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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Here are the winners of the 2013 Free From Food Awards

This is great news! The awards have been announced for the latest  Free From Food Awards.

Congratulations to Bessant & Drury ice creams for winning the best free from food with their Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert.

You are about to review the complete list of the very best in free from foods in the UK (and so many of them are sold at GoodnessDirect!) Many foods here will be gluten, wheat or dairy (cow’s milk) free – and possibly all three, or they may be absent of eggs, nuts and other major allergens.

See the Free From Food Awards website for more info.

FAIR Trophy for the best free-from food 2013
Winner:
 Bessant & Drury – Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert.
Runner up: Christine’s Puddings – Frangipane Tart
Runner up: The Indian Coeliac – Paratha
Runner up: Lifestyle Catering – Catalan Pork

1. The Innovation Award – sponsored by Warburtons
Winner: Dell’Ugo – Chickpea Fusilli
Highly Commended: Lactofree – Spreadable
Highly Commended: La Zaragozana – Ambar Green (apta para celiàcos) 0.0% (non-alcoholic)
Commended: Good Wine Online – So Lo SO2 2009 Navitas
Commended: Tesco – Free From Crème Caramel

2. Plant ‘milk’, spread, cheese & desserts – sponsored by Sainsbury’s
Coconut oil and Milks:
Winner: Bessant & Drury – Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert
Highly Commended: Koko Dairy Free – Original+Calcium (formerly Kara Dairy Free)
Highly Commended: Lucy Bee – Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil
Highly Commended: Provamel – Orange & Redbush Yogurt Alternative
Highly Commended: Pudology – Banoffee Pud
Highly Commended: Vivesoy – Cappuccino/Soy Milk
Commended: Clearspring – Sweet Grains Dessert Amazake
Commended: Provamel – Rice-Coconut Drink

3. Free From Breakfast Cereals – sponsored by GoodnessDirect
Winner: Doves Farm – Fibre Flakes
Winner: Hale & Hearty – Choco Jungle Cereal
Commended: Doves Farm – Cereal Flakes
Commended: Perkier – Ginger and Raisin Porridge
Commended: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Cornflakes

4. Breads and bread mixes – sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Soft Brown Seeded Bread
Winner: The Indian Coeliac – Paratha
Highly Commended: Mum’s Mill – Quick bread Mix/Bread Flour Mix
Highly Commended: Waitrose – LOVE Life GF Seeded Sliced Loaf
Highly Commended: Newburn Bakehouse – Fruit Loaf
Highly Commended: Newburn Bakehouse – Gluten Free Brown Bread Loaf
Highly Commended: Yes You Can! – Seeded Brown Bread Roll
Commended: Biona – Organic Rye Bread with Chia Flax
Commended: Fria – Gluten Free Vallmofralla Poppy Seed Roll
Commended: Yes You Can! – Fresh White Bread

5. Grocery ambient/store cupboard – sponsored by Tesco

– pasta
Winner: Riso Gallo – 3 cereali Spaghe tti
Winner: Rizopia – Organic Brown Rice Pasta Elbows
Highly Commended: Cornito – Sea Waves Pasta
Highly Commended: Eat Water – Slim Noodles
Highly Commended: Riso Gallo – 3 cereali Fusilli
Commended: Le Veneziane – GF Tagliatelle
Commended: Rizopia – Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli

 sauces, pizza bases, flour stock etc
Winner: Hale & Hearty – GF Breadcrumbs
Winner: Sanchi – Tamari Soy Sauce
Highly Commended: DS-gluten free – Yorkshire Puddings
Highly Commended: Mortimer Chocolate Company – White Couverture Powder
Highly Commended: Orgran – Buckwheat Pancake Mix
Highly Commended: Orgran – No Egg Natural Egg Replacer
Highly Commended: Saladworx – Hebridean Seaweed & Lemon Dressing, Marinade & Drizzle
Highly Commended: Sukrin – Gold
Highly Commended: Womersley – Raspberry Vinegar
Commended: Innovative Solutions – GF Multi-purpose Flour
Commended: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Tikka Sauce
Commended: Sanchi – Instant Miso Soup
Commended: Tesco – Free From Pizza Bases

6. Free from foods manufactured for food service – sponsored by Livwell

– Savoury
Winner: Hotch Potch Eggs – Savoury Scotch Eggs
Winner:
Pizza Hut – GF Pizza
Highly Commended:
Proceli – Burger Baps
Highly Commended: Red House Foods – Georgia’s Choice GF Fish Cake

Sweet
Winner: Glamourpuds – Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot
Highly Commended: Almondy – Tårta with DAIM
Highly Commended: Glamourpuds – Banoffee Sponge Pudding Pot
Highly Commended: We Love Cake – Apricot Macaroon Slice
Commended: Glamourpuds – Raspberry Jam Sponge Pudding Pot

7. Ready Meals – sponsored by Food Heaven

pizzas, pies & pasties
Winner: Freedom Deli – Ham & Cheese Panini
Commended: Mamma Cucina – Vegetable Pizza

one pot meals – to include ‘world food’
Winner: Lifestyle Catering – Catalan Pork
Highly Commended: Amy’s Kitchen – Mexican Tortilla Bake
Highly Commended: Amy’s Kitchen – Mushroom Risotto Bowl
Highly Commended: Lifestyle Catering – Boeuf Bourguignon
Highly Commended: Tideford Organics – Organic Beetroot Soup with Crème Fraiche & Dill
Commended: Afia’s – Spicy Beef Samosa
Commended: Dee’s – Quinoa Pots with Thai Spiced Vegetables and little lentils
Commended: Tesco – Free From Three Cheese Pasta Bake

meat meal centres (sausages, meat balls, burgers etc):
Winner: Pig & Co – Lucanian Roman Sausage
Highly Commended:
Pig & Co – Hey Pesto!
Highly Commended: Red House Foods – Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
Highly Commended: Sainsbury’s – Taste the Difference Pork & Bramley Apple Sausages (Gluten Free)

8. Raw foods and superfoods – sponsored by Delamere Dairy
Winner: Orgran – Multigrain Crispbread with Quinoa
Highly Commended: Raw Health – Raw Sauerkraut
Commended: Raw Ecstasy – Activated Walnuts – Raw Chocolate

9.  Children’s food – sponsored by Asda
Winner: Bessant & Drury – Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Chocolate
Winner: Rizopia – Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fantasia
Highly Commended: Bessant & Drury – Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Strawberry
Highly Commended: Doves Farm – Chocolate Stars Organic and Gluten Free
Highly Commended: Glamourpuds – Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot
Highly Commended: Pulsin’ – Beond Organic Açai Berry Bar
Highly Commended: Red House Foods – Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
Highly Commended: Tesco – Free From Chocolate Dessert Shakes
Commended: Eskal – Ice Cream Party Tubs
Commended: It’s Only Natural – Moshi Monster Poppet Raspberry Ice Lolly
Commended: Nim’s Fruit Crisps – Apple Crisps

10. Savoury biscuits and snacks – sponsored by the Food & Drink Innovation Network
Winner: Conscious Foods – Finger Millet Dippers
Highly Commended: Le Pain des Fleurs – Organic Chestnut Crispbread
Commendedb Cornito – Crackers Pikant
Commended: Le Pain des Fleurs – Organic Buckwheat Crispbread
Commended: Le Pain des Fleurs – Organic Quinoa Crispbread
Commended: The FreeFrom Bakehouse – Jalapeño Pepper & Sweetcorn Muffins
Commended: The Indian Coeliac – Vegetable Samosa

11. Scones, sweet tarts, Bakewells, sweet biscuits and cookies – sponsored by Yes! You Can
Winner: Christine’s Puddings – Frangipane Tart
Highly Commended: The FreeFrom Bakehouse – Chocolate Macaroons
Highly Commended: Lovemore – O’Chocos
Highly Commended: Perkier – Popping Tiffin
Commended: Lazy Day Foods – Ginger Truffle Slice
Commended: Lazy Day Foods – Belgian Chocolate Rocky Road
Commended: Lovemore – Chocolate Chip Cookies
Commended: Peace of Cake – Raspberry Abricotines

11. Cakes, cake mixes and cupcakes – sponsored by Mrs Crimbles
Winner: Waitrose – LOVE Life GF Millionaire Blondies
Highly Commended: Heavenly Cakes – Eton Mess
Highly Commended: Melsie Jane Bakes – Victoria Sandwich
Highly Commended: Sweetcheeks – Pistachio & Lemon Zest Loaf
Commended: Cakes Divine – Carrot Cupcakes
Commended: Mummy’s Yummys – Indulgent Chocolate Brownies
Commended: Rebel Bakery’s – GF Big Apple Pie
Commended: Silver Box Bakery – Brownies
Commended: Warburtons – Lemon and Poppyseed Muffins

12. Chocolate and snack bars – sponsored by Amy’s Kitchen
Winner: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Mint Crisps
Highly Commended: BoojaBooja – Around Midnight Espresso Chocolate Truffles
Highly Commended: Winning Ways Fine Foods Ltd – Dairy Free Chocovered Raisins
Commended: Kinnerton – Luxury Dark Chocolate

13. Christmas foods – sponsored by Genon Laboratories
Winner: Hale & Hearty – Luxury Mince Pies
Highly Commended: Tesco – Free From Christmas Cake
Commended:
Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Iced Rich Fruit Slice
Commended: The Foodamentalists – Toasted Top Mince Pies
Commended: The Heavenly Cake Company – Jamaican Rum Cake
Commended: The Nut Free Chocolatier – Christmas Mulled Wine Chocolates

14. Gluten-free beer – sponsored by Orgran

– non-barley beer
Winner: Green’s – Lager Dry Hopped
Highly Commended: Green’s – IPA
Highly Commended: Oak & Barrel – Schnitzer Bräu Organic German Hirse Premium GF Beer
Highly Commended: St Peter’s Brewery – G-Free
Commended: Oak & Barrel – Schnitzer Bräu Organic Lemon GF Beer

– barley-based beer
Winner: Celia – Premium Czech Lager
Highly Commended: Daas – Blond
Highly Commended: Estrella Damm – Daura
Highly Commended: Wold Top Brewery – Scarborough Fair IPA
Commended: Green’s – Export Lager Lite
Commended: Daas – Ambré
Commended: Hop Back Brewery – Crop Circle
Commended: La Zaragozana – Ambar Gluten Free

15. Products manufactured in a nut free environment – sponsored by RSSL
Winner: Eskal – FreeNut Butter
Highly Commended: D&D – Mixed Chocolate Fondants
Highly Commended: Doves Farm – Lemon Zest Cookies
Highly Commended: The Nut Free Chocolatier – Mint Delight
Commended: The Nut Free Chocolatier – After Dinner Orange Crisps

The 2013 Free From Food Awards shortlist is out

Exciting news! This year’s shortlist for the Free From Food Awards is out.

Below is a list of the very best in free from foods. Everything listed here will be gluten, wheat or dairy (cow’s milk) free – and many are free of all three plus eggs, nuts and other major allergens.

But the fun doesn’t stop here. The final winners will be announced on 16th April. See the Free From Food Awards website for more info.

1. The Innovation Award – sponsored by Warburtons
CoYo Natural
Dell’Ugo Chickpea Fusilli
Esgir Crunchy Crumb
Eskal Ice Cream Party Tubs
Good Wine Online So Lo SO2 2009 Navitas
Hale & Hearty Agave Syrup – Maple Flavoured
It’s Only Natural Mango Orb
Lactofree Fresh Semi-Skimmed Dairy Drink
Lactofree Spreadable
La Zaragozana Ambar Green (apta para celiàcos) 0.0% (non-alcoholic)
Nutritious Delicious Truffles – Orange Chocolate
Tesco Free From Crème Caramel

2. Plant ‘milk’, spread & cheese – sponsored by Sainsbury’s
Coconut oil and Milks:
Koko Dairy Free Original+Calcium (formerly Kara Dairy Free)
Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil
Oatly Oat Drink
Provamel Rice-Coconut Drink
Vivesoy Cappuccino/Soy Milk
Desserts:
Bessant & Drury Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Lemon
Clearspring Sweet Grains Dessert Amazake
Provamel Orange & Redbush Yogurt Alternative
Pudology Banoffee Pud
Pudology Chocolate Pud
Zen Zen Mango

3. FreeFrom Breakfast Cereals – sponsored by GoodnessDirect
Doves Farm Cereal Flakes
Doves Farm Fibre Flakes
Esgir Corn Flakes Classic
Hale & Hearty Choco Jungle Cereal
Perkier Ginger and Raisin Porridge
Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Cornflakes

4. Breads and bread mixes – sponsored by Tesco
Annapanni Mum’s Mill Quick bread Mix/Bread Flour Mix
Fria Gluten Free Fiber/Fibre Loaf
Fria Gluten Free Vallmofralla Poppy Seed Roll
Knead Bakery Fresh Seeded Batch
Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Soft Brown Seeded Bread
The Foodamentalists Perfect Vegan Bread Mix
The Indian Coeliac Paratha
Waitrose LOVE Life GF Seeded Sliced Loaf
Warburtons Fruit Loaf
Warburtons Gluten Free Brown Bread Loaf
Warburtons Gluten Free White Bread
Warburtons 3 Gluten Free Brown Rolls
Biona Organic Rye Bread with Chia Flax
Yes You Can! Fresh Brown Bread
Yes You Can! Fresh White Bread
Yes You Can! Seeded Brown Bread Roll

5. Grocery ambient/store cupboard – pasta, sauces, pizza bases, flour stock etc – sponsored by Tesco
Pasta:
Cornito Sea Waves Pasta
Doves Farm Organic Maize & Rice Penne
Eat Water Slim Noodles
Farabella Cicatelli
Le Veneziane GF Tagliatelle
Orgran Buckwheat Pasta Spirals
Riso Gallo 3 Cereali Fusilli
Riso Gallo 3 Cereali Penne
Riso Gallo 3 Cereali Spaghetti
Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Elbows
Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fettucine
Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli
Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Lasagne
Other grocery ambient entries:
Amy’s Kitchen Chunky Tomato Soup
Delicious Sauces Mint Chilli Mild
Delicious Sauces Piri Piri Chilli Hot
Doves Farm Gluten & Wheat Free Plain White Flour
DS-gluten free Yorkshire Puddings
Hale & Hearty GF Breadcrumbs
Innovative Solutions GF Bread Flour
Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Tikka Sauce
Saladworx Hebridean Seaweed & Lemon Dressing & Marinade & Drizzle
Sanchi Instant Miso Soup
Sanchi Tamari Soy Sauce
Sweet Mandarin Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce
Tesco Free From Pizza Bases
Wellfoods GF Pizza Bases
Womersley Raspberry Vinegar
Sweet products:
Innovative Solutions GF Multipurpose Flour
Mortimer Chocolate Company White Couverture Powder
Orgran Buckwheat Pancake Mix
Orgran No Egg Natural Egg Replacer
Sukrin Gold

6. Freefrom foods manufactured for food service – sponsored by Livwell
Savoury:
Domino’s GF Pizza
DS-gluten free Pizza Base
Hotch Potch Eggs Savoury Scotch Eggs
Pizza Hut GF Pizza
Proceli Burger Baps
Red House Foods Georgia’s Choice GF Fish Cake
Sweet:
Almondy Tårta with DAIM
Christine’s Puddings Ready Baked Pastry Cases
Delice de France GF Blueberry Muffin
Delice de France GF Chocolate Chip Muffin
Glamourpuds Banoffee Sponge Pudding Pot
Glamourpuds Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot
Glamourpuds Raspberry Jam Sponge Pudding Pot
Sainsbury’s Café FreeFrom Cherry and Almond Slice
We Love Cake Apricot Macaroon Slice

7. Ready Meals – sponsored by Food Heaven
Pizzas, pies & pasties:
Freedom Deli Gourmet Fish Pie
Freedom Deli Ham & Cheese Panini
Freedom Deli Pepperoni & Cheese Panini
Freedom Deli Tuna Melt Panini
Mamma Cucina Vegetable Pizza
Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Margherita Pizza
Tesco Free From Cheese & Tomato Pizza
One pot meals – to include ‘world food’:
Afia’s Spicy Beef Samosa
Amy’s Kitchen Mexican Tortilla Bake
Amy’s Kitchen Mushroom Risotto Bowl
Dee’s Quinoa Pots with Thai Spiced Vegetables and little lentils
Dee’s Thai Butternut Squash and Lentil Meal
Lifestyle Catering Boeuf Bourguignon
Lifestyle Catering Catalan Pork
Tesco Free From Three Cheese Pasta Bake
Tideford Organics Organic Beetroot Soup with Crème Fraiche & Dill
Tideford Organics Spicy Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Potato
Meat meal centres (sausages, meat balls, burgers etc):
Pig & Co Hey Pesto!
Pig & Co Lucanian Roman Sausage
Pig & Co Sizzling Sugarbush
Red House Foods Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pork & Bramley Apple Sausages (Gluten Free)
The Black Farmer Premium Pork Sausages
The Good Little Company Sausages

8. Raw foods and superfoods – sponsored by Delamere Dairy
BoojaBooja Ecuadorian Dark Chocolate Truffles
Essence of Eden Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil
Orgran Multigrain Crispbread with Quinoa
Orgran Multigrain Pasta with Quinoa
Raw Ecstasy Activated Walnuts – Raw Chocolate
Raw Health Raw Almond Butter
Raw Health Raw Sauerkraut
The Raw Chocolate Company Raw Chocolate Covered Organic Mulberries

9.  Children’s food – sponsored by Asda
Bessant & Drury Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Chocolate
Bessant & Drury Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Strawberry
CoYo Cacao (Raw Chocolate) Coconut Yoghurt
Doves Farm Chocolate Stars Organic and Gluten Free
Eat Water Slim Pasta Spaghetti
Eskal Ice Cream Party Tubs
Glamourpuds Banoffee Sponge Pudding Pot
Glamourpuds Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot
Glamourpuds Raspberry Jam Sponge Pudding Pot
It’s Only Natural Moshi Monster Poppet Raspberry Ice Lolly
Nim’s Fruit Crisps Apple Crisps
Nim’s Fruit Crisps Pineapple Crisps
Orgran Itsy Bitsy Bears
Pulsin’ Beond Organic Açai Berry Bar
Red House Foods Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fantasia
Tesco Free From Chocolate Dessert Shakes

10. Savoury biscuits and snacks – sponsored by the Food & Drink Innovation Network
Afia’s Spicy Mix Vegetable Samosa
Conscious Foods Finger Millet Dippers
Cornito Crackers Pikant
Le Pain des Fleurs Organic Buckwheat Crispbread
Le Pain des Fleurs Organic Chestnut Crispbread
Le Pain des Fleurs Organic Quinoa Crispbread
Orgran Toasted Buckwheat Crispibread
Scrubby’s Vegetable Crisps with Character
The FreeFrom Bakehouse Jalapeño Pepper & Sweetcorn Muffins
The Indian Coeliac Vegetable Samosa

11. Scones, sweet tarts, Bakewells, sweet biscuits and cookies – sponsored by Yes! You Can
Against the Grain Almond Cookies
Against the Grain Chocolate Chip & Hazelnut Cookies
Angelic Gluten Free Reduced Fat Orange Chocolate Cookies
Christine’s Puddings Frangipane Tart
Doves Farm Stem Ginger Cookies
Lazy Day Foods Ginger Truffle Slice
Lazy Day Foods Belgian Chocolate Rocky Road
Lovemore Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lovemore O’Chocos
Peace of Cake Raspberry Abricotines
Perkier Popping Tiffin
Sweetcheeks Chilli Chocolate Snickerdoodles
The FreeFrom Bakehouse Chocolate Macaroons
Warburtons Fruity Tea Cakes

11. Cakes, cake mixes and cupcakes – sponsored by Mrs Crimbles
Cakes Divine Carrot Cupcakes
Heavenly Cakes Eton Mess
Melsie Jane Bakes Victoria Sandwich
Mummy’s Yummys Indulgent Chocolate Brownies
Silver Box Bakery Brownies
Sweetcheeks Pistachio & Lemon Zest Loaf
The Rebel Bakery GF Big Apple Pie
Waitrose LOVE Life GF Millionaire Blondies
Warburtons Blueberry & Cranberry Muffins
Warburtons Lemon and Poppyseed Muffins
We Love Cake Chocolate Pecan Brownies
Yes! You Can Lemon Muffin

12. Chocolate and snack bars – sponsored by Amy’s Kitchen
Beenies Hawaiian Splash
BoojaBooja Around Midnight Espresso Chocolate Truffles
Goody Good Stuff Strawberry Cream
Kinnerton Luxury Dark Chocolate
Natural Balance Nãkd Berry Delight
Natural Balance Nãkd Cocoa Orange
Nutritious Delicious Truffles – Orange Chocolate
Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Mint Crisps
Winning Ways Fine Foods Ltd Dairy Free Chocovered Raisins

13. Christmas foods – sponsored by Genon Laboratories
Celtic Chocolates Choices Advent Calendar
Hale & Hearty Luxury Mince Pies
Heavenly Cakes Chocolate Christmas Cake
Peace of Cake Christmas Cake
Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Iced Rich Fruit Slice
Tesco Free From Christmas Cake
The Foodamentalists Toasted Top Mince Pies
The Heavenly Cake Company Jamaican Rum Cake
The Nut Free Chocolatier Christmas Mulled Wine Chocolates

14. Gluten-free beer – sponsored by Orgran
Celia Premium Czech Lager
Daas Ambré
Daas Blond
Estrella Damm Daura
Green’s Export Lager Lite
Green’s IPA
Green’s Lager Dry Hopped
Hop Back Brewery Crop Circle
La Zaragozana Ambar Gluten Free
Oak & Barrel Schnitzer Bräu Organic German Hirse Premium GF Beer
Oak & Barrel Schnitzer Bräu Organic Lemon GF Beer
St Peter’s Brewery G-Free
Wold Top Brewery Scarborough Fair IPA

15. Products manufactured in a nut free environment – sponsored by RSSL
D&D Mixed Chocolate Fondants
Doves Farm Lemon Zest Cookies
Eskal FreeNut Butter
Orgran Kids Mini Outback Animals Chocolate Cookies 8 Fun Packs Multipack
Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli
The Nut Free Chocolatier After Dinner Orange Crisps
The Nut Free Chocolatier Mint Delight
Wellfoods GF Pizza Bases

 

Christine’s Strawberry Cream Valentine Tarts – recipe

A perfect  celebratory dessert – creamy, rich and sweet. Ideal for Valentines Day: Christine Bailey’s Strawberry Cream Valentine Tarts

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Completely gluten free, grain free and vegan. Top with a fresh sliced strawberry or chocolate heart for a truly romantic treat.

Christine is a well known nutritionist, chef, presenter and author of many healthy recipe books.  Her latest book Nourish is a cancer care recipe book written in collaboration with the Penny Brohn Cancer Centre. Christine will be running a cancer care cookery demonstration on May 5th at CNE, Wokingham.  For more information and to book visit advancenutrition.co.uk/cookerydays

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Freezing time:2 hours 30 minutes
Suitable for: vegetarians, suitable for vegans, Dairy Free, Seed Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free

Serves 6

Base:
125g pecan nuts
75g pitted, soft dates
2tsp melted coconut butter
Filling:
250g cashew nuts
200ml Vanilla Rice Dream
225g Strawberries, chopped
3tbsp maple syrup
Pinch of Himalayan salt
115g melted coconut oil

1. Grease 6 metal rings and line the sides with a strip of baking parchment. Place on a lined baking sheet.
2. To make the base grind up the pecan nuts in a food processor until very fine.  Add the dates and coconut oil and process to form a sticky dough. Divide the dough between the metal ring bases and press down firmly to form a crust.
3. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden
4. To make the filling place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and thick.  Divide the filling between the metal rings.  Return the rings back into the freezer and freeze for 1-2 hours until firm.  Carefully remove the rings and place the desserts on individual serving plates.
5. Place in the fridge and allow to defrost for an hour before serving. They can be kept in the fridge until needed.
6. Top with berries or a chocolate heart to serve.

Vegan pancakes without eggs? Easy peasy recipe!

Vegan pancakes without the eggs are easy when you have the know how…

veganpancake5oz plain flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
300ml water
1 tbsp oil
icing sugar for dusting
selection of fresh fruit

1. Add the dry ingredients to a bowl, make a well in the centre and add the wet ingredients. Whisk until blended.
2. Add a small amount of oil to a frying pan and place over medium heat. Check the oil is hot by adding a drop of batter, if it spits then it is ready.
3. Pour a scoop of batter into the pan. Brown on both sides.
4. Move pancake to plate. Arrange fruit on top shaped in a smile and serve with a sprinkling of icing sugar.

At last, a gluten free spaghetti that tastes like spaghetti. “I adore it”

Check out this review of La Buona Vita pasta…

“At last a spaghetti that tastes like spaghetti. I adore it”

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Some say the best gluten free pasta by far…

or this…

“We all love this pasta… It has great taste and texture and is by far the nicest gluten free pasta I have found in the market place. We like our pasta al dente and this cooks beautifully along with whatever sauce combination you prefer… This will be on my shopping list weekly for the whole family!!”

With so many options for gluten free pasta out there it’s great to have one that speaks for itself.

Another reviewer went into good technical detail about La Buona Vita’s spaghetti saying that it never sticks together or breaks up like normal gluten free spaghetti  but holds its shape. Best of all… “my mum didn’t realise it was gluten free!”

La Buona Vita boast that key research and a love for good pasta has led to the creation of this succesful staple. Their gluten-free pastas are made with a special formulation and production process, developed to ensure consumers can enjoy the same high quality pasta in a gluten-free version. Made only with easily digestible, gluten free flours from maize and rice, la Buona Vita does not contain eggs or lactose, just reputedly the best free from pasta around.

Gluten, egg or dairy free meals for kids? Bob can fix it!

If your child has a food intolerance, then educating them about food couldn’t be more important.

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For kids with food intolerance – Bob can fix it

Involving children in the cooking process is a great way to help them learn about food generally and gluten free or dairy free food specifically.

Fun Foods have gluten, egg and dairy free Bob The Builder pasta shapes to help with the transition from a destructive diet to intolerance aware mealtimes.

It’s organic, 100% natural and there’s a pasta sauce to match too.

Ideal for any child who needs a bit of a lift with their meals.