In honour of Coeliac Awareness Week (8th – 14th May), we set Yasmin Godfrey, our resident coeliac, the challenge of finding the best gluten free products in the shops
“I’m always hearing the same things: “Is it an allergy?” No. “We can’t guarantee that your meal will be completely gluten free.” Then I can’t have it. “Surely a breadcrumb wouldn’t hurt?” Wrong. I was diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2015 after a lifetime of illness. I’d spent 20 years working my way through the medical dictionary, but now I know coeliac disease was behind it all! As a foodie it was a rough ride to begin with, but now there are so many goodies on the market to enjoy – here’s my pick of the best.” – Yasmin Godfrey, Editorial Assistant
1. Yorkshire Meatball Company Original Meatballs, £3, theymc.com
Bound with gluten-free oats, these meatballs are well-seasoned and packed full of meaty goodness. Perfect for a quick midweek meal.
2. Debbie & Andrew’s Harrogate 97% Sausages, £3, tesco.com
Lean and meaty, these sausages have been blended with balsamic vinegar, coriander, salt and white pepper – they’re my absolute favourite on the market.
3. Doves Farm Brown Rice Tortiglioni, £2.49, dovesfarm.co.uk
Doves Farm are renowned for their gluten free flours, and their pasta is just as good, too!
4. John Hampden’s Golden Harvest Ale, £2.65, chilternbrewery.co.uk
Hoppy and floral, this beer has a hint of butterscotch about it – it’s full, well-rounded and totally delicious.
5. Bellfield Brewery Bohemian Pilsner, 12 bottles £29.40, bellfieldbrewery.com
Harbouring a slight bitterness and floral notes, as with any great pilsner, you’d never believe this beer’s main ingredient is missing!
6. Wold Top Brewery Marmalade Porter, £1.99, woldtopbrewery.co.uk
This rich, dark porter has hints of zesty orange and undertones of coffee and chocolate – it’s flavour packed and great value.
7. Chippa Worcester Sauce, £1.29, asda.com
Other brands of Worcester Sauce commonly contain barley, but not this one – lavish it generously on your cheese on toast!
8. Stokes Brown Sauce, £3.20, stokessauces.co.uk
Step aside HP, Stokes have set the bar for brown sauce and this bottle is perfect for slathering on
your bacon sandwich!
9. Tesco Finest Free From Triple Chocolate Cookies, £1.80, tesco.com
I always get a craving for a cookie and if you’re a coeliac you’ll know that making your own can be tough. Even most of the shop-bought cookies are more like shortbread – but not these; they’re soft, chewy and delicious!
10. Meridian Tamari Soya Sauce, £2.09, hollandandbarrett.com
Hankering for soya sauce but know that it’s off limits? Tamari solves those hunger pangs and it tastes identical to your usual sushi dipping sauce.
11. Doves Farm Self Raising Flour, £2.19, dovesfarm.co.uk
Using a blend of different flours, raising agents and xanthan gum, this flour works brilliantly when substituted one for one in recipes – I like to use it to bake a classic victoria sponge.
12. M&S Made Without Self Raising Flour, £1.50, marksandspencer.com
Slightly cheaper than the Doves Farm flour, this is a great alternative for keen bakers.
13. Garofalo Gluten Free Casarecce Pasta, £2.99, ocado.com
Made with corn, rice and quinoa flour, this pasta tastes exactly like its gluten-filled counterpart – a must buy!
14. M&S Gluten Free Millionaire’s Caramel Crispy Mini Bites, £3.10 marksandspencer.com
These crispy bites are a fantastic alternative to millionaire’s shortbread – they were a big hit in the office, too.
15. Wellfoods Gluten Free Burger Buns, £2.45 wellfoods.co.uk
Simply heat through in the oven for 5-10 minutes for pillow-soft burger buns.
16. M&S Gluten Free Sliced White Boule, £3, marksandspencer.com
Super-soft and with a great crust, this loaf is one of the best gluten-free options on the market. It’s also great for sandwiches!