Frozen yogurt is a fantastic choice for anyone on a gluten free diet, especially if it’s for allergenic or Celiac reasons.
Most frozen yogurts and toppings are naturally gluten free. This is truly what makes it an awesome alternative to hand scooped ice cream (in my opinion).
However, like all food establishments, there still are a few risks.
The Risks – Things You Should Know
Here are some of the risks you may face at a majority of gluten free frozen yogurt chains.
1. Toppings can be dangerous if you’re allergenic.
If you ever go to a frozen yogurt bar that allows you to essentially build your own froyo mountain of goodness, chances are you’ve already encountered one of the major issues. You see, at a frozen yogurt bar, a lot of toppings are grouped closely together… some of which contain gluten. You’ll see fresh fruits in one row and right behind it you’ll find brownie bits and cookie dough. And this leads to one major issue – cross contamination. Also, just to be safe, be sure to check out the serving spoons just in case someone decided to take the brownie bits spoon and place it in the container with fresh strawberries. It happens.
2. Frozen yogurt machine are sometime grouped terribly.
Okay, let me explain this. You see, most frozen yogurt machines usually contain 2 flavors which come out of the same tube. Now trust me, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a gluten free frozen yogurt flavor paired with one that contains gluten. Like seriously – cookies n cream & vanilla. Really?
3. Machines can be a cross contamination haven.
Another issue is the infrequent cleaning of the machines. A lot of flavors are usually made in the same machine, however, it’s not often that these machines are cleaned. So there is a large chance of cross contamination.
4. The names of flavors can be deceptive.
Certain flavors including cake batter, cheesecake, blueberry pie, etc. can be either gluten free or not, depending on the frozen yogurt place. So with that being said, always check the labels under each flavors name to see if they contain gluten or any other allergen.
Okay so let’s get to the gluten free frozen yogurt chains…
Below, you’ll find a list (including their entire gluten free menu) of gluten free frozen yogurt chains that you can find widely across the United States.
Just be sure to bookmark this page as I’ll always be adding some new killer gluten free yogurt chains that you’ll definitely want to check out.
So with that being said, here are some awesome gluten free yogurt chains you’ll find across the nation. Enjoy
Gluten Free Frozen Yogurt Shops and Menus
Cold Stone Creamery
All of the frozen yogurt at Cold Stone Creamery is gluten free. The only things you need to watch out for is the toppings, including it’s preparation on the “cold stone.” For the full Cold Stone Creamery gluten free menu, click on the link below.
According to Menchie’s any flavor that doesn’t contain “cake” or “cookie” in it’s name is gluten free. For the complete Menchie’s gluten free menu, click on the link below.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
With the exception of “cookies n cream” and “cookie cake” all of the Orange Leaf yogurt is gluten free. For a complete list of gluten free yogurt flavors, see the menu below.
If you’re looking for a gluten free “yogurt” bar, this is a great place for you. Unfortunately, Pinkberry’s frozen yogurt is not gluten free. You can see their menu below which highlights greek yogurt and toppings/sauces.
Red Mango Frozen Yogurt
The best thing about all Red Mango yogurt flavors is that all of them are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, which is just awesome for the gluten free community! See below for the complete Red Mango Frozen Yogurt gluten free menu.
Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt
One thing to note about Sweet Frog is the fact that they tell you which flavors are gluten free by listing a GF next to all their flavors. But a word of advice is to stick to very original flavors like vanilla and strawberry, if you’re allergenic. For the complete listing of gluten free froyo options, see below.
TCBY has a pretty large selection of gluten free froyo. For the complete listing of toppings and gluten free options, see the link below.
Yogurt Mountain currently has 42 gluten free frozen yogurt flavors which is very impressive. To check out all the flavors, click on the menu below.
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One more thing…
Before I let you go, I have a quick question for you.
What’s your favorite gluten free froyo place?
So in conclusion, be sure to take precautions at these places if you’re allergic. Also don’t forget to check and see if these yogurt bars have a good gluten free track record.
Do this and you will survive!
Orange Leaf is my favorite! I just tried their salted caramel frozen yogurt this weekend – delicious!
What about Yagoot? That is my favorite go to frozen yogurt.
I’ll definitely need to look into it. Thanks for the suggestion!
thank you for the list! i was concerned when i noticed Pinkberry. we recently had a chocolate yogurt at Pinkberry and i was told by two employees that it was GF. after seeing your post i gave them a call and talked with the general manager. he has assured me that all of the yogurts are GF (except the cookies and cream). i talked with him about the machines and they are sterilized nightly. he also told me that they test for gluten at corporate. if you read this posting it still says “processed on a machine that contains wheat”. we just can’t win! anyway here is the link to the chart: http://www.pinkberry.com/images/pdf/ProductBook_P10_FULL_9.19.13_PRINT.pdf
What about Yo Fresh?
What about yogurt guru in denver?
Josie’s Self Serve Frozen Yogurt is by far the best option out there, horrible company to work for which is why they are closing everywhere, but hands down the very best. All their options are gluten free even with cookie or cake in the name, stevie options and always had a sorbet for the more severe allergies