Coeliac disease, a serious and lifelong intolerance to gluten, affects one in 100 people in the UK. That’s one in 100 people for whom eating out and cooking can sometimes be challenging, given that gluten is found in all kinds of food and drink – ranging from pasta, bread, pastries and noodles to beer and even some milkshakes.
Fortunately, food producers and restaurants in the UK have long caught up with the demand for gluten-free snacks and ingredients. Here, we’ve rounded up our favourite foods on the gluten-free market, including the best gluten-free bread, cakes, flour, soya sauce and snacks. So if you’re coeliac, you never have to feel like you’re missing out again.
Honeybuns Heathcliff Brownie
These delicious brownies – a Great Taste Gold Award Winner – are made from ground almonds and molten dark chocolate, with a dash of cold pressed orange oil and orange zest. Delicious served either warm or cold.
From £1.80, honeybuns.co.uk
Rude Health multigrain thins
These tasty and crunchy bites are a great alternative to rice cakes.
Chicken & Mushroom Crispbakes
Made with fresh mashed potato, plenty of chicken and mushrooms and coated in a light crispy gluten-free crumb.
£4 for 4, marksandspencer.com
Green's India Pale Ale
This six-pack of bottled beer, curated by the Best of British Beer company, features six different artisan beers made without wheat (as most beers are). A perfect gift for the gluten-intolerant craft beer lover in your life.
BFree’s delicious Soft White Loaf
The breads made by B-Free looks have been hailed as the closest equivalent to 'normal' bread. We hear it's best toasted and gives a wonderful satisfying crunch when you bite into it. You'll be fighting others off it.
Rubys of London Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake
Rubys of London specialise in beautiful special occasion cakes for people with dietary requirements. This lavish chocolate sponge, made with organic cocoa and finished with organic chocolate ganache, white chocolate drizzle and fresh raspberries, can be made vegan, nut free and naturally sweetened as well as gluten free.
Great Food Spinach & Pine Nut Bites
These delicious vegetarian falafel-style bites are made from chickpeas, spinach and pine nuts, blended with herbs and spices. Try them in a wrap for lunch or as a healthy office snack.
2 Made Without Wheat New York Cheesecakes
A lusciously creamy Madagascan vanilla cheesecake, made on a buttery (gluten-free) biscuit base.
Tesco Free From Chocolate Digestives
Never will you have to miss out on tea and biscuits again with these gluten-free digestives. It’s the simple things.
Gluten Free Pasta Collection
While you can buy each pasta individually, London Italian food shop Fratelli Camisa sell a bulk package that includes five packets of Spaghetti, Penne, Gnocchi, Eliche, Fettuce and Tubetti. It gives you the luxury of versatility and it'll last all year.
Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Porridge Oats
When mixed with milk, gluten-free diners have hailed this as the best best alternative to a porridge made with oats.
Clearspring Tamari Soya Sauce
The rich flavour of this wheat free organic soya sauce means it'll go a longer way than most soya sauces.
The Black Farmer's Daughter Premium Pork Chipolatas
These gluten-free sausages are devoured by gluten and non-gluten eaters alike. The are no chewy bits or tough skins. Just how a sausage should be.
Doves Farm Gluten & Wheat Free Plain White Flour Blend
This flour is exceptionally good for baking sweet treats such as fruit crumbles and cakes. It's a blend of selected flours, including rice, tapioca and buckwheat, that mimics the characteristics of plain wheat flour.