Alternatives to Pillsbury Gluten-Free Ready-to-Bake Products

Pillsbury no longer makes their GF products. Here's what to buy instead

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When you go gluten-free, you often give up favorite convenience foods, such as pre-mixed cookie dough or pizza dough that's ready for the oven. For a while, consumers on the gluten-free diet enjoyed the convenience of three gluten-free ready-to-bake products from Pillsbury, including cookie dough, pizza crust, and pie crust.

However, Pillsbury (a brand name used by General Mills Company and the J.M. Smucker Company) no longer makes these products. It's not clear why they were discontinued (the company didn't say), but it could have been low sales, poor reviews, or problems with producing truly gluten-free products.

Unfortunately, numerous people came to depend on these Pillsbury gluten-free products before the company stopped making them. There's no question that these products were convenient, and their discontinuation has led to a scramble for people in the gluten-free community to figure out equally convenient products to replace them.

While there aren't any perfect one-to-one replacements for the Pillsbury cookie dough, pizza crust, and pie crust, there are a few alternatives that might work. Here's what you can consider using to replace them.

Replacing Pillsbury Gluten-Free Cookie Dough

Pillsbury's gluten-free cookie dough was found in a tub in the refrigerated section of the supermarket, next to Pillsbury's gluten-filled refrigerated cookie dough, pop-out cinnamon rolls, biscuits and other ready-to-bake products. That made it quite popular among people who longed for the convenience of Pillsbury products, but who still needed or wanted to follow the gluten-free diet.

There's no direct replacement for Pillsbury's tub of cookie dough, but it is possible to find ready-to-bake cookies that are gluten-free.

Immaculate Baking Company offers bake-it-yourself gluten-free cookies in three flavors: chocolate chunk, double chocolate, and peanut butter. The unbaked cookies come 12 to a package and preformed (they make average-to-large cookies), and take less than 25 minutes to bake in the oven. They're available in some large grocery stores and upscale natural markets such as Fresh Market and Whole Foods.

When purchasing Immaculate Baking Company's products, make sure to buy the gluten-free varieties—Immaculate also makes gluten-containing ready-to-bake cookies. The company is certified gluten-free, which means its products should test below 10 parts per million of gluten (less is always better).

WOW Baking Co. offers tubs of ready-to-bake gluten-free cookie dough in four flavors: chocolate chip, peanut butter, ginger molasses, and sugar cookie. These refrigerated products are not as widely available as those from Immaculate Baking (and certainly not as widely available as the Pillsbury products used to be), but you might consider asking your local grocery store about them, especially if that store already carries other WOW products.

Replacing Pillsbury Ready-to-Bake Pizza Crust and Pie Crust

As with cookie dough, there are no exact alternatives for Pillsbury's ready-to-bake pizza crust and pie crust. However, you do have some gluten-free choices that can preserve some or most of the convenience factor for these products.

You easily can purchase frozen gluten-free pizza crusts in many larger supermarkets. Popular brands include Udi's, Kinnikinnick, Glutino, and Chebe. Generally, they're available in the specialty health food section or in the gluten-free frozen section of the store, not with the regular frozen pizza crusts and pizza dough (always make sure you double-check the label to make sure you're not mistakenly purchasing a conventional wheat-based product).

Although ingredients vary for these gluten-free pizza crust products—you'll need to shop carefully, depending on any food sensitivities other than gluten—their instructions are similar, and mainly call for topping with your favorite pizza toppings and then baking in the oven.

Replacing Pillsbury's ready-to-use gluten-free pie crust is just as simple—although you won't necessarily wind up with a pastry dough-style gluten-free pie crust, there are many alternatives on the market.

For example, Mi-Del makes two gluten-free graham cracker-style crusts (one in regular, one in chocolate) that are available in many stores and online, and are certified gluten-free. You also can buy frozen gluten-free pie crusts from Kinnikinnick and other vendors, which may be closer in style and taste to the discontinued Pillsbury product.

A Word from Verywell

Following the gluten-free diet generally takes more work than simply eating a regular, conventional diet. These three Pillsbury products added some welcome convenience, so it's not surprising that people miss them. However, there are alternatives on the market, and once you've determined where you can find them, they'll hopefully be nearly as convenient as the Pillsbury products had been.

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