Gluten-Free English Muffins

Toasted and Smeared With Butter, You Can't Tell The Difference

There's no reason to mourn English muffins if you're following the gluten-free diet—a variety of manufacturers make them gluten-free.

If you enjoy plain English muffins, you have plenty of choices and you may even find some in the gluten-free section of your local grocery store. But if you crave more exotic varieties—think cinnamon current or "rye" (without real rye, obviously!), you're in luck too. You also can make your own.

When they're toasted and slathered with butter, you can't really tell the difference between gluten-free English muffins and the gluteny variety. Here's what's available.


Toasted English Muffin with Butter
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Ener-G Foods, a specialty gluten-free manufacturer, makes plain English muffins, which are casein, dairy, egg, soy, and nut-free, but do contain yeast.

The English muffins are made with white rice and tapioca flour and are sweetened with pear juice. 

Ener-G Foods tests its gluten-free products to be certain they contain fewer than 5 parts per million of gluten. The English muffins are available in some supermarkets or online.



Dedicated gluten-free craft bakehouse Foods by George makes three different varieties of gluten-free English muffins: plain, cinnamon and currant, and "no-rye rye" flavors. All include flour based on white rice, tapioca, and potato, plus yeast.

To make the "rye" English muffins taste like the real thing, the company adds caraway seeds and blackstrap molasses. The cinnamon current English muffins are sweetened with evaporated cane juice.

Foods by George products are available in some grocery stores (look in the frozen foods section). The company donates a portion of its proceeds to celiac disease research.



If you prefer corn-based English muffins, Glutino's product will suit you well. Glutino's Premium English Muffins include mainly corn flour, plus some tapioca starch, and are sweetened with evaporated cane juice.

They also include milk, egg and soy ingredients, along with yeast.

It may be possible to find Glutino English muffins locally, but you'll probably have better luck ordering them online. Glutino tests its products to make certain they contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten.​​



Kinnikinnick Foods says that its tapioca rice English muffins represent one of the company's most popular products, especially when toasted with jam or used to create a breakfast sandwich with egg, ham, and cheese. The English muffins are free of dairy, egg, nut, and soy ingredients, but do include yeast, eggs, corn, and potatoes.

Look for the English muffins with other gluten-free frozen foods at well-stocked supermarkets, or order them online.

Kinnikinnick advises English muffin lovers to toast or microwave these to create the best flavor and texture. The company produces all its products in a tree nut and peanut-free facility and tests them to less than 5 parts per million of gluten.



Joan's GF Great Bakes makes three different English muffins: plain, cinnamon raisin and multi-grain. The multi-grain English muffins include organic dark buckwheat, organic amaranth, and golden flax seed, plus brown sugar.

All Joan's GF Great Bakes products are manufactured in a facility free of gluten, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts. In addition, they're all free of dairy and eggs, although they're processed on equipment that also processes those ingredients. The English muffins do contain yeast.​

Joan's sources its ingredients carefully and then tests its products through an independent testing lab to make certain they contain less than 5 parts per million of gluten.


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