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After years of struggling to find gluten free donuts, the community has been plunged into donut heaven this year. We had the opening of Foddies Donuts in Moonee Ponds to cater to us in Western Melbourne. You’ve got Gluten Off and GF Dessert Co at Markets for Brisbane and Sydney. Gluten Free Finder compiled the best donuts list and where to find them. Then finally we have one of the youngest businessmen I’ve met, filling the giant gap in the gluten free donut market in Geelong.
Meet Isaac, the young coeliac who has been inspired to create and provide Coeliac Safe donuts to those in Geelong and surrounding areas. His company is Gluten Free by Isaac and with the help of his Mum Michelle and little sister he is rocking the gluten free world. Being diagnosed, Isaac and his family has a strong knowledge of Coeliac disease and keep a 100% gluten free kitchen for their donuts. Additionally, when they deliver them to one of their stockists Isaac trains them on how to store and handle the donuts properly to avoid contamination. He is a real ambassador and it’s great to see someone working so hard to spread awareness.
Starting originally with just Jam and Nutella donuts, they recently they branched out to include some creative iced options as well. Furthermore, they created some pretzels you might be able to find around. The current list of stockists includes:
- Steampacket Foods
- Fika and CO on Pako
- Bearded Bros HQ
- Geelong West Social Club
- Waterfront Kitchen
- Parade Espresso Bar (Ocean Grove)
- New Zealand Natural (Torquay)
I’d also keep a watch on his Facebook page, they are always updating it with where their latest stock is being delivered. Prices vary at the moment due to the retailers however you can typically find them between $2.50 to $6.50 each. In addition, Isaac is available for catering, personal and corporate orders. Isaac’s donuts are even being featured at weddings.
While I was in Geelong over the weekend Isaac reached out and asked if I’d like to try some of the donuts as a thank you for sharing the business through social media. I’d been meaning to try and buy some for a little while now and couldn’t wait to meet the talented little chef so I eagerly agreed. The two boxes that I was given included their sample box of three jam and three Nutella donut balls. Additionally, there was a box containing two of their iced donuts. I’d been eying off the Salted Caramel Pretzel Donut the previous day. To find it in that box was definitely a highlight, there was also a strawberry iced flake donut with a Freddo head.
Isaac worked hard to perfect his donut recipe and it shows. The donuts are really good. They are fluffy in texture and have a decent flavour. The filled donuts have a good filling to donut ratio whether your choice is jam or Nutella. Thankfully the dough isn’t so sweet that the extra filling makes it sickly.
When it comes to the iced donuts we have the same fluffy dough, covered with a sweet icing that actually sets. There is a salted caramel sauce over the pretzel donut which is a secret recipe. The pretzels add a great crunch and the chocolate icing pairs well with it all. The strawberry icing was Brody’s favourite though it had a really sweet and addictive strawberry flavour. The creamy flake on top cut through that berry well and then you got into the donut itself. Really it is a great combination and that would be my pick of the four.
While the business is just starting out at the moment Isaac has big dreams. Discussions about Coeliac Society Endorsements are underway and their stockist list is growing. Within the next week, his website will also be going live. Following that, in two weeks we will see wagon wheels becoming available.
It is really encouraging to know that Isaac isn’t letting his diagnosis control his life and instead is motivated to use it for the better. He is really an inspiration. I look forward to keeping in touch and following his ventures.
Until Next Time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.