Amazing low calorie biscuits and gluten free biscuits from Doves Organic

Doves quinoa and fig biscuits
Amazing new biscuits using quinoa and fig

I’m very excited about some new biscuits from Doves organic.

Why? Because they’re experimenting with quinoa and figs for their biscuits and flapjacks.

The result is Chocolate Chip Cookies at only 47 calories a biscuit (which lower than your average digestive!) … and it’s laced with chocolate and honey.

Did I mention that quinoa is a superfood? ‘Cos it is now for me!

They’ve also created some Figgy Flapjacks with whole pieces of luscious fig.

But their genius has taken the organic bakers one inspired step further. They’ve combined the two to make some amazing gluten-free Fig & Quinoa Cookies which are beautifully baked and taste golden. (No chalky, fake biscuit taste here. No nuts, dairy or any other major allergens either.) Rumour has it more quinoa cookie flavours are around the corner…

 

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If you find wheat difficult try sourdough bread

sourdough bread from tortoise bakery

Sourdough bread is different from your average loaf…

The natural process which makes them rise without yeast enhances their flavour, increases their nutrients and makes them more digestible.

In fact trials were suggesting that those with a wheat or gluten intolerance may be able to eat sourdough without any side effects. But analysis suggests the gluten level is still too high to be safe for coeliacs.

(See Research on Non-Dietary Therapies for Coeliac Disease, Coeliac UK, January 2013)

The taste and texture is less bland, more wheaty and chewy. Some say it has a creamy mouth-feel and the crust is always excellent.

As for nutrition, the natural fermenting process means that sourdough bread  actually becomes more nutritious than the grain from which it is made. Protein in increased, as is vitamin B12 and iron.

So step up Tortoise Bakery which will deliver sourdough bread nationally via GoodnessDirect.

I’ve just tried their Pumpkin & Sunflower Seed loaf and, believe me, it’s marvellous.

But there are many more styles of sourdough from Tortoise Bakery, all of them are organic and vegan and made with a commitment to a very ancient art of of bread baking.

Sweet intensity from the UK’s only 100% Ethically Accredited Chocolate Company

seed & bean

Bite into a chunk of Seed & Bean chocolate and enjoy the sweet intensity that follows.

At least that’s what hits you with the Extra Dark Chocolate Mandarin & Ginger bar. I can’t speak for some of the other flavours, Rich Milk Tangerine, Extra Dark and Rich Milk Sicilian Hazelnut & Almond (yet).

However, I’m sure it’s bound to be as exotic and fulfilling as my Mandarin & Ginger experience.

The cute thing is these organic and fairtrade Seed & Bean bars now come in small bar sizes of 32g each.

And, if you believe small is beautiful, then you’ll love knowing that Seed & Bean also ‘grow’ their wrappers, making them from eucalyptus trees in Cumbria, so they are compostable and biodegradable.

In fact Seed & Bean are the UK’s only 100% Accredited Chocolate Company.

Vegan hot chocolate flakes from Plamil

Now this is good news!

Plamil, makers of dairy free chocolate, have an exciting new product!

(And I’m not talking about their new sugar free strawberry and banana flavour chocolates!)

They’ve only gone and brought out these gorgeous packs of vegan hot chocolate – and they’ve done it in style…

plamil hot chocolate
Rich and smooth, vegan hot chocolate

Add 6-8 teaspoons of chocolate flakes to some simmering soya milk and you have a luxurious non milk cup of cocoa.

Plamil’s dairy free hot chocolate flakes are exceptional, and not just because of their decadent taste. They’re at least 70% organic cocoa so they taste rich and smooth, but they can also come sweetened with xylitol, which means no added sugar.

The flakes are currently available from GoodnessDirect in four different varieties (all gluten free): organic chocolate, organic mint chocolate, organic chocolate with orange and sugar free chocolate flakes.

Nairn’s Gluten Free Biscuits are here

nairns gluten free biscuits
Perfect for a tasty snack on the go
This is a moment many have been waiting for.

Last year Nairn’s gluten free porridge was getting all the love from the coeliac community.

This year, prepare to rejoice again, as Nairn’s release their gluten free oat biscuits.

Nairn’s are loved because they taste so good. There’s no bad fats or additives in them and they’re suitable for vegans.

You can enjoy their Biscuit Breaks in 2 flavours: Oats & Fruit or Oats & Syrup.

Fry’s meat free Curry Pies – certified ‘Shudda’ (of course…)

curry pie
Fry’s delicious vegetable curry pies

I though I’d let you know about this because it’s interesting.

While taking a look at Fry’s new meat free curry pies, I noticed that as well as being approved by the Vegetarian and Vegan Societies they were also Halaal, Pareve and Shudda certified.

We may be familiar with Halaal which is guidance for the treatment of food with regard to Islam and I know a bit about Pareve, the Jewish term for food made without meat or dairy, but Shudda was new for me.

There isn’t much information on it either, it seems to be popular in South Africa and refers to Hindu vegetarian rules. That being the case, it’s not surprising that Fry’s, a totally vegan brand, and particularly their curry pies, should be labelled such.

I’m not sure if the Shudda label will take off, but it’s fascinating to see how different cultures and religions add their perspective to what we regard as everyday food.

Could Horcheta be the ultimate free from drink?

I was surprised to see Plamil selling a drink at all,  until I realised what it was…

tigernut horcheta
This milk alternative is rich in vitamins and minerals

Plamil are a free-from company who specialise in vegan chocolate.

And the drink, organic Horchata, fits the bill (almost) entirely. It’s a dairy-free milk alternative which has been popular for centuries in Spain, plus it’s lauded for its health benefits as it is rich in vitamins and minerals.

Made from tigernuts (a vegetable, no nuts included) the drink has a sweet creamy taste and looks like a glass of golden Jersey milk.

The bottle seems expensive for its size until you realise you can dilute it to make five times as much. But the main thing is it’s delicious and those looking for a gluten free, possibly soya-free and rice free, alternative to milk may well find they hit the jackpot with this.

Horchata already has a bit of a following, so they know what they’re doing these Plamil guys. All that remains is for you to try it out yourself.