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10 gluten-free festive desserts you need this Christmas

10 gluten-free desserts you need this Christmas
There’s no need to feel left out if you’re gluten-free this Christmas (Picture: Getty)

Often, we focus so much on making Christmas dinner gluten-free, that we neglect to plan for dessert too.

It’s not until everyone else is half-way through their desserts that you realise you’ve made a terrible mistake.

Trust me, I’ve been there.

That’s why I’ve made a round-up of the 10 best gluten-free desserts available in supermarkets this Christmas.

There’s everything from gateau to trifle, Christmas puddings, profiteroles and more.

Asda Extra Special Free From Gateux (Picture: Becky Excel)
Asda Extra Special Free From Chocolate and Salted Naked Layered Caramel Gateau (Picture: Becky Excell)

Head down to Asda’s free-from freezer aisle to find, quite possibly, the best gluten-free dessert this Christmas season.

Serves 12? Challenge accepted.

2. Marks and Spencer Gluten-free Strawberry Trifle (available in store)

Marks & Spencer Gluten Free Stawberry Trifle (Picture: Becky Excell)
Marks and Spencer Gluten Free Strawberry Trifle (Picture: Becky Excell)

I’ve personally spent way too many years missing out on a serving of the family’s Christmas trifle.

Now I’ve got an entire gluten-free trifle, all to myself.

Morrisons Melt in the Mouth Christmas Pudding (Picture: Becky Excell)
Morrisons Free From Gluten 2 Melt in the Middle Puddings (Picture: Becky Excell)

If at least one of your desserts doesn’t melt in the middle, then you might just be doing Christmas wrong.

Freefrom Christmas Pudding by Sainsbury's (Picture: Becky Excell)
Deliciously Free From Christmas Pudding by Sainsbury’s (Picture: Becky Excell)

It’d be a crime if you didn’t have the option to eat a little Christmas pudding during the festive season.

Luckily, Sainsbury’s gluten-free Christmas pudding has got you covered. It’s milk-free and nut-free too.

Tesco Free From Chocolate Gateaux (Picture: Becky Excell)
Tesco Free From Chocolate Gateau (Picture: Becky Excell)

What would Christmas be without a gluten-free and milk-free chocolate gateau?

Don’t ask me, I wouldn’t know.

Asda Free From Luxury Yule Log (Picture: Becky Excell)
Asda Extra Special Free From Luxury Yule Log (Picture: Becky Excell)

I haven’t been able to find another gluten-free and dairy-free yule log anywhere else this Christmas.

Great job, Asda.

Mr Kipling Profileroles with a Christmas sauce (Picture: Becky Excell)
Mr King’s Gluten Free Profiteroles with a Chocolate sauce (Picture: Becky Excell)

These profiteroles are every bit as good as the gluten-containing ones you probably miss eating every Christmas.

You can find them in the Sainsbury’s frozen, free-from section.

Tesco Free From Sticky Toffee Pudding (Picture: Becky Excell)
Tesco Free From Sticky Toffee Pudding (Picture: Becky Excell)

You can’t beat a good sticky toffee pudding, especially when it’s gluten-free and tastes this good.

Morrisons Lemon and Raspberry Semi Freddo (Picture: Becky Excell)
Morrisons Lemon and Raspberry Semifreddo (Picture: Becky Excell)

This is a great example of a product that has no gluten-containing ingredients and no ‘may contain’ gluten/wheat warning whatsoever.

If it is gluten-free, then why not just clearly state so?

Asda Extra Special Raspberry and Proseco Pavlova Stack (Pitcure: Becky Excell)
Asda Extra Special Raspberry and Prosecco Pavlova Stack (Pitcure: Becky Excell)

The same goes for this amazing Pavlova stack: no gluten containing ingredients and no ‘may contain’ warning.

There really is more gluten-free products out there than you think.

Just as a helpful reminder: According to Coeliac UK, if there are no gluten-containing ingredients and no ‘may contain gluten’ (or similar) statement, then the product would be suitable for a gluten-free diet.

That info might just be the best present you receive this Christmas.

Becky Excell is a London-based food/travel/lifestyle blogger. You can check out her gluten-free blog for recipes, travel guides and vlogs.

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