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If you’re looking for gluten free afternoon tea recipes then you have certainly come to the right place!

Afternoon tea is always a great idea in my mind and I’ve got plenty of gluten free recipes from scones and cakes to sausage rolls.

So whether you’re planning a gluten free cream tea, a picnic spread, or even a Platinum Jubilee tea party, everything you need is right here.

Often afternoon tea recipes are based around gluten-containing treats, but not mine!

All of these afternoon tea recipes are 100% gluten free and coeliac-friendly with some easily adaptable to be dairy free and vegan too.

When preparing an afternoon tea for someone with coeliac disease it’s important to ensure there are no cross contamination risks.

Of course, the easiest way to do this is to make everything gluten free, and you could easily do this with all the recipes below.

If this isn’t possible, make sure you prepare the gluten free food completely separately and serve it separately too.

It may help to create a gluten free corner, plate or stand so that those options are clearly marked and away from any gluten-containing foods.

If you have any questions please do drop me a comment at the end of the post – and I really hope you enjoy all these gluten free afternoon tea recipes!

Gluten Free Scones

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It just wouldn’t be an afternoon tea without a fresh batch of warm, gluten free scones.

These are very simple to bake and perfect topped with clotted cream and jam.

Get my gluten free scones recipe here.

Gluten Free Sausage Rolls

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A plate of warm gluten free sausage rolls always goes down a treat and nothing beats making them with homemade puff pastry.

It’s really not as difficult as you think and it’ll certainly impress your guests!

Get my gluten free sausage rolls recipe here.

Gluten Free Battenberg

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A slice of gluten free battenberg always looks lovely in an afternoon tea spread, and it’s a quintessential British bake.

The pretty yellow and pink sponge is sandwiched in a marzipan blanket and it looks just the part in any tea party.

Get my gluten free battenberg recipe here.

Gluten Free Victoria Sponge

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If you’re making a gluten free afternoon tea to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee then surely you have to make a Victoria Sponge?

This light and fluffy cake is sandwiched with buttercream and strawberry jam for a lovely slice of happiness and is easy to make dairy free too.

Get my gluten free Victoria sponge recipe here.

Gluten Free Quiche

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I have a few gluten free quiche recipes on the blog but this Mexican Quiche always goes down really well.

It’s made with a simple pastry and is delicious both hot and cold so you can make it ahead of time if you need to.

Get my gluten free Mexican quiche recipe.

Gluten Free Fairy Cakes

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I love making gluten free fairy cakes and these are a great recipe to get kids involved in hosting and enjoying an afternoon tea.

Plus this recipe is easily adaptable to be vegan and dairy free too – and you can decorate them to fit your theme.

Get my gluten free fairy cakes recipe here.

Gluten Free Cheese Scones


If you fancy scones but want a savoury version then you have to give my gluten free cheese scones a go.

They’re delicious when served warm slathered with butter and you can also load them up with extra cheese and some chutney too.

Get my gluten free cheese scones recipe here.

Gluten Free Lemon Bars

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If you want an easy and zesty crowdpleaser than can be made ahead of time then you’ll love these gluten free lemon bars.

They’re great to slice up into squares as part of an afternoon tea platter and you can even mix them up with lime or orange if you like.

Get my gluten free lemon bars recipe.

Gluten Free Tea Loaf

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Gluten free tea loaf is another afternoon tea classic and my recipe is not only super easy but it’s also vegan too.

A slice of this is lovely with butter and a cuppa – and it’s even better when made ahead of time so perfect for an organised host!

Get my gluten free tea loaf recipe here.

Gluten Free Cornish Pasties

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I love a full-size Cornish pasty but making miniature versions of my gluten free recipe would also be fabulous for an afternoon tea.

They’re super easy to make using my gluten free shortcrust pastry and can be served either hot or cold.

Get my gluten free Cornish pasty recipe here.

Gluten Free Brownies


I know I give gluten free brownies a lot of stick but when done right they are an absolute thing of beauty!

These triple chocolate brownies are deliciously fudgy and so good your guests won’t even know that they’re gluten free.

Get my gluten free triple chocolate brownies recipe here.

Gluten Free Cherry Bakewells


Just how cute do these gluten free cherry Bakewells look when served up as part of an afternoon tea spread?

These mini Bakewell tarts use my simple pastry recipe and a sweet frangipane to make a tasty teatime treat.

Get my gluten free cherry Bakewells recipe here.

Gluten Free Lemon Drizzle Cake


I absolutely adore lemon drizzle cake and this simple bake is one which your afternoon tea guests will absolutely love too.

The zesty lemon sponge is drizzled with a lemon syrup and a lemon icing to make the perfect treat with a cup of tea.

Get my gluten free lemon drizzle cake recipe here.

Gluten Free Viennese Whirls

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I do miss being able to raid the biscuit tin and my gluten free Viennese whirls will bring back all that nostalgia.

With a buttercream and jam filling these biscuits make a lovely addition to an afternoon tea spread.

Get my gluten free Viennese Whirls recipe here.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Gluten free carrot cake recipe

You can’t go wrong serving up a slice of gluten free carrot cake and this recipe is also dairy free too.

It’s perfect for serving the masses and is a recipe which everyone will love – plus it goes down very nicely with a cuppa.

Get my gluten free carrot cake recipe.

Like these gluten free afternoon tea recipes?

If you do make any of these recipes please let me know!

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And if you have any recipe suggestions, please let me know in the comments what you’d like to see next!

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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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