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The Super Seven: 7 Super Nutritious Gluten-Free Grains & Grain Alternatives to Add to Your Diet

In honor of Celiac Awareness Month AND Mediterranean Diet Month, I created this infographic to share my favorite Super Seven Gluten-Free Grains and Grain Alternatives. Whether you follow a gluten-free diet or not, I hope this infographic, plus the recipe recommendations I share below, will inspire you to get cooking with some of these delicious and nutritious gluten-free grains and grain alternatives!  

7 Super Nutritious Gluten-Free Grains and Grain AlternativesHuge thanks to celiac expert and registered dietitian, Melinda Dennis, for the fabulous information she shared at the 2014 Gluten-Free Wellness Retreat in San Diego highlighting these gluten-free nutrition superstars!

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21 Super Nutritious Gluten-Free Grain & Grain Alternative Recipes


Sorghum Salad ~ Whole Grains Council {vegetarian}

Bacon, Beet, and Butternut Squash Sorghum Salad ~ Cooking With Books

Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Sorghum Flour ~ Jeanettes Healthy Living {vegetarian}


Mango Millet Lassi {vegetarian}

Sweet Potato & Millet Falafel ~ Oh My Veggies {vegan}

Turmeric and Vegetable Millet ~ Spicie Foodie {vegan}


Easy Overnight Buckwheat Parfait ~ Oh She Glows {vegan}

Buckwheat Gingerbread Pancakes & Pancake Mix {vegetarian}

Buckwheat Crepes ~ Gluten-Free on a Shoestring {vegetarian}


Quinoa Cakes with Smoked Salmon & Lime Mayo

Warm Tropical Wild Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Sundae {vegetarian}

Quinoa Bowl w/ Avocado, Citrus & Edamame ~ Food to Glow {vegan}


Amaranth, Quinoa, and Polenta Porridge ~ Will Cook for Friends {vegan option}

Pumpkin Pie Amaranth Porridge ~ My New Roots {vegan}

Popped Amaranth Crunch ~ Yum Universe {vegan option}


Ethiopian Injera ~ Vegan Richa {vegan}

Peanut Butter Teff Sweetpotato Cookies {vegan option}

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes {vegan option}


Cacao Mesquite Superfood Balls ~ One Green Planet {vegan}

Mesquite Flour Pancakes ~ Canyon Ranch {vegetarian}

Nana {Banana} Skillet Bread ~ Gluten-Free Goodness {vegan}

Super 7 Gluten-Free Grain & Grain Alternative Resources

Amaranth ~ The World’s Healthiest Foods

Five Facts About Cooking Quinoa & Quinoa Nutrition ~ Eating Well Magazine

Gluten-Free Whole Grains ~ Whole Grains Council

Gluten-Free Whole Grains, Flours, and Mixes ~ Bob’s Red Mill

Mesquite Powder Nutrition ~ One Green Planet

Millet ~ The World’s Healthiest Foods, QUinoa

Sorghum Nutrition Information ~ Sorghum Checkoff

Teff, Ethiopia’s Nutritious Grain ~ The Washington Post

The Powerful Health Benefits of Buckwheat ~ Washingtonian

Which of these Super 7 gluten-free grains and grain alternatives do you regularly cook with? Are any of these new to you? If so, which one’s would you most like to try? Do you have any favorite gluten-free recipes featuring one or more of these gluten-free grains to share? If so, leave me the link to your recipe in the comment section, and I will add the recipe to one of my Pinterest Boards!

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12 thoughts on “The Super Seven: 7 Super Nutritious Gluten-Free Grains & Grain Alternatives to Add to Your Diet”

  1. I am wondering about the mesquite flour. Can you give me more information about that…i.e. what kind of mesquite tree, if there are different varieties, how it is processed, where do you get it? I just need more information. Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Tracy! Thanks for your comment regarding the mesquite flour. There are a few different brands, but the only one I’ve seen carried in my local health food stores is the Sunfood brand, and they have both a regular and a “sweet” version although the nutrition facts are pretty similar between both. I don’t know where you live, but I can find Sunfood in Whole Foods and Jimbos in San Diego, plus you can order their products on line too. Hope this helps!

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  3. This is great! I’m def pinning this so I can refer back to this. I’ve actually never tried teff and mesquite but am inspired to incorporate them into my diet. Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. I have been having that same love affair with quinoa too Kim 🙂 But, yes, definitely fun to shake things up a bit in the gluten-free world, and happy to inspire!

    1. Thanks so much Andrea! I use sorghum flour a lot in my baking, but I’m excited to create some salads using the whole grain version, plus get my hands on some mesquite flour too 🙂

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