28 July 2018

Living Gluten and Dairy Free

In the middle of last year, it became increasingly obvious that something wasn't right within my body, I won't go into details, but it was extremely unpleasant and finding the cause took months. It turns out that as well as being lactose intolerant I had also become gluten intolerant. Living a dairy-free life is hard enough, but finding out that you also have to give up anything containing wheat or gluten is doubly hard as it is in just about everything.

So if like me, you have suddenly had to give up anything that contains gluten and/or dairy don't despair below is a list of some products that I have found that taste good and won't upset your digestive system, I will continue to add to the list when I try new products.

Gluten Free

BFree Sweet Potato Wraps (there is also a Quinoa & Chia wrap, but it’s not as pliable. I haven’t tried the Multigrain yet.)

Pure Bred Hamburger buns

Helga’s Gourmet rolls

Toscano Gluten Free Pizza Base

While I really enjoy the bread listed below I don't like the fact that they come wrapped in two plastic bags. One isn't enough?

Abbot’s Bakery Soy & Linseed bread - this is the best gluten-free bread I've found.

Abbot's Rustic White loaf

Helga's Soy & Linseed is also very good

Orgran Bread Crumbs

Genius Soft White  Bread Rolls

Woolworths Select Lemon & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Woolworths Select Mint Slices

Woolworths Choc Chip Biscuits - Not only are they dairy and gluten-free they are also egg-free and soy-free.

Leda Chocolate Chip Cookies are not only are they delicious, but they are also dairy-free, gluten-free and suitable for vegans.

Leda Arrowroot biscuits

Coles Gluten-Free Banana Bread (boxed) It's very good, but a little too sweet for my tastes.

Coles Gluten Free Apple Pies (2 pack)

Barilla GF Spaghetti

Barilla GF Penne

Barilla GF Elbows

Changs Gluten Free Wok-Ready Noodles 

Kellogs Gluten Free Cornflakes 

Freedom Foods Muesli - Fruits and Seeds

Dairy Substitutes

Weiss Real Good Feel Good bars - Pineapple and Coconut, Mango, Passionfruit and Coconut. They also make a Dark Chocolate and Coconut that I haven't tried yet.

Nudie Coconut Yoghurt - Natural. It also comes in Mango and Passionfruit, Blueberry, Strawberry and Watermelon and Vanilla.

Nakula Harvest Coconut Yoghurt with Passionfruit - Thick and creamy just like dairy yoghurt. The coconut flavour isn't very strong and the only sweetness seems to come from the passionfruit itself. My only complaint is that it could have a bit more of a tang to it, it also comes in mango and natural which I will be trying next.

Cocobella Passionfruit Coconut Yoghurt

Sanitarium So Good Frozen Dessert - Vanilla Bliss and Salted Caramel and Almond. I love the Vanilla Bliss, it's so smooth and creamy. I have yet to try the Choc Almond or Chocolate Bliss if you have let me know what you thought of them. Edited: I have recently tried the Chocolate Bliss and it is delicious.

Nuttelex Original - It is an excellent dairy-free substitute for butter and can be used in the same way.

Vitasoy Soy Milky Regular - My favourite soy milk

Bio Pizza Shred 

Follow Your Heart Parmesan Style Cheese - The best Parmesan replacement I've found.

Organic Provamel Soya single cream alternative

Sweet William - this company makes a whole range of chocolate products including baking chocolate, chocolate bars and blocks (the white chocolate and white chocolate with strawberry pieces is my favourite), chocolate spread (which is also nut-free for anyone who has a nut allergy), and they also make Easter bunnies and chocolate Santas.

The best advice I can give to anyone reading this is to make sure you read labels thoroughly before you buy anything, you would be amazed at the products that have gluten, wheat and dairy in them even products that you wouldn't think would contain them, I found this out the hard way.


  1. I hope all the changes you made have you feeling a lot better now, Jan. While I don't have a dairy intolerance, I do find that I get an upset and crampy tummy if I have too much wheat. I tend to keep away from bread even though others in my household are sandwich lovers! I use spelt for baking mostly and find that much kinder though, for some, it's not tolerable. Meg:)

    1. I feel much better, thank you Meg and I'm finding it easier to live dairy and gluten free then I thought I would. I still miss cheese though, but with all the new vegan cheeses available in the supermarkets now even that's not too bad.

  2. Sorry to hear about this however your body will be thanking you in the long run. Not sure if GF and DF is part of the FODMAP - have you heard of it? My friend can't have dairy or glutten and she is on FODMAP. The Monash University in Melbourne created the FODMAP app so check it out as it might be helpful to have it on your phone. Kathy

    1. Thanks Kathy, I am feeling so much better now. Yes, I have heard of FODMAP and looked into it, but I don't think I need it at the moment, thank you for the suggestion though.