Review: Co-op Chocolate Brownies

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A lot of gluten free brownies on offer in shops are not dairy free.

The Co-operative have quite a range of products that are dairy free as well as being gluten free. Their chocolate brownies are no different.


These brownies are little squares, so no need to cut them up to eat. However I tend to avoid looking at the fat, saturate and sugars bar on the front of the box as despite their small size they’re very high in those.


Whilst not quite the same as gooey, home made brownies. These brownies are rich with a strong chocolate flavour. There are also a number of chocolate chips on them.

They are very tasty.

Unfortunately I’ve only found these brownies at one co-op store. I hope that the co-operative start increasing their free from sections in smaller stores.

If you do find these, then definitely try them! 

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Review: Tesco Free From Blackcurrant Cheese Cakes

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Cheesecake, probably one of my most missed desserts as a coeliac and dairy intolerance. 

There were a number of frozen cheesecakes that were gluten and dairy free, that I fell in love with. However can no longer find any of these. Tesco have recently introduced their own branded frozen version, however this is unfortunately not free from dairy.

Due to this, it has been a while since I’ve had a cheesecake fix. Therefor I was of course extremely excited when I came across these chilled cheesecakes in the refrigerated free from section.


I’ll admit to being a little apprehensive once I’d got them home. I’m not entirely sure how a cheesecake can be made with oil and coconut milk. 

Packaging wise, there is two in a pack. The cheesecakes themselves come in two little plastic pots with film lids. 

There isn’t a great deal of dessert in each pot, and so these aren’t particularly great value for money.


The ‘cheesecake’ is a layer of a syrup’y tasting jam, which wasn’t particularly great tasting. The next layer was the strange tasting ‘cheesecake’ part. 

This pretty much tasted like coconut oil, but was still better tasting than the jam like syrup layer.

At the bottom of it all was the biscuit base. Nothing particularly amazing here, just a thin layer of crumbs.

Overall, I was rather disappointed. Yes it’s a vegan cheesecake that suitable for coeliacs and those who can’t eat dairy or eggs. However, it’s not cheap and it’s not a cheesecake.

I’m sorry Tesco but these were a disappointment. I will not be trying them again!

Review: Tesco Golden Syrup Pancakes

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Tesco’s free from range is now easily marked up, to show what products are free from.

These pancakes are easy to spot as being gluten, wheat and milk free. 

The pancakes are also freezable, so easy to keep some in the freezer as a handy snack.


The pancakes come in a pack of six. They are thick, and actually hold together well. The golden syrup flavour is not too strong, there is just a hint of it. However I have found they are not too sweet to have with jam.


I love pancakes, and these are definitely no different. Cheaper than other branded versions, Tesco’s have produced a nice tasting product.

I tend to have mine coated in lots of dairy free butter (Vitalite), but have recently tried them with alternative toppings.

An amazing one, was bacon and maple syrup. Not healthy, but amazingly good.

Review: Rule of Crumb Chicken Goujons

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I came across Rule Of Crumb products whilst browsing Ocado. 

They do a range of frozen items, which are great for when you need a quick meal.

I’m not personally a fan of products such as chicken nuggets, as tend to find the meat doesn’t taste great. However I thought I’d give these a go.


Clearly marked up as suitable for Coeliacs, although in a rather later box for what’s in it. I’ve generally had about two-three meals out of one of these boxes.


Cooking wise, I find they tend to take longer than the packet states but then I’m always very wary of chicken.

The batter is crispy and doesn’t burn too easily, so the chicken does cook enough before the batter reaches its over cooked state. 


Overall these are a perfect for keeping in the freezer for a quick and easy meal.

They taste great, and aren’t too expensive for how many you get.

Definitely worth getting if you’re putting in an Ocado order!

Free from aisle’s: Co-opĀ 

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I’ve been taking pictures of free from aisles when I go to places with great selections. 

I thought I would start a new category for this, and potentially it might help people find places that have lots of choice!

Brightlingsea – Essex

This pic I took a while ago, however the range stays fairly similar with occasional new options. 


This Co-Op is not a huge store, but actually has a decent range of items. They have lots of things that aren’t sold in the other supermarkets, from less well known brands. Definitely worth popping into, if you’re that side of Colchester.

Hullbridge – Essex


I just popped into this one, on the off chance as needed to grab some milk on route to somewhere. Unfortunately a very limited selection, although a few useful bits in an emergency!

Review: Kellogg’s Puffed Corn Cereal

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Cornflakes, fibre flakes and special flakes can all get a bit boring after a while.

I came across this offering on Ocado, from Kellogg’s which is puffed corn.


Possibly not for those people who aren’t fans of sweet things, as these are definitely sweet.

Not particularly great value as the box is very small for the cost, unfortunately.

However, I love these!

I treat myself to them occasionally, because they are really good. Being puffed corn, the taste is quite different. They’re quite light, and yet don’t go soggy like cornflakes do once in milk (or milk alternatives)

A brilliant option from Kellogg’s, although I’ve not found them for sale anywhere other than Ocado yet.

Well worth getting for the occasional treat, just wish it was a bigger box!!

Review: Glebe Farm Maple & Banana Oat Granola Crisp

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Yes I know, another review on cereal!!
But what can I say, I am a total cereal monster. The increased range of cereals on offer for coeliacs, gives me a great excuse to try more!

Another Glebe farm version is their banana and maple syrup granola. This also comes in their handy resealable pouch.

The smell is deliciously syrupy when the packet is opened. 

This isn’t really the same as gluten alternatives. However was brilliant all the same.

Consisting of rice crispies type bits, flakes,oats and banana pieces. This was a nice varied ‘granola’.

The taste is quite sweet with all of the syrup, but as they only come in a small pouch I always mix mine with a plain  cereal such as corn flakes. This seems to balance it out.

Another fantastic product from Glebe Farm. 

One I have bought several more packets of as well….