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Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re on a gluten free diet, it’s either an exciting or a terrifying time. For those excited about the festive season and the new gluten free products popping up everywhere, I salute you. What a time to be alive!

For those looking ahead at the festivities with some trepidation, fear not.

Christmas doesn’t have to be a scary time if you’re gluten free! There are so many new free from foods out there, get out and embrace the gluten free Christmas love.

But whether you’re new to a gluten free diet or a coeliac veteran, I’m pretty sure you can relate to at least some of these. Let me know if I’ve missed any in the comments below!

You stockpile mince pies. In October.

Remember the year supermarkets ran out of gluten free mince pies by December? NEVER AGAIN.

You start researching gravy

Now there are many gluten free options on the table, which gluten free gravy do you choose!?

You buy ready-made everything

Usually make your own stuffing? Bake your own mince pies? Screw it – the shops are doing ready made gluten free versions so you. will. eat. them.

You eat more chocolate than ever

Sure, you were on a diet to try to fit into that dress, but Tesco has brought out gluten free chocolate covered Christmas trees and you HAVE to try them.

You live off party food

“What’s for dinner darling?”

“Mozzarella sticks and crispy garlic stars.”


“They are gluten free so therefore we are eating them.”

You eat nothing but M&S Christmas sandwiches

Sure, you’re getting a bit sick of them by the end of November, but you simply have to get your fix before they go. 

You start craving stollen

You’ve never wanted it before, but it’s the one thing you can’t find in the free from aisle, and therefore the only thing you want.

You get irrationally angry in the Christmas aisle…

So many foods that aren’t gluten free! But why can’t I eat all the magical things I want to eat? *Looks at Malteasers reindeer and sobs*

…and fiercely protective in the free from aisle

No, get your own Christmas cake, this gluten free one cost three times as much, is half the price, and I don’t want to share!

And there’s nothing better than finding new gluten free Christmas food

Cue happy dance in the middle of the aisle, and telling anyone else who wanders near you about your fabulous find. Pannetone, I’m looking at you.

What have I missed?

I know there are probably more things that happen naturally at Christmas when you’re on a  gluten free diet – so I’ve missed any let me know the comments below!

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About Sarah Howells

Hi, I'm Sarah! Diagnosed with coeliac disease 20 years ago, I'm on a mission to create the best gluten free recipes since sliced bread. No fruit salads or dry brownies here.

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  1. Have you found any Gluten Free Christmas cake? The only one I’ve seen is in Asda and it says use by end Nov 2018.

  2. The best Gluten Free Christmas Cake Is Homemade and it was better than non GF ones Too and it is the one My mum mum makes – eats shop bought any day and keeps better so long as the box is out of reach! She adapted her regular fruitcake based recipe and substituted the flour for Glutafin (Schár) multipurpose white flour and the baking powder for The juice of lemons, now this may need Googled but it’s an alternative to baking powder as she found to her horror the day she was baking that it had gluten in it and googled alternative to baking powder. Mum knows her recipe off by heart, so it’s now written down, it was so good she is only making GF this year she usually makes 2 one of each, so we are going to do it step by step and note down what she does to make a recipe to save! If I get the recipe sorted in time for Christmas I’ll send it to Sarah.