Gluten Free Alternatives for Our Favourite Savoury Foods – from croissants to pot noodle
When you’re gluten free, it feels like there’s LOADS of foods you can’t have, right? From Croissants and Doughnuts to Bisto and Dim Sum! Well, I have news for you!! There’s a gluten free substitute for pretty much EVERYTHING. Have a look below.
This guide is broken into 5 sections: (1) Bread (2) Pastries (3) Breakfast Foods (4) Cooking Ingredients (5) Other
Everything is correct at the time of posting, but as you know recipes can change so please always check the ingredients! This is especially true in Lidl & Aldi
Bakery Style Soft White Rolls
(1) Most supermarkets have an own brand version but my followers favourites are M&S and Morrisons so if you haven’t found any you like yet, give these two a go! (2) Slightly different but everyone’s raving about the new Warburtons Squares
Crusty Loaf of Bread
(1) Genius Country White Loaf (2) Warburtons White Sourdough Cob (3) Consider a breadmaker – not cheap but the best loaf I’ve tried. Top tips and info about my breadmaker here (4) I’d also recommend searching on the internet/your areas coeliac FB group for a local bakery. In Shenfield, there’s a place called “Roses Bakery” that sells the best shop-bought gf loaf ever – served at Brentwood Kitchen
All expensive but really good: (1) Warburtons Tiger Bloomer (2) Genius Tiger Bloomer (3) M&S (also has tiger rolls!)
Doughy Pizza Base
FOR HOME: (1) Use a naan! Works a treat (2) Supermarket favourites from my followers: Dr Oekter and Goodfellas
EATING OUT: (1) Dominos/Pizza Express/Pizza Hut are peoples favourite takeaway option
Part Baked Baguettes
(1) Schar -mini ones, (2) Glutamel Part Baked Baguettes – Ocado, (3) Tesco Free From (4) Promise Sourdough (5) BFree (6) “My Gluten Free Bakery” formerly Rana’s
(1) Asda Free From (2) Sainsbury’s Free From (3) Wheat Free Bakery. Top tip: don’t forget to splash with plenty of water before heating up otherwise they can all be very dry.
(1) My followers top choice: “My Gluten Free Bakery” -formerly Rana’s (2) Genius (3) NY Bagel Company – Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose, (4) Tesco Free From – Plain or Cinnamon & Raisin (5) Schar
(1) Genius (2) Warburtons gluten free (3) M&S have some new ones too but much denser/flatter so would recommend the other two over these
(1) Davina Steel kit (2) White Rabbit Focaccine is incredible
Tons of brands available now but I recommend (1) Old El Paso gf – best for taste but small (2) Genius white wraps – best for size and foldability but not floury tasting like a non-gluten free wrap
(1) BFree – white ones are softer and tear less than the brown (2) M&S Wheat Free Range – I’ve never found these but apparently they are great. Both are best once warmed up/toasted
Schars are best by far. Small (expected!) but good. Also need warming up
General: Crossiants, Cinnamon Swirls, Chocolate Twists/Swirls, Cheese Twists
(1) You need Manna Dew!! Not cheap but they are the best. Pics below are all from their website… yes, they are gluten free!!!!!! Some are now dairy free too. Online company – click here.
(2) Lots of the supermarkets offer all of the above too now but nothing quite like Manna Dew!
There’s actually quite a few places you can get gf doughnuts now but these are my followers favourites: (1) Asda free from range, come frozen (2) Isabels – make at home (3) Borough 22 – order online (4) Wildcraft Bakery – last 2 pics below, “Coeliacs in the UK” fb group love these guys and the pics show why!!
All frozen, free from: (1) Tesco own (2) Sainsburys ‘Rule of Crumb’ (3) Asda (4) Morrisons
Frozen from Genius – comes in a block so you can roll it out to any shape you need
Shocking pictures but all of these are good! Just depends what shape you want: (1) Jus-Rol – fresh, comes in a rectangular sheet (2) Asdas own – fresh, comes in a circular sheet, (3) Genius – frozen, comes in a block that you roll to any shape you like
Nutribrex is the only “similar” option – definitely not the same taste but similar-ish texture and look
Nature’s Valley Cereal Bars
(1) Nature’s Valley Protein Cereal Bars are actually gluten free! (2) For a similar flapjack texture, Kind Honey Oat bars are yum!
All of the following come in lots of flavours: (1) Nairn’s (2) Asda Golden Oat Breakfast Biscuits (3) Morrisons Breakfast Biscuits (4) Tesco Breakfast Biscuits
Belvita Soft Bakes
Genius Breakfast Bakes – they have all the same flavours as Belvita too!
Supermarket own jar of ‘Yeast Extract’. Found in the normal aisle – Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Asda
(1) Make your own using Garofalo Anellini. My Spaghetti Hoops Recipe is here (2) Cook spaghetti/penne and cut into smaller pieces, mix with a tin of tomato soup and the little ones will never know!
Kelloggs Krave Cereal
(1) Tesco Free From Choco Pillows (2) Asda Free From Choco Squares (3) Morrisons Free From Choco Pillows (4) Doves Free From Choc Stars have the same texture – just not the middles!
Nestle Golden Nuggets
Nature’s Path Gorilla Munch Corn Puffs
Quaker Oats Porridge/Instant Pots
If you like sachets/pots of porridge, there’s tons of options. (1) Quaker Gluten Free (2) Moma – instant pots, tons of flavours (3) Supermarket own sachets in the free from aisle (4) Supermarket own pots in the free from aisle
Note on Cereals: Did you know lots of “own brand” cereals in the normal section are naturally gluten free??? You don’t necessarily need the free from aisle… saves you a fortune!!
You need to look for “Tamari”. Biggest two brands: (1) Kikkoman (2) Yutaka
(1) M&S – normal aisle, (2) Lee Kum Kee – gf version
(1) Kikkoman (thin) (2) Lee Kum (thick sauce),
Different gravy brands so taste reaallly different so if you liked Bisto before, stick to Bisto!
2 options: (1) Bisto free from (2) Bisto Best in the normal aisle (*please note this product is a may contain but they have confirmed they have procedures in place for cross contamination risk etc and therefore the product should be coeliac safe – you can see this correspondence on the FB group “Coeliacs in the UK” so you can decide for yourself :))
Thickeners (for soup, sauces, etc)
(1) GF plain flour (2) Cornflour/starch is naturally gluten free
(1) Heard great things about Tongmaster on Amazon – got some on order so I’ll let you know!! (2) Sainsburys “Hubbards” or Tesco “Heart food co” (cheaper ranges) are both gluten free
(1) Marks & Spencer normal range sells gf prawn dumplings (2) Head to Ping Pong – a chain of restaurants in London. Current menu below but check out their website yourself as I’m sure it changes!
Dell Ugo Gluten Free – penne or fusilli
Fresh Stuffed Pasta
You can get stuffed fresh pasta in most supermarkets now – these are all in the free from fridge sections: (1) Sainsburys, (2) M&S, (3) Coop Gro range – dairy free, (4) White Rabbit – dairy free, (5) Dell Ugo – dairy free, (6) Difatti
Nothing is quite the same but for an instant noodle try (1) Supermarket own brand noodle pots (2) Kabuto pots (3) Itsu posts (4) Make your own with a stock cube and rice noodles
Have you checked your old one? Lots of supermarkets ‘normal’ breaded ham is made using a gluten free crumb e.g. Tesco’s and Aldi. Sainsbury’s one ISNT gluten free so be careful 🙂
(1) You can get a gf “cous cous” (made of maize/corn) in the free from aisle of most supermarkets (2) Coop have a free from fresh Spiced Chicken Cous Cous (cant find a pic but its in the lunch/sandwich section) (3) Try quinoa – its a completely different grain but you can use it in similar recipes
(1) Cook frozen chicken nuggets (like Sainsburys free from chicken dippers) and have them cold (2) cooked Heck sausages – now in the fridges of Tesco and WHSmiths
If you’ve got any more products you’d like a replacement for, please send me a message on Instagram or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadly, here’s a list of savoury things I’m not sure you can get a replacement for (yet!!)r:
- Shreddies/Shredded Wheat