Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

Rolls You Can Buy or Make for Your Gluten-Free Diet

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Where to find gluten-free dinner rolls. Tom Grill/Getty Images

For many people, a meal isn't complete without dinner rolls. But where can you find gluten-free dinner rolls to suit your gluten-free diet?

Lots of places, it turns out. A wide variety of gluten-free food companies now make dinner rolls for people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and you (not to mention your guests) will be hard-pressed to tell the difference between those rolls and gluten-filled varieties.

You have the option of reheating ready-to-serve dinner rolls, or of making your own (either from a mix or from scratch).

Here's the list of the gluten-free dinner rolls available as of November 2015 (see below for make-your-own options):

  • Ener-G. Well-known gluten-free brand Ener-G makes non-GMO gluten-free tapioca-based dinner rolls that come in packages of six. The rolls are enriched with vitamins (including vitamins B1, B2, niacin, folic acid, vitamin D and iron), and include yeast as an ingredient. Ener-G makes its products in a facility that's dairy-free, peanut-free and tree-nut free as well as gluten-free. Its products are Kosher-certified, and Ener-G tests its products to ensure they contain fewer than 5 parts per million of gluten (GF-5), currently the lowest possible testing limit.
  • New Grains Bakery. New Grains makes its vegan-friendly dinner rolls with a base of sweet white rice and sweet brown rice flours, plus flax seeds and tapioca flour. Note that the rolls contain oats and yeast. The company mills its gluten-free grains onsite to reduce the chances of gluten cross-contamination.
  • Rudi's Gluten-Free. Rudi's heat-and-serve non-GMO gluten-free ciabatta rolls come in two flavors: plain and rosemary olive oil. Both are certified gluten-free by the GFCO (down to less than 10 parts per million) and come in packages of eight. They're based on potato, tapioca and rice ingredients, and both contain eggs and yeast. 
  • Schar. Schar makes par-baked ciabatta and baguettes, both of which you can use as dinner rolls. Both contain yeast and corn starch, and the ciabatta also contain soy protein. All the products are milk- and egg-free. Schar tests its raw ingredients for gluten cross-contamination down to below 20 parts per million (GF-20), and manufactures its products in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
  • Udi's Gluten-Free. You have two Udi's dinner roll products to choose from: Classic French dinner rolls and Whole Grain Seeded dinner rolls. Both include yeast and egg whites. Udi's also makes French baguettes. The company is certified by the GFCO, and tests to below 10 parts per million of gluten (GF-10).

If you like the idea of home-baked dinner rolls but don't want to start from scratch, you may want to consider a mix. You can re-purpose a gluten-free bread mix for this, and it likely will work well (here's the list of winners and runners-up in the 2012 Readers' Choice Awards contest for Best Gluten-Free Bread Mix).

However, you may also want to consider a mix that's intended specifically for dinner rolls. Here's two gluten-free dinner roll mixes:

  • Pamela's Gluten-Free. These are made with Pamela's gluten-free bread mix, which contains a variety of gluten-free grains (tapioca, sweet rice, brown rice, white rice and millet). You'll also need yeast and eggs. Pamela's reports that the company's products consistently test at 5 parts per million or less of gluten.
  • Chebe. Chebe makes two mixes you could use to produce dinner rolls: its Original Cheese Bread Mix and its All-Purpose Bread Mix. Both are tapioca-based and are free of grains, soy, potato, yeast and MSG. Chebe is certified gluten-free by the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA), which requires products to test below 5 parts per million of gluten (GF-5).

Finally, consider making your own gluten-free dinner rolls from scratch. You'll need to add beer, of course — if you don't already have a favorite, here's my list of Gluten-Free Beer. Happy baking!

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