When you have to change your diet, be it through choice or due to gluten issues, chocolate is usually one of the foods you wonder if you can still eat or not. Here comes the good news – chocolate is still on the menu for gluten sensitive / celiac disease (CD) sufferers as long as it’s raw and unprocessed. Obviously, any confectionary that contains other ingredients, such as biscuits or oats, should be avoided unless the product specifically states it’s free of gluten.
Below, we’ve listed our top picks for gluten free chocolate products from The Gluten-Free Mall just to give you a taste (so to speak) of options you have.
Macaroons are always a delicious and light treat whether they form part of a meal or a simple mid-afternoon snack with or without that cup of coffee.
We found Mrs. Crimble’s macaroons to have little to no distinguishable difference in taste from any other macaroon. Basically, you don’t know you’re eating gluten free. If anything, these macaroons are better because they seem to a bit more moist than traditional options.
Ingredients: sugar, coconut (27%), glucose syrup, egg white, dextrose, potato starch, vegetable oil (palm, palm kernel, coconut), skimmed cocoa powder (2%), stabiliser: sorbitan tristearate, emulsifier: soy lecithin, natural flavor.
Allergy advice – Contains egg, soy, coconut. Made in a bakery handling milk.
If you’re like me and a sucker for muffins, O’Doughs banana chocolate chip muffins are absolutely divine. O’Doughs muffins are Kosher certified, and come with a very long shelf life of 18 months. Good luck trying to get them to last that long though because they’re so delicious!
These muffins can be kept frozen, and when you’re ready to eat them, just heat them in a microwave for a few seconds. You’ll be surprised at how soft they are.
Ingredients: whole egg, organic evaporated cane juice, chocolate chips, sunflower oil, potato starch, banana flakes, glycerine, whole grain rice flour, chicory inulin, cellulose fibre, baking powder, baking soda, emulsifier, natural banana flavour, sea salt, xanthan, natural vanilla burbon flavour, citric acid.
May contain traces of: Soy, sesame
Double chocolate? Now we’re really talking! These made-in-the-USA, Kosher certified cookies are bordering on sublime, they are that good! Best of all, they don’t fall to pieces when dipped in your milk or coffee.
Here’s a tip: if you like slightly chewy cookies, save a couple for about a week so they soften up nicely.
Ingredients: Flour mix (white rice flour, buckwheat flour, millet flour), chocolate chips (evaporated cane juice, chocolate liquor, non-dairy cocoa butter), palm oil, brown pure cane sugar, evaporated cane juice, natural process cocoa powder,
natural flavors, vanilla, salt, baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, xanthan gum, rosemary extract
Made in a dedicated nut and gluten free bakery.
If you’re like many people and don’t have time to bake a cake, this is the product for you. This Kosher certified cake tastes like a traditional recipe, and it has no weird aftertaste that other gluten-free products sometimes have.
Once defrosted, place the cake in the refrigerator so it will keep for a long time. Our one tiny criticism is that it has no icing, but if you have the time and inclination you could always make your own. Honestly, it doesn’t need it to boost the flavor.
Ingredients: whole egg, evaporated cane juice, sunflower oil, potato starch, glycerine, cocoa powder, chicory inulin, white rice flour, baking soda, baking powder, cellulose fibre, emulsifier, natural chocolate concentrate, sea salt, xanthan gum, natural vanilla bourbon flavour, ground coffee, citric acid
May contain traces of: soy, sesame
Rachel Lu’s chocolate chip cookies are another highly-recommended product. This product is frozen, which means it has a nice shelf life of approximately six months. If you have a craving, these are the go-to cookies that will satisfy.
We really like that you would never know you were eating a gluten-free dessert if the package didn’t say so!
Ingredients: gluten free flour blend (almond meal, garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, fava bean flour), brown sugar, chocolate chips (evaporated cane juice, natural chocolate liquor (non-alcoholic), non dairy cocoa butter), butter, eggs, stevia, grape seed oil, organic ground flaxseed, vanilla, baking soda, sodium- bicarbonate, sea salt, natural spices.
Making your own gluten free chocolate desserts
We mentioned that chocolate must be pure and unprocessed in order to be truly gluten free. If you’ve ever had really dark chocolate or cacao, which is chocolate in raw form, you know that it can be bitter and may not be too appealing. You can make your chocolate sweeter and absolutely delicious by adding gluten-free ingredients such as agave nectar, coconut oil, raw honey, vanilla extract, fruit such as dates and raisins and much more.
To get you started, here’s a sample chocolate sauce recipe:
Basic Gluten-Free Chocolate Sauce
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 cup agave nectar
- 1/2 TSP vanilla extract
- Place all of the ingredients in a bowl.
- Stir well to combine.
- Store in the refrigerator. Your sauce will be ready in an about an hour.
The range of gluten free chocolate products you can find either locally or online is enormous so you really can have your fix of cacao. As with all processed products, make sure you read the packaging carefully to make absolutely certain that it is free of gluten.[signup id=”1049″]