Dairy and Gluten Free (veggie) Holland & Barrett Haul

I went a little bit nuts the other day on the Holland and Barrett website when I discovered you can search by filtering out dairy and gluten – or whatever ingredient you don’t want. Perfect if your cupboards are bare and you really haven’t got the energy to shlep around different shops, reading the ingredients on everything and then dragging numerous bags onto a bus.

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I deliberately avoided anything that I could get from local shops, mine being a small-ish Co-op and Tesco Metro and I got multiples of things I knew I already liked.

Clockwise (if a your clock is rectangular):

Proper Corn Worcester Sauce and Sun-dried Tomato Flavour

The best savoury pop corn you will ever eat. Ever so slightly sweet, savoury and very tangy.

Le Venezane Potato Gnochi 

I absolutely love dumplings, pasta and ravioli, basically anything chunky and a little doughy that you cover in sauce, so to find this naturally gluten and dairy free gnochi was fantastic!

GranoVita Organic Mushroom Pate

Lovely and thick with lots of little chunks of mushroom, this tastes savoury and earthy but not too salty.

Dry Roasted Garbanzo (Chickpeas) Tomato, Garlic & Herb

A lot of the flavouring had gone to the bottom of the bag and hadn’t remained on the chickpeas so they didn’t really taste of much. They were also incredibly dry and so was my mouth after eating them, which was really unpleasant!

Mini Moos Bunny Comb Bars

Really nice vegan choccy and the honey comb pieces add a some sweetness. I just wish the bar were coated on both sides.

nakd Banana Crunch

Solid, sweet (but not sickly) and crunchy. One of my favourite snacks.

nakd Pecan Pie

I’ve never eaten pecan pie so I can only judge this bar off it’s own merits. This is a lot softer than the banana crunch thanks to the dates in it. It has a slightly bitter sweetness to it which I think I like….

Goody Good Stuff Sour Fruit Salad

I don’t like most sour sweets as they make me break out into a sweat but these were really nice.

Goody Good Stuff Summer Peaches

I absolutely love these! I used to get them in pick n’mix from the cinema as a kid.

GranoVita Vegetable Pate with onions, herbs and spices

I haven’t tried this yet as I don’t want two pates on the go at once. The bloke has had this in the past and said it was ‘perfectly nice’.

Free and Easy soups

All of the flavours this brand does are wonderful. Medium – thick, tasty comfort food.

Biona Organic Spiced Pumpkin Soup

This is one of the best soups I’ve ever eaten, out of a jar, tin or at a restaurant. Medium consistency, some onion and carrot so it’s not totally smooth and subtle spices.

Have you tried any of these? Which one’s would most want to?

Chrissie ❤

 

 

 

Gluten and Dairy Free Products I love!

Snacks For On The Go

Village Pride Sweet Plantain Chips

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These are perfect for people who love that savoury but sweet flavour combo. If anyone knows the name of that type of flavour, please let me know.

Proper Corn Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-dried Tomato Flavour

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I’ve found these in Tesco, Waitrose and Spar. There are quite a few flavours out now, this being one of the newer ones. I love anything flavoured with Worcester sauce (I’m totally having to say this in a US accent to be able to spell it) flavour but I never know how to use it in my cooking. I like that you get a decent amount and it’s not just a bag full of air!

Tesco Smooth Coconut and Vanilla Shake

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These come in handy for when I’m chilling in the back garden (ok, yard) or when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to fix a proper shake. This has a strong authentic vanilla flavour.

Choices ‘Bunnies!’

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This chocolate has that slight hint of saltiness those white mice you used to get as a kid had but without the horrible waxy texture. This is the closest to dairy white chocolate I’ve ever tasted. I’ve found these in Sainsbury’s and Holland & Barrett.

Essentials

Viotros’ Violife

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This comes joint first with Bute Island Sheese for *fanfare* The Best Cheddar Cheese Substitute! It even melts into gooey gorgousness so it’s great for pizza’s as well sandwiches. Available from Tesco and Holland and Barrett.

Coconut Dream (with rice)

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Great for cereal and shakes (I add blended frozen bananas to thicken mine). If you want a good cup of builders tea then I suggest Co-op unsweetened rice milk instead.

Nestle Gluten Free Honey Flakes

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These should probably be under ‘snacks’ as I have a bad habit of eating these dry straight out of the box…*nom nom* They also do plain GF flakes if you are vegan.

Main Meals

Amy’s Kitchen enchilada

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Amy’s Kitchen do a lot of gluten/dairy free soups and ready meals which I love. These are perfect with vegan ‘cheese’ melted on top. Their texture is between crunchy and solid pastry and the sauce is spicy rather than hot, which I like because it’s easier adding heat, than taking it away.

ASDA Vegetable Curry

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This has a medium if not-quite-creamy consistency with a pleasant amount of heat. It makes a great baked spud filling if you are really hungry! I’ve tried a few foreign brands of tinned veg curry and found them to be very oily but this is quality. Sometimes I add fried firm tofu for added protein and texture.

Clive’s Gluten Free Pies

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When you are in the mood for a pie (say ‘pie’ out loud in a thick Yorkshire accent, go on) this one isn’t half bad. The pastry is very short so I’d suggest knocking a whole 10 minutes off the cooking time so it doesn’t get too crispy. The filling isn’t the creamy kind but it is very tasty!

Morrison Ratatouille

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When I first left home I survived on cans of this and cheap white bread for like a year ha! Now I have it with new potatoes or rice noodles or I simply add fine flakes of seaweed sea salt which really brings out the flavour of the tomatoes and various seeds for added crunch.

Hope my list helps any crap cooks who are stuck for quick free-from meal or snack options.

Chrissie xx

Top 5 Gluten and Dairy Free Snacks

I did another free-from snack haul in the supermarket and these are the fabulous five that I’d recommend.

9 bar – Peanut

Gluten, wheat and dairy free

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These mixed seed energy bars are named after the 9 amino acids they contain. The peanut version is chunky, tasty and has just enough golden syrup to hold it all together without it being to sticky. The flax seed version is tasty and handy if you’re not a fan of adding dry seeds to your food. These keep your energy up for hours.

Fabulous Freefrom Factory – Covered Raisins

Gluten, wheat and dairy free

Fabulous Freefrom Factory Dairy Free Covered Raisins

These soya based covered raisins are a welcome, and very moreish change from dark chocolate snacks.

Warburtons Sweet Chilli Cracker Thins

Gluten, wheat and dairy free

Warbutons New Bakehouse Sweet Chilli Cracker Thins

Most savoury free-from snacks are either salt and vinegar or sweet chilli flavour, which can get boring but these are really nice. They break easily but are great to dip into soup or salsa, although not practical for shovelling up large amounts of humous.

nairns biscuit breaks chocolate chip

Gluten, wheat and dairy free

Nairns gluten free biscuit breaks

These taste gorgeous dipped in rice milk for breakfast or super or broken into ice cream for desert. As nairn do a ‘normal’ version make sure to look for these in the free-from isle.

nakd Banana Crunch Wholefood Bars

Gluten, wheat and dairy free

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These are a genius collection of 3-4 raw ingredients ‘smushed’ together that are moist, chewy and naturally sweet. The vegan and gluten free flavours are Berry Delight, Cocoa Delight, Rhubarb & Custard, Cocoa Orange.

Chrissie xx