5 top tips for creating a gluten free dinner party menu

Here, Katie Georgeson from kitchen appliance manufacturer Stoves gives us her top tips for hosting a gluten-free dinner party that will impress all of your guests.

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Going gluten-free or catering to a coeliac guest doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t cook up some of your favourite meals for everyone to enjoy. Avoiding wheat, barley, rye and oats in your cooking is easy and you might be surprised at how many of your usual meals are naturally free of these ingredients.

Get the party going with some drinks

Some alcoholic drinks, such as beer, lager, stout, and ale, use malt or barley in their recipe, but you can find gluten-free alternatives. Plus, soft drinks, distilled spirits, cider, port, sherry and wine should all be suitable. Have a selection of drinks ready and hand them out as your guests arrive. Or, set up a refreshment station with drinks and garnishes to keep them going while you finish preparing your first course.

Start off light

When it comes to your starters, you can easily serve up a gluten-free dish that will blow your guests away. Why not keep it simple with a homemade soup or salad? Or you can impress with some spicy Thai salmon fishcakes and a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Whatever you choose to make, be sure to keep it light to avoid your guests getting too full after the first course.

Try to cook everything from scratch using fresh ingredients. If you can’t, remember that some processed foods, like condiments, can contain gluten. You should always check the label if you’re unsure.

Go big with your main

For your main, you can fight off those carb cravings with a flavoursome rice dish. Why not serve up a seafood risotto or paella for a tasty and filling main? Or, use corn or soba noodles as an alternative to pasta and top them with your favourite sauce.

A juicy steak fried with garlic and mushrooms is always a crowd favourite, and you can add variety to the dish with some vegetable sides. Or, you could make a spicy beef chilli and offer guests a vegan option using beans instead.

Add some tasty sides

Classic salad or vegetable sides can work well with almost any meal. You can also make up for the lack of bread with some simple potato dishes, like mash or roast potatoes.

If you feel your dish wouldn’t be complete without a loaf or two, you can create your own gluten-free versions using Delicious Alchemy’s white or brown bread mixes. You could even use these to make your own pizza bases for a more relaxed get together.

Finish on a high note

As one of the most difficult courses to make without using flour or wheat-based products, you can dress up naturally gluten-free desserts, like ice cream, with some less traditional flavours. Why not go for a lavender and honey or tea-flavoured ice cream? Or make a showstopping pavlova with a light meringue and some fresh berries and cream.

You could even use Delicious Alchemy’s packaged mixes to make your own gluten-free versions of staple desserts, like chocolate brownies. Serve your brownies with a scoop of caramel ice cream for an indulgent course. Or, use a vanilla sponge mix to create anything from cupcakes to a Victoria sponge cake — add some lemon zest and juice to transform yours into a zingy loaf.

By following our simple tips and suggestions, you can impress your guests with your showstopping gluten-free menu to make your get together a night everyone can enjoy.

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Guide to Gluten Free Snacks On-the-Go

One of the challenges of following a gluten free diet is being able to get your hands on tasty snacks when you’re out and about. But fear no more. We’ve created this handy guide full of our favourite recipes to fulfil your gluten free snacking needs, even on a busy schedule!

Gluten Free Raw Cacao Energy Balls

Energy balls are perfect for mid-afternoon slumps. These delicious Gluten Free Raw Cacao Energy Balls are packed with our Gluten and Dairy Free Oats that give you lasting energy. This recipe will make 16 energy balls to keep you going right through the week! Simply store in an airtight container and nibble when you’re in need of a pick-me-up!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Breadsticks

With the help of our Delicious Alchemy White Bread Mix, these crunchy breadsticks are a no hassle snack to bake up ready for a busy day! Pair with your favourite dip or eat as they come – either way they’re delicious! Find out how to make them here!

Gluten Free and Vegan Flapjack

Home-made tray bakes such as flapjack can be a great portable snack for a full-packed day. These Gluten Free and Vegan Super Fruity Flapjacks are ideal for snacking when you need a boost! Make them your own by switching up the dried fruit and seeds to create alternative tasty bites!

Gluten Free Bircher Muesli

Gluten Free Bircher Muesli made with our Gluten and Dairy Free Oats is perfect for those who prefer an extra 5 minutes in bed. Prepare the night before by adding oats, raisins, cranberries, apple juice, milk and water to a jar, mix well and leave in the fridge overnight. The brilliantly simple blend of fruit and oats provides a speedy and perfectly nutritious breakfast to fuel your day. If you have a little less time in the morning, prepare in a sealable jar and take your muesli to go!

Gluten Free Oaty Cookies

Cookies are the ultimate sweet treat to keep you going through a jam packed day, and these Gluten Free Pistachio and Almond Oaty Cookies are no exception. Wonderfully scrumptious and packed with flavour and texture, these cookies can be baked in advance and will be ready to go when you are!

Gluten Free Chocolate And Peanut Butter Rocky Road Clusters

Whether you’re rushed of your feet or simply snoozing on the sofa, these indulgent Gluten Free Chocolate and Peanut Butter Rocky Road bites made with our Nutty Granola are perfect for snacking! Super quick to make and gone even quicker!

We’d love to hear your recipes for gluten free snacking on-the-go, share them with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Our Top 5 Gluten Free Summertime Treats – 2019 update

With temperatures beginning to rise and Brits everywhere finding a new sort of weather to complain about, we at Delicious Alchemy got to thinking about our favourite summery gluten free treats. From granola ice lollies to bread rolls perfect for picnics, there’s a little something for everyone. Which will you be trying this summer?


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Our Top 6 Gluten Free Summertime Treats

With temperatures reaching new highs this week and Brits everywhere finding a new sort of weather to complain about, we at Delicious Alchemy got to thinking about our favourite summery gluten free treats. From granola ice lollies to bread rolls perfect for picnics, there’s a little something for everyone. Which will you be trying this summer?


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Coeliac Awareness Week 2017 Day 6: Gluten Free Granola Pots

We’re very proud of our Wonderfully Nutty Granola. Not only is it totally gluten free, it’s also a very key part of this deliciously simple recipe. Perfect for breakfast or a light dessert, these granola pots have it all!

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We think it’s the homemade compote that makes these gluten free granola pots extra special. However, if you’re in the mood for an instant dish, simply substitute it for shop-bought… we won’t tell!

You can pick up a bag of our Wonderfully Nutty Granola in Sainsbury’s.

Coeliac Awareness Week

This week, 8-14 May, is Coeliac Awareness Week. This annual week-long event is run by the fantastic charity Coeliac UK, and this year focuses on eating out and eating on the go. Find out more here and join the #glutenfreevolution! We’re celebrating with a new blog or recipe every day – and don’t forget you can use the code COELIAC17 for free shipping throughout May!

Click here for Day 1: A Delicious Giveaway!

Click here for Day 2: DIY Rice Milk & Oat Milk

Click here for Day 3: Living Gluten Free as a Student

Click here for Day 4: A Springtime Showstopper recipe

Click here for Day 5: Staying Fit on a Gluten Free Diet

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Meet Our Brand New Wonderfully Berry Granola!

We are thrilled to announce a brand new addition to the Delicious Alchemy gluten free granola range – Gluten Free Wonderfully Berry Granola!

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Tis The Season: Our Gluten Free Gift Guide

Ahh Christmas! It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and that means fruit cake, cheer, carolling and Christmas shopping! If the thought of heading out into the cold fills you with dread, or you’re just stuck for ideas for your free from loved ones, never fear – this gluten free gift list contains only the creme de la creme of thoughtful, useful and most importantly safe pressies we think they’ll love.

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Introducing… Delicious Alchemy’s Christmas Crackers!

Anyone for an early Christmas present?

We’ve been absolutely bursting to tell you about our brand new Christmas range, and we simply can’t keep schtum any longer!

Introducing… Delicious Alchemy’s Christmas Crackers!

Delicious Alchemy's Fruit Cake, Stuffing Mix and Gingerbread

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