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Gluten-free dinners used to be the stuff of dreams deferred. (Goodbye mac and cheese, hello leafy salads.) But today’s inventive brands are making formerly gluten-based ingredients available to all, often with added health benefits to boot. Take Banza, a startup pasta company that makes penne, spaghetti, shells, and other favorite noodle shapes all with one key ingredient: chickpea flour. Rich in protein, each box packs a nutritional punch that’s simply an added bonus alongside being able to enjoy pasta whenever the craving strikes. So whether you’re gluten-free due to health reasons, or just looking to limit binging on all things carb, Thrive Market has lots of GF products that’ll satisfy your desire to maintain a gluten-free lifestyle without sacrificing your favorite dishes.
The History of Banza
Before Brian Rudolph and his brother Scott Rudolph watched their gluten-free pasta company take off, they were humiliated on national television when their concept was mocked on the CNBC show “Restaurant Startup” by top chefs and restaurateurs. But diners had a different reaction, which led to financial investments that allowed the brand to expand and reach the masses.
Banza Company Mission
Banza’s mission is to not only to make the best gluten-free pasta on the market, but also to make gluten-free pasta completely mainstream. By creating a product that’s both gluten-free and rich in protein, it’s a popular alternative to traditional noodles that often, in comparison, have little nutritional value.
Benefits of Banza
For devoted pasta eaters, one of the biggest benefits of Banza is texture. Whether you pour penne into a pot, bake up rotini, or chill a mean cavatappi pasta salad, these noodles cook up like traditional pasta, making it easier than ever to switch things up without feeling like you’re missing out on wheat noodles. In addition to being gluten-free, Banza’s products are Non-GMO Project Verified, kosher, and made from over 90 percent chickpeas. The protein and fiber content will vary by box, but here’s one example worth getting excited about: Every 2-ounce serving of Banza Rigatoni Chickpea Pasta delivers 14 grams of protein, 8 grams of dietary fiber, and 30 percent of your daily recommended value of iron.
Top Banza Products
Stock your Italian pantry with these gluten-free favorites.
Penne Chickpea Pasta
A best-seller, Banza’s chickpea pasta means Italian night is never out of reach. Made with chickpeas and pea protein, each 2-ounce serving delivers a whopping 14 grams of protein.
Shells Chickpea Pasta
These shells were made for mac and cheese. Their shape easily soaks up creamy sauces, making it your go-to gluten-free pasta option. Each 8-ounce box cooks up just like traditional noodles (but with more protein to help keep you full).
Spaghetti Chickpea Pasta
Banza’s spaghetti swaps out traditional wheat noodles with chickpea-based strands that’ll swirl around your fork with ease. Gluten-free, vegan, and kosher, this box is a perfect pantry pick for a range of diets.
Best Gluten-Free Recipes
Eating gluten-free is easier than ever—start with some of our most popular GF recipes and you’ll see what we mean.
The Only One-Pot Pasta Recipe You Really Need
If cleaning a sink full of dirty dishes isn’t your idea of a good time, enter the one-pot meal. This pasta pairs gluten-free Banza rotini with hearty shiitake mushrooms, kale, and Parmesan cheese for a supper that’ll fill everyone up.
Gluten-Free Products and Recipes
Consider this post a gluten-free checklist of products, recipes, and wellness gurus you need to know about. We’ve done the research for you and pulled together the best of all things GF so you can get cooking.
62 Top Gluten-Free Recipes
Meals will never be boring when you make dishes from this extensive list of Thrive Market’s best gluten-free recipes. Take your pick from Morning Glory Muffins, Sriracha Salmon Tacos, Red Lentil Soup, and even Biscuits and Gravy.