Although it’s only the beginning of November, this time of year always goes so insanely fast. So I thought I’d put together a guide to help you plan for a gluten-free Christmas and have an overview of all the gluten-free Christmas products out there. I have tried to make it as comprehensive as possible, but of course I will have missed out things, so if you have any recommendations or tips, please feel free to get in touch or comment below and I’ll update accordingly.
Warning, this is a seriously long post! Bookmark it or pin it or something.
I’ve listed things under the following categories:
- Books – everybody loves a cookery book for Christmas. Take your pick from one of these.
- Supermarkets – what do the major and online supermarkets offer?
- Sweet treats – where can you find Christmas treats to order?
- Savoury – what about the savoury gluten-free bits?
- Advent Calendars – what brands are gluten-free?
- Hampers – where can I get entirely gluten-free hampers from?
Firstly, I hope you all know about the book that I wrote last year, called Gluten-free Baking at Christmas. It’s heavily influenced by my grandma’s baking throughout my childhood Christmasses, and I’ve been making some of the recipes for most of my life. When I was diagnosed with coeliac disease, I set about translating some of the recipes to be gluten-free, and this is the result. Contains 20 festive recipes and is available as a hard copy or a pdf (viewable on most tablets, e-readers and smart phones). It makes a great gift for the coeliac (or coeliac feeder) in your family, plus you get to support your favourite blogger! 😉
If you’re feeling vindictive and you don’t want to buy my stinkin’ book, why not try some of these? (All descriptions are from the Amazon blurbs, not written by me!)
Gluten free for the holidays by Jeanne Sauvage. 60 recipes for baking gluten-free for the holidays; organised by type of baked good: cakes pies, cookies, etc. Includes classics like pumpkin pie, sugar cookies, rugelach, pepparkakor, gingerbread, and Buche de Noel. Buy the Kindle edition here.
Gluten free Christmas Cookies by Elle Brown. Who Knew Gluten-Free Could Be So Yummy!? Whether you re one of the three million Americans with celiac disease or one of the millions looking for more healthful food choices during the holidays, Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies is for you! Along with 25 yummy recipes including chocolate chip, butter cookies, peanut butter, and more, this book gives information on gluten-free basics, creating a gluten-free kitchen, information on gluten-free flours, and more.
Celebrating Holidays Gluten-free by Karen E. Ruckman. This book is for anyone who wants to live well without gluten. It is amazing how good the recipes are and how easy they are to make. I hope this cookbook inspires you to be creative and to enjoy your holidays living your best, most healthful life.
Honeybuns Gluten-free Baking by Emma Goss-Custard. Gluten-free bakes can be every bit as delicious as traditional treats. With a little know-how from Honeybuns, you can enjoy gorgeous cakes, muffins, brownies, flapjacks, biscuits and puddings that contain no wheat or gluten. You’ll find all your favourite teatime bakes, from Lemon drizzle cake and A very chocolatey cake to Baked apple muffins and Heathcliff brownies. There are lots of puddings too, including Baked lemon cheesecake, Chocolate and raspberry tartlets, Peach and raspberry roulade and Chocolate lime pie. Packed with practical tips and with a with a guide to ingredients, this book gives you all the inspiration and advice you need to make your baking gluten-free and gorgeous!
Seriously good! Gluten-free Baking by Phil Vickery. Baking is the most difficult aspect of the gluten-free diet to overcome, as it is gluten that gives bread its elasticity and cakes their spring. Phil Vickery has developed a collection of over 70 recipes especially for those with gluten intolerance. He offers gorgeous gluten-free versions of family favourites such as Pancakes with Maple Syrup, Strawberry Tart with Meringue Topping, and Rich Chocolate Slab Cake. The Bread chapter includes Breakfast Brioche and Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia, while those with a sweet tooth will love Buttermilk Muffins and Roasted Hazelnut Cookies. The chapter devoted to Celebration Cakes provides welcome inspiration for birthdays and other special occasions. With a photograph for every recipe, this book is a godsend for all coeliacs.
Paleo cooking from Elana’s Pantry by Elana Amsterdam. Elana Amsterdam has established herself as an extremely successful gluten-free author and blogger; her simple recipes offer busy cooks streamlined techniques and short ingredients lists. While her first two books emphasized gluten-free recipes, Elana has eaten a grain-free diet since 2001. Her paleo recipes have become the most popular on her site, embraced by readers looking to not only eliminate gluten–but also dairy and grains–whether because of allergies or to generally improve their health. Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry offers nearly 100 recipes featuring lean proteins and simple vegetable dishes, plus classic desserts–all free from grain, gluten, and dairy, and made with natural sweeteners.
The Gluten-free Baker by Hannah Miles. Baking is the most difficult aspect of the gluten-free diet to overcome, but using clever substitutes and ingenious baking methods, experienced baker Hannah Miles has created a delicious selection of gluten-free versions of everyone’s favourites. Cookies, Brownies & Bars include Ginger Cookies, Caramel Shortbreads and White Chocolate and Walnut Brownies. A chapter devoted to Cakes provides inspiration for birthdays and other special occasions – try Apple and Pecan Cake; Caramelized Lemon Polenta Cake or Carrot and Coconut Cake. Small Bakes for every day include Buttermilk Scones and Apricot Cornmeal Muffins. Fantastic Breads to try are Perfect Pizza Dough, Bagels and Sunshine Cornbread. Pastry treats to try include Chocolate Profiteroles, Blackcurrant and Blueberry Millefeuille and Nectarine and Cream Choux Rings. Finally, Desserts include Plum and Amaretto Crumble and Toffee Apple Cheesecake. This book is a must for the gluten intolerant or for those who bake for gluten-intolerant family members or friends.
Gluten free Baking by Michael McCamley. Increasing numbers of people are following a gluten-free diet for health reasons, but many find home-cooking, especially baking, a real challenge. Michael McCamley was the 2010 UK Gluten Free Chef of the Year and runs his own Gluten Free Cooking School, and this book includes his tried and tested gluten-free recipes for all your favourite baked goods, from delicious cupcakes to wholesome breads, pizza bases, focaccia and sweet pies and desserts.
Simply Gluten & Dairy Free by Grace Cheetham. For many, the prospect of making gluten-free and dairy-free food seems utterly daunting. And they will either buy ready-made produce (which is usually low in nutritional value and high in price) or sometimes not bother at all. But Grace Cheetham reveals that it’s possible to make wonderful gluten-free and dairy-free food easily. Whether you’re suffering from allergy-related IBS, eczema, asthma, migraines or chronic fatigue, or if you are celiac, this book will show you how to use substitute ingredients and simple cooking techniques to make mouth-watering meals. With power-packed breakfasts such as Brioche with Caramelized Peaches, sustaining lunches such as Artichoke, Parma Ham & Olive Pizza and delicious dinners such as Salmon en Croute or Lasagne, as well as sweet treats such as Raspberry & Rosewater Cupcakes and heavenly desserts such as Chocolate Fondant, here are tried and tested recipes for you to cook for yourself, your family and your friends – and all stress-free!
Gluten-free Baking at Christmas by Samantha Stein. No seriously, get this book! I promise you it’s awesome!
In recent years, the major supermarkets have really stepped up their Free From Christmas ranges as the market grows and retailer fight for our money. Luckily for us this means significantly more choice than there was 5 years ago.
Marks & Spencer
In my book, M&S really come out top in terms of the Christmas meal itself. A large amount of their sausages, stuffings and other accoutrements are gluten-free. Their gluten-free range is called “Made Without Wheat” and includes mince pies and christmas pudding, but they now also do a range of gluten-free party food to order, such as this turkey crown with pork, sage and onion stuffing, and you can order a gluten-free party selection for £27.50 which comes with, among other things, gluten-free chicken kievs! (Thanks to @glutenfreeadele for finding that) You can also order gluten-free food (bread, crumpets, teacakes etc) and pick it up at your local M&S, so don’t be worried if you don’t see much out on the shelves.
Tesco’s Free From Christmas range includes mince pies, Christmas puddings and Christmas cakes. However, I did try their mini Christmas puddings last year and couldn’t even eat half a spoonful. Then again, I’ve always been a bit iffy about their own brand products, but I know some people who love them. Tesco do stock Udi’s now, which does some yummy looking mince pies.
Waitrose don’t have a huge Free From selection, but it’s generally nice quality. The products come under the “LOVE Life” brand, and they do gluten-free mince pies, iced Christmas cake bites, Christmas cake slices and Christmas puddings. Thanks to Kirsty (@CurlyB56 on Twitter) for the reconnaissance.
As far as Christmas goes, Asda do a gluten-free Christmas pudding, and stock Lovemore mince pies. Their website search bar is a bit hit and miss, searching for “gluten free mince pies” threw up several results that were definitely not gluten-free.
Sainsbury’s really has a fantastic range of Free From products anyway, from chicken nuggets to spicy bean burgers. This Christmas, their range includes chocolate coins (gluten and dairy-free), iced topped mince pies, deep fill mince pies, an iced rich fruit cake (and slices), a Christmas pudding and mini chocolate logs.
Morrisons has a decent Free From range but I can’t find any evidence of special Christmas products. I’m almost certain they did mince pies last year though.
The Aldi “Has No Gluten” range is relatively new, and they’ve been trialling gluten-free loaves in Scotland, the Midlands and the South Weststores this year. I shouldn’t expect to find Christmassy gluten-free things there… but you never know.
Sometimes, shopping online can be more fruitful in the gluten-free department, as I’ve found that dedicated gluten-free brands are generally of much higher quality than most supermarkets’ weak attempts to conquer the Free From sector. They do tend to be a bit more expensive though, although not always. But the most significant difference is the choice. If you normally hate shopping online, do consider making an exception for Christmas – you might discover some amazing products.
Deli Divine is an entirely gluten-free online supermarket, with some lovely items. They have a small Christmas range, but really, all of their items feel like luxury Christmas gifts. Heart shaped organic Cheddar anyone?
Ocado have an entire gluten-free section, currently stocking 668 products. They stock the Lovemore range of fruit cakes and mince pies.
Goodness Direct aren’t entirely gluten-free but stock many other Free From products so useful for dairy and egg allergy sufferers. You can set filters for the site so you can only see gluten-free products, which makes browsing a lot easier. (Go to the “special diets” tab)
Gluten Free Shop
Gluten free Shop is another entirely gluten-free shop (the clue is in the name), and they have a dedicated Christmas section. They also have a fantastic selection of gluten-free beers.
Real Foods has a Christmas section, which you can filter by allergy. They have a good range of Christmas puddings and various other Christmas food.
In addition to the supermarket’s own gluten-free branded products, the following brands do traditional Christmas desserts:
Udi’s Mince Pies website
The Monkey Poodles (London area delivery) website / Christmas flyer
The Foodamentalists frangipane topped mince pies (£3.99, box of 6). Available in store or online.
Burtree Christmas Pudding website
Hale & Hearty website
The Monkey Poodles (London area delivery) website / Christmas flyer
Baked to Taste webshop
Jenkins and Hustwitt Amazon
Everfresh, Rich Plum Pudding Amazon
Village bakery Amazon
Pudding lane Amazon
Baked to Taste webshop
Livwell Christmas cake
The Monkey Poodles figgy orange Christmas cake (London area delivery) website / Christmas flyer
Incognito cakes are doing cranberry & cinnamon muffins, cake bars, and a 6″ fully royal iced Christmas carrot cake e-mail to discuss requirements
Other sweets & traditions
Moo Free Santa bars (also dairy free) Amazon
Slice of Heaven Gluten free Cakery They do a traditional fruit cake, mince pies, yule logs as well as the child-friendly decorate a gingerbread house kit website
Bruschetta – The famous gluten-free restaurant in Kingston sells GF panettone to order for Christmas webshop
Glutenvrije Webshop – For Dutch and German Christmas sweets webshop
Schär – For other European Christmas food items website
Fria – For seasonal Vörtbröd (a savoury Swedish Christmas loaf), and Pepparkaksdeg (ready-to-bake gingerbread men) website
While gluten-free cake might dominate the shelves, finding a really good savoury food can be a lifesaver. In general, gluten-free stuffings and sausages taste largely the same, meaning that everyone can enjoy the same food and the gluten-free member of your household doesn’t have to worry about cross-contamination. Christmas is enough of a belly buster without a glutening!
Hale & Hearty traditional stuffing mix website
Mrs Crimbles Sage & Onion stuffing website
The Foodamentalists’s cranberry and herb stuffing mix (£2.99 per pack. Contains egg & yeast) Available in store or online.
M&S – their full Christmas selection pdf
COOK does a range of gluten-free freezer products suitable for Christmas webshop
The Foodamentalists’ pork, venison and cranberry pie (£2.20 each) Available in store or online.
Moo Free (also dairy free) Amazon
Thornton’s advent calendars are all listed as “no gluten containing ingredients” website
Plamil organic Amazon
Choices (also dairy free) Amazon
Many commercial brands such as Cadbury’s may also be gluten-free, but I might go crazy if I had to list them all!
I’ve never really understood Christmas hampers (I guess it’s a pretty way to give people some nice food?) but some people love them!
Really Truly Gluten Free specialise in luxury gluten-free gifts webshop
Gluten Free Hampers do some seriously deluxe hampers webshop
Deli Divine do a range of gluten-free gifts and hampers
Gluten Free Shop do some lovely looking gluten-free hampers, starting from £22.49.
Baked to Taste do two hampers with seriously yummy-looking contents
Despite having driven myself crazy writing this post, I know that it is far from complete. If you know of any products I have missed, companies doing gluten-free Christmas specials, or any events coming up, please leave a comment below. Let’s make this a great resource for Christmas!
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What a useful post! Thanks very much, I’ve been shopping gluten free for years but there were some useful sites here I hadn’t chanced across before. I’ll be sharing these links, especially the hamper ones, with family and friends who always worry about what to get for me, and whether it will really be safe or not.
I’ll be sharing some Christmas baking recipes myself in a few weeks, feeling very festive already!
The Happy Coeliac says
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. When researching for this post, I also discovers loads of sites I hadn’t heard of before. Also am very jealous of your cinnamon swirls recipe – I tried for ages to get the recipe right (it was originally going to be in my Christmas book) but I was never quite satisfied so I had to scrap it. Maybe I’ll give it another go with your recipe! 🙂
The Nutribox says
This is a great post that we will share with all of our followers/readers – thank you! In Delicious magazine this month they actually included advice on how to make the recipes in their special Christmas recipe section gluten free – we were impressed. We would love it if you could mention that we offer lovely boxes of healthy snacks all made from gluten free ingredients – we have special Christmas gift boxes launching in the next few days as well as 3 and 6 box packages, and ongoing subscriptions. A great gift for the gluten free (or even non-gluten free) people in your life!
The Happy Coeliac says
Hi Ann, thanks for stopping by. When your xmas boxes launch, drop me a line at email@example.com (include a link where people can buy them if possible), and I’ll update the post 🙂
Penny Fletcher says
Waitrose are the supermarket that has got it right for me and I’ll be doing all my Christmas food shopping there. They include gluten as an allergen on their own product labels. Any product that is under their own label will say on the label if it contains gluten.If it doesn’t say gluten then it’s not in there. It’s so simple. I rarely shop from the Free From section in Waitrose, I just buy their own brand products and simply look at the label.
Oh wow, this post is huge but very useful! Loving the round up and like you say, time will fly from now until Xmas – I have already made a start and bought stuffing mix while it’s in stock!
The Happy Coeliac says
Glad you found it useful – good idea on stocking up early!
Susan Ball says
Just love your blog – extremely useful. Perhaps not very healthy!! … but I bought my hubby for his birthday a 12 bottle gift wrapped gf beer and lager selection pack from http://www.gluten-freeshop.co.uk (I know you mentioned their food hampers in your blog) but this was so good it deserves a special mention! I just cannot tell you how delighted he was with it.
Thanks for all the time and effort you put into this.
The Happy Coeliac says
Sounds brilliant! And who cares about eating healthily when it’s your birthday! 😉 (I say this because next week it’s my birthday and already trying to justify my gluttonous ways…)
Gluten-freeshop Team says
Hello Happy Coeliac
What a great blog … and thank you for the mentions. We are doing the 12 bottle gluten free starter packs with 10% discount at the moment plus a £5 off next case offer. But what we really wanted to say was you must add the Burtree Christmas pudding to your list – it is a Gold Award winner and voted best pud by both The Guardian and The Telegraph. It is scrumptious!
Don maskell says
I’m trying to find a hamper which i can purchase for my friends – one is Coeliac, the other has a potato allergy (including potato starch). Any of your hampers fit this picture? Thanks,
Brought your book for my mum because she was diagnosed with a wheat allergy a month ago. We made the lebkuchen and they are delicious, thank you! Will share these links with my mum, they’re very useful. 🙂
The Happy Coeliac says
So glad you like them! Hope you have a great wheat-free Christmas 🙂
eddy harding says
I realise I’m too late for the Christmas trade, but we offer fantastic GF hampers all year arround see http://www.ripegifts.co.uk/gluten-free-hampers.html ( we are currently adding new hampers to the 2014 collection) and another company which has great offerings for GF’s and DF’s http://www.mannagifts.co.uk. erhaps you can blog about us nother occasion?
Happy Neww GF year to you!