Shopping can seem a daunting task when first looking for gluten free vegan friendly products and stockists to make your first gluten free meal. There are four primary resources
- Your local health-food shop. You will be able to ask detailed questions the gluten free vegan or vegetarian products on offer and how they are used
- Local stores provide a wealth of ingredients for example Bangladeshi stores stock gram flour, tapioca flour etc. at reasonable prices (often cheaper than supermarkets) and Vietnamese and Chinese stores sell amazing vegetables and pre-fried tofu (a really useful freezer staple)
- Supermarket – fortunately most supermarkets now stock a large range of ‘free from’ foods at reasonable prices
- The internet where a growing number of on line stores offer a vast array of vegan and gluten free products. Shopping online, while not instant, does have the advantage of a large selection and the convenience of having the goods delivered straight to the door.
There are a number of large suppliers of a wide range of products. I have included some below
Goodness Direct. UK based on line shop ‘for all things Healthy, Fresh, Eco and Organic, where healthy shopping is made easy’. Not everything is gluten free and vegan but it has a good selection including gluten free teff flakes which are really hard to get hold of, various Lazy Days products which are all gluten free including vegan Belgian dark chocolate tiffin and chocolate ginger slices and my all time favourite sweet treat Orgran liquorice. A search on the site for gluten free vegan returns over 100 products which is a reasonable selection.
Naturally Good Food. UK based on line wholefood shop. Specialising in case discounts and supplying in bulk.
Unicorn Grocery. A fantastic cooperative in Manchester with a wide range of gluten free vegan ingredients and foods.
Whole Foods Market. Big US chain but a great one stop shop.
Below are a range of producers I have used and where available a link to some products.
Allergycare offers a range of gluten free products to make your life a bit easier, there are some nice little treats especially for children and whizzers footballs are certainly a favourite with many children we know!
Biona is an organic producer (brand of Windmill Organics Ltd) with a large range of gluten free vegan prodcuts such as organic raw virgin coconut oil, Biona hazelnut butter and Biona gluten free rice and sunflower seed bread.
Clearspring is a privately owned UK company established in the 1980s to distribute great tasting traditional foods that support good health; promote sustainable agriculture; and provide economic stability for producer communities. All products are vegan and many are gluten free. Products include gluten free tamari soya sauce The site also has some interesting recipes which you can search on ‘gluten free’ (but not vegan however many seem to be vegan).
Doves Farm. An organic flour and gluten free flour specialist. With separate mills for organic and gluten free flours as well as a separate bakery. From gluten free plain white flour, gluten free white bread flour, gluten free baking powder, xanthan gum and for a treat lemon zest cookies.
Ecomil. The European leader in organic nut drinks. The aim of the company is to develop nutritionally sound products that respond to specific dietary needs as well as forming part of a healthy diet in general. Almond milk is my favourite milk at the moment and Ecomil also produce a powdered soya milk (handy for travelling).
Organica produce my favourite gluten free vegan sweet treat a hazelnut nougat dark chocolate bar. They also produce a coconut dark chocolate bar (not for me but I know other love it!) and more traditional style bars of chocolate including a gluten free vegan white chocolate bar.
Ener-g is a US based company. “Our mission at Ener-G Foods, as one of the country’s foremost producers of foods for diet-restrictive individuals, is to provide a wide range of ready-made foods and mixes that are wholesome, nutritious, risk-free and great tasting. We are constantly responding to the demand for special diets with research, innovative products, and convenience foods.” Ener-g do a great egg replacer as well as a flax loaf.
Kallo Foods produces rice cakes and is also part of the same company that produces Rice Dream. They do a good wholegrain rice cereal which is great for breakfast as well as chocolate rice cakes and the rice cakes with sesame are delicious.
Montezumas is a Brighton based chocolate producer with a number of gluten free vegan products including gfv dark chocolate buttons and chilli chocolate bars. It has a few stores and their chocolate is stocked in many supermarkets and health foods stores.
Orgran. An Australian company and leading brand manufacturer of gluten free vegan products whose primary focus is on health and nutrition. They have an enormous product range from egg replacer to custard powder and from rice pasta spirals to wholegrain bread mix.
Plamil. A UK based company – all Plamil products are dairy free and gluten free, and produced their own ‘no nuts’ factory.
Prewett’s ground flax seeds are a really important addition to many gluten free vegan bread and cake recipes.
Rizopia is a Canadian company specialising in organic rice pasta manufacturing from spaghetti to brown rice lasagne. Rizopia has been producing rice pasta products in 100% gluten-free/ nut-free premise since its first introduction in 2001.
Salute is gluten free pasta. Available in some supermarkets.