My Glorious Gluten Free and Grain Free Granola Recipe (Low FODMAP)

If you’re looking for a breakfast option that is gluten free, dairy free and low FODMAP, look no further than my delicious grain free granola. You can easily make this ahead of time and enjoy it all week. It’s so easy to the same breakfast every single day, and this is just the change I needed!

I must admit a few years ago I was most definitely not a breakfast person. I would skip breakfast every single morning and not eat until lunchtime… I’m pretty sure this just made me incredibly unproductive throughout the day even though you feel like you saved yourself extra time. So, first things first, if you are like my former self and shy away from brekkie, change your ways; breakfast is grrrr-eat (says me and Tony the Tiger)!

Anyway, these days I am all over breakfast like a hawk (which makes me Tony Hawk & Tony The Tiger). Obviously ensuring that breakfast is gluten free and low FODMAP isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but I don’t find it too difficult and neither will you. However, because I can’t tolerate any oats and dried fruit doesn’t agree with me (it’s high FODMAP), I don’t often get to enjoy my favourite breakfast choice, granola! That’s why I decided to create my very own gluten free  and grain free granola, plus it’s also a dairy free and low FODMAP granola.

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As I said, this is a grain free granola, which means no oats, rice flakes or even quinoa flakes. It’s a pure delicious mix of nuts and seeds that almost caramelise when baked in the oven thanks to the maple syrup. It’s the ultimate low FODMAP breakfast, it’s like having dessert for breakfast really! I won’t go into all the benefits of the different nuts and seeds in this grain free granola, but trust me it’s a nutritional powerhouse, perfect to get you going in the morning. I will just say though, as someone who has IBS, the addition of flaxseed to my grain free granola works absolute wonders for me, I’d never leave it out.

I am a massive fan of pecan nuts and walnuts, I could literally eat them all day. I’m also a massive fan of pumpkin seeds; I used to have a delicious flapjack when I was younger that had pumpkin seeds in it… ever since then I’ve wanted to incorporate them more into my recipes. There is such a combination of flavours within this grain free granola, it’s very far removed from your standard cornflakes and milk (I’m certainly not slating cornflakes though, I frickin’ adore them too!). Of course, it isn’t just it’s nutritional qualities that makes this grain free granola a good wake up call, the flavour combinations definitely will get you going too!

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In the past I have bought gluten free granola, knowing that some of the ingredients still don’t agree with my IBS stomach. That’s how much I love granola! However, since those days I have been taking everything a lot more seriously ensuring that not only am I consuming gluten free granola but it must be a low FODMAP granola too. I really don’t know why I didn’t just make my own before, it’s so simple and honestly it really does taste so much better.

One thing that is great about making your own grain free granola, is that you really can add whatever you like to it – if you wanted to add some additional seeds or a different selection of nuts (be careful if following low FODMAP though, some nuts are in fact high FODMAP!), then you can. I think my grain free granola recipe is a great base, but we all have different tastes, so feel free to play around with the recipe too! (but make sure you let me know, as I’d probably quite like to try your version as well!)

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As you can see above, I like to serve up my grain free granola with some dairy free yoghurt. I tend to use natural coconut yoghurt most of the time, but I’m tempted to try it with some natural almond milk yoghurt sometime – I’ve seen a few new brands pop up recently! I also eat my grain free granola just with milk quite frequently, it really doesn’t need much to accompany it as it so packed with flavour. When I have it with milk though I do end up sometimes eating a bit too much of it, so dairy free yoghurt is a better choice for me!

I do add some low FODMAP fruit to my grain free granola on occasions. Slightly over-ripe raspberries are my favourite – when they are overripe I find they have the best flavour! I also sometimes add blueberries and even a little banana (it depends what I’ve got in the house). Anyway, without further ado here is my gluten free granola recipe, my grain free granola recipe, my low FODMAP granola recipe… heck, it’s just the best granola recipe around!

Grain Free Granola (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Low Fodmap Granola)
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Ingredients
  1. * 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  2. * 1/2 cup flaked almonds
  3. * 1/2 cup walnuts pieces
  4. * 1/2 cup pecans
  5. * 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  6. * 1 tbsp chia seeds
  7. * 1 tbsp flax seeds
  8. * 1/4 tsp salt
  9. * 1 tsp cinnamon
  10. * 1/4 cup maple syrup
  11. * 2 tbsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. 1) Mix together all your dry ingredients (nuts, desiccated coconut, seeds, cinnamon & salt).
  2. 2) Melt over a low heat your coconut oil and maple syrup.
  3. 3) Pour your melted coconut oil and maple syrup into your dry ingredients mixture.
  4. 4) Mix together throughly so that all your nuts and seeds get coated.
  5. 5) Spread evenly on a baking tray.
  6. 6) Place in a preheated oven (160c) for around 20 minutes, until your granola is lovely and golden.
  7. 7) Allow your granola to cool on the baking tray before loosening your granola (I used my metal cake slicer but a palette knife would probably work well too).
  8. 8) Pour into an airtight jar to store, or if eating straight away I'd recommend it with yoghurt and fresh fruit (or however you eat your granola usually!).
Notes
  1. I usually put all my measurements in grams and kilograms but for this I think cup measurements is easiest. I hope that works ok for you too!
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If you want to make a big batch of my grain free granola to last you a couple of weeks then obviously just increase the measurements. I’d recommend seeing how you go to start with, I know once you’ve tried it, you will be munching this every morning without fail (or if you are like Mark, even in the evenings!). Make sure you have an air tight container to keep it in, it will stay fresh for a good long while, though I must admit, I don’t know how long as it has never lasted us that long!

Please let me know if you get the chance to give my grain free granola a go, I’d love to see your pictures and hear what you think of the taste! Just drop a comment below or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. It’s the perfect recipe for people like me who need not only a gluten free granola, but a grain free granola (no oats please) and also a low FODMAP granola. Equally though, it’s so delicious I guarantee everyone will love it and ask you for the recipe!

Thanks so much for reading,

Becky xxx

Oh and don’t forget to pin this before you leave 🙂

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Light And Fluffy Almond Flour Pancakes!

Just when we thought we’d tried every possible variation of pancakes, Make It Gluten Free introduced us to Simple Mills’ Almond Flour Pancake Mix!

We’ve become quite accustomed to the taste of light and fluffy Buckwheat pancakes recently. Though we’ll never grow tired of a classic crepe, a little variation in grain goes a long way when it comes to pancakes.

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But it’s not just the substitution in flour that makes Simple Mills’ Almond Flour Pancake Mix well worth a punt. It’s flavoured with organic coconut sugar and makes a great naturally produced alternative to refined sugar. This wonderful blend also includes arrowroot powder, organic coconut flour to make a subtle, delicate blend that’s completely gluten free and dairy free.

After cracking a few eggs, adding a few tablespoons of almond milk and oil (rapeseed, coconut or vegetable), all you need to do is slowly whisk in the almond flavour pancake mix to form a thick batter. Frying them is a doddle and the heavenly smell only gets better and better as the golden brown pancakes quickly stack up!

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As for the taste test, there was no doubt that these were going to taste as good as they smelled! You can really taste the subtle flavour that the flour mix adds and the texture was light, fluffy and nothing like your typical free from pancake. We added some of Becky’s homemade chocolate hazelnut spread with fresh bananas, as well as strawberries, apple compote and maple syrup. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that it was a match made in heaven!

All in all, I’d always highly recommend trying pancake mixes made with a flour blend. Not only does it give a little added dimension flavour wise, but in terms of gluten free, it undeniably makes a lighter and fluffier pancake. If you don’t know where to start, then I’d highly recommend picking up Simple Mills’ Almond Flour Pancake Mix from Make It Gluten Free and get whisking! Click here to order a box straight to your door.

I should also mention that with different proportions of eggs, milk and oil, they also make a wonderful waffle mix too. If you opt for almond flour waffles instead with your mix, please send in your photos so we can all drool over them! I was just wondering, if anyone could recommend a waffle maker too? I would love to make some gluten free waffles!

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We have to give a shoutout to Glenn from Make It Gluten Free too who recently travelled all the way to Huddersfield from London to deliver a customer’s order when couriers let him down. He’s a coeliac himself and has a real passion for free from baking so apart from delicious pancakes, you can also enjoy supporting a wonderful up and coming free from brand!

If you get the chance to try this mix I would love to hear how you got on with it. I would also love to hear what your favourite toppings are. Next time I make this pancake mix I might even add some dark chocolate chips to it so they cook within the pancakes, sounds good right?! Let’s talk gluten free pancakes.. just leave a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Cheers,

Mark x

Udi’s Apple & Cinnamon Toaster Pastries – Gluten free Pop Tarts?!

We’ve seen Udi’s Apple & Cinnamon Toaster Pastries in our local free from aisle for a while now, but we’ve only just about plucked up the courage to give ’em a try! Could this really be the closest thing we’ll get to a dairy free & gluten free Pop Tarts?!

Likening to my favourite childhood breakfast, Pop Tarts, there’s something about eating a Pop Tart for breakfast that just feels a little overkill so early in the day. However, Udi’s own spin on toaster pastries is a lot less sickly and tastes a lot less artificial. Think of them as an adult equivalent! Gluten Free Pop Tarts ahoy!

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Whilst Udi’s Apple & Cinnamon Toaster Pastries aren’t overtly advertised as dairy free, after checking the ingredients, I can fortunately confirm that there’s no dairy containing ingredients in there. They come individually wrapped and there’s five individual toaster pastries per box. They’re at least a quarter smaller than a regular-sized Pop Tart, but it’s a small price to pay for a delicious gluten free and dairy free treat! Who else provides you with convenient gluten free pop tarts?!

After literally about 30 seconds in the toaster (or as the box cryptically describes, warm at the “lowest or lightest heat setting for one heating cycle only”) the Udi’s Apple & Cinnamon Toaster Pastries emerge triumphantly, steaming hot and smelling divine – much like myself on a Friday night.

There’s no doubting the taste, comparing to a delicious apple pie with a hint of cinnamon. The gluten free pastry is soft and delicate and a lot less crumbly that a regular Pop Tart. Two is more than enough to fill a gap and, whilst I’m still not a convert to Pop Tarts for breakfast, Udi’s Apple & Cinnamon Toaster Pastries are my new mid-morning snack! It’s most definitely a great substitute for gluten free Pop Tarts.

Have you tried Udi’s Apple & Cinnamon Toaster Pastries? Leave us a comment below letting us know your thoughts! If you haven’t tried them, then go grab some and let us know what you thought! Just drop a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Cheers,

Mark x

Amy’s Kitchen Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich (Dairy Free & Vegan too!)

Introducing a delicious gluten free breakfast sandwich! Earlier this year whilst Mark and myself were walking around The Allergy and Free From Show in London we found many new products and brands that we haven’t been able to get enough of.

Amy's Kitchen giving us a gluten free breakfast sandwich that's also dairy free and vegan!

Amy’s Kitchen giving us a gluten free breakfast sandwich that’s also dairy free and vegan!

One of these products came from the wonderful Amy’s Kitchen. Amy’s Kitchen is a brand I have been fond of for numerous years now; from their Gluten Free Broccoli and Cheddar Bake to their Chunky Tomato Soup. Amy’s products always delight my taste buds, but this gluten free breakfast sandwich is divine!

So when we wandered over and saw the Amy’s Ambassadors giving out samples of their, yet to be released, gluten free Breakfast Sandwich we couldn’t resist! It excited our brains, our noses and our taste buds; they’re now currently available in the gluten free freezer section at Tescos for £2.50!

Well it is now September and at this weekend Mark and myself visited a large Tesco Store to find the tasty Amy’s Breakfast Sandwich staring at us lovingly from the freezer cabinet. We picked up a couple and today decided to try them out for our lunch.

The gluten free Breakfast Sandwich is also Dairy Free and Vegan. You could call it a tastier Sausage & Egg McMuffin with a twist! The ‘muffin’ is a Gluten Free Bun, the ‘sausage’ is a veggie patty that is of course gluten and dairy free too. The ‘egg’ is certainly not egg, instead it is golden scrambled tofu (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!!), & this is all finished off with a tomato-based sauce.

It comes frozen and you cook it from frozen too. It can be cooked in both the oven and the microwave. We cooked ours in the microwave because, as you might know, we currently do not have an oven! However, the microwave is much quicker and definitely a perfect alternative.

The gluten free breakfast sandwich comes premade in a plastic wrapping within a small cardboard box. Both Mark and myself must admit to being fairly underwhelmed at the size of the sandwich when we got it out of the box… we are used to eating lunches a lot bigger than this, but we held back judgement, and remained excited!

When cooking the sandwich in the microwave the instructions state that you keep it in the plastic packaging initially, microwaving on half power for 2 minutes 30.

Amy's Kitchen gluten free breakfast sandwich

Perfectly tasty lunch!

Once this is done remove the sandwich and make a small slit in the plastic and turn it over. Microwave upside down for a further 1 minute 20 before leaving to stand for a further minute. It is then gluten free Breakfast Sandwich Time, simple!

I was really hungry and hoped that the gluten free breakfast sandwich would fill me up enough for lunch. It certainly did (with a bag of crisps on the side!) Don’t be deterred by the smallish size of the sandwich it was actually quite filling and extremely tasty.

The gluten free bun was nice and soft and went incredibly well with the filling. The vegetarian sausage was seasoned really well and the scrambled tofu I must admit was really tasty. I have never had scrambled tofu before, and rarely eat tofu as I am most definitely a meat eater, but I was very impressed with it on this occasion. The texture and look was near identical to scrambled egg and I doubt many people would even realise the difference. As a whole, with the Amy’s ‘secret sauce’, the combination of fillings was perfect. I really, really enjoyed my lunch!

I have to admit this is not my usual choice of food. I have rarely eaten a ready meal in my life, and certainly never eaten a premade frozen sandwich (or an Egg McMuffin actually), but this Dairy Free, Vegan and gluten free Breakfast Sandwich from Amy’s Kitchen was off the chain in terms of taste.

Amy's Kitchen gluten free breakfast sandwich

Can’t wait till next time!

We both enjoyed it so much that we definitely wouldn’t have minded it being a little larger in size; if this were ever possible in the future, I would recommend Amy’s trying to achieve this. I would love for the gluten free Breakfast Sandwich to do well as it deserves to and I want to eat it again and again. On looks alone I’m not sure on how well it would do, but fortunately food is there to be tasted and the taste sells itself!

Where can I buy Amy’s Kitchen Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich?

Pick up the Breakfast Sandwich from Amy’s Kitchen in your local Tesco’s Free From Freezer Section. It is currently on sale for £2.50. I highly recommend you giving them a try… for lunch like me, or maybe for Breakfast seeing as they are a ‘Breakfast Sandwich’! Let me know what you think when you give this tasty gluten free, dairy free, vegan delight a try. It is certainly a nice feeling to be able to indulge in something that us intolerants so often just have to ignore. Can’t wait for my next sarnie from Amy’s!

Thanks for reading,

Love Becky xxx