My Truly Traditional Gluten Free Apple Crumble Recipe

Gluten free apple crumble must be the dessert I have made the most in my life. It has always held a special place in my heart and I could literally eat it every single day given the chance! As a child I remember having apple crumble as part of school dinners and you might be surprised to hear that it was actually really good.

The only negative I can remember was that the hot custard always had a skin on it that none of us wanted… My gluten free apple crumble has developed quite a bit since my childhood days of eating and making crumbles, personally I think I’ve improved it since way back then! Plus, it’s 100% vegan and dairy free now too.

gluten-free-apple-crumble-2One of my favourite flavour combinations ever is apple and cinnamon. Apple strudel, apple cobbler, apple crumble – they all need to contain cinnamon in my opinion. Apple and cinnamon are soul mates. My gluten free apple crumble also contains pecan nuts, again, one of my favourites. Simply by adding cinnamon, chopped pecan nuts and a little brown sugar into the gluten free crumble mix, you can transform a tasty gluten free apple crumble into a ridiculously tasty gluten free apple crumble! Both the pecans and the sugar give the gluten free crumble that extra bit of crunch, whilst the cinnamon enhances the flavour 110%.

Once upon a time I stopped putting sugar in my gluten free apple crumble topping, but I’ve decided that it definitely does taste better with sugar. For me, whatever tastes best is the best way to make something, surely that makes sense, right? I’m glad I realised this as my gluten free apple crumble is now better than ever… well, you can be the judge! Making it vegan and dairy free was no problem either, just opt for any dairy free hard margarine.


I also like to add a little cinnamon and brown sugar to the chopped apples before I put the gluten free crumble topping on. I find that the apples become all caramelised and delicious this way, beautiful.It also helps to perfectly balance out the sharpness of the lovely bramley apples. This recipe is a combination of the amazing apple crumble I used to have at school (minus the dodgy custard!) and the many awesome gluten free apple crumbles that my Mum always used to make for me 🙂

Gluten Free Apple Crumble
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  1. * 170g gluten free self raising flour
  2. * 85g dairy free hard margarine, cubed and chilled
  3. * 70g dark brown sugar (for crumble topping)
  4. * 70g pecan nuts, chopped
  5. * 2-3 tsp cinnamon (for the crumble topping)
  6. * 3 bramley apples, peeled and chopped
  7. * 1 heaped tbsp dark brown sugar (for the apples)
  8. * 1-2 tsp cinnamon (for the apples)
  9. * 1 tbsp water
  1. 1) Turn on your oven to 200c.
  2. 2) Rub together your gluten free flour and dairy free hard margarine until it becomes the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  3. 3) Stir in your sugar, chopped pecan nuts and cinnamon.
  4. 4) Put your crumble mix to one side whilst you peel and chop 3 bramley cooking apples.
  5. 5) Place your chopped apples into your dish and mix in both the cinnamon and sugar so it coats the chopped apples thoroughly.
  6. 6) Spoon over your gluten free crumble topping over the apples, be generous!
  7. 7) Place in your preheated oven for 30 minutes, until the top is golden and the apples are lovely and soft.
  8. 8) Serve up and enjoy!
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 I’d recommend serving this straight from the oven with some cold almond milk custard (does anyone else just love that hot/cold combination?!) and a spoon, obviously! That way, even your custard can be vegan and dairy free too. If you’d like me to share my super top secret almond milk custard recipe then just let me know in the comments below! This gluten free apple crumble is everything I love about British baking in general: it’s so simple, quick and it just feels so homely and comforting.


For me apple is the ultimate fruit for a gluten free apple crumble, it’s the classic. However, I have also made this exact crumble in the past with a mixture of fruit. I generally always use apple as my base fruit but additionally I have added plums, pears and berries – all work really well alongside the rest of the flavours. I think I might try adding some rhubarb into the gluten free crumble mix sometime soon. I’ve never actually had a rhubarb crumble!!


Please, please let me know if you tried out my gluten free apple crumble by leaving a comment below. Failing that, jump over to my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and let me know there! Anyway, I hope you are having a lovely day, if not, a good serving of my gluten free apple crumble usually cheers me up!

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx

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gluten free apple crumble

RECIPE: The Ultimate Gluten Free Trifle (Dairy Free)

They say that Christmas isn’t complete without a trifle. But for me a trifle is the perfect dessert all year round. This gluten free trifle recipe is really simple, adaptable & also 100% a dairy free trifle too!

gluten free trifle
A gluten free trifle is a rare sight in any shop. No, actually I am lying…. a gluten free trifle is non existent in shops and restaurants across the land. Add on top of that a dairy free trifle as well… well I think you will be searching a long, long time! But now it doesn’t matter, I have solved this problem in a really simple, authentic & tasty way that is both gluten free & dairy free! Mark & I love trifle & over the past week, we have been enjoying our dairy free & gluten free trifle so so much, I thought I would share the simple recipe with you.

A trifle is all about the layers. Any of the layers in my gluten free trifle recipe can be altered if you wish, I know we all have slight differences in how we like our trifle, but this is a good base model recipe I think! For example, you might like a certain brand of jelly, you might even like making your own sponge fingers or have a special dairy free family custard recipe lurking around… I love creating dairy free custards! Oh & I know that most people soak their sponge fingers first in alcohol or even just the jelly whilst it sets… whilst that tastes great, for me personally I like to put the sponge fingers in after the jelly has set; that way the sponge fingers soak up more of the custard rather than jelly!

gluten free trifle

the gluten free sponge fingers from Schär that made my trifle AWESOME!

For me I believe I have found the very best gluten free sponge fingers ever… perfect for a gluten free trifle! They are also dairy free which makes them even better. They are from the wonderful Schär. They are called Savoiardi on the Schär Online Shop which basically means lady fingers, sponge fingers… or whatever you like to call the sponge in your trifle! They smell amazing, they taste amazing, they soak up all the softer elements of the trifle amazingly and I seriously don’t think I will use anything else for the sponge element of my gluten free trifles again. Convenient & delicious all in one packet!

So this is exactly how I made my gluten free trifle. I personally wouldn’t change a single thing… I don’t think Mark would let me. Except to make it bigger & more often!!

Gluten Free Trifle (Dairy Free)
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  1. 1) Jelly (Again any flavour you like!)
  2. 2) Fruit of choice (I used a punnet of fresh raspberries)
  3. 3) Gluten Free Sponge Fingers (I use Schär's Savoiardi Fingers which are amazing & dairy free!)
  4. 4) Dairy Free Custard (You can use Alpro Soya Custard or let me know if you want my recipe!)
  5. 5) Dairy Free Cream for whipping (Provamel Soya Cream whips well)
  6. 6) Grated Dairy Free Chocolate (I used Doisy & Dam's Maca, Vanilla & Cacao Nibs Dark Chocolate)
  1. Make up your jelly as the packet instructs... for me that was placing my jelly in a jug, pouring hot water over it & then cold.
  2. Pour your jelly mixture into your trifle dish (as much as you like, I thought of my dish as having 4 layers so basically had a quarter of the dish per layer!)
  3. Drop some of your fruit into the jelly.
  4. Place your jelly is the fridge to set. (This can take varying times depending on your jelly, mine seemed to take ages!)
  5. Spread a little jam onto your gluten free sponge fingers and once the jelly is set place your sponges in a layer on top of the jelly.
  6. Pour over your cold dairy free custard (again, as much as you like... I LOVE CUSTARD so lots!)
  7. Whip your dairy free cream, this can be done using a hand whisk quite easily till it forms stiff peaks OR by using a Cream Whipper.. my favourite new gadget!
  8. Spoon, pipe or squirt your cream on top in whatever style you wish.
  9. Grate a little chocolate on top (I used Doisy & Dam's Organic Dark Chocolate)
  10. Serve up & enjoy!
  1. If Dairy is not and issue for you then feel free to use custards & creams containing dairy.
  2. Also if you have a Lactose Intolerance rather than being fully Dairy Free.. the Lactofree Cream from Arla whips up very well.
  3. *** There are no measurements for the ingredients just because it really depends on what size you want to make your trifle, your instinct will be right!!! ***
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I mentioned in the recipe that I used a cream whipper to whip my cream. You can grab them online & until you try one you will never understand how good they are. You often see restaurants use them, and they work great with putting cream on hot chocolate too! They aren’t very expensive so I would definitely recommend treating yourself to one!

gluten free trifle

did I mention… I love custard?

So there you have it, my very simple, yet very delicious recipe for making a gluten free trifle which is also… a dairy free trifle! Everyone will enjoy this dessert, I guarantee it will be a winner in your household, whatever the occasion. As I said, a trifle is a very adaptable recipe, whereby you can change it to suit you & your families tastes if you wish! I would love to know what you think of my gluten free trifle recipe & if you make any changes to your own trifle recipes. Do you use different fruits or are you one for adding some sherry in?! Just drop a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter… or even a photo on Instagram!

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx

RECIPE: Gluten Free Lemon Meringue Pie with Biscuit Base & Dairy Free!

I love Lemon Meringue Pie, & always have done! Recently I decided Mark & I deserved to have one again after all these gluten free & dairy free years…. so I created my own Gluten Free Lemon Meringue Pie!

gluten free lemon meringue pieFor me, Lemon Meringue Pie is one of those desserts you just can’t beat. I used to often have it when I was younger when I went round my aunty & uncle’s house for dinner. Obviously back then it was full of gluten and it didn’t matter! But now if I want to enjoy a lemon meringue pie… it has to be a gluten free lemon meringue pie!

I have come to the conclusion recently that whilst you can’t beat a good gluten free apple pie with loads of golden pastry, my favourite gluten free desserts all have biscuit bases. Traditionally, like an apple pie, a lemon meringue pie has a pastry base… but I thought I would change it up a bit and make it with a gluten free biscuit base! The base is a similar recipe to that of my gluten free banoffee pie, & it works perfectly. I decided to use Schär’s new gluten free digestive biscuits for the base and they worked really well & are also dairy free.

gluten free lemon meringue pie

The lemon curd layer is very simple to make, and even more simple to make dairy free. Just substitute butter for a dairy free alternative and it works exactly the same. It really isn’t difficult to transform a lot of great desserts that appear out of bounds into gluten free & dairy free heavens… just substitute! There are so many free from ingredients available these days, never think you can’t eat something… you can always try making it!

Whenever I make a gluten free dessert I make sure I never scrimp on the size of any of the layers. When you are making something from scratch do it however you feel like it. I love a massive gluten free biscuit base, so that’s exactly what I did with this!

For the meringue layer I have always just put mine under a super hot heat in the grill. It definitely works fine, and I will likely continue to do this for a long time. However, if you do have a kitchen blow torch, definitely give it a go, I think it might work even better. You have more control over what you are doing then!

Anyway, onto the recipe, this gluten free lemon meringue pie I wish I had made before. It’s so simple and you don’t even need the oven! (Just a hob for the curd & maybe the grill for 5 minutes for the meringue to colour!) It is definitely a firm favourite in our household now. I can’t wait to make my next one!

Gluten Free Lemon Meringue Pie
I love lemon in desserts. I also love biscuit bases. So here is a Gluten Free and Dairy Free Lemon Meringue Pie with a biscuit base... simple & delicious!
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  1. 200g digestive biscuits (I use the Schär Digestive Biscuits - Gluten & Dairy Free!)
  2. 75g dairy free margarine, melted (for the base)
  3. 3 egg whites (for the meringue)
  4. 120g caster sugar (for the meringue)
  5. 3 large lemons
  6. 2 large eggs (or 3 smaller ones) (for the curd)
  7. 150g caster sugar (for the curd)
  8. 100g cold dairy free margarine
  9. 2 heaped tsp corn flour
  1. Crush your biscuits (I usually place them in a freezer bag & hit them with a rolling pin!)
  2. In a bowl, mix together your crushed biscuits and melted 75g of dairy free margarine.
  3. Press into a loose bottomed tin & chill in the fridge (or freezer) whilst you make your lemon curd layer.
  4. Zest and juice all 3 of your lemons into a saucepan.
  5. Crack 2 eggs in & whisk them into your lemon juice & zest.
  6. Add your 100g dairy free margarine, 150g caster sugar & cornflour to the mixture.
  7. Heat your mixture gently over a medium heat, making sure you are whisking throughout.
  8. Once you feel the mixture has thickened, reduce the heat down & simmer for a couple of minutes.
  9. Pour your lemon curd mixture over the biscuit base.
  10. Place in the fridge to set. (I left mine for 2 hours but longer/shorter would be fine I think)
  11. To make the meringue for the top, whisk up your egg whites to stiff peaks.
  12. Add the caster sugar to the mixture and whisk until stiff and glossy.
  13. Take your lemon & biscuit base out of its tin (leave it on the base.. the key is the loose bottom tin!!)
  14. You can then either pipe or spoon out the meringue mix onto the lemon layer. (I just spooned mine!)
  15. Caramelise the top of the meringue by placing under a really hot grill or by using a blow torch!
  16. Once the top has gone golden, it's ready to serve.. straight away or later on!
  17. Enjoy!
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So there you have it Gluten Free Lemon Meringue Pie! It’s completely dairy free too which I know is important to many of you. With Mark being Dairy Free & me being Gluten Free, it is definitely an important consideration in all our meals. Let me know if you get the chance to try out my gluten free lemon meringue pie recipe. Are you a biscuit base fan like me?! Leave me a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram… drop me a picture of your gluten free lemon meringue pie creation too!

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx 

RECIPE: The Ultimate Gluten Free Pecan Pie

Basically I LOVE PECAN PIE! It’s my ultimate dessert, however I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a slice. I decided to try making a Gluten Free Pecan Pie myself, it’s also Dairy Free. Check out this tasty simple recipe below!

gluten free pecan pie

I’ve always been a massive fan of pecan pie. My Ouma (what I called my Grandma.. I’m half south african), used to often have a pecan pie for dessert when she had us round for dinner. Ever since then, probably about 15 years ago I have adored pecan pie. 

As a very American pie, every holiday I have ever had in America has definitely involved numerous pecan pies. However, family holidays to America all happened before I had problems with gluten, since having a gluten intolerance I can only think of one gluten free pecan pie I have had the opportunity to enjoy (at Cookies & Scream in Camden).

Pecan Pie is one of America’s greatest creations. Personally, Pumpkin Pie is just not the one. I don’t enjoy the flavour of pumpkin at all, so for me it’s all about pecan pie… a gluten free pecan pie! Perfect for a gluten free Thanksgiving, but also literally perfect for every single day of the week!

Basically, if you aren’t super familiar with Pecan Pie, then this recipe will be the perfect introduction. It is really simple to make and it is beyond delicious. A gluten free pecan pie will provide you with a heavenly combo of rich nuttiness and caramel sweetness. Seriously this is the best combination ever. & served slightly warm with a big dollop of dairy free ice cream is just my ultimate dessert. Mark enjoys eating it cold too so it’s really up to you how you eat yours! It will be epic whatever!

gluten free pecan pie

In this recipe I chose to try out the gluten free pastry mix from The Pastry Room. I am terrible at making pastry so it was the perfect option for me. It honestly is a life changing product for me, the whole concept is stupidly cool… I can get my pastry mix out the freezer, add water & mix… I have pastry ready to roll! I wrote a few bits on The Pastry Room here, just because I think the concept needs fully explaining!!

On the other hand, for all those brill gluten free pastry chefs out there my gluten free pecan pie recipe will work just as well if you want to use your own shortcrust pastry recipes. (If anyone has any advice for me that would be great too!) Just make your gluten free pastry as per usual & then when it comes just pour in your pecan mixture! I love creating recipes that some people can follow word for word, whilst others can use aspects of it & make it their own too! So here you go… let’s make my gluten free pecan pie!

(my mum has always used this recipe for gluten free pastry with success so if you want to use this instead click here… HOWEVER I urge you 150% to try The Pastry Room!

Gluten Free Pecan Pie
Pecan Pie has to be my favourite dessert of all time. So I thought I would make a delicious Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pecan Pie, so glad I did!!!
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  1. Gluten free pastry mix from The Pastry Room (OR.. your own Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry Recipe)
  2. 150g pecans
  3. 100g dark muscovado sugar
  4. 100g maple syrup
  5. 85g dairy free spread (I use Pure Dairy Free Spread)
  6. 200ml dairy free single cream (I use Alpro Soy Single Cream)
  7. 2tbsp cornflour
  8. 2 egg yolks
  9. Pinch of salt
  1. Heat your oven to around 180 degrees.
  2. Grease a Pie Dish or Loose Bottomed Pie/Flan Dish (Around 23cm in perfect for this)
  3. Make your gluten free shortcrust pastry as per recipe OR use The Pastry Room's Gluten Free (& dairy free) Pastry Mix.
  4. Roll out your gluten free pastry to around 3-5mm thick.
  5. Line your greased tin with the pastry (lettering excess pastry hang over the edges, do not trim!)
  6. Prick the pastry base with a fork, line with parchment paper and fill with baking beans.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the parchment and beans and bake for another 6 minutes until golden.
  8. Whilst you are baking your pastry you can also bake your pecan nuts for about 6 minutes on a baking tray until toasted.
  9. Allow to cool slightly, then roughly crush approx half of them.
  10. Whilst the above is happening or afterwards... place the sugar, maple syrup, dairy free margarine & dairy free cream into a heatproof bowl & set over a pan of simmering water.
  11. Stir together until they all melt.
  12. Mix in the cornflour and whisk thoroughly until you have a smooth, silky mixture. (do this over the heat still)
  13. Take off the heat and mix in the egg yolks and a pinch of salt.
  14. Mix in your crushed pecans.
  15. Pour the mixture into your pastry and arrange some of your whole roasted pecans on top.
  16. You can egg wash the pastry if you want it to be extra golden!
  17. Bake for around 25 minutes, until the mix is set.
  18. Once cooked, allow to cool and then slice it up... serve with dairy free vanilla ice cream.
  19. Enjoy!
  1. I used a Pie Dish without a loose bottom which worked fine but I would recommend using a loose bottomed pie dish for ease.
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gluten free pecan pie

What’s your favourite food to come across the water from America to the UK? OR if you are from America… what is your favourite traditional American dish. How do you fair eating gluten free at Thanksgiving? Let me know if you get the chance to try my gluten free pecan pie recipe. I love using pecan nuts in so many recipes (& just eating them!), so PLEASE let me know if you have any more genius ways to enjoy pecans! Let me know on any of the above by leaving a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

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RECIPE: Chocolate Gluten Free Bread and Butter Pudding

Gluten Free Bread and Butter Pudding isn’t exactly a common dish! However, it is an incredibly easy dish to make. Here is a delicious Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding recipe from Genius!

gluten free bread and butter pudding

I recently was invited to the launch event of some of the new Genius Gluten Free range. I must admit it was one of my favourite launch events… it took place at L’atelier des Chefs, a cookery school in St Pauls, London. I got to spend my Wednesday evening cooking gluten free! I felt like I was on a Free From British Bake Off… let’s get this show onto the BBC!

One of the dishes we made was a chocolate gluten free bread and butter pudding. Of course, we got the chance to sit down and enjoy our dishes afterwards; I enjoyed the gluten free bread and butter pudding SO much… that I thought I would share the recipe with you! It is really simple and we made ours dairy free as well. Bread and butter pudding is an incredibly adaptable dish, I use to often just make a basic one with a regular custard, sometimes I’d make one with bananas too… basically pre gluten intolerance I was a massive bread and butter pudding fan!

gluten free bread and butter pudding

a great event with Lucinda, Genius Founder.

Chocolate Gluten Free Bread and Butter Pudding
A delicious Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding that is both Gluten Free & Dairy Free from Genius Gluten Free.
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  1. 6 slices of gluten free white bread, crusts removed and cut diagonally in two (I used Genius)
  2. 80g dark dairy free chocolate, broken into pieces
  3. 40g dairy free margarine (I used Pure)
  4. 100ml dairy free cream (I used Alpro Coconut Cuisine)
  5. 100ml dairy free milk (Soy, Almond or Coconut Milk works fine)
  6. 2 tbsp dark rum (completely optional!)
  7. Zest of 1 orange
  8. 55g caster sugar
  9. 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
  10. 1 pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  11. 1⁄4 tsp ground cloves
  12. 2 eggs, beaten
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Place the chocolate, dairy free margarine, dairy free cream, dairy free milk, rum (optional!!), orange zest, sugar and spices in a medium sized pan and stir until the chocolate is fully melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy.
  3. Beat your eggs thoroughly in a medium bowl.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture gradually into the beaten eggs, stirring continuously.
  5. Cut your bread slices into triangles and remove the crusts (you can keep them on if you prefer!)
  6. Overlap the bread triangles over the base of a small greased oven proof dish then pour over the chocolate and egg custard.
  7. Bake in the middle of a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the custard is just set in the centre of the pudding.
  8. Serve warm with dairy free vanilla ice cream.
  9. Enjoy!
  1. The spices and alcohol are completely optional in this dish.
  2. You could try adding something different, for example I often add pecan nuts to a bread & butter pudding!
  3. You could add chocolate chips to make this chocolatey dish even more chocolatey!
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We all have some left over gluten free bread sitting around from time to time, a gluten free bread and butter pudding really is the ultimate way to use it up (better than feeding the birds!!) I would highly recommend giving this recipe a go. It has the seal of approval from myself and the lovely Lucinda of Genius Gluten Free Foods.

Let me know if you get the chance to try out this recipe. Have you got any tips that you would recommend to make my gluten free bread and butter pudding even better? What’s your favourite flavours to add to a bread and butter pudding? So many questions! Just drop me a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx

How to make Gluten Free Ben & Jerry’s Style Ice Cream.

Gluten Free Ben & Jerry’s is not the most common of things. Yes I know that there are a few flavours that do not contain gluten. But the one you really want always seems to be full of gluten. Here is my simple recipe hack that means you can always enjoy Gluten Free Ben & Jerry’s!

1) Crumble a Gluten Free Muffin, I use Udi’s Chocolate & Toffee.

gluten free ben & jerry's

2) Choose a plain ice cream, allow to soften & mix with muffin bits!

gluten free ben & jerry's

3) Place in the freezer for a min of 2 hours. It doesn’t take long!

gluten free ben & jerry's

4) Get your dish & scoop as much as you like into it!

gluten free ben & jerry's

5) Admire your ‘Ben & Jerrys’ GF Ice Cream.. beautiful hey?!

gluten free ben & jerry's

6) Squirt a little sauce on top to make it complete, enjoy!

gluten free ben & jerry's

So simple, so delicious & pure heaven!

gluten free ben & jerry's

There you have it. It’s not only delicious to make your own Gluten Free Ben & Jerry’s style ice cream, it is also really fun! You can choose whatever gluten free ‘fillings’ you want. I think that the Udi’s Gluten Free Muffins work really well, but I definitely want to try with some cookies too. Gluten Free cookie dough ice cream anyone?! You could quite easily make this suitable for lactose intolerants & those who are dairy free too. I always use vanilla soya ice cream as Mark cannot eat dairy. & then just choose a filling that is both gluten & dairy free! 

Let me know if you give this a try & if you choose to mix your ice cream up with any other gluten free treats that make it taste delicious! Just drop me a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx