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I can't quite believe August is over already - and yet here we are with another round of monthly gluten free favourites! It's been a pretty stressful month so I'm sad to say my blogging has lacked a little - as has, you can probably tell from this, my healthy eating.
But life is too short to eat boring food, and I have really been enjoying trying all these yummy new gluten free goodies as well as trying to sneak the *odd* training session in here and there - though it's been difficult.
Here are some of the treats I've discovered this month...
Sainsbury's gluten free chicken kievs
This was possibly my most exciting gluten free discovery this month! Sainsbury's rebranded their free from range earlier this year - but last week I noticed some new treats in the freezer aisle. As well as some new gluten free pizzas (see next item below!), cocktail sausages and some new frozen Genius gluten free pastry products, were gluten free chicken kievs! I remember Sainsbury's selling these a looong time ago and I snapped them straight up. They must be popular because they've pretty much sold out every week and they are DELICIOUS. Get out there and buy them now - you won't be disappointed!
New Sainsbury's gluten free pizzas
I won't lie - Sainsbury's gluten free pizzas used to be really horrid. Cardboardy and tasteless, but when I saw these newly packaged ones I had to try them. And they are SO GOOD. The margherita pizza is delicious, with a soft base and plenty of cheese. And the pepperoni one has LOTS of topping - as does the vegetable one. They were all so delicious and I think these might be one of my new favourites - apart from the fact they are quite small.
Marks and Spencer mini chocolate, hazelnut and praline cakes
Seriously, what is this wizardry? Moist (shudder, least favourite word) chocolate cake, thick, sweet frosting, crunchy hazelnut - this is pure wickedness in it's most decadent, chocolate form. I saw someone post about these gluten free cakes on Instagram and I had to find them. Amazingly my local M&S had them and they were worth the trip - this was some seriously good cake.
Perkier snack bars
Perkier are one of my favourite gluten free companies and although I am still mourning the loss of their amazing gluten free rocky road and tiffin slices (PLEASE bring them back!!) these 'healthier' snack bars are a treat too. I loved the texture of the quinoa bars and their crunch, and thought the flavour combinations worked really well. They certainly gave me a boost of much-needed energy to move Steve's gym equipment round the other weekend!
Gluten free rhubarb and ginger crumble
I was very proud to be features by Wayfair UK in their 'inspiration' section of their website among some other very talented bloggers. My dad gave me some rhubarb from his garden and paired with ginger, it makes one of my favourite crumbles. Sweet, tangy and gluten free, you can find the recipe here alongside some other fab free from creations.
Gluten free pies from Pieminister
I was very lucky to be sent some delicious gluten free pies from Pieminister to try. There were two varieties - the Moo pie and the Heidi pie. The Moo pie is as expected - chunks of steak and a thick gluten free ale gravy. It's delicious and perfect served hot with some mashed potato. The Heidi pie was my favourite, with a filling of goat's cheese, sweet potato and spinach. It's sweet and creamy and so tasty hot or cold. The pastry is gorgeously flaky and golden - these gluten free pies are a real triumph.
Tales of a Wooden Spoon
Tales of a Wooden Spoon is a local (Ilfracombe, North Devon) based company to me which specialises in gluten, dairy and refined sugar free treats. I have been dying to try her bakes and was very excited to hear Tommy G, the sandwich man who swings by my work every day, is now selling them. I picked up this peanut butter and jelly gluten free flapjack and it was so good - I can't wait to try some of her other cakes!
What have you favourite gluten free products been this month? Have you tried any of these free from goodies? Comment below and let me know your August favourites!