Snacks are strangely one of the most difficult food aspects to replace. Supermarket free from sections are awash with products that are either gluten, dairy or egg free, but rarely all 3 simultaneously. Or if they are all 3, then often they’re dry or full of extra sugar and fat to make up for it and don’t get me started on crisps that have random milk powder thrown in!
Newburn Bakehouse wraps (Warburtons) – These wraps are a great lunch standby and so far the only wrap that I can find in supermarkets that is free from everything including yeast. I tend to make my own wraps out of gram flour as they’re cheap and freezable, but I often have some of these in the freezer as a standby. Bit thicker and slightly more chewy than ‘gluten wraps’, but that also makes them a suitable base for making into flatbread pizzas etc. also. Available in all supermarkets (though the seeded version seem to sell out quickly).
Mesa Sunrise cereal – Not a snack per se (unless accompanied by chocolate Oatly or in chocolate nest form), but still. By far the nicest gluten-free cereal I’ve tried and there is often an offer on it in the supermarkets to bring the cost down. The different grains that make it up give it a bit more crunch than usual cereals and it has a really pleasant taste. I’ve tried Kelloggs new gluten-free cornflakes, but they’re quite bland in comparison so I use them for chocolate cornflake nests rather than as a cereal.
Clearspring Brown Rice Crackers – Nicest rice crackers I’ve had and flavoured with tamari rather than soya sauce. I’ve seen these at the Whole Foods Market and Planet Organic, though at £1.99 a pack, they’re not that cheap.
Eat Real Veggie & Kale Straws – I think these are another new product as we’ve never seen them before. They’re not too dissimilar in texture to the Eat Real lentil chips (or a bit like Quavers if you haven’t tried those) – all the different colours don’t really taste any different as far as we could tell and they could possibly do with a bit of salt, but they’re nice and free from everything.
Yogurt and ice cream
Sojade yogurt – I started out eating Alpro, which is nice enough and is available in most supermarkets, but I much prefer Sojade because it’s bio-live which Alpro isn’t. I would recommend pretty much all the flavours, particularly the cherry and raspberry-passionfruit; however I don’t like the banana flavour which is too sweet and artificial tasting. It is sold in most health food shops and some supermarkets (our local Budgens does the small pots).
Swedish Glace ice cream – Relatively cheap soya-based vegan ice cream. As it is made from soya and produced by Unilever it is unpopular with some, but it tastes good, comes in 3 flavours (vanilla, raspberry and chocolate and there used to be a neapolitan though I haven’t seen it in a while) and is sold in supermarkets so is easy to get hold of. They also now do little ice lollies which have a strawberry centre and chocolate coating; they’re a bit small in size, but that’s probably the best given their nutritional info.
Jollyum ice cream – Comes in 4 flavours, though I have only tried one – Passionfruit and chocolate. Nice but quite a bit more expensive than Swedish Glace, though probably cheaper than other brands like Booja Booja. Available at most health food stores, including some Holland & Barretts.
Tesco Free From Strawberry And Vanilla Cones – Tesco has really upped their game when it’s come to own brand free from products. While admittedly it has been quite a while since I’ve eaten a Cornetto, I thought they were almost indistinguishable in taste and texture from the ‘real’ thing. I was particularly impressed by the cone, which was a nice crisp texture and they had the same chocolate bit at the tip. Currently selling at £1.50 for a box of 4, they are an affordable and tasty buy.
Chocolate tip: If you like Celtic Choices chocolate, they produce a lot of the supermarket chocolate bars which are then packaged as own brand. If you see a ridged bar, made in Ireland, chances are it is Choices inside.
Booja Booja Truffles – Really, really nice truffles, particularly the champagne ones. Quite expensive but they make a good present as they look fancy and all my dairy eating friends like them just as much as I do. Sold at health food stores, Planet Organic etc.
Rapunzel rice milk chocolate and Rapunzel Nirwana (smooth praline) – The nicest milk chocolate I have eaten so far. Some other brands like Moo Free are made for children and are a bit too sweet, whereas this is extremely nice and creamy tasting. Despite my hatred of nuts, I absolutely love the praline variety, which tastes exactly like those Guylian seashells, only better. The only downside is that the only shop that sells it in England is Earth Natural Foods. There are also a couple of English sites who sell it online, but Earth sells it for £1.99 a bar, the online shops all sell it for £2.50+
Celtic Caramel Choices – You wouldn’t know these were vegan – they aren’t soft runny caramel but they they are truffley, caramely, cheap and available in Sainsbury’s and Waitrose Free From sections, as well as Holland and Barrett. TIP: Tesco sells these as own-brand Tesco Finest vegan chocolates – you get more and for a lower price.
Vivani white chocolate nougat crisp – One of the only nut products I’ll happily eat. White chocolate, flavoured with hazlenut and crispy bits, really nice. Sold in all the local vegan and health food shops and chains like Planet Organic.
Vivani rice milk chocolate – This is a new product and because it is such a widely available brand it’s worth keeping in mind if you want good ‘milk’ chocolate. It’s not too sweet unlike the Moo Free, but I don’t think it’s as creamy and smooth as the Rapunzel chocolate.
Cocoa Libre – Second best rice milk plain chocolate product but definitely the best rice milk chocolate orange! I bought some Cocoa Libre penguins from Holland and Barrett recently and they were extremely nice, creamy and not too sweet. They are a relatively small British business and they sell a lot of products from their website as well.
Biscuits and cake
Lazy Days ginger truffle slice – Lazy Days do a range of different cakey-biscuity slices, including a rocky road slice, orange squares and Millionarie’s Shortbread slice. I like the ginger slice best which is nice and gingery as well as rich and dense. The other products are also good, though the biscuit layer in the Millionaire’s Shortbread is a bit grainy in texture. Available in Free From sections in Sainsburys and Waitrose, as well as health food stores.
Update: I also found the Millionaire’s Crispie Squares for the first time at Waitrose and they are a nice addition to the range. The crispy bits break up the usually quite stodgy texture (I mean this in a good way) of the usual slices.
Nairn’s Oat and Stem Ginger biscuits – Little individually wrapped packs of biscuits. While I don’t tend to buy them these days, just because it’s easier to make them, this is one of the nicest gluten-free vegan shop bought biscuits I’ve found. The larger biscuits that I’ve tried, including some Dove’s Farm brand biscuits, seem to be quite crumbly and dry. Available in Sainsbury’s and Waitrose Free From sections, Tesco seem to do the other flavours (chocolate; fruit and spice; oats and syrup) but not this one.