Who does love good ole TJs? From the free samples (pre-COVID) to the seasonal items, Trader Joe’s is beloved by health food enthusiasts and normal foodies alike. It’s more affordable than Whole Foods and has high quality fresh and pre-prepared items. Whether you’re cutting out gluten for digestive relief or want to experiment with some new fun foods, use this guide to find the 21 favorite Trader Joe’s gluten free items!
1. Trader Joe’s Ginger Shot
Ginger has so many benefits ranging from helping with indigestion, nausea, and menstrual cramps! I like that this is combined with coconut water so it adds electrolytes and won’t burn your throat from the pure ginger.
2. Trader Joe’s Sriracha Tofu
Unlike TJ’s teriyaki tofu with contains wheat, the sriracha flavor is gluten free! For anyone who’s new to tofu or don’t know how to prepare it, this is a great option as it’s already seasoned and vacuumed sealed. To prepare it, simply bake or air fry the tofu and serve with rice and veggies, pho, stir-fry, or with any other dish you like! This is also great for anyone whose busy and wants a quick plant-protein option.
3. Trader Joe’s Bone Broth
If you haven’t heard by now, bone broth has become extremely popular due to its various nutritional benefits that aid in gut health and joint pain. It contains the amino acid glutamine which can help health the intestinal barrier according to this study. Plus it’s a great source of protein, and is half the price of other popular bone broth brands.
4. Trader Joe’s Herbed Tahini Sauce
This goes so well with the falafel listed below! Alternatively I like to thin it out with a little water, lemon juice, and fresh herbs and use as a salad dress. And have you heard of Buddah bowls- you’re welcome!
5. Trader Joe’s Vegan Kale, Cashew, and Basil Pesto
Most pre-prepared pesto contains Parmesan cheese. As dairy is a common gut-irritant, this is a great convenient option for those wanting a convenient dairy-free option. Additionally it contains much less preservatives compared to comparable brands. You can serve it with pasta, their cauliflower gnocchi, on pizzas, and sandwiches.
5. Trader Joe’s Acai Packets
These are my go to for smoothies! They come in a convenient packet that make a great base for an easy breakfast when you blend with a protein and more fruits and veggies.
6. Trader Joe’s Frozen Brown Rice
Who has time to whip out their rice maker mid-week after a long day of work? Their brown rice is a great option to pop in the microwaved and serve with veggies and protein for an easy dinner that comes together in 20 minutes! No more gummy or under cooked rice, this convenient rice is pre-cooked so you just heat and serve.
7. Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
Perhaps TJ’s most popular item, their cauliflower gnocchi is also super versatile in how it can prepared. Gnocchi is traditionally made from refined white flour and potatoes, but this gluten free version is made from cauliflower and cassava flour. You can bake, roast, pan fry, or my personal favorite- air fry it! I like to spray these little nuggets with avocado oil, season with EBTB seasoning, air fry at 400 degrees F for 12-15 minutes, and serve with marinara sauce for dipping!
8. Trader Joe’s Ginger Chews
These make a tasty after meal treat that can help sooth digestive discomfort or nausea. I chew on them if ate something unsettling or am feeling bloated.
9. Trader Joe’s Ginger Turmeric Tea
Yet another digestive remedy favorite, this is my favorite tea to take when I travel when I don’t have access to my daily morning fresh lemon and ginger tea. I drink this in the morning to warm up my digestive system before breakfast. The turmeric in the tea contains anti-inflammatory benefits as well. Add a dash of black pepper for better absorption!
10. Trader Joe’s Falafel Mix
This Mediterranean mix makes for a super easy plant-based protein option that comes together quickly just by adding water and baking or air-frying. I’ll batch make them on the weekend and serve it with hummus and Tahini sauce or make Buddha bowls with loads of veggies and either brown rice or cauliflower rice.
11. Trader Joe’s Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix
Gluten-free bakers rejoice! Who doesn’t love a warm ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven? These are a great option if you need to throw something together quick to bring to a party or have a cookie craving and don’t want to measure a million ingredients. To prepare vegan, simply sub the milk and butter with non-dairy milk and vegan butter or coconut oil.
12. Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Everything Bagels
We know everyone is obsessed with their Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, and we have this original muse to thank for the creation for the seasoning! My fellow gluten- free people, this hits the spot when you’re craving a hearty NY style bagel. I like to toast mine and spread with vegan cream cheese or avocado and top with smoked salmon if I’m feeling fancy. What’s your go-to bagel topping?
13. Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Flour
What do you usually sub all-purpose flour with? Almond flour is lovely as it’s nutritionally dense because of the unsaturated fats and vitamins from the nut, but it doesn’t quite have the same baking properties as all purpose flour. Therefore don’t be surprised if your baked goods come out denser than expected. Trader Joe’s gluten free flour is more comparable to all-purpose in its structure and is more affordable than other gluten free flour brands.
14. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bars
If you’re used to sweeter desserts Trader Joe’s has plenty of chocolate bar options, but my favorite is this 100% cocoa dark chocolate by Monetzuma. If your taste buds aren’t used to the slightly bitter taste, you may want to chop up the bar and add it to a sweetened cookie dough or brownie batter. Or make a smore!
15. Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Tortillas
While corn tortillas are often naturally gluten free, corn can be a gut irritant to those with a gluten intolerance. Many gluten free tortillas fall apart, but these are sturdy enough to make a burrito, quesadilla, or taco. One of my favorite methods to prepare them is to slice them up into triangles, spray with avocado oil and seasonings, and bake them in the oven for tortilla chips. Serve with salsa or guacamole!
16. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints
These sweet treats only contain three ingredients: dark chocolate, honey, and peppermint oil! They’re nourishing to the soul and satisfy the sweet tooth. Try them in the fridge for a cool refreshing dessert or snack.
17. Trader Joe’s Freeze-dried Strawberries
I’m currently snacking on these as I write this post! Strawberries peak season is in the summer, but you can enjoy these tasty treats year round. I’ll eat them on their own or use them as a topping for my coconut yogurt and smoothie bowls. Recently I mixed them with chocolate chip cookie dough and walnuts to make a delicious chocolate strawberry chip crunch cookie- recipe coming soon!
18. Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pasta
I alternate between the different TJ’s gluten-free pastas. Some of my favorites are the red lentil sedanini and the brown rice & quinoa fusilli.
19. Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze
With the consistency of reduced balsamic vinegar, this sweet syrupy glaze is a perfect finish to roasted sweet potatoes and beets, salads, meats, and charcuterie boards. Or drizzle over a goat cheese-stuffed date!
20. Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning
Out of lime for your Mexican dish again? No worries! This handy seasoning is delicious on mango, papaya, pineapple, tacos, fajita veggies, tortilla chips, and more.
21. Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
Arguably the most popular (and my personal favorite) seasoning at Trader Joes, Everything But The Bagel Seasoning goes on, you guessed it, everything! I love sprinkling it on top of salads, curries, eggs, salmon, and soups. The possibilities are endless! You can even buy this special variety pack on Amazon. I sent these to my friends in Scotland- it makes a great gift!