With the holiday's creeping up on us quickly, there's certain to be plenty of catch ups with family and friends on the cards.
Chances are though, that you'll know someone who is avoiding gluten that'll be at your house (with the data indicating people avoiding gluten is around 14%).
So, if you're not gluten free yourself, then this one is for you!
And contrary to popular belief, it’s much easier than ever before to make gluten free treats.
There’s an abundance of gluten free friendly ingredients available in supermarkets and health food stores these days.
So, rather than avoiding these people completely, let’s look at some gluten free treats you can make that they’ll love!
We will start first with what to avoid before we get into the good stuff for you.
Foods to avoid when making gluten free treats
Make sure to do your prep work and write a complete shopping list of the ingredients you'll need for your recipes before you head out to the shops.
When you're at your supermarket or health food store, you have to make sure you read the nutritional panel on all of the ingredients you're looking at buying.
There's so many brands and variations thee days, so you can't be too careful when it comes to creating yummy gluten free treats!
So when you're looking at recipes or out out shopping main gluten filled foods to avoid are;
- Oats that aren’t specified as gluten free
For an easy way to avoid gluten, as a rule it's best to stick to unpackaged, whole foods.
But in saying this, there are certainly some packaged foods that go well though as well!
If you're interested to learn more about gluten, you can find out a bit more here.
You could just swap them out
Most of the time, gluten free recipes won't have the above ingredients in them regardless, but if you're trying to adapt one of your own favourite recipes you'll need to swap them out.
Nowadays there is an abundance of gluten free flours that are quite easy to find in your favourite supermarket if you need to.
There’s almond flour, coconut flour, buckwheat flour, chickpea flour and much more.
While it’s usually not a direct 1:1 swap from wheat flour to gluten free flours, there are plenty of recipes online for you to use to guide you in this process.
Some of our favourite gluten free treats
Now we have a bit of gluten free education out of the way, here's a few of our Super Cubes office favourites for you to try.
The great thing about bliss balls is that they’re portable, easy to make, usually don’t require any heat and can be incredibly versatile.
Here’s a sample recipe for you to make today if you want.
- 6 pitted medjool dates
- 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup (or more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon of orange zest (finely grated)
- 4 tablespoons nut butter of your choice
- ¼ cup of nuts (chunky)
- ¼ cup of cacao powder
- Add melted coconut oil to reach your desired texture
Simply put all the ingredients in a food processor and start to mix.
If you're a bit more hands on, a bowl and mixing with your hands works fine too!
Once mixed, roll into about ten balls and set in the fridge in an airtight container
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Have your (gluten free) cake and eat it too
Fortunately, chocolate cake is not off the menu for our gluten free friends.
After just a few small swaps (see above for suggestions on gluten free flour swaps).
Here’s a great tasting and great looking gluten free chocolate cake recipe using sweet potato!
Not feeling the whole DIY thing?
It's ok to need help sometimes, especially if you're not into cooking or preparing food.
More so if you're looking to cater for gluten free guests.
So here's the Super Cubes products you can use easily to make a great impression without all the extra work.
Whether you're just cutting up our bars into bite size chunks or throwing our cubes into a blender to have tasty smoothies on hand, these below are certainly convenient and tasty.
Try the Wholefoods Bars
Have you looked at or tried our Super Cubes Wholefoods Bars yet?
They’re all gluten free and made of real, wholefoods (as the name suggests) which are pretty much all sourced directly from Australian farmers.
They come in ten delicious and nutritious flavours, which are these below;
- Salted Chocolate Bars
- White Choc Macadamia Bars
- Lemon Slice Bars
- Double Espresso Bars
- Trail Mix Bars
- Berry Nice Bars
- Lamington Bars
- Choc Banana Bars
- Ginger Nut Bars
- Salted Caramel Bars
So, now you know about them, which bar flavour will you be trying first?
Our ready-to-blend Super Greens Smoothie, Berry Digest Smoothie, Vanilla Chai Smoothie, Mango Coconut Smoothie, Salted Chocolate Smoothie, Acai Berry Smoothie are the gluten free products of our smoothie cube category.
While these certainly taste fantastic on their own, perhaps you want to show your guest's they’re extra special by going the extra mile by creating a smoothie masterpiece with extra ingredients.
Also a fantastic and very popular gluten free treat is out Superfood Purée range.
There's four different flavours to try currently (more being added all the time) and all of them are gluten free (and vegan friendly too!).
We have these below available for you in the 1L size or you can try a sample pack with three different flavours here.
Or if you want to test out some of the flavours, there is the Superfood Purée Mini Multipack with smaller sizes of banana, strawberry and mango for you.
No gluten, no worries
So whether you’re in a pinch for time, you haven’t cooked gluten free before or you just love being in the kitchen, now cooking and preparing meals or snacks for your gluten free pals doesn’t have to be a burden.
We’re sure these treats above will be the glue(ten) that brings you and your loved ones closer together over time.
If we could give you a quick bit of advice too before you finish reading.
Make sure you create and try out your recipes before letting them loose on your friends.
You don't want to be in the position where you've created this amazing looking dish, and the taste and texture are a disaster.
It might be a bit awkward.
You never know, we might be in touch to see if we can use it for our Super Cubes recipe page!