Finding the Best Gluten-Free Meal Kit Delivery Services

Learn whether you can order Blue Apron or other meal kits gluten-free

It's possible to follow the gluten-free diet and still enjoy the convenience of a meal kit delivery service: there are several that offer interesting recipes with gluten-free ingredients, coupled with handling that guards against gluten cross-contamination.

While not all meal kit delivery services feature gluten-free options (the most popular service, Blue Apron, does not), several companies would be good meal kit sources for someone with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Your best choices include:

  • Green Chef, which is certified gluten-free
  • Sun Basket, which offers a wide variety of gluten-free menu options that also exclude other common allergens
  • HelloFresh, which takes special care to avoid gluten cross-contamination in packaging
  • Gobble, which also takes care to avoid gluten cross-contamination in packaging

Here's the list of popular meal kit delivery services, along with what each says about whether or not customers can order gluten-free meals.

1
Blue Apron

blue apron meal kit
© Blue Apron

This is the best-known (and largest) meal kit delivery service. Blue Apron advertises sustainable ingredients, farm-fresh, seasonal produce, and easy-to-follow recipes.

However, Blue Apron does not label recipes "gluten-free." Instead, customers must view the ingredients for each recipe to determine if they are safe or not. According to the company, gluten-free customers can make an in-home ingredient substitution or opt to skip a delivery if there just aren't any menus available to meet dietary needs.

The meal service Blue Apron labels for the "big eight" U.S. allergens, including wheat, milk, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts. However, it doesn't label for the gluten grains barley or rye. In addition, the company says, "Please know that all of our ingredients are processed in a facility where all eight major food allergens are also processed."

2
Dinnerly

This meal kit delivery service advertises itself as "the most affordable meal kit around," with meals at $5 per person. It does offer some clearly-labeled gluten-free menu options, but they're not available every week, so anyone counting on gluten-free meals would need to skip those weeks where one is not offered (skipping is allowed). Dinnerly notes that it handles all eight major allergens, including wheat, in its facility, and says that it takes steps to limit cross-contamination.

3
Gobble

Gobble offers meal kits designed to be made in one pan in 15 minutes or less. According to the company, each week Gobble offers meals that are gluten-free, or which can be made gluten-free by omitting gluten ingredients that are packed separately in the box (to avoid gluten cross-contamination). There's no gluten-free meal plan. The company lists all ingredients in each dinner kit's description and recipe card.

4
Green Chef

green chef meal kit
© Green Chef

If you want the safest, easiest gluten-free meal delivery kit option, Green Chef is your best bet. The company's gluten-free choices are certified gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group's Gluten-Free Food Certification Program, which requires stringent gluten-free standards.

In addition to regular gluten-free meals, Green Chef also offers certified gluten-free Paleo diet and keto diet options. You can cook the dinners in about 30 minutes or less, and there's no minimum commitment. You also can skip weeks. The gluten-free, Paleo, and keto menu options do cost a bit more than the other options, which include omnivore, carnivore, vegan, and vegetarian meals. 

5
HelloFresh

HelloFresh offers some gluten-free meals, which customers can choose when selecting their menu options. In addition, it's possible to choose a menu that contains a gluten ingredient and then swap it out for a gluten-free alternative (one you purchase yourself), since gluten ingredients are handled and packaged separately from gluten-free ingredients to lessen the chances of cross-contamination.

According to the company, HelloFresh will call out gluten ingredients (not just wheat ingredients) in any of its recipes and meal kits, and also provides some online instructions on how to substitute gluten-free ingredients for gluten-containing ingredients.

6
Plated

This meal kit delivery service, which features some exotic flavors, caters to omnivores, vegetarians, seafood lovers, and dessert seekers. It allows customers to filter for "no gluten ingredients," but doesn't specifically label its menu options "gluten-free."

According to Plated: "Our ingredients are handled in facilities that process milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, gluten, and sulfites. We recommend you use your best judgment when considering dietary restrictions, but you can easily modify recipes by omitting ingredients you’d like to avoid."

7
Sun Basket

Sun Basket offers gluten-free-labeled meal options, along with meal options for those who follow dairy-free, soy-free, Paleo, vegetarian, and what the company considers "lean and clean" diets.

The company has a wide selection of "free from" recipes, and most weeks offer a choice of two or three recipes that are free from three common allergens: gluten, dairy, and soy. Note that all meal kits are "packed in a facility that handles gluten and all major food allergens (milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybeans)," according to the company.

A Word From Verywell

You'll likely pay more for meal kits than you would if you went to the store yourself and bought, lugged home, measured, and then prepped the ingredients for the same gluten-free meal. But the convenience and variety (and potentially healthier menu items) you can obtain from these delivery services might make it worth it for you, especially since it's possible to source gluten-free meals this way. 

Source:

Celiac Disease Foundation. What Should I Eat? Fact Sheet.