You may never need to buy regular bread crumbs again.

By Ariel Klein
Updated July 11, 2019
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Whenever I find a new weeknight recipe, I’m always bummed to see bread crumbs as one of the listed ingredients. Don’t get me wrong—I love bread in all forms—but I try to limit it whenever possible since many of my family and friends are gluten-free. I’ve tried using alternatives like almond meal and ground oats, but nothing works as well as a classic bread crumb, until now.

Trader Joe’s launched a gluten-free rice crumb which is made of ground puffed white rice that contains rice flour, salt, and rice bran. When I saw the bag of rice crumbs at TJ’s, I knew I had to give them a try, and I’m so happy I did.

I first used the rice crumbs in a Pesto Meatball recipe, and I was a little concerned they were going to get soggy in the mixture. But to my surprise, they acted as the perfect panko bread crumb substitute, and the meatballs came out delicious. The rice crumbs helped to bind the meatball mixture and added a nice texture to the finished product. They could also work really well for dishes like falafel, fried chicken, and meatloaf. Another great thing about TJ’s rice crumbs is that each serving has only 100 calories, which is pretty comparable to other brands of bread crumbs.

If you are gluten-free or just looking for a bread crumb alternative, I highly suggest trying TJ’s rice crumbs. I’m planning to use them again in my favorite eggplant parmesan recipe, and I’m almost positive no one will even know the difference.