Shopping for Gluten-free Foods in Colorado
There are many reasons why I love living in Colorado. Our spectacular mountains and 300+ days of sunshine per year allow us to do many outdoor activities year-round. Our state attracts people who like to be active and healthy, and a convenient side benefit is a high concentration of businesses that offer specialty foods, including many gluten-free items.
For those of you planning to visit our state, and especially the greater Denver area, I would like to share the following resources to help make your visit easier, and hopefully, more delicious.
Local Gluten-Free Bakeries
Fresh (and frozen) gluten-free bread and other baked products are available all along the Front Range, either directly from these bakeries, or through partner restaurants and grocery stores.
- Outside the Breadbox – Colorado Springs
We have had their gluten-free oat bread, montina bread, bagels, hamburger buns and hotdog buns, all purchased from our local Vitamin Cottage. Their breads remind me of traditional light rye breads. They are very tasty and hold up well in sandwiches.
- Udi’s Gluten Free Foods – Denver
Udi’s breads and muffins are now a staple in our house. Their breads are the closest thing to sandwich bread made with wheat that we have found. It is so soft you can eat it without toasting. We also just tried their bagels – very tasty! An added bonus is that their products are widely available at Kings Soopers grocery stores, Whole Foods, and Vitamin Cottage.
- Deby’s Gluten-Free – Denver
Deby’s was one of our first local bakeries focused exclusively on gluten-free products.
- Mermaids Bakery – Denver
This shop sells gluten-free cupcakes and cakes in addition to their regular offerings. Warning: they have adopted good practices to avoid cross-contamination (including some dedicated equipment and tools), but they do bake with wheat flour in the same shop.
- Rheinlander Bakery – Arvada
This shop sells a variety of gluten-free baked goods and mixes.
- Outrageous Baking – Boulder
Formerly known as Aunt Kay’s Gluten-free creations, this company makes out-of-this-world-yummy coffee cake and quick breads for sale at many coffee shops in Boulder and surrounding cities (see the list on their website). In the summer, you can also find them at the Boulder Farmer’s market on Saturday mornings.
- Sweet Escape Pastries – Longmont
This small shop sells only to local area restaurants, such as Smiling Moose Deli, Martino’s Pizzeria, and Moe’s Broadway Bagel, to name a few. They make the BEST gluten-free pizza crusts, hands down. Their French bread is also just as it should be – light and fluffy crumb with a crispy crust. Check their website for a list of restaurants where you can try out their stuff.
- Canyon Bakehouse – Loveland
These breads are available at Whole Foods in the freezer section. We tried their focaccia and sandwich bread. Both were very tasty!
- Indulge Bakery – Lafayette
This bakery has partnered with Lillabee to offer an extensive selection of delicious gluten-free cookies, scones, cakes, and muffins. Warning: Like Mermaids Bakery, they also bake with wheat flour, so cross contamination may be an issue for some.
- Rudi’s Gluten-free Bakery – Boulder
Available in most groceries, Rudi’s makes gluten-free sandwich bread, pizza crusts, and fabulous “flour” tortillas. The tortillas are soft, come in three flavors, and make my lunches a lot more interesting!
- Gluten Free Bistro – Boulder
Specializing in pizza crusts and pizza dough, their products are available in many restaurants and groceries across Colorado, and in other states too! We sampled their crust at our local Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse in Louisville, and we were not disappointed!
- Gluten Free Things – Arvada
I can’t wait to try this place. They carry gluten free bread, english muffins, pizza dough, flour mixes, cookies, biscotti, bread crumbs, croutons, crostini, focaccia, muffins, graham crackers, graham cracker crumbs and more.
- Blue Moon Bakery – Silverthorne
We recently discovered this bakery located just of I-70 in Silverthorne. They offer a variety of gluten-free baked goods, including bread that can be incorporated into their breakfast and lunch menu items. Their chocolate chip cookies and molten lava cakes were delicious! Warning: They also bake with wheat flour, so cross contamination may be an issue for some.
Local Specialty Shops Featuring Gluten-Free Foods
- New Planet Gluten-free Beer – Boulder
Available at a variety of liquor stores and restaurants.
- Piece, Love and Chocolate – Boulder
If you are a chocoholic, then you look for great, locally made chocolates wherever you travel. This is THE place in Boulder. Not only are their chocolates gluten-free, but they also make a few gluten-free cupcakes, cookies, and cakes.
- Capello’s Pasta – Denver
This gluten-free pasta is made with almond flour, making it grain free as well. We have tried the linguine and the gnocchi, both delicious! It is available at many restaurants and in the refrigerated sections of Natural Grocers and Whole Foods (see website for more locations).
Grocery Stores That Sell Gluten-Free Products
- King Soopers/City Market
This is where I shop regularly, and they have brought in more and more gluten-free foods over the past few years. As well, they use gluten-free tags to highlight their gluten-free items throughout the store.
- Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
I stop in at my local Vitamin Cottage almost every week to stock up on gluten-free staples. They also have an excellent supplement section with knowledgeable staff. Their prices are usually lower than other specialty grocery stores. They have several locations in the mountains for those travelling to ski resorts.
- Whole Foods
Since Whole Foods bought Wild Oats, there are now several locations throughout Colorado.
My local Costco (in Superior, CO) has offered a variety of gluten-free products in the past year or so. These include all-purpose flour by Bob’s Red Mill, rice crackers, and more. They also carry many products that are naturally gluten-free, and many organic meats, fruits and vegetables.
Have you found other places to shop for gluten-free foods in Colorado? Please leave your recommendations in the comments!