There are so many things I miss now that I am gluten-free. Cookies, cakes, muffins, crackers…I barely ate muffins before giving up the Big G, but now I crave them regularly. And for me, PMS without a box (or three) of cookies is torture.
My Dad usually sends me a box of goodies for my birthday, and they have always consisted primarily of Cadbury’s, Lemon Creams, Tennis Biscuits, Nuttikrusts and Big Korn Bites. With the exception of Cadbury’s (I interpreted the “may contain gluten” on the ingredients list as “does not contain gluten, so please indulge often!”), all these delightful treats are now off-limits. The gluten-free range in Korea is really limited — I have only been able to find pasta thus far — so I asked Dad to help me out with snack supplies. A few days after my birthday, I went home to find a huge box, crammed with goodies, waiting for me.
Not all GF treats actually taste good, and sometimes just eating a damned apple is more satisfying, but I was pleasantly surprised by the majority of the stuff in that box. If you are GF and just want to have something normal, maybe this list will help. 🙂
Homemade hot chocolate
This is super simple and ridiculously yummy. I tweaked a recipe that I found online (you can find the original here). The result was a chocolatey, rich delight. And I LOVE that I can drink milk! Cow’s milk has not been agreeing with me for a few years – my stomach hurts and I feel nauseous soon after ingesting it (I ignore this whenever I eat cheese…). As well as being creamy and smelling great, almond milk is dairy free! Woohoo!
1 heaped tsp raw cacao powder (I use Earth Circle Organics Organic Ecuadorian Cacao powder — from iHerb)
2 tsp Coconut sugar (I use Big Tree Farms Organic Coconut Sugar — from iHerb)
1 cup Almond Milk (I use Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened — from Gmarket)
- Pour the milk into a pot, and turn the heat on low.
- When the milk is warm, stir in the cacao powder.
- Use a whisk to blend the milk and cacao.
- When the mixture is hot, pop in the coconut sugar and serve.
Gullón: cookies with chocolate chips
I have to say, this packaging did not inspire much optimism, mostly because of the red cookies. I opened the packet inside gingerly, and I squealed with delight. The cookies are just adorable. Bite-sized and mercifully brown. They are also delicious. Good enough to satisfy the naughty craving, but not too sweet or rich. The biscuits are egg and nut free, but may contain milk. I will probably only eat these when I am really dying for a quick treat, because they contain soy, and Hashimoto’s humans are supposed to avoid soy.
Fantico: Rice Snacks
One of my favourite snacks while I was at university was Provita Multigrain Crispbread and cheese. It was a quick and easy meal when I was too busy fretting about essays to cook. Even in Korea, when I could get my hands on decent cheese, I would buy a box of crackers, put on a series, and basically stuff my face until I felt vaguely ill.
Finally, I have a replacement! I have tried these rice snacks with both cheese and tuna, and they are divine. The sour cream and chives flavour is just strong enough, and is really complementary. The crackers are really light, too, so I can eat and eat and eat and not get bloated. Even if you are not off gluten, I would recommend these. They’re some of the best crackers I have ever tried.
Orgran: Buckwheat pancakes
Pancakes are another treat I did not crave until they were forbidden to me. I made these one lazy afternoon with Adam, feeling very nervous (this is, after all, a kind of baking – and baking is definitely NOT my strong suit) as I beat in the eggs. I used the entire bag, which was enough for several breakfasts. I froze half the batch as I never would have been able to eat them all before they got mouldy, and they were just as yum after being defrosted!
Solare: Penne pasta
I haven’t been a huge fan of GF pasta thus far. It just tastes weird, and often not worth the pretty penny it costs. However, I came across this brand at Costco one night and decided to give it a go. Solare did not disappoint. While GF pasta will (to me) never taste quite as decadent as wheat pasta, this is the closest texture-wise that I have tried. You have to watch GF pasta like a hawk, because it goes from al dente to gloopy gloopiness in the matter of a minute. Will definitely buy this again!
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