I am addicted to carbs, and one of my favorite things to eat during the holidays is stuffing. Nothing is better than a perfectly balanced bite of gluten-free stuffing with a drizzle of gravy and my sister’s homemade cranberry sauce. It’s making my mouth water just thinking of it!
When I started eating gluten-free, I didn’t realize that there were gluten-free stuffing mix brands! I ended up making my own cornbread and sausage stuffing (yum!), but sometimes those stuffing mixes are a lifesaver when you don’t have a lot of time but have 5,000 other dishes to throw together before the holiday festivities start.
We don’t want your holidays to suffer, so we put together this list of the best gluten-free stuffing mixes for you to grab before your guests come rushing through the front door demanding your delicious goodies.
Don’t forget the gluten-free cream of mushroom soup! We know you’ll need it for your green bean casserole.
Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix Brands You Should Try
Next to turkey, stuffing is one of the quintessential holiday foods, and you don’t have to give it up on your gluten-free diet. There are multiple good gluten-free stuffing mixes to choose from, and we’ve put them together for you in one list. We’ve also included helpful information about where you can buy these items and how each brand avoids gluten cross-contact in its manufacturing facility.
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Aleia’s Gluten Free Foods
Aleia’s certified gluten-free stuffing is non-GMO, trans fat-free, vegetarian, and kosher.
Here’s a list of Aleia’s gluten-free stuffing mix options:
- Aleia’s Gluten-Free Plain Stuffing
- Aleia’s Gluten-Free Savory Stuffing
- Aleia’s Cook-Top Stuffing Mix Seasoned Poultry
- Aleia’s Cook-Top Stuffing Mix Seasoned Vegetable
Cross-Contact: All of Aleia’s stuffing is made in a dedicated gluten-free facility and certified by the GFCO and the GFMP. Aleia contacts its suppliers regularly to ensure that none of the ingredients are “rendered gluten-free in processing.” In other words, they don’t allow wheat starch, vinegar from wheat, or distilled alcohols in their products, even if other manufacturers consider them to be free from gluten after heavy processing. (Source: Aleia’s)
Live G Free
Live G Free is an Aldi brand available in select states across the US. Aldi tends to roll out this certified gluten-free stuffing only during the holidays, but you can find them online from multiple vendors throughout the year.
Live G Free offers two gluten-free stuffing mixes:
- Live G Free Gluten-Free Turkey Flavored Stuffing Mix
- Live G Free Gluten-Free Chicken Flavored Stuffing Mix
Cross-Contact: Aldi doesn’t list how they prevent gluten or allergen cross-contact in their facilities. We’re happy to see that Live G Free stuffing is certifed GF, but we don’t have much more information. If we learn more, we’ll update this article.
Mom’s Place Gluten Free
Mom’s Place offers only one stuffing mix option, and it’s certified gluten-free:
- Sensational Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix
Ingredients: Mom’s Flour Blend (White Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Flour, Xanthan Gum), Canola Oil, Sugar, Chopped Onion, Egg Replacer (Potato Flour, Sugar, Guar Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Sunflower Oil, Enzyme), Celery Flakes, Chicken Bouillon (Salt, Sugar, Corn Protein, Onion Powder, Natural Flavors, Spices, Turmeric), Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Yeast, Sage, Poultry Seasoning (Thyme, Sage, Marjoram, Rosemary, Black Pepper, and Nutmeg). (Allergens: Soy)
Cross-Contact: All of Mom’s Place Gluten-Free products are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility. They are also free from gluten, egg, and peanuts/tree nuts. Their website doesn’t really have a lot of information about their company’s focus and goals, but they do have an allergen filter to help you sort products by your dietary restrictions. (Source: Mom’s Place)
Olivia’s Crouton Company
Olivia’s is a brand that primarily offers croutons but has taken those croutons and turned them into gluten-free stuffing mixes. Currently, Olivia’s offers one certified gluten-free stuffing option:
- Olivia’s Rosemary & Sage Gluten-Free Stuffing
Their stuffing mix is preservative-free and non-GMO project verified. Olivia’s website has a “Vermont Certified Organic” seal, but this information is not on the box.
Ingredients: Gluten Free Bread (Millet, Sorghum, Brown Rice, White Rice Flours, Egg White, Arrowroot, Potato and Tapioca Starch, Cider Vinegar, Non-GMO Canola Oil, Sea Salt, Honey, Yeast, Xanthan Gum), Non-GMO Canola Oil, Granulated Onion and Garlic, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Celery Seed, Sea Salt, Pepper. (Allergens: Egg)
Cross-Contact: While Olivia’s offers gluten-free stuffing, please note that their company mainly focuses on gluten-containing products. In other words, not everything Olivia’s offers is safe for gluten-free people.
I also find it interesting that they say their GF stuffing is made in a “dedicated gluten free kitchen.” Is that supposed to be a cozy way of saying that their manufacturing process is dedicated gluten-free? Or is the “kitchen” a process that’s separate from manufacturing? We reached out to Olivia’s to learn more, and we will update this information when we find out.
Three Bakers Gluten Free
Three Bakers gluten-free stuffing mix has won 1st place awards! This is a soy and dairy free product with whole-grain croutons. It already contains eggs, so you just add water and bake.
Three Bakers currently offers only one boxed gluten-free stuffing mix:
- Herb Seasoned Whole Grain Cubed Stuffing
Ingredients: Water, Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Corn Starch, Egg Whites, Corn Dextrin, Sugar, Non-GMO Canola Oil, Potato Flour, Honey, Baking Powder, Yeast, Rice Bran, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Vinegar, Enzymes (Calcium Sulfate & Enzymes), Dried Chicken Stock, Sage, Celery Seed, Dehydrated Onion, Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary, Nutmeg, Parsley Flakes, Garlic Powder. (Allergens: Egg)
Cross-Contact: There isn’t anything on Three Baker’s website about how they prevent cross-contact when manufacturing their stuffing, but all of their products are certified gluten-free by the GFCO. We’ll update this section when we learn more. (Source: Three Bakers)
Trader Joe’s gluten-free stuffing has no artificial flavors or preservatives. Their croutons are made from rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, and potato flour. What’s nice about this stuffing mix is you can stuff it in your bird, make it as a casserole, or cook in on the stovetop. We love variety!
- Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix
Ingredients: Croutons (Rice Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Flour, Potato Starch, Egg Whites, Non-Fat Milk Powder, Brown Sugar, Canola Oil, Eggs, Potato Flour, Yeast, Salt, Guar Gum), Dehydrated Onion, Salt, Dehydrated Celery, Dehydrated Button Mushrooms, Chicken Fat (Chicken Fat, Chicken Broth, Natural Flavor [Extract of Rosemary]), Sugar, Onion Powder, Spices (Oregano, Sage, Celery Seed, Black Pepper), Parsley, Soybean Oil, Garlic Powder, Turmeric. (Allergens: Eggs, Milk, Soy)
Cross-Contact: According to Trader Joe’s website, they work closely with all of the companies that create their products to ensure they are following the best practices possible to help prevent allergen cross-contact in their products. Their manufacturers are required to clean and sanitize the lines between runs and often run product lines on different days to help prevent the spread of allergens. (Source: Trader Joe’s)
Thrive Market’s gluten-free stuffing mix is non-GMO, vegan, paleo, pesticide-free, and ethically sourced. Like many of the gluten-free stuffing brands on this list, Thrive offers only one product:
- Organic Grain-Free Stuffing Mix (Savory Herb)
Cross-Contact: Thrive Market doesn’t have anything on its website about how they prevent allergen cross-contact when manufacturing their stuffing. Their certified gluten-free designation makes us feel better, but if we learn anything more, we’ll update you. (Source: Thrive Market)
Willams Sonoma stuffing is certified gluten-free but does contain eggs. They currently offer one GF stuffing mix option:
- Williams Sonoma Gluten-Free Stuffing
Ingredients: Gluten-Free Bread (Millet, Sorghum, Brown Rice Flour, White Rice Flour, Egg White, Arrowroot, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Cider Vinegar, Canola Oil, Sea Salt, Honey, Yeast, Xanthan Gum), Canola Oil, Granulated Onion, Granulated Garlic, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Celery Seed, Sea Salt, Black Pepper. (Allergens: Eggs)
Cross-Contact: While this item is gluten-free, it has a disclaimer that it may come in contact with “wheat/gluten” in the manufacturing process. People with peanut, dairy, soy, and sesame allergies should also be aware that allergen cross-contact may occur.
However, the box shows a certified gluten-free icon, so it looks like WS does batch testing after production to ensure the stuffing is safe. But because that’s only an assumption and we don’t actually know how Williams Sonoma keeps their stuffing free from gluten and allergen cross-contact, we contacted them to learn more. We’ll update this article when we hear back.
Some Stuffing Mixes Have Hidden Gluten
Not all boxed gluten-free stuffing mixes are labeled gluten-free, so you might find yourself looking at ingredients to see if the mix is safe for you to eat. While we recommend sticking to products with a gluten-free claim (better yet, go for certified gluten-free products), it’s still important for you to be aware of which ingredients you’ll want to steer clear of.
Malt is commonly used in yeast bread because it aids in the fermentation process, enhances the flavor, and gives bread the nice brown color that makes everyone salivate. Unfortunately, malt is made from barley, so it is not gluten-free. If you see a stuffing mix with malt, run the other way.
Oats and grains are often grown and processed together, which can cause the oats to come in contact with the gluten-containing grains, making them unsafe for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. If the oats in your stuffing mix are not certified gluten-free or purity protocol oats, we recommend that you steer clear of them if you have celiac disease. People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity may be fine eating oats.
Many of the best gluten-free stuffing mix brands will choose rice flour, potato starch, corn starch, and tapioca starch instead of oats. But this is a good factoid to keep in your back pocket so you can stay healthy.
Modified food starch
Most food starch is made from potatoes or corn. And most modified food starch in the United States is gluten-free. However, there are still some manufacturers that make it with wheat. Luckily, if wheat is used as an ingredient, the food manufacturer is legally obligated to list “wheat” as an allergen.
So if your stuffing mix says “modified food starch” but you don’t see “wheat” as an allergen, you can feel confident that the ingredient is gluten-free.
Natural flavors can be any mixture of plant or animal sources. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protect Act does require manufacturers to state if the ingredients in their natural flavors contain the top nine food allergens. However, while wheat must be stated on the ingredient label, barely, another popular product used in natural flavors, would not be.
The only way to know if the stuffing’s “natural flavors” contain gluten or not is by contacting the manufacturer and asking. Well, that and a “gluten free” label, of course.
Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix FAQ
Is stuffing gluten-free?
Yes! The following brands sell gluten-free stuffing mixes:
- Aleia’s Gluten Free Foods
- Live G Free (Aldi’s brand)
- Mom’s Place Gluten Free
- Olivia’s Crouton Company
- Three Bakers Gluten Free
- Trader Joe’s
- Thrive Market
- Williams Sonoma
Can celiacs eat gluten-free stuffing?
Celiacs can definitely enjoy gluten-free stuffing! There are several stuffing mixes on the market that are certified gluten-free. Those are the products we suggest that celiacs stick with to prevent health issues.
What is the best gluten-free stuffing mix?
What you feel to be the best gluten-free stuffing mix will depend largely on your personal tastes. A quick peek at the ingredient list will tell you what spices and seasonings are in each mix, so you can quickly find the perfect one for your Thanksgiving dinner table.
What is gluten-free stuffing made from?
Gluten-free stuffing is made from a combination of cubes of gluten-free bread, seasonings, and herbs.
Can gluten-free stuffing be frozen?
Gluten-free stuffing can easily be frozen. Place the stuffing in an airtight container, and it can last in your freezer for about three months. If you make enough for Thanksgiving, you can freeze it up and pull it out for your Christmas feast!
Is Stove Top cornbread stuffing gluten free?
Stove Top has no gluten-free products at this time. While cornbread can be made gluten-free, Stove Top’s cornbread stuffing contains wheat flour as the number one ingredient and is not gluten-free. If you want gluten-free cornbread stuffing, it’s best to make it from scratch.
Gluten-Free Stuffing Mixes for Any Occasion
We hope you and your loved ones have a great holiday feast full of delicious gluten-free foods. Let us know which gluten-free stuffing mixes you had and how you liked them!
Go get your grub on!