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If there is one thing every coeliac hates, it’s ANOTHER gluten free brownie. That feeling when you walk into a coffee shop or cafe and the only gluten free offering is the humble chocolate brownie.

In fact, when I wrote my post on 19 things you’ll understand if you have coeliac disease, the chocolate brownie seemed to invoke some pure rage!



So here are 13 things every coeliac feels about gluten free brownies, illustrated by the most GIF-able television character and all round legend, Michael Scott.

And if you haven’t seen The Office US, you should all go and watch it now! How many of these are true for you!?


What could it be, what could it BE!?

Oh wait, it’s another gluten free chocolate brownie…

Just what I wanted to see. Wasn’t expecting that at all.

….maybe there’s another option?

Please God let it not be fruit.

Oh, nope. OK.

Chocolate brownie or starve then! Yippee.

Why aren’t there savoury gluten free options?

I mean the only time I like to eat chocolate for a main meal is Christmas. 

Why are my friends eating gluten-y cakes in front of me?

They are no longer my friends.

I’ll try and put on a brave face…

Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave…

…meanwhile inside my brain

I just want to cry, but that would be so inappropriate in the middle of Costa.

Why is it so small?

In fact, why is everything gluten free so small!? Are we all tiny, tiny people?

….and so expensive!?

Hang on let me just take out a loan for my brownie supplies.

And why is it so dry?

I mean, you’ve got ONE gluten free option, you needn’t have bothered.

I’m never coming back here unless they do something else gluten free

#BrownieBoycott. Let’s get that trending.

And that feeling when you FINALLY find something gluten free that isn’t a brownie

Anyone else just want to go and hug the cafe owner? No…? Just me then…

Loving the coeliac humour?

Let me know if I missed any gluten free brownie-induced emotions in the comments below, and make sure you come say hello in my Facebook group!

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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. Oh i am home………someone who understands me. I am not coeliac, apparently according to tests, but I have all the same symptoms and problems. I believe it is called non coeliac gluten enteropathy, we, those of us who have an IGg antibody reaction to gluten inhabit a no mans land where we are not diagnosed as coeliac but do not have allergies ( no IGe mediated response) and therefore not taken seriously by health professionals, we are diagnosed as having IBS but the only time I get the IBS is when I eat wheat/gluten. I experience the incredible pain bloating nausea and long term issues that people with coeliac have.
    It’s lovely to see a site with so many lovely recipes and your comment about gluten free brownies was so how I feel especially as I don’t have a sweet tooth! That said I was on here looking for the Royal Wedding cake recipe as I just want to join in and will definitely try your lemon and elderflower cake, it looks delicious.
    Thanks for your site from those of us in no mans land. Anna

  2. Or worse still:
    “We have orange and polenta cake…” *points to a pat of polenta coated in syrup*


    1. You are so right with that one! 😀 I feel like there is some cafe code that no coeliac will ever eat a regular sponge cake with 2 layers and frosting on each layer. You know…like a normal cake. That is perfectly simple to make GF.

  3. Hehe, it is funny and probably true for a lot of coeliacs but . . . not me! I regard the availability of a brownie as the march of progress! Gluten Free Brownies are like pioneers and scouts. If they can establish a foothold in a new place, more might follow!

    Also, because they are so very, very ubiquitous a gluten free brownie now has to be very, very good to pass muster. It is not enough that they are gluten free, they have to be simply great.

    Lets say a fair benchmark is the Leon Better Brownie. I am going to name two I think that are outstanding. One is the Chocolate Orange Brownie from Cookies & Scream. Two is the Dulce de Leche Brownie from Elizabeth D Bakes.

    Try them and rekindle love of gluten free brownies 😛

    Offering evidence for Cookies & Scream Brownies!

    Offering evidence for Elizabeth D Bakes Brownies!

  4. Heya, I think Pret a Manger read and took notice! They *do not* have a gluten free brownie and until a couple weeks ago did not have a gluten free cake option at all. They have launched a fresh baked gluten free Lemon Drizzle cake slice which is rather nice!

    So they have defied convention, bypassed the brownie stage and gone straight to something different. Okay sure, not wild either, Lemon Drizzle, but definitely not a brownie! 🙂

  5. I completely agree, both my children are GF and I don’t really want my 6 and 3year olds to be chomping down on brownies every lunch time we are out & about and I forget to pack lunch. Drives me crazy, as does the idea that we only provide GF meals for adults, GF children??!?!? 😤😂

  6. I went for an afternoon tea recently. The garden centre sell so many different gf cakes I thought I was in for a real treat. While my friends ate their fresh cream scones I sat and nibbled my way through chocolate brownies. Grrrr

  7. The bit about no savoury gluten free options and tiny portions got me. Am I not allowed a decent lunch!? Forcing down some salad leaves while your friends dig into a giant cheese toastie hurts me deeply. </3

  8. It’s almost as if, just because something is Gluten Free, we HAVE to actually ‘like it’.

    I’ve been for Gluten Free Afternoon Tea where there have been no options whatsoever regarding sandwich fillings. NEVER in a million years, would I select ‘Roast Beef with Horseradish and Wholegrain Mustard’, ‘Smoked Salmon’, ‘Smashed Avocado’, ‘Smoked Ham’, ‘Salmon and Cucumber’ ………………… PLEASE, just give me ‘Ham & Tomato’, ‘Cheese ‘n’ Onion’, ‘Egg Mayo’, ‘Roast Beef & Onion’, ‘Prawn Mayo’ – as long as the bread is ‘reasonably decent’ and Gluten Free ;-).

    I HAVE found one local independent coffee shop where they keep GF Paninis in the freezer – and they will do me a Ham & Cheese Toasted Panini ………………….. makes me feel ‘almost’ normal :-D!

  9. I have a totally gluten free tearoom. We will NOT sell a brownie. I was fed up of them at least 10 years ago 😄😄