If you are a vegan or on the path to stopping your intake of animal products, dealing with Coeliac Disease or a gluten intolerance may prove difficult. Of course, there are plenty of natural foods that you can enjoy that are both vegan-friendly and gluten free. Fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and non-gluten grains all fall into this category. Creating fresh and simple meals is the easiest and healthiest way to go. However, what if you crave something else? What if you need something quick and easy? For these times when you want something a little bit naughtier what exactly is there on offer?
A lot of savoury vegan food contains wheat as a filler. It bulks the product out and provides fibre. Therefore to help in the product jungle, I compiled a list of a few of my favourite Vegan and gluten free products for you to check out.
1. Fry’s Vegan Nuggets
The Fry’s nuggets are made of Rice protein and chia rolled in a gluten free crumb. While previously these products had a may contain statement, Fry’s rectified this and they are now completely gluten free. Be careful though there are only a few of their products that are gluten free, most of the other range contains gluten.
These are delicious and in my opinion more filling than their meat counterparts. I topped them with a vegan mayo for some creaminess. I purchased these from Coles but Woolworths also stocks them. The packet retails for around $6.
2. Amy’s Kitchen Mexican Rice and Bean Burrito
Amy’s Kitchen has a good corner of the market covered, providing gluten free and vegan frozen goods. The Mexican burrito is probably one of my favourite heat and eat meals. The burritos also contain no cholesterol and are soy and tree nut free as well. When you take a bite into one of these vegan burrito’s you definitely don’t feel like anything is missing at all. I could easily eat these for lunch any day of the week. They usually cost around $5.
The Amy’s Kitchen burritos aren’t the only thing they do vegan either. They have a range of soups as well, perfect for those cold nights. They have traditional refried beans too in case you want to make your own burrito.
3. Fino Lollies
Gelatine is one of those ingredients that is found in almost everything. It is an ingredient people often forget to check in regards to its vegan status. However, the Fino Premium Confections Flavoured Jells are Gelatine free and vegan. The two varieties available at my local IGA are the Berry Jells and Citrus Jells with flavours like:
- and Orange
These are perfect if you are feeling like a treat. They are sold at my IGA for $2.98 a pack. Each pack contains 15 individually wrapped jells perfect for popping in your bag. If you aren’t into lollies and are more of a chocolate fan, check out Sweet William Chocolate. Sweet William chocolate can be purchased in Coles and online in a variety of forms. I love the chocolate Santa’s that come out around Christmas.
4. Melinda’s Mug Puddings
The Melinda’s mug puddings became a favourite the moment I tried them last year. Since I feature them often, you probably already know all about them. Did you know, that the range was vegan as well?
All three varieties contain no animal products what so ever and during your cooking process all you need to do is add in a non-animal butter and milk to keep the entire pudding gluten free and vegan. Unfortunately, these do contain Soy Flour for anyone with an allergy to soy. You can purchase these from Coles, Independent Stores and Online at Melindasgfg.com
5. Enjoy Life Foods
These recent additions to the Australian market are free of so many allergens it is no wonder that some of the range are vegan as well. Enjoy Life Foods have four products in their new range that are vegan-friendly including their chocolate chip and dark chocolate cookies. Perfect isn’t it. The Enjoy Life range can be found in the allergy aisle of your local Woolworths. Read my article for prices and the full review of their products.
6. Savoury Vege Mince
The final product just so happens to be vegan-friendly and Coeliac Society endorsed. The Savoury Vege Mince is perfect for substituting in lasagne. Trust me they’ll never know the difference. Well, at least when I’ve swapped it for the real thing no one has noticed. Of course, you can use it in pasta applications as well. Really anything you can think of. You can typically find this product in IGA, Coles and Woolworths stores.
These are just a few of my favourite gluten free vegan products. There are plenty more out on the market including the faux meats I’ve previously featured in my gluten free finds. I also enjoy the vegan Greek yoghurt by Kingland Dairy. Please share your favourites in the comments below to help out a fellow reader.
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Until Next Time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.