A few weeks ago, I asked my Twitter followers which free-from products should exist — but as yet don’t.
In other words, which impossible-to-find free-from products would they like to see on the market?
I promised to find a way to circulate the resulting responses to brands, which I still intend to do, possibly with the help of Michelle and Cressida at the Free From Food Awards, but meanwhile, here are the best or more popular suggestions — in no particular order.
Feel free to add others in comments, but remember that this is more about products which aren’t yet available, at least not in the UK, and less about product types of which you’d like more examples or greater choice …
Gluten Free Tinned Spaghetti
The request which kicked the whole thing off. GF or otherwise allergy friendly tinned ravioli too. Orgran used to produce one which ticked multiple free from boxes, but sadly it has been discontinued.
Gluten Free Quorn products
More foods which meet both vegan and GF requirements are a popular request. Are manufacturers listening?
Croissants / Sweet Bakery
These came up under various guises — as GF almond croissants, GF and DF and nut-safe croissants, or just a simply good GF croissant. Tesco offers them, but it seems to be all we have … Into this category should also fall pastries (eg apple and apricot) — widely missed by many with food restrictions — and pains au (dairy free / nut safe?) chocolat and brioches.
Gluten Free ‘Cheddars’
Savoury biscuits which are GF … but also why not some cheesy ones which are DF?
Milk Free / Vegan ‘Stilton’
A call from Cressida. What other cheesy ‘flavours’ are missing in vegan / dairy free form?
“14 Free” and Legume Free snacks
Most crisps and snacks free of the 14 allergens are based on pea, chickpea and lentil — both an increasing problem for many with allergies to non-14 foods — and many which aren’t have ‘may contain’ warnings for other allergens. Some allergy safe rice, corn and potato snacks, needed, then?
Nut-free fruit yogurt
A long-standing problem. So many (milk) yogurts with added fruit or flavour carry ‘may contain’ warnings for tree nuts.
Gluten / Dairy Free Chocolate Biscuits
Can’t really argue with this one …
Tree-nut, peanut, sesame-free sunflower and pumpkin seeds — and seed butters
Another long-standing problem …. allergy-safe seeds without PAL warnings. Gerbs Seeds in the US seem to be the only option for UK consumers. With regard to seed butters or other nut butters, we certainly need some which would be safe were it not for the dreaded may contain striking again ….
GF Malt Loaf
That is, a version of Soreen suitable for those on restricted diets. Yum …
A few requests for this. M&S used to do one … But no longer.
Allergy Safe Breadsticks
Or grissini, as this Italian knows them. An issue I wasn’t aware of, but many come with ‘may contain’ warnings. Schar do these GF versions which seem safe, but not everyone needs gluten free, and wheat-containing but otherwise allergy-friendly baked goods are a not often considered problem for those with multiple allergies that do not include wheat or other cereals.
Free From Waffles
Outside my area of familiarity. Anybody?
GF Noodle Pots and Packet Soups
The first is another common request (Itsu do some Satay Instant Noodles; also Tesco have Curry Noodles and Chicken & Mushroom). May contain warnings are the issue with the second.
Allergy Friendly AND Fortified Free From Yogurts / Milks / Cheeses
Another long-standing problem. I addressed the milk alternative issue in a previous post. Koko do some coconut-based fortified products, and Little Bandits offer some yogurts, but pickings are slim for allergy parents looking to get key nutrients into their restricted-diet kids.
Stodgy Savoury Dumplings
This was one I’d never even considered! For use in a stew or casserole, asked Joanna. There was a good suggestion to try Difatti gnocchi, which certainly is an idea, although clearly not quite the same.
GF Black Forest Gateau
Recipes abound online, but no ready-made option yet available …
Any more requests? Particularly keen to hear allergen-related requirements, as people with food allergies, especially children, are far worse catered for than those with coeliac disease.