Gluten Free Beer

With the World Cup around the corner and the summer starting to heat up we thought we’d bring you an A to Z (or W at least) of gluten-free beers which are available to buy in the UK, to help quench your thirst. They’re all available to buy either from the brewery directly, independent retailers or the main supermarkets. Please see their websites for full details.

Ambar Gluten Free Lager

This bright, effervescent light golden award winning, Spanish Cerveza, specially brewed in North Eastern Spain , to contain no more than 6ppm Gluten. (European GF Std. is 20ppm) uses a specially handled Barley Malt for a true Cerveza Flavour reminiscent of St. Miquel & Corona beers.

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Organic premium Czech lager. Traditionally batch brewed in the heart of the world’s most famous hop region. The local noble Saaz hops provide a clean, spicy aroma, ideal to accompany quality food. Celia has a truly light feel thanks to the benefit of being gluten free and naturally carbonated. http://www.celialager.co.uk 

Daas Ambre Gluten Free Amber Ale

Daas AMBRE follows its Blonde sister being an authentic Belgian Amber Ale. This rich & complex ale, with deep fragrant aromas and a smooth caramel & sweet malt flavours leading to a dry spiced hop finish is truly what a Belgian Amber ale is noted for worldwide.

Daas Blond Gluten Free Golden Beer

Daas Blond is an authentic Strong Golden Belgian beer its fine Honeyed Spice aroma & perfect balance of Bitter & Sweet flavours followed by the classic dry “hop” finish belie the 6.5ABV alcohol content. This beer retains its original Full flavour by using traditional ingredients grown organically & then completes with an advanced de-glutenisation process to remove the gluten normally associated with this type of brew so to meet all Codex Alimentarius Gluten-free Rules & Regulations.

estrella_damm_daura.jpgEstrella Damm Daura Gluten Free Lager

The gluten-free beer  Daura Damm has won this 2013, for the third consecutive year, the “Superior taste” award of the International Taste & Quality Institute of Brussels and the Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships for second one, a Gold Medal at the International Beer Challenge and the World’s Best Gluten-free Lager Award at the World Beer Awards by The Beverage Testing Institute. Daura also recieve the silver medal at the Australian Internacional Beer Awards. http://www.estrelladamm.com/en/daura_gluten_free_beer/

Green’s Golden Ale

Aan amber coloured, top fermented ale brewed with natural spring water. This ale’s characteristic aroma is a result of the specially selected de-glutenised barley malt and hop varieties and is brewed to an age old recipe.   VOTED 2011 FREE FROM AWARDS – COMMENDED. http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk/

Green’s Amber Gluten Free Beer

Bottle re-fermented, the specially selected de-glutenised malts and hops produce a rounded and well balanced beer. Serve at cellar temperature. http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk/

Green’s Blonde Gluten Free Ale

Bottle re-fermented to capture all the flavour and aroma of this Belgian classic style. Serve at cellar temperature. http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk/

Green’s Gluten Free Dark Ale

A bottle re-fermented ale. Pronounced chocolate flavour with sour cherries and burned sugars, has a rich and complex mouthfeel. (2012 Foods Matter Free From Awards Highly Commended Dark Ale) http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk/

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Green’s Gluten Free Discovery

Bottle re-fermented and naturally gluten free, the ‘Original’ and first beer produced by Greens. Serve at cellar temperature.  http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk/


Green’s Gluten Free Export Lager Lite

A light refreshing lager, lower in alcohol and carbohydrates, ideal for any drinking occasion. Serve at cellar temperature. Tasting Notes: Light bodied, slight hop aroma, crisp, with a delicate and long finish. http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk/

Green’s Gluten Free Lager Dry Hopped

A unique bottle re-fermented and naturally gluten free lager, lower in carbohydrates. Best served cold. Golden pale in colour, the nose is a mix of citrus-floral aroma sensations, clean with a light malt taste, but with hoppy aftertaste. A short clean mouth feel typical for a beer reduced in calories and carbohydrates http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk/

Green’s Premium Pils

Brewed with natural spring water and a selection of the finest hops and de-glutenised barley malt http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk/

logoedit.jpgHambleton Gluten Free Lager

A Pale lager style beer with an initial fullness complemeted by a fruit character, dervived from East Kent Goldings and Continental Styrian hops, finishing with bitterness and citrus notes. Uniquely balanced and best served chilled.

Hambleton Gluten Free Tawny Ale

A Pale lager style beer with an initial fullness complemeted by a fruit character, dervived from East Kent Goldings and Continental Styrian hops, finishing with bitterness and citrus notes. Uniquely balanced and best served chilled. http://www.hambletonales.co.uk

Hop Back Crop Circle

A very clean, flaxen-coloured beer with wonderful thirst-quenching properties. The subtle blend of aroma and bittering hops give a crispness on the tongue which is delicately fruity, giving way to some dryness. The inclusion of flaked maize in the grist subtlely hints at crisp corn flavours. http://www.hopback.co.uk/gluten-free.html

India Pale Ale

Bottle re-fermented and naturally gluten free, this is an elegant and classic IPA. Amber red in colour with a mix of herbal and pine aroma, a full mouth feel of the special hopping is unique for this IPA.

Pathfinder Gluten Free Beer 

New gluten free beer from Glebe farm 24 pack. Traditional British Bitter. Glebe Farm

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Saxon is a premium lager beer produced with the highest quality barley malt and hops. Unlike regular lager beers Saxon is brewed with a process which removes the gluten normally present in beers. The end result is the world’s first fresh gluten free beer with the authentic taste of a premium lager.

Schnitzer Brau Gluten Free Lager

Schnitzer Bräu’s organic, gluten-free beer is made from millet malt and brewed in Offenburg in the Black Forest. Classically malt-driven with a persistent refreshing palate and a fresh, clean finish.

St Peter’s Dark G-Free

Suffolk grown, Sovereign bittering hops provide the floral notes for this full bodied beer, which is Gluten free and suitable for coeliacs. http://www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk/products/gluten-free-beers/

St Peter’s G-Free Lager

Pilsner lager style finish with American Amarillo brewed in the UK http://www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk/products/gluten-free-beers/

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Steadfast Beer Co.’s flagship offering is a hop-forward, sorghum-based Pale Ale. Brewed to 6.8% abv Steadfast is the surefire option for anyone on a Gluten-Free diet who can’t live without delicious craft beer! Brewer: Steadfast Beer Co., Albany, New York, USA

Waitrose Fiery Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Spicy and aromatic with a hint of citrus and a fiery kick.  That would be the chilli in it!  It actually states that it is suitable for Vegetarians, Vegans and those avoiding Gluten, among other things.  http://www.waitrose.com

Wold Top Against the Grain

Against The Grain has been declared the most beer like of all gluten free & low gluten free beers in taste tests. Made from lager malt, maize, hops & yeast, it is a premium full flavoured bitter beer with a good creamy head, refreshing bitterness and citrus aftertaste. The gluten content is certified to be well below the required codex standard of 20 ppm. Winner of SIBA North Gold Award for speciality beers Nov 2009 and Highly Commended in the Free From Awards 2010. http://www.woldtopbrewery.co.uk/

 

The Big Lunch 2014

Are you taking part in The Big Lunch on Sunday 1st June?

The aim of The Big Lunch is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually on the first Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.

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Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of community across the UK. Last year 3.65 million people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for the fifth annual Big Lunch. 

A Big Lunch can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden or on the street, to a full blown street party with food, music and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic.

Just because you’re on a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean you can’t get involved in events such as this. Here are some of our top gluten-free recipes which you could cook up for your Big Lunch:

Classic Gluten-Free Quiche Lorraine using Genius Shortcrust Pastry

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Gluten Free Mini Sausage Rolls

Gluten Free Mini Sausage Rolls

Mini Homemade Gluten-Free Sausages

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Gluten Free Roasted Vegetable and Goats Cheese Tarts

Roasted Vegetable and Goats Cheese Tarts

Gluten Free Victoria Sponge

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Gluten Free Jam Tarts

Gluten Free Jam Tarts

Gluten Free Maple Pecan Pinwheels

Apricot Custard Danish Pastry

Gluten Free Summer Pudding

Summer Pudding

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brioche and Orange Pudding

Chocolate Chip Brioche and Orange Pudding

 

ilumi launch new mediterranean range

Sometimes a quick, ready meal is just what’s needed but can be a problem if you’re on a gluten-free diet. However, our friends at ilumi have come to the rescue.

Ilumi have been cooking up nut-, gluten- and milk-free foods for nearly a decade.  Their team of chefs and nutritionists are creative and allergen-savvy: they know which ingredients are safe, and how to combine them to create delicious meals you can trust. After all, food is one of life’s great pleasures – but know you can’t enjoy anything until you’re 100% confident it’s safe. 

This month sees the launch of their new mediterranean range which includes:

To celebrate they’re offering Genius customers an exclusive deal! Grab 4 ilumi £3.75 priced dishes for just £10 including FREE P&P: that’s almost £20 worth in value! Just click the link below: http://goo.gl/Aly9B8

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It’s as easy as that! We hope you enjoy your dishes and would love to hear your feedback below

 

Gluten Free BBQ Time

Fire up your BBQ, here are a few juicy gluten-free BBQ tips and recipes.

WHAT TO EAT

Meat and fish are naturally gluten-free so why not put them together with roasted vegetables to make delicious kebabs or serve some steaks or BBQ’d fish fillets with a gluten-free grain side dish or tasty root vegetable wedges?

If you’re more of a burger and sausages type of person, our Facebook community recommended the following which would go perfectly with a Genius Seeded Roll.

  • M&S Burgers and Sausages
  • ASDA Gluten Free Sausages
  • Co-op Taste the Difference Sausages and Aberdeen Angus Burgers
  • Waitrose Essential Burgers & Waitrose Gluten Free sausages
  • Sainsbury’s Sicilian, Toulouse and Pork and Bramely Apple Sausages

CLEAN THE BBQ GRILL

To avoid cross contamination you need to clean your BBQ grill after having cooked gluten containing foods. An alternative option is to BBQ gluten free for everyone which eliminates the risk all together.

To successfully clear the grill of gluten, heat grill to the highest temperature and keep it burning for 20 minutes or until all the residues on the grate have charred. Use a brush to scrape grate clean.

SAUCES AND MARINADES

Before you smother your steak with sauce or coat your fish in a pre-prepared marinade, check the labels. Products made with soy or teriyaki may contain wheat, unless otherwise designated as gluten-free.

GLUTEN-FREE BREADCRUMBS

Genius bread makes fantastic gluten-free breadcrumbs for homemade burgers and fish cakes. Just blitz a couple of slices in a blender and include in the recipe as per gluten-containing breadcrumbs.

RECIPES

Gluten Free BBQ

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For more gluten-free BBQ recipes click here

Brisbane Gluten Free Expo 2014

The annual Gluten Free Food Expo is on again this weekend in Brisbane and we are really excited to be taking part this year.

The only event of its kind in Queensland, the Gluten Free Food Expo is a two-day gathering of more than 50 of the nation’s favourite gluten-free food producers as well as keynote medical speakers, celebrity MasterChef cooking demonstrations and more, all in support of people with coeliac disease, those living with gluten intolerance or those who choose a gluten-free lifestyle.

If you are planning to come along, make sure you buy your tickets online before the event so you can take advantage of the cheaper ticket prices. You can buy your tickets online here 

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It’s a Cupcake Challenge #FlavourFightOff

Fancy winning a year’s supply of cupcakes? In honour of Coeliac Awareness Week, we’re hosting the ultimate Cupcake Challenge. For 1 week only, we’ll be asking you to vote for your favourite flavour by Retweeting, commenting on Facebook, and even commenting on this blog!

The flavour with the most retweets and comments wins – it’s that simple! Those that voted for the winning flavour will all be rewarded with an exclusive £1.50 off their next online shop with us, with 1 lucky winner being granted one year’s supply of cupcakes!

So, what will it be? Chocolate, or Lemon? Take part in the battle and follow the simple instructions below to take part and have your say!

How to enter

Get your Tweet on! Fancy getting your hands on a year’s supply of our new scrumptious cupcake range? Take part in our Cupcake Challenge on Twitter and you just might…

Are you a chocaholic? This is the RT for you!

RT & follow to win a year’s supply of cupcakes! #FlavourFightOff – I choose Chocolate! View our new cupcake range at: http://bit.ly/Qmph6k

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Fanatic about fruit? Show your support for your flavour and RT the below!

RT & follow to win a year’s supply of cupcakes! #FlavourFightOff – I choose Lemon! View our new cupcake range at: http://bit.ly/Qmph6k

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Not on Twitter? Not a problem! You can also enter by heading over to our Facebook page and commenting on your favourite flavour using one of the following:

 

  • ‘I choose Chocolate #FlavourFightOff’
  • ‘I choose Lemon #FlavourFightOff’

 

Alternatively, you can get your vote in by commenting on this blog post with one the following:

 

  • ‘I choose Chocolate #FlavourFightOff’
  • ‘I choose Lemon #FlavourFightOff’
Can’t decide? View the range by clicking here.

 

Terms and Conditions: Cupcake Challenge #FlavourFightOff 

 

Twitter
Submit your entry by Re-Tweeting the following from the Genius Twitter page at: https://twitter.com/GeniusFoods

 

a) “RT & follow to win a year’s supply of cupcakes! #FlavourFightOff – I choose Chocolate! View our new cupcake range at: http://bit.ly/Qmph6k”

 

or

 

b) “RT & follow to win a year’s supply of cupcakes! #FlavourFightOff – I choose Lemon! View our new cupcake range at: http://bit.ly/Qmph6k”.

 

Entries must do the following for their entry to be valid:

 

a.)   Must Re-tweet one of the above tweets from the Genius Twitter page

 

b.)   Must be following Genius on Twitter

 

Facebook entry
For your entry to be valid on this channel follow the below instructions:

 

  1. Liking our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/geniusglutenfree.
  2. Commenting on your favourite flavour post with either:
    • ‘I choose Chocolate #FlavourFightOff’
    • ‘I choose Lemon #FlavourFightOff’

Online entry

For your entry to be valid on this channel follow the below instructions:

 

  1. Comment on this blog post with either:
    • ‘I choose Chocolate #FlavourFightOff’
    • ‘I choose Lemon #FlavourFightOff’

 

Terms and Conditions
Information on how to enter & prizes form part of these terms & conditions. Any entry not complying with these terms and conditions is invalid.

 

The competition is open to residents of England, Scotland and Wales only. Any entrant under the age of 18 years must have their parent or guardian’s consent to enter the competition (“Eligible Entrant”). Employees of the Promoter, the Promoter’s associated companies, the Promoter’s agencies associated with this promotion and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.

 

The Competition Period opens and closes at the following times and dates:

 

  • Entries open at 13.00 GMT on Monday 12th May 2014 and close at 13.00 GMT Monday 19th May 2014.

 

Entry is not limited and each Eligible Entrant retweet as many times as they like.

 

It is a condition of entry that the Eligible Entrant confirms the entry that they enter is on their own Twitter account and does not infringe the copyright of any other person or entity. At the absolute discretion of the Promoter, the entry will be deemed ineligible if it does not comply with Promoter’s Guidelines for an appropriate entry, which are stated below:

 

a) No indecent or otherwise inappropriate content to be quoted in the retweet, or in association with the campaign.

 

b) No defamatory, obscene, threatening, dangerous or abusive content to be quoted with the retweet, or in association with the campaign.

 

c) No personal attacks to be quoted in the retweet, or in association with the campaign.

 

d) No spam, unsolicited or unauthorised advertising, nor repeated content of unconstructive, inflammatory or otherwise objectionable material to be quoted in the retweet, or in association with the campaign.

 

e) No unlawful, fraudulent, misleading or deceptive content to be quoted in the retweet, or in association with the campaign.

 

f) All content must comply with Twitters’ terms of use.

 

This competition is a game of retweeting two flavours. The flavour that receives the highest amount of re-tweets against it as of Monday 19th May 2014 at 13:00, will be the winning flavour. One person that re-tweets the winning flavour will be chosen at random to win the following:

 

  • 1x year’s supply of Genius Lemon and Chocolate Cupcakes. The promoter will send the cupcakes on a monthly basis starting on 16th June 2014 and ending on 16th May 2015.
  • 1x pack of each flavour will be sent each month. The promoter reserves the right to withdraw from sending out the prize at any time.
  • 1x £1.50 off Geniusglutenfree.com valid from 22nd May 2014 until 22nd June 2014. Winner must spend over £12.00 on the site for their code to be valid.

 

All other participants who re-tweeted the winning flavour will receive the following:

 

  • 1x £1.50 off Geniusglutenfree.com valid from 22nd May 2014 until 22nd June 2014. Winners must spend over £12.00 on the site for their code to be valid.

 

Judging for the prizewinner will be completed at the Promoter’s Office at 22 Northumberland Street, South West Lane, Edinburgh EH3 6JD United Kingdom.

 

Twitter entries
If the winner of the year’s supply of cupcakes is chosen on Twitter, they will be notified via direct message on Twitter within 48 hours of the closing date with instructions on how to claim their prize. The winner must respond via the original Twitter direct message within 28 days of the notification being sent. If a prizewinner cannot be contacted or fails to claim their prize within 28 days then the prize will be deemed forfeited and offered to another participant. The decision of the judges is final in all matters relating to this competition.

 

The prize will only be delivered in England, Scotland and Wales and the prize winner should allow 10 working days from the date they claim their prize and providing their delivery details to the Promoter for delivery of their prize.

 

Winners of the winning tweet will receive their £1.50 off discount code in a direct message on Twitter. Winners will be contacted within 72 hours of the competition closing time. If participants fail to claim or use their discount code before the code expires on 22nd June 2014, their code will no longer be valid.

Facebook entries
If the winner of the year’s supply of cupcakes is chosen on Facebook, the winner of the year’s supply of cupcakes will be notified by replying to their comment on Facebook within 48 hours of the closing date, with instructions on how to claim their prize, by emailing engage@geniusglutenfree.com with their contact details. If a prizewinner cannot be contacted, or fails to claim their prize within 28 days then the prize will be deemed forfeited and offered to another participant. The decision of the judges is final in all matters relating to this competition.

 

The prize will only be delivered in England, Scotland and Wales and the prize winner should allow 10 working days from the date they claim their prize and providing their delivery details to the Promoter for delivery of their prize.

 

Those that commented on the winning flavour will be instructed to email engage@geniusglutenfree.com with their full name and flavour to receive their £1.50 off discount code. Winners will be contacted within 72 hours of the competition closing time. If participants fail to claim or use their discount code before the code expires on 22nd June 2014, their code will no longer be valid.

Blog entries
If the winner of the year’s supply of cupcakes is chosen through the blog entry, the promoter will reply to their comment on the post within 48 hours of the closing date instructing the winner to email engage@geniusglutenfree.com with their contact details to claim their prize. . If a prizewinner cannot be contacted or fails to claim their prize within 28 days then the prize will be deemed forfeited and offered to another participant. The decision of the judges is final in all matters relating to this competition.

 

The prize will only be delivered in England, Scotland and Wales and the prize winner should allow 10 working days from the date they claim their prize and providing their delivery details to the Promoter for delivery of their prize.

 

Those that commented on the winning flavour will be instructed to email engage@geniusglutenfree.com with their full name and flavour to receive their £1.50 off discount code. Winners will be contacted within 72 hours of the competition closing time. If participants fail to claim or use their discount code before the code expires on 22nd June 2014, their code will no longer be valid.

Coeliac Awareness Week 2014

Kicking off on Monday is this year’s Coeliac UK Awareness Week which is turning its focus onto the availability of gluten-free food in your local supermarkets and stores. There are also a whole range of great offers in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Ocado running for the duration of Awareness Week, check these out below.

Whilst the range of gluten-free food in supermarkets is getting better and better one of the most common questions we get is why aren’t more of our products available in more of the supermarkets? Why do customers have to jump from supermarket to supermarket to get the products that they want? Unfortunately the ranges which supermarket choose to subject is that their discretion. However, what can influence this is YOU!

For this year’s Awareness Week, Coeliac UK are asking supermarkets to sign up to their Gluten-free Guarantee which means having eight core gluten-free items available in their stores so that you can manage your gluten-free diet more easily.

What will the supermarkets be signing up to?

Coeliac UK members, together with the advice of healthcare professionals, informed Coeliac UK of the key items they need to maintain a gluten-free diet. From this, Coeliac UK created a core basket of gluten-free food that we want the supermarkets to guarantee to be in store. This basket is made up from:

  • fresh white bread
  • fresh brown bread
  • bread rolls
  • breakfast cereals
  • pasta
  • flour
  • crackers
  • cereal bars.

What can you do?

Download your pack here for ideas so you can help make this initiative a success. By more customers asking about gluten-free food demonstrates demand and will help us as we talk to the retailers. You can help to support our Awareness Week when you’re next shopping for food by:

  • letting your supermarket know about the demand for gluten-free food using the materials in your Awareness Week pack
  • asking your local dietician to support you by running one of our Store Tours
  • use our supermarket card to tell us what’s available in your local supermarket
  • holding an information stand in your local supermarket and give out our leaflets and symptom cards.

Let’s do this together!

Are there any special offers for Awareness Week?

Don’t miss out on your favourite Genius Gluten Free products which will be on offer in all the major supermarkets for Coeliac UK Awareness Week:

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Gluten Free Birthday Party Food

Everyone loves a good birthday party however when your child is gluten free, cooking for or attending a kid’s birthday party can be an unbelievably daunting experience.

This needn’t be the case though, with a bit of simple planning and talking to other the parents you can ensure that your kid and all the other kids at the party have a fantastic time.

Top 10 Tips for Gluten Free Birthday Parties

Here are our top 10 tips for a successful gluten-free kids birthday party:

Tip 1

Bake an amazing gluten-free cake, no one will know that it’s gluten-free and everyone can enjoy it meaning that no one is left out. Let’s face it, the cake is usually the centrepiece for the birthday. Why not bake a trial cake in advance so that you don’t have any last minute panics when it doesn’t turn out how you expected. Here’s a recipe for a gluten-free Victoria Sponge which can be made as a whole cake or split into cases for fairy cakes.

Tip 2

If you’re not comfortable baking a gluten-free birthday cake, then how about making an ice-cream cake and cover it with gluten-free biscuits, sprinkles and choc chips. It’ll go down a treat for sure!

Tip 3

If your child is attending another kid’s party, have a quick chat with the parents and explain the importance of your child’s dietary requirements and it’s not that you’re just being fussy.

Tip 4

Politely give details on how they can avoid cross contamination by putting any gluten-free food on separate serving plates, cutlery and sharing plates with other children, which can happen in the excitement of a party.

Tip 5

Let your child or any others who are gluten-free know which food is gluten free so they don’t have to feel embarrassed and ask what they can and can’t eat. You could put them on different colour plates, so that other kids tuck into them as well and don’t just see them as ‘special food’.

Tip 6

Offer to make or bring some gluten-free options so that the hosts don’t have to worry about providing a gluten-free spread.

Tip 7

Why not offer to help make all the party food gluten-free so that everyone can relax and not have any worries at all. Check out our gluten-free party food menu below for ideas and recipes.

Tip 8 

Double check the ingredients of chocolate, sweets and crisps. These are places which gluten is often hidden however there are plenty of mainstream options which are also gluten-free.

Tip 9

Instead of offering fizzy drinks, why not create a smoothie bar letting the kids choose which flavour they’d like. This is both a healthy and fun option which will also fill the kids up!

Tip 10

If you’re hosting the party, choose a time of day which doesn’t involve lunch, such as 3pm – 5pm so that you don’t have to provide a large gluten-free spread, just a few snacks.

Gluten-Free Party Food Menu

Gluten Free Party Food

Finger Sandwiches Using Genius Gluten Free Bread

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Mini Gluten-Free Sausages

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Gluten-Free Sausage Rolls Using Genius Puff Pastry

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Gluten-Free Pizza Spirals Using Genius Puff Pastry

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Mini Croque Monsieurs

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Smiley Cream Cheese And Ham Toasties

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Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

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Genius Lemon & Chocolate Cupcakes

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Mini Gluten Free Chocolate Tarts

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Genius Gluten Free Choc Chip Brioches

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Gluten Free Jam Tarts Using Genius Shortcrust Pastry

 

Do you have any top tips for gluten-free birthday parties? We’d love you to post them below.

Celebrate with Gluten Free Cupcakes

The Genius office is full of celebrations! Not because it’s a Bank Holiday but because today see the launch of the new Genius gluten-free cupcake range into Sainsbury’s stores throughout the UK. Want the chance to WIN a year’s supply of cupcakes? Join in our #FlavourFightOff – find out more here. 

From today you’ll be able to tease your taste buds with a luscious Lemon delight or an indulgent Chocolate treat.

Tuck into a light and fluffy sponge cake topped with a generous layer frosting, and best of all, both cupcakes are gluten free, wheat free and dairy free. So whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just wanting a little indulgence our new cupcakes will be sure to down a treat.

Click here to see a list of Sainsbury’s stockists

NEW! Genius Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

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NEW! Genius Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes

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Bank Holiday Gluten Free Baking

Make the most of the extra day and get baking your favourite gluten-free recipes.

Everyone loves cake and not being able to indulge can be depressing for those on a gluten-free diet. However, this does not have to be the case. By simply switching a few of the ingredients, cakes can still be tender, moist, richly flavoured and crumbly when made with gluten-free flours – if you use a mixture of neutral flavoured flours.

The best mixture is 50% rice flour, 25% cornflour and 25% ground almonds. Rice flour provides the neutral flavoured base, ground almonds add richness and moisture and cornflour lightens the consistency. Potato flour is an ideal substitute for wheat flour in cakes with a moist, soft texture such as brownies. Eggs and extra baking powder are essential to bind, moisture and lighten cakes made with gluten-free flours. The general rule is to add 3 eggs for every 110g/ 4 oz of flour used, with produces a feather-light cake with a spongy texture.

It’s important to check the labels of powdery ingredients such as baking powder, icing sugar and spices, as they are sometimes mixed with wheat flour to prevent lumps forming.

Here are a couple of our favourite baking recipes from Genius Founder, Lucinda’s cookbook “How To Cook For Allergies” as well as a link to our “Let’s Bake Gluten Free” board on Pinterest.

Happy Baking!

Banana, Cinnamon and Honey Cake

This moist, light cake is gluten, wheat, dairy, soya and nut free. It’s a great recipe to make with children and is perfect for birthday parties.

Serves 8-12

Ingredients

  • 110g/ 4oz rice flour
  • 55g cornflour
  • 55g ground almonds
  • 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 110g/ 4oz diary free margarine
  • 85g/ 3oz soft dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 85g/ 3oz sultanas

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C/ 325 degrees F/ gas mark 3. Grease a 900g/ 2lb loaf tin and line it with oiled greaseproof paper.
  2. Sift the flours, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl.
  3. Add the butter, sugar, honey, grated orange zest and egg to the dry ingredients and whisk together until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Fold in the mashed banana and sultanas. The mixture should be soft enough to fall slowly from a spoon. If the mixture is too firm, stir in a tablespoon of dairy-free milk
  5. Spoon into the loaf tin, level with the back of a spoon and bake for 45 mins to 1 hour, or until springy in the centre. Insert a skewer into centre – if it comes out clean the cake is ready.
  6. Leave to set for 5 minutes in the tin then run a knife around the cake to loosen it; turn it out onto a wire rack. The cake can be stored for up to three days in an airtight container or wrapped well in clingfilm and frozen.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These deliciously chewy cookies can be adapted very easily for gluten and dairy-free diets.

Ingredients

  • 110g/4oz dairy-free margarine
  • 110g/4oz granulated sugar
  • 110g/ 4oz soft light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 85g/ 3oz rice flour
  • 85g/ 3oz cornmeal or ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dairy-free milk  
  • 85g/ 3oz good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ 350 degrees F/ gas mark 4. Line 3 baking sheets with oiled greaseproof paper and shake a spoonful of cornmeal or rice flour over the baking try until the oil is evenly covered. Tip away any excess.
  2. Beat the butter and sugars with a wooden spoon or electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well.
  3. Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl and whilst into the beaten butter mixture. Stir in the tablespoon of milk and the chopped chocolate.
  4. Leaving a wide gap between cookies, spoon no more than 6 heaped teaspoons of the mixture onto each lined baking tray, as the dough spreads as it cooks.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned and just set in the centre. Do not over-cook the cookies or they will lose their chewiness.
  6. Leave them to set on the baking tray for 30 seconds then transfer to a wire rack to cool. The cookies are best served freshly made but store well for up to  two days in an airtight container. They can also be frozen, sealed in plastic bags.

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