I’ve been (mostly) off of wheat and dairy for well over a year now. What started as a desperate attempt to figure out why I was not feeling awesome… turned into an elimination of wheat, dairy, and sugar (and onions which I already knew I couldn’t eat). After 8 weeks I got the sugar back, but the wheat and dairy I left out because of how much better I felt.
But that has started a year-long quest to find food that is GOOD, that also doesn’t have any wheat or dairy in it. For me, I’m not worried about cross-contamination and actual gluten, and I cheat from time to time (though there are consequences).
I’ve decided in that quest, I should share my findings with anyone who will listen/read. With anyone who wants wheat free and dairy free food that still tastes like food as much as I do.
I’ve found three things to start with in the last couple of days. Disclaimer: I’m a terrible food photographer. I hope that this improves as I go along. Also — I’d opened the food already when I decided to do this. And some of it is gone. So…. you get packages.
1. Sandwich buns, which I used as hot dog buns. Promise Gluten Free comes all the way from Ireland! Since I’m going there for vacation in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, I can’t tell you how excited I am that they have a company that is successful enough at making gluten free food that they export to Canada. It means I’ll be able to eat! I hope.
Overall: The buns were not bad. If you’re looking for a bun that still has that chewy, gluten-y texture…. well, I’ve yet to find one. Let me know if you do! But this tastes pretty good, it was soft (despite having been frozen and then flown across the ocean, thawed, and then sold to me), and the biggest accomplishment I find with gluten free food…. it didn’t fall apart! They held together through the whole meal, and did not crumble. I can’t tell you how many brands of Gluten Free hamburger and hot dog buns I’ve tried, only to be left with one very happy dog, because they’ve crumbled around the meat and I’ve finished my meal with a knife and fork. Plus one for Promise! The dog lost out a little bit on that deal, though…
If you’re also soy free or nut free, Promise can meet that demand, too!
Price: 3.99 (Canadian) for 3 buns.
Found at: Metro
Also — pro tip! When you’re used to eating hot dogs and hamburgers bun-less, you fill up a lot faster with the buns on.
2. Promise Gluten Free Lemon Loaf.
This I could take or leave. I love lemon cake, so the bar was high. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a bit too dry. Again, this was made in Ireland, frozen, shipped across the ocean, thawed, and sold to me. It didn’t hold up to that journey quite as well as the buns did. I did enjoy the crunchy sugar bits on top! I probably won’t buy it again, because for the price I’m sure I could make my own, and it would likely be moist.
Price: 4.99 for one loaf
Found at: Metro
3. So Delicious Coconut Milk “Frozen Dessert” — chocolate chip cookie dough flavour.
The closest I can get to ice cream. So Delicious also makes a spectacular cashew milk dark chocolate fudge flavour, but I was in the mood for cookie dough. There’s something special about the sweet and salty combination that I have always loved! It’s perfect for these hot, sticky summer days!
And as an added bonus, the cookie dough bits are also gluten free!
Price: 5.99 (on sale — regular 6.99)
Found at: Metro
Stay tuned for more finds! I hope to be able to share my favourites out of the Canadian Gluten and Dairy Free market 🙂
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