cheese makes this mix tasty. Our favorite is mascarpone or cream cheese, which is not on the label. It’s a quick ten minute prep time and 25 minute baking time. I always mix by hand and knead the dough in a large mixing bowl. There is no need for an electric mixer. We roll the dough in various desired sizes based on what we are making. This mix is made from tapioca flour, sea salt, cream of tartar, and baking soda. Chebe makes a chewy moist bread. It can be cut in half when it is cooled. We’ve made miniature hamburgers with little Chebe buns.

Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix:

It is no secret that I love this handy “all purpose” gluten and corn free mix. It’s a great replacement for Bisquick. Pamela’s is a dedicated gluten free facility and their products are high quality. Most non gluten and corn free taste testers don’t realize it’s an allergy friendly gluten and corn free baking mix. We have used Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix to make a host of things including muffins, pancakes, waffles, and crepes. This mix does contain xanthan gum, milk, and nuts. This company also offers 25 lb sizes through Amazon.com.

Living Now Foods All-Purpose Flour

Living Now Foods is a branch of the popular Now brand. A company spokesperson contacted me with this list of verified flours that are gluten and corn free safe products. Living Now is a non-GMO company making foods free from the top 8 allergens in a dedicated facility. The company is working on removing corn starch from their additional flour-based mixes and baking products not listed here. This flour mix is light and it can be dry. We often add an extra tablespoon of water to the recipe.

Pamela’s Wheat-free Bread Mix:

This is a fantastically easy bread to make. All I did was empty the mix and yeast into a very old and worn-out hand-me-down bread machine, cracked two eggs into a measuring cup, added oil and warm water, and stirred. I poured the liquid into the machine, turned it on and then scraped down the sides once or twice. Four hours later I was eating the most fabulous sandwich-worthy gluten-free bread I’ve come across yet. It can be used to make cheese bread, herb bread, cinnamon bread, and even stuffing. Note: this mix is casein free but contains xanthan gum and honey.

Please Note: If you are just starting out it is probably best to avoid yeasty breads. Some people may suffer similar reactions to yeast as they do to gluten or corn. If you are not sure it is best to stick with yeast free products until you feel an improvement in your condition.

 

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4 Comments on Gluten and Corn free Baking Mixes: See Our Favorite Brands

  1. I notice you list Anna’s bread mix under “…corn-free baking mixes”. The following link might be of interest (tfrecipes.com). The company apparently uses xanthan gum made from corn, which (as in my case) can cause corn-like reactions. Just an FYI for due dilligence and to make sure people are aware of the x-gum. :-)

    • Mary,
      xanthan gum is typically grown on corn but not always. There is disagreement about whether or not sensitivities to xanthan gum are due to corn allergy or because of an additional sensitivity to xanthan gum itself. It can be grown on cabbage too. Xanthan is imported a lot and not necessarily domestic. It can come from China or India, for example. It is the end product of a bacterium that is fed the corn or cabbage so that it can fester and grow itself. So a person sensitive to xanthan may not necessarily be sensitive because of the corn. If a corn allergic person can eat beef that is fed corn, or eggs that are fed corn, drink milk from a corn fed cow, etc….then the sensitivity might be a separate additional one that they are dealing with. In our case we never noticed problems with xanthan gum– and we did with ingredients like citric acid. But, if you have problems then you do not want to risk buying it and finding out afterward that it doesn’t agree with you. We came to rely on guar gum instead when baking and to be honest, I like it better. It acts like xanthan gum without the corn cross-contamination issue or possible secondary sensitivity issues with a bacterial agent. Guar gum is a middle eastern plant and it creates a much thicker product than the same amount you would use for corn starch, so a little bit goes a long way. You can get it at health food stores and online. It is not very easy to find but it is out there and it makes a good substitute for xanthan gum. Hope this helps. I know the frustration you are feeling. As far as products go, if you use it and don’t have a reaction with a corn-free version like Namaste, then the problem could very well be cross-contamination in your case. Most products with xanthan gum will not specify whether it is corn derived or not. It’s like roulette. This is why we initially stuck with guar gum and just skipped the xanthan. We did do Namaste. Eventually we reintroduced xanthan and my son was fine with it. But everyone is different.

  2. Hi,

    I just would like to say I’ve been using your website for almost 2 years now to navigate gluten and corn free products and information. Our son was diagnosed at 4 months old with severe corn allergy, and more were to follow. We had quite a bumpy road but your website, coupled with two others, has made it do-able when you’re a newbie and you just don’t know where to turn.

    I would like to say that I found a ‘cheaper’ Guar Gum! We recently ran out of our original bottle by Authentic Foods which cost me close to 7.00 I believe for 1 or 2 oz. I recently was able to acquire an 8 oz. bag of Bob’s Red Mill Guar Gum for about 5.00 at a local family run health food store. I’m not sure what it might cost elsewhere – but it could be less in other places too.

    Thanks for what you do!
    Ashley Morelli

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