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Gluten Free in Brisbane

Somehow, without even meaning to, my eyes seek out the words ‘gluten free’.  And this was no different on a recent quick trip to Brisbane.

So here is a small sample of ‘gluten free’ in Brisbane.

All Real Food is convenience breakfast and lunch options in a refrigerated vending machine.  I spotted one in the ‘Wintergarden’ on the Queen Street Mall, just outside a health centre.  Fresh juices, wraps, salads, breakfast cereals are all presented in a jar with gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and paleo options. Go to their website to find their other seven locations around Brisbane.

Noosa Choc

Noosa Chocolate Factory have two stores on Adelaide Street and we are enjoying the Peanut Crunch and Peanut Brittle brought home.  There is a range of chocolate coated products which are in the main gluten freee: strawberries, hazelnuts, sultanas, ginger.  All products are 100% palm oil free and 100% vegan.

Sausages

Snag Stand in Queens Plaza not only promotes 100% gluten free sausages but also gluten free buns (extra $).  Check their website for additional stores in Queensland, Canberra and New South Wales.  With Spicy Cheese Kransky, Spicy Spanish Chorizo, Toulouse and Australian Fare sausages a sample of what is on offer, these are tempting indeed.

Soul Origin

Soul Origin  is also in Queens Plaza and offers a range of clearly labelled gluten free salads. Stores can be found in New South Wales, Canberra and Queensland. Some choices are Bean Medley, Tuna and Avocado, Chicken and Steamed Vegetables, Lentil.

Schar Pizza

Schar Pizza Bases are not available in Townsville so we always visit the Greenslopes IGA to grab a few boxes.  There are two in a box and they are a good quality pizza base ie they aren’t thin like cardboard nor do they crack and break.  The store generally has a great range of gluten free products.  The pizzas are also brought back to Townsville whenever we have family visiting from Brisbane.

Melting Moments

House of Biskota was a newly seen gluten free biscuit range found at the Rock N Roll Marketplace on Logan Road at Stones Corner.  With a little TLC on the flight home,  the GF Almond Crescents and GF Melting Moments are being enjoyed by all.

A big thank you to my local co-ordinator for  Coeliac Queensland who has supplied the Townsville group  with this link : The Ultimate Gluten Free Guide to Brisbane  Just one of the many reasons to be a member of your state’s Coeliac Australia Branch.

 

 

 

 

Grandmothers and Gluten Free

I visited a friend on the weekend and she spoke with a twinge of sadness about her 5 year old granddaughter. My friend’s  granddaughter has coeliac disease and she had gone to great lengths to tell her grandmother how she couldn’t eat her favourite chocolate anymore because it has gluten in it.  While all the other children at the family gathering were eating chocolate, this little girl had her packet of fruit gums.

grandmaYou see, my friend is under the impression that the only items that are gluten free are the ones in the gluten free section of the supermarket.  As I told her, there are many items that are gluten free, it is just that they are hidden in the ‘normal’ part of the supermarket.

So grandmas, you can still spoil your grandchildren and have a box full of gluten free treats  without too much fuss. And the bonus is that  all your grandchildren will enjoy them.

However there are a few simply rules you need to follow:

1.  Any product identifying wheat, rye, barley, malt, oats or gluten is not allowed.

2. Any product with a statement “may contain gluten, may contain wheat” is also not allowed.

3. Exceptions... these are ok…. glucose or glucose syrup from wheat, caramel colour (150) from wheat, dextrose from wheat.

4.  Many items are gluten free by ingredient. If there is no mention of wheat, rye, barley, malt, oats or gluten on the label, then this item is ok.

Try  

Select (Woolworths brand) Jungle Buddie   (found in the lolly/chocolate section)

chocolate

Jelly

Pandaroo Fruit Jelly Mini Cups found in the International Food section of the supermarket in amongst the curries.

What about, Go Natural Frugo’s which are found in the Gluten Free section of the supermarket

frugos

And Scooby Doo can put a smile on everyone’s face .. chocolate crackles  (will let you know where to find them when I remember) or fruit bites (located in the Snack/Muesli Bar section of Coles and Woolworths)

scooby doo

scooby

On another matter, Cadbury has recently changed labelling on their products with many products now stating : May contain gluten/wheat.  With this in mind, check the labelling of any Cadbury product you buy in future.