Halo Top Ice Cream Review

If you ask any of my friends or family, they’ll all tell you that I am a big fan of ice cream. If we eat out at a restaurant, I will usually choose ice cream as a dessert and even at home, I just can’t help digging the ice cream out the freezer.

In general, ice cream isn’t the healthiest but recently, there’s been a bit of a wave of new low-calorie, high protein ice cream brands hitting the market, Halo Top being the original.

I tried Halo Top for the first time the other week and I could not believe how good it was! I got the salted caramel flavour to start with as it was gluten free and a pretty safe choice to start with as it is one of my favourite flavours.

I was very kindly sent a few tubs of Halo Top ice cream from the brand after chatting with them on Twitter, all gluten free of course, so I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on the flavours I’ve tried and some more details on eating Halo Top ice cream if you’re gluten free!

Halo Top Ice Cream Review

Sea Salt Caramel – Starting with the first flavour I tried, the salted caramel, this is seriously good!

It’s vanilla ice cream swirled with sweet but salty caramel sauce and it is just too moreish but at like 320 calories for the tub, you can kind of eat as much as you like!

Candy Bar – I really was not sure what to expect when I tried the candy bar flavour because I just didn’t understand the concept but it is so nice!

It’s chocolate ice cream with like a caramel chocolate sauce and peanuts and it is just not like anything I have tried before but it is again, so moreish! This one is 360 calories a tub so slightly higher in calories but still pretty low!

Peanut Butter Cup – I have a bit of a love hate relationship with peanut butter. I really like those Meridian peanut butter bars and I generally like the taste of nuts but I can get a bit overwhelmed by peanut butter flavoured things but this was really nice!

Also 320 calories a tub, it’s got a sweet, intense peanut flavour and as with all the others, I just find it so moreish!

Gluten Free Halo Top Flavours

I’d never really paid much attention to Halo Top as I just assumed they wouldn’t be gluten free but the majority of the flavours are actually certified gluten free and are labelled on the packaging as gluten free. However, there is a disclaimer on the packaging that they are made in a factory that sometimes handles wheat.

I have contacted Halo Top regarding this to clarify what this means for Coeliacs and how it can be labelled gluten free if there is a risk of contamination with wheat but I will keep you updated.

The flavours that are labelled gluten free are:

  • Vanilla Bean
  • Chocolate
  • Mint Choc Chip
  • Peanut Butter Cup
  • Sea Salt Caramel
  • Oatmeal Cookie
  • Birthday Cake (I couldn’t believe this was gluten free!)
  • Candy Bar

There’s also a whole dairy free range of Halo Top which are all gluten, dairy and soya free.

Where to Buy Halo Top 

Halo Top is pretty readily available everywhere you go. It usually retails for £5 a tub which is expensive but as a treat it is worth it and I’d rather have a tub of Halo Top than something like Ben & Jerry’s that is the same price nearly but far higher in calories!

Halo Top is on offer a lot in supermarkets for £3 or £3.50 a tub and you can get it in Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Co-Op, One Stop and Londis.

 

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My Experience of TGI Fridays as a Coeliac

Eating out as someone who is gluten free or has Coeliac Disease is a real challenge, especially with the recent discoveries that a lot of cafes and restaurants aren’t taking allergens as seriously as they should but one place I have always had a good experience is TGI Fridays!

I’ve mentioned TGI Fridays as one of my top restaurants for gluten free before but I am such a regular visitor to them, I thought I’d take the time to write a whole post on my experience with them, my favourite dishes and just why I love going there so much!

The TGI Fridays Gluten Free Experience 

The first thing I love so much about eating at TGI Fridays is that they have such an extensive gluten free menu (and lactose free if that’s what you need)!

There’s burgers that come with buns, there’s steaks, seafood, veggie options and more! There’s also choices for starters, mains and desserts, so you don’t have to miss out at all!

The best part of the TGI experience for me is actually ordering my food! This is the only restaurant I’ve ever been to where they insist the manager comes and takes your order and this is a procedure that is consistent across all restaurants which is really reassuring!

The manager on shift will come over, usually introduce themselves, ask about your allergies, explain the processes for preparing your food in the kitchen and then take your order! I always find the manager is always happy to explain the changes to your dish to ensure it’s gluten free, any differences in preparing and cooking your food and they’re always so helpful with any changes you want to make to the dish!

The manager or chef will always bring your meal out to you too which also fills me with confidence that my meals has been made with care!

My Top TGI Gluten Free Picks

I am a bit of a creature of habit, so I do tend to order the same thing from TGI Fridays but I have tried a few things off the gluten free menu and I’ll be honest, they’ve all impressed me.

The first thing I love is that you can have chips here because that’s something us Coeliacs end up missing out on at a lot of restaurants! I believe they don’t add the seasoning to the chips as that isn’t gluten free but the chips are safe for us to eat!

I tend to always go for a cheese burger with fries and it is spot on every time! The bun is so soft and tasty, unlike some gluten free bread buns that can be dry! They put plenty of mayo and cheese on and the burgers are just super juicy and delicious! The serving of chips is always seriously generous which I’m not complaining about!

I sometimes choose not to have the bun, like in one of the pictures below and they’re always fine with that and just serve it without!

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I have also tried the fillet steak from the gluten free menu which was also so good! A really good quality piece of meat and it was cooked perfectly – medium rare! Again, this was served with plenty of chips and I ordered a side of vegetables to go with it and they were also really nice!

I’m usually too full for pudding at TGIs but I have tried the toffee popcorn sundae before and although I had to share it with someone else because it was so big, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

My Overall Thoughts on TGI Fridays as a Coeliac 

I honestly don’t think there’s another restaurant I could say this about but I have NEVER had a problem at TGI Fridays as a Coeliac or just as a customer.

The service is always great, especially for people with allergies, the gluten free menu is extensive, the food is delicious and their kitchen procedures are clearly working because I have never been made ill by eating there!

There’s something on the menu to suit everyone and the prices are also pretty reasonable, so if you’re looking for a tasty lunch or dinner, I guarantee you’ll never be too far from a TGI Fridays restaurant and it is definitely worth a visit!

Three Gluten Free and Vegan Meals for Veganuary

Here are my top three gluten free and vegan recipes for not just Veganuary but all year round if you’re trying to eat more vegan food!

So, I haven’t completely been doing Veganuary but I have been trying to eat more vegan meals this month, so if you’ve also been trying to incorporate more vegan food into your diet for the month of January then here are three new gluten and vegan meals that may be of interest to help mix up your menu this month!

Sweet and Sour Rainbow Vegetable Noodles

I’ve mentioned this meal in my easy 10-minute meals blog post but I love these sweet and sour vegetable noodles! They’re so colourful, affordable to make and you can practically throw in any vegetables you’ve got in the fridge!

This is such a simple meal to make by just stir frying whatever veg you want to include, throwing in your rice noodles (or other noodles if you’re not gluten free) and throw in a vegan sweet and sour stir fry sauce and there you have it, it couldn’t be easier to keep on track with Veganuary!

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Sweet Potato, Spinach and Chickpea Curry by Gluten Free Alice 

Not only is Alice one of the loveliest people I’ve ever come into contact with through this online world, she is also a pro at creating delicious recipes and her gluten free and vegan Sweet Potato, Spinach and Chickpea Curry is 100% one of my favourites!

It’s pretty easy and inexpensive to make and although it is gluten free, vegan and pretty healthy, its still full of flavour and really filling, especially when served with boiled rice and a free from naan bread – my favourite is the M&S one!

Head to Alice’s blog for her gluten free and vegan sweet potato curry recipe!

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Gluten Free & Vegan Tortilla Pizza 

We all know I love a tortilla wrap pizza and often make gluten free wrap pizzas, so I had a think about how you could mix things up and make this recipe vegan for January!

Ingredients:

Wraps (Warburtons Gluten Free, BFree and Genius Wraps are vegan)

Pizza Sauce (Pizza Express Passata is suitable for vegans)

Dairy Free Cheese (I usually opt for VioLife as it melts well)

Toppings of Your Choice (I personally like sweetcorn, roasted peppers, spinach)

Method:

  1. Put the wrap on a pizza tray and cover with the sauce, cook in the oven for 5 minutes
  2. Add your cheese and toppings and put back in the oven for 5-10 minutes
  3. Drizzle with oil or pesto, add torn basil and serve immediately.

So quick and easy and probably the best tasting gluten free and vegan pizza you’ll get and healthier!

If you’re doing Veganuary, are vegan or are just trying to eat more vegan food, hopefully these recipes will come in handy!

If you make them, do let me know on Instagram or Twitter, my username is @lifewithelx

Gluten Free Festive Favourites With Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer have been a huge part of Christmas in my household for as long as I can remember! We always buy so much of our festive food from there as a Christmas treat and I love the fact that even now that I’m gluten free, I can still join in and get all my festive food from there!

The best thing about M&S Food is that they don’t just have their amazing ‘Made Without Wheat’ range but so many of their ‘normal’ products are also either naturally gluten free or made to be gluten free. All of their allergen information is so clearly labelled, so it’s super easy to shop there with confidence!

I’ve teamed up with M&S to show you some of my festive foodie favourites as this year, their Christmas marketing campaign is all about how you favourite foods make Christmas extra special. So, here we go:

Made Without Wheat Ready Meals

You might be thinking ‘ready meals at Christmas? What?’ but hear me out!

Turkey and all the trimmings is a staple on the 25th and of course, there’s always plenty left over as well as an abundance of chocolate and party food to be enjoyed throughout the festive period but does anyone else get to the 29th/30th and just crave ‘normal food’?

Food that isn’t at all festive but just something totally different to all the roast dinners and mini foods you’ve been eating for days now!

These tasty ready meals are perfect for when that craving kicks in because you’re probably also fed up of cooking and just want something so easy! The M&S gluten free ready meals are without a doubt my favourites because they taste such good quality and almost home cooked!

I’ve tried the Macaroni Cheese & Spaghetti Carbonara before and they are just insanely good but they’ve also got Spaghetti Bolognese, Beef Lasagne and Chicken, Bacon and Broccoli Bake, so whatever you fancy, they’ve got it!

I also got a Creamy Chicken Pie from there with gluten free pastry which is perfect if you fancy a home cooked meal that isn’t a roast dinner over the festive period!

Made Without Wheat Chocolate Yule Log

I’m not a huge fan of dried fruit so I don’t really like Christmas pudding but I am all about chocolate cake at Christmas and this free from yule log from M&S is just something else!

Not only does it look great as a centre-piece at all your family gatherings, it is so soft and delicious that you’d never know it was gluten free!

My top tip for serving this is to warm a slice up in the microwave for 20 seconds and serve with ice cream – heaven!

Made Without Wheat New York Cheesecake 

Continuing with the theme of desserts for those of us who don’t like Christmas pudding, you can’t go wrong with cheesecake can you?

It’s simple, it’s light and it’s so moreish and the M&S Made Without Wheat Vanilla New York Cheesecake is definitely my favourite!

You could add any toppings of your choice to this plain, creamy vanilla cheesecake but I think the best thing about this cheesecake is the size! It’s big enough to give yourself a generous portion on a couple of occasions but it’s not too big that you’ll end up wasting any if you’re the only one eating it!

Made Without Wheat Triple Chocolate Crunch Cereal 

When I was younger, at Christmas or if we went self-catering on holiday, we would always have the M&S Triple Chocolate Crunch cereal for breakfast as a treat but since being gluten free, I hadn’t had anything like that until now!

I have to say I think this is possibly one of the best launches in the gluten free world ever, this cereal is honestly just amazing!

There’s so much chocolate but the granola itself is the perfect level of sweetness, super crunchy and the whole thing together is just irresistible – I end up having multiple bowls!

Made Without Wheat Millionaires Shortbread & Caramel Crispy Bites

I’ve got a massively sweet tooth and nothing quite satisfies my craving for something chocolatey like the cakes from the Made Without Wheat range at M&S, so obviously I had to have some in for Christmas!

We all know the tubs of Caramel Crispy Mini Bites are just one of the best things ever! These little bites are so sweet and chocolatey and definitely have to be consumed at least 5 at a time!

The Millionaires Shortbread Slices are also seriously decadent with those thick layers of chocolate and caramel, so if you’re looking for a sweet treat to enjoy whilst watching a festive film, these should hit the spot!

M&S Chocolates – Normal Range

Although M&S have chocolate in their Made Without range, if you can eat dairy and are just looking for gluten free chocolate, a lot of the chocolate in their normal ranges is fine for you to eat!

I picked up the Belgian Flaked Truffles because these seriously decadent chocolates are a tradition in our house on Christmas Day and are always brought to the dinner table once we’ve finished dessert, so I couldn’t do a round up of my festive foodie favourites without including them!

I also got a box of assorted Swiss Chocolate Truffles which are all gluten free! I think this box of chocolates would make a lovely gift for someone, especially if you’re going to someone else’s house for dinner, they’d make a lovely thank you gift!

I also grabbed a pack of chocolate coins because they’re a stocking staple but needless to say, I don’t think they’ll make it to my stocking, I’ll just be snacking on those as an addition to my advent calendar!

Jaffa Cake Cocktail 

M&S have brought out some seriously cool and quirky bottled cocktails this year and I have to say, I am so excited to try the Jaffa Cake one!

You’re probably thinking there’s no way that jaffa cake cocktail could be gluten free but it is and you can be confident because the ingredients are so well labelled!

Gluten free jaffa cakes aren’t very nice, so hopefully a sip of this cocktail will bring back fond memories of one of my all-time favourite gluten-filled biscuits – M&S Jaffa Cakes!

Are you hungry now? I’m not surprised!

M&S is definitely my go-to destination for Christmas treats and I’d seriously recommend you take a visit before the big day to pick up some of these festive favourites!

If you want to be sure what is gluten free in the M&S food hall, you can head to the customer services/information desk in the food hall and ask for a printout of everything in store that is gluten free. It’s pretty long but it’s so handy to help you find everything you can eat and will probably help you discover some new favourites!

What’s your go-to festive food from M&S? Let me know!

My Top Restaurants for Gluten Free

Eating out can be hard with Coeliac Disease or a food intolerance, so find the best restaurants for gluten free here!

There’s been a lot of talk on TV and in the media recently about restaurants and cafes not being up to scratch when it comes to catering for allergies, so I thought I’d share with you some restaurants I’ve actually had good gluten free meals at!

Pizza Express

Pizza Express came out as one of the more trustworthy restaurants in Watchdog’s recent investigation and I can back this up from personal experience because they’re so good every time!

There’s so many options for gluten free eaters at Pizza Express including starters, pizzas, pastas and puddings, so you really feel you’ve got the pick of the menu which isn’t something we get at a lot of restaurants!

My Favourite: Gluten Free Dough Balls, Gluten Free Pepperoni Pizza with Vegan Cheese and Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie 

Miller & Carter 

I love steak, so I was thrilled that Miller & Carter catered for gluten free diners so well!

They have a really extensive gluten free menu with lots of options for starters, mains and desserts and I’ve dined with them a few times now and never had any problems!

In my experience, the staff always have a really good knowledge of allergens and are always happy to help!

My Favourite: Fillet Steak with Jacket Potato and Beef Dripping Sauce and Creme Brulee

TGI Fridays 

Another reliable restaurant for gluten free food is TGI Fridays.

One of the best parts about this restaurant is that we can have chips there which is something we can’t have at a lot of places, so I love visiting here!

I’ve been so many times since being Coeliac and I never suffer with symptoms of being glutened afterwards. The staff are so knowledgeable and always get a manager to serve you, so you know you’re being well looked after.

My Favourite: Cheese Burger with Fries and Toffee Popcorn Sundae 

Domino’s Pizza

Some people don’t recommend Domino’s for gluten free but I’ve never had an issue with them.

I’ve never had any problems after eating takeaway Domino’s pizzas and I find the staff are always very careful when preparing my food.

It always arrives un-sliced to avoid cross contamination and tastes just as good as the normal ones.

My Favourite: Create Your Own Pizza with Gluten Free Base, Pepperoni, Bacon and Sweetcorn

So, that’s where I’ve had good experiences but just as a word of warning, I have had bad experiences with Pizza Hut takeaway, Zizzi and Piccolino, so I personally won’t be revisiting them.

What are your favourite gluten free restaurants? Share in the comments!

Planning for a Coeliac Christmas

Your first Christmas with Coeliac Disease can be daunting, so check out these top tips for having a tasty free from Christmas!

Your first Christmas as a diagnosed Coeliac can be pretty intimidating. I was really really nervous this time last year as the big day approached as I was so unsure what I could and couldn’t eat, as well as what I need to change about my Christmas dinner to make it safe.

Because I’ve now successfully survived one Coeliac Christmas as well as countless other special occasions, I thought I’d share some top tips for getting through your first Christmas gluten free without a single tummy ache AND without missing out!

Tins of Christmas Chocolates

I was so confused by tins of Christmas chocolates when I first had to tackle it after going gluten-free and for a long time I just avoiding ever digging in but here’s what you need to do know:

Cadbury’s Heroes ARE safe

Quality Street ARE safe

Roses ARE safe

Celebrations ARE NOT safe

Three out of fours isn’t bad going really is it?

Advent Calendars 

I was convinced last Christmas that I just couldn’t have an advent calendar and that was that but how wrong was I!

For a start, there’s specialist free from calendars such as the Moo Free chocolates calendar and others available in supermarkets but a lot of standard, off the shelf advent calendars are fine for us Coeliacs too!

Best of all, the good old Dairy Milk Advent Calendar is totally fine, as well as the Quality Street and Heroes calendars. You can also enjoy the Galaxy calendar, Milkybar and some of the Thornton ones!

And if Chocolate isn’t your thing, why not opt for a beauty calendar or something like that?

Christmas Dinner Dos and Don’ts

I was pretty nervous about my first Coeliac Christmas dinner but I was very lucky that my family were super considerate and pretty much all went gluten free with me!

If you can do this, I personally think it’s best as it stops the chance of any cross contamination and gluten free food is no less tasty than the regular stuff!

Things you’ll need to swap out from your regular Christmas dinner to make it gluten free include:

  • Gravy – either buy free from granules or make your own with gluten free flour
  • Stuffing
  • Yorkshire Puddings
  • Roast Potatoes (some people roll these in flour, so use gluten free flour)
  • Pigs in Blankets (a lot will be free from but always check)

When it comes to the sweet treats on Christmas Day, don’t forget you’ll need to buy gluten free Christmas pudding, Christmas cake and mince pies if you like those and always keep these separate from any regular versions lying around!

Alcohol 

Drinking alcohol isn’t generally that difficult when you’re gluten free as most wines, spirits and ciders are naturally gluten free, it’s mainly beers you need to supply free from versions of.

The gluten free beer market has gone crazy this year with some specialist gluten free beer brands popping up as well as free from versions of some best-selling lagers becoming available in supermarkets, so check those out if you’re a beer drinker.

Always check the labels of ‘regular’ alcohol just to double check but if you want to know more, the Drink Aware website has some great information.

Don’t Worry About the Bloat

The likelihood is, if you’re anything like me, you’re going to bloat on Christmas Day. I stick to a 100% gluten free diet and know I’m avoiding cross contamination but my stomach has been through a lot over the years and still bloats but I’ve just learnt to not let it get me down.

If the bloat is causing me issues, I’ll change into something comfortable for my stomach, take some peppermint tablets and drink plenty of water but generally just try and relax as stressing will make it worse!

I hope you have a wonderful gluten free Christmas! If you have any top tips for surviving the festive season as a Coeliac, share them in the comments!

10 Minute Gluten Free Meals

Realistically, there’s not an awful lot you can get done in 10 minutes is there?

It’s just not a particularly long time. I can’t really have a proper shower in just 10-minutes, I can’t put a full face of makeup on in 10-minutes, I can’t do a supermarket shop in 10-minutes, can I cook an array of tasty and pretty healthy meals in 10 minutes? Hell yes I can!

Since living alone, my cooking mojo has disappeared somewhere (seriously, if you find my cooking mojo, please return it) and now 10-minute meals have kind of become my speciality, so I thought I’d share my favourites with you if you’re a fellow fan of a speedy meal!

10-Minute Gluten Free Carbonara

We’ve been here before, I know but I can’t rave this super quick Carbonara enough because it is just one of my absolute favourite meals now.

You can check out my full gluten free Carbonara recipe but in short, it’s 4-ingredients, 10 minutes and two pans? Are you getting my vibe that this is just SO easy and quite frankly, delicious!

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Sweet and Sour Rainbow Noodles

If you’re vegetarian or just fancy something super healthy and easy to make, my sweet and sour rainbow noodles are the ultimate choice.

All you need is some vegetables of your choice, I go for broccoli, carrots, peas and sweetcorn and sometimes peppers, you’ll need some rice noodles or whatever gluten free noodles you prefer and a sweet and sour stir fry sauce – I use the Blue Dragon one.

As I use broccoli and frozen peas, I boil these for 5-minutes to part-cook them but basically, throw your veg in a wok with some spray oil, stir fry for a few minutes until soft, throw in your noodles and then once they’re soft, pop in your sauce, stir through and you’re done!

This can potentially be even quicker than 10-minutes but it’s still healthy and packed full of flavour!

Cheese and Bacon Jacket Potatoes 

I didn’t say all these meals took a lot of cooking but jacket potatoes are tasty, warming and just too easy to do when you’re not in the mood.

I like to add a cheesy bacon topper to my jackets and it’s just so good, even if it is a little bit naughty!

I use the frozen jacket potatoes from either McCains or Bannister’s Farm and whilst they’re in the microwave for 5-6 minutes, I’ll fry up some pancetta and grate some cheese and once my potatoes are done, I’ll add the butter, mix the cheese and pancetta up and throw it on top, pop back in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt it in and there you go!

I also like to serve mine with some broccoli to add some veg!

Filled Pastas 

I find that fresh filled pastas like ravioli or tortellini are like the ultimate compromise to a ready meal.

They’re not technically a ready meal but they’re just as easy to cook while being a little healthier and heartier.

The supermarkets have gone MAD for fresh, filled pastas such as spinach and ricotta ravioli and prosciutto tortellini and as a big fan of pasta that cooks in a pan of boiling water in 5-minutes, I’m all for it.

We’ve gone from just having the Schar pasta to seeing new additions from Sainsbury’s (delicious), Marks & Spencer’s (very good) and now Morrison’s too (not tried yet), so if you missed these super easy pastas, you’ll be glad to see them back!

So, whether you want to cook up a storm or throw something in the microwave and come back in 5-minutes, hopefully these easy meal ideas will keep you well fed and full of tasty food!

What are your go-to quick gluten free meals? Let me know in the comments or on my social media!

A Deliciously Free From Christmas with Moo Free

Looking for gluten, dairy and soya free chocolate to enjoy this Christmas? Check out the Moo Free Chocolates range!

Chocolate is a big part of Christmas. Whether you’re a sweet tooth or not, no one can resist chocolate at the most wonderful time of the year but if you’re someone with food allergies or intolerances, finding festive treats that are safe for you can be tricky!

Chocolate is a popular gift to give at Christmas and I get asked by so many friends and family members what chocolate I can have/what chocolate is gluten free and although a lot of normal chocolates are safe for me to eat, I can see the panic in their faces about buying me something that isn’t labelled gluten free.

I’ve now started recommending Moo Free Chocolate to both fellow free from foodies and anyone who asks what chocolate I can have as it is not only delicious but is clearly labelled gluten free, dairy free and soya free, so people feel safe and comfortable buying that for me!

I was very kindly sent a few tasty treats to try from Moo Free, some from their regular range and some festive chocolates, so I thought I’d share with you what I’ve tried as well as a few super cool Christmas chocolates you need to grab before the big day!

Big Bars

There’s nothing I used to love more than grabbing a big bar of Dairy Milk but I’m now hooked on the big chocolate bars from Moo Free and they’ve got a selection of flavours!

I was sent the original and the fruit and nut bar, the plain being my favourite, however they also do a banana bar and a hazelnut bar.

Mini Bars

If you want to grab a little bar of chocolate on the go, the Moo Free mini bars are sold in many of the supermarkets and are pretty affordable.

I’ve tried both the original and honeycomb bars, both of which are delicious, however they also do a mint bar and an orange bar and I definitely want to try those!

Original Chocolate Santa and Snowman

Getting festive now, I was sent the Chocolate Santa and the Chocolate Snowman, both of which are made with the original plain chocolate which is just so tasty!

These are really fun for Christmas and so generously sized, the chocolate is so thick!

Advent Calendar

If you’re looking for a super tasty free from advent calendar then this could be the one!

The Moo Free advent calendar is vegan, dairy free, gluten & wheat free and soya free, making it perfect for most people with food allergies!

Moo Free Selection Box

You can’t beat a selection box at Christmas and now Moo Free have made sure that people who are gluten and dairy free don’t have to miss out!

Their selection boxes contains a bag of the delicious choccy drops, a chocolate snowman, chocolate snowman, mint mini bar and an orange mini bar, so a real great selection and super thoughtful gift for someone who might not be able to have the classic selection boxes!

Moo Free also sell a selection of other chocolate including baking chocolate and Easter eggs but for this time of year, I think they are the main products you need to know about!

You can buy Moo Free in Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and a selection of smaller, health food shops.

Have you tried Moo Free? What was your favourite product?

*I was kindly sent these products by Moo Free Chocolate but this blog post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own. 

Making Gino’s Carbonara Gluten Free

I’m not usually a fan of Spaghetti Carbonara as I don’t love heavy cream sauces but I was watching This Morning in the week when Gino D’acampo was making a carbonara in the easiest way with just a few ingredients, so I decided to have a go at making it gluten free and it turned out so well!

If you want to check out Gino making this dish on YouTube, you can see that video here!

Ingredients 

1 x serving on gluten free spaghetti

1 x pack of pancetta

1 x egg

50g (approx) of grated cheese (I used cheddar finely grated but traditionally, you’d need Parmesan)

salt

pepper

oil

Method 

1. Boil you spaghetti in a pan of water with a little salt for 10-12 minutes or however long it needs

2. Whilst your pasta is boiling, spray some oil into a frying pan and cook your pancetta. Once this is cooked, take it off the heat but leave in the pan with any leftover oil

3. You’ll also need to finely grate your cheese if it isn’t already and crack an egg into a jug or bowl, whisk it up and add some salt and pepper

4. Once your pasta is cooked, drain it off

5. Add your pasta to the frying pan with the pancetta and stir through over either no heat or a very low heat

6. Next add your egg to the pan and mix through straight away to stop the egg scrambling

7. Once your egg is all mixed through, add your grated cheese and mix that in too

8. Once everything is all mixed in, serve in a bowl and enjoy!

This is such easy cooking that feels like you’ve really made an effort! The sauce is still so creamy without being heavy and that’s just how I like it!

If you give this ago and enjoy it, let me know!

New Gluten Free Products Worth Buying

The free from aisle is filled with new products at the moment but which are worth your money? Check out my favourites here!

If you’re part of the gluten free/free from community then you’re probably more than aware that the supermarkets have gone crazy recently with new gluten free launches which as great as that is, can be a little overwhelming.

Tesco and Asda in particular have recently added so many new free from products to their range, both own brand and from some popular free from brands, so it can be tempting to go crazy and buy everything but after trying a few new bits, I thought I’d let you know which new bits I’ve tried that I think are worth buying.

Tesco Free From Oats and Honey Breakfast Biscuits

There’s already a few breakfast biscuits in the free from aisle but I’ve never really paid them any attention but for some reason, I really wanted to try the new Tesco ones and I’m so glad I did because they’re delicious!

I’ve been eating a pack of these most mornings recently and actually choosing them over things such as brioche rolls and pancakes that are usually my favourites!

I used to love Belvita Biscuits and these taste so similar. They come in individual packs of three biscuits and you get four packs in each box for £1.65 which from what I remember of how much I would pay for Belvitas, that isn’t bad at all!

They also do a chocolate chip version that I haven’t tried yet.

Tesco Free From Cookies and Cream Biscuits 

Most of us have tried the Schar Chocolate O’s that are kind of like Oreos, apart from the fact that they actually taste and look nothing like them but the new Tesco ‘cookies and cream biscuits’ are literally gluten free oreos.

They’re amazing! They look just like Oreos and are even the same size. They’ve got loads of cream filling and taste just what I remember the real thing tasting like, so if you fancy a treat, you need to test these out!

Tesco Free From Chilli and Lime Tortilla Chips

Some people love the Tesco own free from cheese tortilla chips and some people hate them. I personally don’t mind them but don’t usually buy them as regular aisle tortilla chips are cheaper and naturally gluten free but when I saw chilli and lime flavour, I decided to give them a go.

These are tasty and if you miss Chilli Heatwave Doritos, these are for you but if you’re like me and you were hoping for a replacement for the Lime Doritos, that isn’t these.

If you do miss lime Doritos, try the lime and salt tortilla chips from the free from section in Lidl, they’re a great alternative!

Warburtons Gluten Free High Protein Wraps with Super Seeds

I kind of ended up trying these by default as I wanted to grab some wraps for my lunches and these were kind of my only option but I actually ended up really enjoying them.

I like seeded breads, so I like the seeds in these and the wrap was very soft like a regular one but was strong enough to not break and held all my filling in well.

The only thing I would say about these is that they look kind of grey but I think it’s just the colouring of the seeds, so don’t be put off by it.

I had ham and cheese in these wraps and it was really nice. They come in a resealable pack so stay fresh for a few days once opened.

I tried the new Genius white wraps and found the design of the packaging lets them down as it can’t be resealed, so they went hard once opened.

New Schar Sweet Treats

I’m going to lump four products in together here as they kind of all come under the same bracket and they’re the new sweet treats by Schar.

They’ve recently brought out:

  • The Melto
  • The Tempties
  • The Mini Dippers
  • The Wafer Pockets

and my opinion on all of them is that they’re nice and perfect for a treat but they aren’t worth scouring all your local supermarkets for.

If you happen to see them, definitely grab one or two as a sweet treat because they all taste just like their gluten-filled version but they’re not a weekly shop essential and I actually got a little fed up of eating the stockpile I’d bought when I first found them.

Aldi Free From Chocolate Chip Cookies

Aldi is a funny one when it comes to gluten free and can actually be super frustrating. They bring out amazing free from goodies every now and again but they only ever stay on shelves for a short amount of time, so you have to stock up when you see them.

They’ve had their own brand free from chocolate chip cookies in store for a couple of weeks now and these are AMAZING.

They’re pretty cheap as you’d expect from Aldi but they’re such a decent sized biscuits, full of chocolate chips and just generally super delicious. They’ve also brought out ginger cookies and jammy wheels, so definitely worth a look if you’re nearby.

What products have you tried recently and loved? Let me know in the comments!