So Veganuary is over, and whether you took part and are staying vegan or not, you can’t help but notice how great the gluten free and vegan range has been this year.
I attempted it this year, and although I am not remaining vegan, I’m still highly enthusiastic about vegan food and definitely will still go for meat free alternatives where I can over animal products. I just get so excited about it all!
Anyway, whilst I was doing veganuary, I tried many gluten free and vegan items, and here are my favourites. So read on to find out more.
I didn’t know until last year, that some beers and lagers aren’t vegan. Skinny Lager is, and it’s also gluten free! It’s low in carbs and sugar, and is refreshingly light, with no yeasty aftertaste. Skinny kindly sent me some of these to try, and I can’t wait to create some recipes with it. You can buy it in Tesco, Asda, Ocado and Sainsburys. If you can’t find it in the free from aisle, sometimes they put it in with the regular beers.
M&S Plant Kitchen Meat Free Nuggets
I don’t have a photograph of them because I bought them and froze them before the branding changed to ‘Plant Kitchen’. But I loved these! They are ‘accidentally gluten free’ and vegan, and these little nuggets of joy actually taste like normal chicken nuggets, just without the cruelty. I definitely would recommend these to anyone who like me, has tried to go vegan before, and ended up reaching for the nugs! I’ve never seen anything like these before, so well done M&S! Marksies have a whole range of vegan food, so pop in and have a look for them.
M&S Made Without Wheat Spring Rolls
I’ll be honest, I’ve never had a spring roll in my life until Chinese New Year when I found these in Marks’. I saw that the Co-Op did them over Christmas, but these ones look like they are here to stay! They have mushroom in, which I’m not a fan of, and I couldn’t even tell. They take 15 minutes to cook in the oven, and are H E A V E N. I’ll definitely be buying many more of these!
I discovered these earlier on in 2018 in the frozen section in Tesco. It’s a great alternative to pork, and is beautifully seasoned. They do a barbecue one too! Not to mention, it takes seconds to cook. It’s made from soya protein, and is so juicy. Perfect in a stir fry, or in a cheeky wrap like I enjoyed it in. A lot of the vegan meat alternatives contain gluten, so it’s nice to have this option, one that’s not super tofu-y.
Genius Fibre Fest Betroot Wraps.
I love a good wrap! And I really enjoyed these ones from Genius. They kindly sent me a care package with some of their gluten free and vegan items in for me to try, and I was keen to try these! They are so pliable, don’t break, and don’t have a floury texture. They’re perfect for my lunchtime wraps (I can’t get enough of wraps at the minute). And I think they are well worth it. They are £2.80 in Tesco and on Ocado.
Genius Carb Cutter Bread Crisps.
Breakfast and the mid-morning snack are things I struggle with, as I’m a bit fussy when it comes to the texture of food early on in the day. But with these, I love that they are crunchy, seedy, and more nutritious that some easier choices for me (i.e. toast). I simply top mine with hummus, ago and tomato, and enjoy a filling brekkie or snack!
Kirsty’s Gluten free Margherita Pizza.
I’ve had this a number of times, and every time it doesn’t disappoint. The base is so crispy and not sloppy at all like some thinner crusted ones. And the cheese actually tastes NICE! It’s not gooey, nor does it taste like feet. And the fact it’s Margherita means that you can add your own toppings if you want. A winner all round!
Sainsbury’s Love Your Veg Cumberland Shroomdogs.
These are amazing! I really can’t stand mushrooms, even the smell puts me off, but these are great! Perfect with mash, or for brunch, they’re so versatile. They have no gluten containing ingredients, and they have a veggie casing on them, which is clever, as it makes them feel like proper sausages. I really enjoyed them, and a lot of other people have been enjoying them too!
Heavenly Whipped Dairy Free Whipped Cream.
I found this in ASDA, and it was such a find! One thing I missed the most was getting a hot chocolate with all the squirty cream and toppings! This squirty cream has little to no difference in taste, and is the best thing I’ve ever put in my shopping basket! I urge any of you who are dairy free to try it!
Jessica Bakes-Well Apple Pie Artisan Cookie Mix.
I’ve tried so many of the award cookie flapjack and pancake mixes from Jessica Bakes-Well and they never fail to please! Most of their handmade mixes can be made gluten free, and this apple pie flavour is vegan! They never last more than 6 hours in our house. Everybody loves them. Since discovering them, they have filled the Millies cookies shaped void in my life, because they are the closest you can get without the gluten. You can find them on Etsy.
So there you go! These were my favourites and I urge you guys, vegan or not, to try some of these because, well, it will annoy Piers Morgan, won’t it? 😉
If any of you have any GFVE favourites that aren’t on this list, let me know and comment below.
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