Get a list of gluten-free English muffin brands and varieties that you can find at the store to help you stick with your gluten-free diet.
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If you love English muffins for breakfast, you’re probably no stranger to buttering one up to eat as a side with your eggs and bacon. Or better yet, loading your English muffin up with those eggs and bacon to create a delicious breakfast sandwich.
Whether you’re a regular English muffin lover or are just looking for something new to switch up your breakfast routine, you’ve probably noticed that this (like many other breakfast foods) are found in the bread and bakery section of most grocery stores.
And that section can be a big red flag for folks who are trying to stick with a gluten-free diet. Any bread or baked goods need to be looked at with a careful eye when you’re avoiding gluten.
That’s why in this post, we’re going to dive deep into this food to help get you as many answers and resources as possible to help you enjoy this food while on a gluten-free diet.
Find out what English muffins are, what they’re made of, and if English muffins are generally a gluten-free food. We’ll then go into the options for making your own gluten-free English muffins at home and what choices you have from the store with this food.
Let’s talk about English muffins!
What are English muffins?
English muffins are a type of bread that are round, spongey in texture, and baked in a disc form. They’re most commonly enjoyed as a breakfast food. English muffins are usually served toasted, then spread with peanut butter, butter, jam, or other spread on top.
English muffins are also a popular ingredient in many breakfast sandwiches. People like to layer eggs, breakfast meats, like bacon, ham, or sausage, and cheese to create a hearty and filling breakfast. They’re also one of the main ingredients in the popular breakfast food Eggs Benedict.
You can usually find English muffins at many grocery stores in the bread or bakery section. They’re often pre-cut if you buy them, so that you can easily separate them to toast them in a toaster before adding your favorite spreads or toppings.
According to Gold Medal Bakery, English muffins were actually created in the United States. Though they were created by an Englishman, Samuel Bath Thomas, who made his interpretation of the traditional crumpet that England is so well known for.
English muffins aren’t even really a food you’ll find much of in England. They’re an American invention after all. If you want something similar and you find yourself looking for an English Muffin in the UK, your best bet is to buy or make crumpets. These two breads aren’t exactly the same, but they are as similar as they come.
What are English muffins made of?
A typical homemade English muffin recipe is made of milk, butter, salt, sugar, an egg, bread flour, yeast, and semolina flour to help give the crust of the bread some texture. This at least is what King Arthur Baking uses in their English muffin recipe.
Most English muffin recipes call for making a “starter,” which is simply where you ferment the yeast, flour, and water for a few hours. This fermentation will later create the unique flavor and texture of your English muffin.
If you buy English muffins, let’s see what ingredients you can typically expect to find in a standard English muffin package. Let’s take a look at three popular English muffin brands to get an idea of ingredients.
Thomas’ Nooks & Crannies Plain English Muffins Ingredients
“Enriched wheat flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, reduced iron, niacin, thiamin mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid], water, farina, yeast, salt, sugar, calcium propionate and sorbic acid (to preserve freshness), vegetable oil (soybean), wheat gluten, grain vinegar, soy lecithin, soy, whey.”
Franz Extra Crisp English Muffins Ingredients
“Enriched unbleached wheat flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin and folic acid), water, yeast, contains 2% or less of each of the following: cornmeal, sugar, salt, distilled vinegar, vegetable oil (canola and/or soy), yeast nutrient (ammonium sulfate), dough conditioner (ascorbic acid), calcium propionate and potassium, sorbate (mold inhibitors), calcium sulfate, enzymes”
Oroweat 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins Ingredients
“Whole wheat flour, water, sugar, wheat gluten, yeast, rice flour, white corn masa flour (processed with lime), soybean oil, honey, salt, cornmeal, preservatives (calcium propionate, potassium sorbate), monoglycerides, calcium sulfate, soy lecithin”
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in most wheat products, and acts as the “glue” that helps to hold wheat, barley, kamut, spelt, farro, durum, bulgur, rye, and semolina together to maintain their shape.
You can find gluten in whole grains, but also in many processed foods as well. If you purchase wheat bread, there will be gluten in it, because wheat by nature has gluten.
Many processed foods have hidden gluten in them in the form of gluten or wheat derivatives. These are also in the form of flavorings, binders to keep ingredients together, or other additives.
Are English muffins gluten-free?
Most English muffins that you find at the grocery store are not gluten-free. You can see in the ingredients lists of three popular brands and varieties that the main ingredient is enriched wheat flour or whole wheat flour.
Since gluten is found in wheat, any English muffins made with wheat flour will need to be avoided if you’re trying to stick with a gluten-free diet.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that ALL English muffins have gluten. There are some brands that offer gluten-free options as they use gluten-free flours in place of enriched or whole wheat flour as their main ingredient. We’ll go through those options further down in this article.
Can I make homemade gluten-free English muffins?
Absolutely! There are a number of great gluten-free English muffin recipes online. The bloggers who have created these recipes use gluten-free flours in place of wheat flour to make them work for a gluten-free diet.
Here are a handful of gluten-free English muffin recipes you might want to try if you decide making them at home is a fun project you’d like to take on.
- Gluten-free English Muffins from Gluten Free on a Shoestring
- Gluten-free English Muffins from Minimalist Baker (also vegan)
- Gluten-free English Muffins from Let Them Eat GF Cake
- Gluten-free English Muffins from Gluten-free Palate
- Gluten-free English Muffins from Food Network
- Gluten-free Vegan English Muffins from Tessa the Domestic Diva
- Vegan Gluten-free English Muffins from Scratch from Zardy Plants
- Vegan English Muffins from The Conscious Plant Kitchen
Can I buy gluten-free English muffins?
Of course! There are a few brands available on the market that use gluten-free flours in place of wheat flour to create an English muffin that will work perfectly for your gluten-free diet.
Most English muffins from the store do contain milk and dairy ingredients, so keep that in mind if you also avoid dairy in your diet like I do.
In the case of following a gluten and dairy-free diet, you may want to opt for making your own English muffins at home using one of the recipes in the last section.
Brands of gluten-free English muffins
Let’s take a look at a few brands of gluten-free English muffins you can look for next time you’re at the store. If you can’t find these locally where you live, I’ve linked them to places online you can also find and source them.
The brands that are also dairy-free have been marked with an asterisk (*) in case you need this information for a dairy-free diet too.
Canyon Bakehouse offers Honey Whole Grain English muffins that are made with brown rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, sorghum flour, millet, teff, quinoa, amaranth, potato starch, and buckwheat flour.
Just about every gluten-free flour you could think of are in here, but they get great reviews! These are dairy-free and do contain eggs.
Food For Life uses brown rice flour, tapioca flour, and potato starch in their Gluten-free Multi Seed English Muffins. These are vegan as well as gluten-free, so no dairy or eggs are included in the ingredients.
Find them using their store locator on their website to buy online or in store.
Franz Gluten-free English Muffins have brown rice flour, tapioca starch, and cultured rice flour in their English muffins.
These contain no dairy ingredients and work well for an egg-free diet too.
This brand of English muffins uses sorghum flour, potato starch, and millet flour in place of what would otherwise be wheat flour in their English muffin recipe.
This brand does contain eggs and milk.
Glutino offers two varieties of gluten-free English muffins: original and multigrain. The original flavor uses corn starch, tapioca starch, and corn flour as their main sources of flour. The multigrain variety has the same, but with the addition of millet flour and brown rice flour.
Use their online store finder to see where you can find the Glutino brand of English muffins near you. Their website says you can also find them on Amazon, but at the time of writing this, they are out of stock.
Katz Gluten-free English Muffins have a blend of brown flour, white rice flour, modified tapioca starch, tapioca starch, soy flour, sorghum flour, potato flour, and corn flour in their recipe.
This brand has two different varieties: original and cinnamon raisin.
If you cannot find them locally, you can buy them directly from the Katz website.
Kinnikinnick Gluten-free English Muffins use rice flour and tapioca starch as the flours in this product.
Kinnikinnick has a number of products that are dairy-free, and this is one of them. They’re safe for a dairy-free diet.
The gluten-free flours used in New Grains Gluten-free English Muffins are sweet brown rice flour, tapioca flour, and potato flour.
These are vegan as well, so dairy-free and vegan, if that is important for your diet.
Trader Joe’s Gluten-free English Muffins use modified tapioca starch, rice flour, rice starch, and chickpea flour for the gluten-free flours used in this product.
These are dairy-free and safe for a dairy-free diet.
Udi’s brand offers White English Muffins that are gluten-free. The gluten-free flours included in this product are rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, cultured brown rice, and brown rice.
Look for them near you using their online store locator.
If you’ve been wondering if English muffins are gluten-free, and if so, which brands you can safely shop for while sticking with your gluten-free diet, I hope this information has been helpful for you.
While most English muffins you find at the grocery store will contain wheat flour and gluten, you can look for some fantastic gluten-free options at your local grocery store or online.
If you want to try making them on your own, try one of the recipes in the post to save a little money and control the quality of ingredients used.