Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Hot Cross Scones (gluten free) for #FreeFromEaster

I am SO excited to share these with you. After the huge success of my Best Ever Gluten Free Scones last summer, I have created a special Easter version..... I introduce to you my gluten free Hot Cross Scones. Aren't they fab?

For those of you that follow Gluten Free Alchemist regularly, you will know that back in 2017, I joined forces with an amazingly talented group of free from bloggers who, between us, cover pretty much all and every food intolerance and allergy. Every month or two, we pull together our collective wisdom and share seasonally-themed recipes.

Last year's batch of Easter-themed goodies was so successful, that we have decided to bring you more #FreeFromEaster treats for 2018. Be sure to check out the blog links below for Easter free from foodie inspiration..... We've got you covered!

Usually I would head straight for chocolate and/or cake when I think of Easter baking, but to be honest, I am a bit caked-out at the moment and as for Creme Eggs, Golden Eggs and Mini Eggs..... well..... they already feature quite a lot on Gluten Free Alchemist. So this year, I have decided to head down a different route.

I did think about making more Hot Cross Buns (I already have a lovely selection on the blog.... There's Almond, Cherry, Apricot and Marzipan..... Apple, Cherry and Sultana..... Choc Cross Buns..... and even Chocolate Bread Pudding made with leftover buns!)...... Maybe with some random, newly inspired flavour combo..... but I have been so exhausted lately, I simply couldn't be bothered with the long rise and bake process.

Then last weekend, I had one of those light bulb moments..... My overactive, sleepless, foodie brain combined a fancy for scones with the flavours of Easter and bingo!.... the gluten free Hot Cross Scone was born.

And that's basically it! It does what it says 'on the tin'..... Tastes just like the yummiest of seasonal Hot Cross Buns, but in scone form..... Stuffed with plump juicy Turkish sultanas and beautiful shiny golden raisins...... Laced with seasonal cinnamon and mixed spice...... Slightly sweetened with a hint of caramel-rich brown sugar...... All topped with a traditional piped cross and brown sugar glaze. Gluten free Easter doesn't get better than this!

For those of you struggling to find a fail-safe gluten free scone recipe, look no further. My Hot Cross Scones are a straight adaptation from my Best Ever Gluten Free Scones which have not let me down yet. Made with a blend of rice-free flours, a little ground almond and moistened with buttermilk, they are not in the slightest bit dry or crumbly, and rival any glutenous version.

They are well-risen, of perfect crumb and are soft, moist and light....... and best of all, they are really easy to make. As with all glutenous scones, they are freshest eaten on the day they are made,....... but unlike many gluten free scones, they are also still soft and good to eat for a couple of days after. I am not one to blow my own trumpet too often, but these are seriously good.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some ingredients, don your pinnie and get baking!

Other 2018 #FreeFromEaster recipes from the amazing Free From Gang
Supersize Vegan Creme Egg - Rebecca at Glutarama
Mini Egg Brownies - Chloe at Just The Three Of Us
Super Simple Easter Smoothie Pops - Carly at Faceprint & Flavour
20 Delicious Gluten Free Easter Cakes - Jenna at A Balanced Belly
Gluten Free Mini Egg Cookies - Sarah at Gluten Free Blogger

On their way.....
Vicki at Free From Fairy
Midge at Peachicks Bakery
Emma at Free From Farmhouse
Nathalie at The Intolerant Gourmand

Other gluten free Easter recipes on Gluten Free Alchemist 
Almond, Cherry, Apricot and Marzipan Hot Cross Buns 
Apple, Cherry and Sultana Hot Cross Buns
Choc Cross Buns
Chocolate Bread Pudding with leftover Choc Cross Buns
Rich Mocha Easter Cake
No Bake Creme Egg Biscuit Cake
Easter Creme Egg Mousse Cake
Egg Pops
Rich and Chocolatey Golden Egg Cake
Creme Egg Cup Cakes
Chocolate Cupcakes for Easter
Chocolate Bundt with Golden Eggs
Blackcurrant Flower Biscuits
Scotch Eggs 

Hot Cross Scones


320g plain gluten free, rice free flour blend (blend from this post, or if you don't want to mix your own, you could try the Free From Fairy brand (link in sidebar) or an alternative blend)
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
pinch fine sea salt
50g ground almonds
1 tablespoon GF baking powder
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon mixed spice
90g unsalted butter - cold and cubed
35g soft light brown sugar
finely grated zest 1 orange
80g golden raisins
80g Turkish sultanas
1 large egg - lightly beaten
1 pot (284 ml) buttermilk

1 egg beaten with a little milk

piped crosses
50g plain GF flour blend (I used 20g tapioca flour; 15g potato flour; 15g sorghum flour)
1 tablespoon icing sugar
40 to 50 ml cold water

sugar glaze
1½ tablespoons soft light brown sugar
2 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C/400 F/Gas 6. Line a couple of baking trays with baking paper and set aside. 
  2. Weigh and mix together the flour, xanthan gum, salt, almonds, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and spice until well-blended (I weigh mine into an airtight container and shake vigorously). Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Rub the cold butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. 
  4. Add the sugar, orange zest, sultanas and raisins and stir through.
  5. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg and buttermilk. 
  6. Use a flat-bladed knife to mix the wet ingredients into the dry, until it clumps together and continue to mix, until it comes together as a very sticky dough. If it looks like the dough is too dry, then add a little milk. 
  7. Lay a large piece of baking paper on the work surface and sprinkle liberally with gluten free flour/tapioca flour. 
  8. Flour your hands well and gently bring the dough together. It should be quite wet.
  9. Tip the dough out onto the floured baking paper, sprinkle a little more flour on the top and gently roll out the dough to a depth of about 4 cm.
  10. Use a medium to large round/fluted cookie cutter to cut rounds from the dough and carefully transfer them to the lined baking sheets.
  11. Bring any remaining dough gently together (trying not to over-work) and repeat the rolling and cutting process, until all the dough has been used and transferred to the baking sheets.
  12. Brush the top of each scone with egg-wash.
  13. Mix together the flour and icing sugar for the piped crosses and add the water, stirring through, a little at a time until you have a very thick, but not stiff paste.
  14. Use a piping bag or squeezy sauce bottle to pipe crosses onto the top of each scone.
  15. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, until well-risen, firm and golden.
  16. Remove from the oven and whilst still hot, mix together the brown sugar and water for the glaze, heat gently in a saucepan or microwave until the sugar has dissolved and brush the glaze over each scone.
  17. Transfer the scones to a wire rack to cool. 
  18. Eat warm or cold, with a spread of butter. 
  19. Store the scones in an airtight container for 2 to 4 days if necessary (and if they become less soft, 'refresh' with a few seconds in the microwave). 

I am sharing my Hot Cross Scones with the following :

Cook Blog Share with Hijacked By Twins

Baking Crumbs with Only Crumbs Remain

Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too

Cook Once Eat Twice with Searching for Spice

Brilliant Blog Posts with Honest Mum

Got 2 Be Gluten Free with myself and Glutarama

Free From Fridays with Le Coin De Mel and Free From Farmhouse 

Fiesta Friday #215 with Angie, Laurena at Life Diet Health and Alex at Turks Who Eat

Bake of the Week with Casa Costello & Mummy Mishaps

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Best Gluten Free Vanilla Sponge - #G2BGF

This Vanilla Sponge is a perfect all-round bake for celebration cakes. It is the result of a long line of Gluten Free Alchemist test cakes that I made, attempting to get the best texture and crumb to be decorated, stacked, cut, poked and prodded, yet stay soft, moist and delicious. With the amount of testing I have done, I am happy to call it my BEST Vanilla Sponge.

It started its journey back in November after I was asked to make an 18th birthday cake for the daughter of a dear friend of mine. Wanting the design to remain firmly in their control, I left the decisions about flavour and style completely to them..... but after they requested a vanilla sponge, I realised I didn't have one which was suitable to the task at hand (three layers, filled with jam and butter cream and covered in vanilla buttercream roses).

I was quite surprised that there wasn't already one on the blog, but I seem to be a chocolate birthday cake girl! The situation needed rectifying..... quick...... so I developed a base recipe and then set to work, tweaking and playing with it until I was happy with the weight, moistness, texture and crumb.

The proof of the pudding of course, is in the eating and I am happy to report that the cake was a success with all who ate it...... Good job, because I have a 60th wedding anniversary cake to make in April.....

Although I developed this sponge for a celebratory birthday cake, the same cake would be perfect as a special Mother's Day treat... I have only included the sponge recipe below, but you can fill and decorate with jam, buttercream, ganache or anything else you choose. If you would like to cover in buttercream roses, there is a really helpful tutorial for piping roses here.

I managed to get plenty of photos of the original rose-covered cake before it was delivered to the birthday girl, but it was not possible to get any photos of the sponge that would properly show the crumb.

I will be honest, it is a bit of a bug-bear of mine when I see a gluten free cake recipe on the internet with no photo of the inside...... So many gluten free cakes are either really dry or quite stodgy and tight, so I like to be able to see what I am getting, or the recipe get's side-lined.

To avoid the criticism of pots and black kettles, I 'forced' myself to make another cake and eat it in the interests of letting you see the sponge. Life can be pretty hard sometimes. Perfectly risen, soft and full of aromatic vanilla, I can verify this sponge is amazingly good.

Whilst I have your ear (or is it your eye?), I would also like to give a HUGE shout out to my lovely blogging friend Rebecca over at Glutarama. If you read my Amaretti Cookie post, you will know that 2018 did not start well for me as I sadly (and quite unexpectedly) lost my mother. Rebecca has been an incredible friend not only for checking in on me whilst I am going through a really difficult time, but also because she has been a total star in covering my absence from my planned joint hosting of our Got To Be Gluten Free #G2BGF linky. I had enthusiastically agreed, just before Christmas, to pair up with Rebecca in this adventure and feel like I have been totally useless since. As soon as I am back on track, I will be a full part of the party..... I promise!

In the mean time, if you have any gluten free goodies you can link up, we would LOVE you to join us over at Glutarama.

I am sharing my Gluten Free Alchemist Best Vanilla Sponge with :

Got To Be Gluten Free #G2BGF with Glutarama (Who is doing a stirling job of holding the fort whilst I am trying to get myself back on track after much recent upheaval.... Thank you SO much Rebecca)

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Baking Crumbs with Only Crumbs Remain

Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too

Brilliant Blog Posts with Honest Mum

Fiesta Friday #213

The Best Vanilla Sponge (makes 1 x 9 inch (23 cm) sandwich cake)


320g plain GF flour blend (I used blend A from this post)
160g ground almonds
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoons GF baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
330 ml (g) milk
1½ tablespoons white wine vinegar
170g unsalted butter - softened
360g caster sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs - room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas 4 and base-line two 9 inch (23 cm) round non-stick baking tins with baking paper.
  2. Weigh and mix together the flour, almonds, xanthan gum, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt, making sure the ingredients are fully combined and all lumps are broken down (I weigh into an airtight container and shake vigorously). Set aside.
  3. In a jug, stir together the milk and vinegar and leave to stand for 10 minutes (it will become clumpy).
  4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and caster sugar with a whisk until pale and fluffy.
  5. Add and beat in the vanilla extract.
  6. Break the eggs into a small bowl and beat together with a fork to break up the egg. Add a little at a time to the butter mixture, beating thoroughly between each addition until smooth.
  7. Finally alternate folding in the liquid and flour mix to the batter about a third at a time, gently and quickly until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix.
  8. Divide the mixture between the two baking tins and smooth the tops.
  9. Bake for approx 30 minutes until golden and the top springs back to the touch.  
  10. Cool for 10 minutes in the tins, before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Gluten Free Barcelona - The Highs

For families with strict dietary requirements, choosing a holiday destination is not straight forward..... In addition to the universal debate of what there will be to do when you get to wherever you end up (which may mean trying to fit in (or compromise) the needs of several age bands and interests), the ultimate choice may in part be driven by the likelihood of getting a good meal...... Will we be able to eat safely and how easy will it be to find lunch or dinner without hours of traipsing and enquiring?

I have been meaning to write this post for ages, but for various reasons which are far too complicated or boring to go into, it has taken months to get around to it. With the summer fast coming round again however and the need to start planning holidays, I wanted to share a little Spanish gluten free wisdom..... and to share one or two other photos too.

Whenever we go away, I research my intended destination and work out whether the local diet is likely to be friendly to us and I make a note of any recommended eateries that are likely to cater for gluten freedom. One of my favourite sources is other bloggers, because I trust that they will be sharing the gems and be honest about where to avoid.

Let's face it...... If you can't just walk into any restaurant and eat, then someone else's leg-work could just save you a lot of disappointment (which becomes really really important when you have a hungry child in tow...).

With that in mind, I have decided that whenever I go away (which admittedly is not as often as I would like), I will endeavour to share my favourite finds with you too..... just in case you ever head for the same neck of the woods. Be sure to check out and follow my Instagram Account too, as this will always be ahead of any blog posts when I come across somewhere (or something) that blows me away.

But back to Barcelona...... which we visited last summer (2017)..... It was a last minute booking, to a city which I have wanted to visit for years. I wasn't disappointed. It was incredibly diverse, compact, colourful, welcoming, creative and with such a wealth of culture and history that I could have been occupied for months just wandering around the streets. Apart from the misfortune of being caught up in a major terror attack (our experience of which you can read about here), our time in Barcelona was amazing and I will be returning for sure....

A word of warning for summer gluten free travellers though...... August can create some frustration! When I set about my foodie research ahead of our trip, I was incredibly excited that the city was reported to have a number of specifically gluten free bakeries...... Turns out most of them are closed at some time during August for their annual holiday.

Either way, because I really really wanted to visit them, I have included a bit of information about them below in case anyone else is lucky enough to get there.

I don't know about you, but when I think food of Spain and Catalonia, I think Tapas, Paella and plenty of Mediterranean fruit and veg. Fruit and veg is straight forward for gluten avoiders and most Paella is also likely to be fine (depending on added stock, which you need to be sure to check)..... What about Tapas? If you avoid any breads and batters and stick to cheeses, hams, shrimp, olives, omelettes and potatoes, you should be fine. Right?
No! Apparently not!

I was genuinely shocked at how many Tapas restaurants turned us away, being constantly told that (despite being in separate counter areas with no other obvious contaminants) even the ham and cheese weren't safe. Frankly I suspect that some restaurants simply couldn't be bothered, but if their attitude is that unhelpful, then they cannot be trusted to prepare food safely. I am more than willing to take my custom and hard earned cash elsewhere.... and gluten-safety is always top priority.

Sadly, my very favourite Patatas Bravas (potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce) seemed to be off the menu too..... I didn't find one restaurant that could offer them gluten free..... and trust me, I asked at dozens.

We did manage to find several Paellas however..... although they varied in quality, most were relatively cheap and pretty satisfying.

Anyway..... to where we ate and loved......

Eating Out

Jansana Bakery - Carrer Balmes, 106; Barcelona 08008

This was by far our favourite find of the trip, possibly because it was the only dedicated 100% gluten free bakery that was open during our August visit (opening the day after we got there). Being relatively central in the L'Eixample district on Carrer Balmes, it was (for us) a 15 minute stroll in the morning to pick up a stash of gorgeous gluten free goodies for a picnic lunch or to enjoy a leisurely, late, sit-in breakfast.

There is something about finding a completely gluten free bakery or restaurant that always makes me excited beyond belief.... If you aren't required to be gluten free, I am not sure you can truly understand..... but the prospect of actually being able to eat anything on display (which is taken for granted by most people), is so far removed from our usual day to day experience that it is like being a child let loose in a toy shop..... you want everything..... and I mean EVERYTHING..... You don't want to miss out on something you might never get the chance to try again..... and it is really really hard to resist the urge to binge..... even if it means carb overload.

Although quite small, Jansana had an amazing selection of sweet and savoury breads, pastries and cakes. They were able to provide us with filled rolls (with glorious home-made breads), savoury quiches and cheese-filled pastries to take out for lunch and we ate some of the most decadent patisserie there too. We were spoilt with everything from flaky layers of pastry or profiteroles.... to fillings of creamy custards, fruit and chocolate ganache...... You know.... the sort of beautiful desserts that make you feel extra special (and exceptionally immoral when eaten for breakfast! Well..... we were on holiday). Everything we ate was incredible.

We LOVED this place. It somehow made us feel extra welcome, not least because once there, we didn't have to ask....... That counts for a lot when you usually have to go through the 'can we see the allergen menu/can you do/how do you prepare...?' etc script pretty much every time you eat out.

Il Piccolo Focone - Carrer Dos de Maig, 268; Barcelona 08025

Located just round the corner from the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, this is a family-run Italian restaurant that offers an extensive menu of fresh gluten free pasta, pizza, risotto, breads, salads, meat and fish dishes. They have over eight years experience in preparing gluten free food, with a separate menu specifically for Celiacs and gluten-avoiders.

We tied lunch here with a visit to the Cathedral (which is a must see) and weren't disappointed. The pasta (I had traditionally filled Cannelloni) was one of the best I have eaten. Miss GF had Pizza which was also extremely good. You even have the option of GF Tiramisu for dessert, although sadly the last piece had been sold just before I ordered.... I settled for a creamy, Italian Panna Cotta instead.

If you love Italian eating, you have to visit this place..... you won't be disappointed. Although the surroundings are quite basic, the food is exceptional. You can check out their gluten free menu here. Although it is not in English, if you use a basic Catalan translation tool, you will get the gist.

Lolita Barceloneta - Passeig de Joan de Borbo, 38, 08039, Barcelona

If you are looking for an easy, low-key, relaxed meal, we found Lolita Barceloneta down near the seafront. Although not a specifically gluten free restaurant, the staff were friendly and knowledgable and were able to offer a variety of safe gluten free tapas and a selection of gluten free paellas. We ate here a couple of times and although both meals were great, on our second visit, the staff were a bit slow.... Nonetheless worth a visit if you are in the area.

Conesa Sandwich Shop - Llibreteria 1, Placa Sant Jaume, 08002, Barcelona (Bari Gotic)

Centrally located in the city, Conesa has a fantastic range of gluten free sandwiches and rolls, hot and cold, that have been certified by the Coeliac Association in Catalonia. Quick, easy and convenient, these sandwiches are really good and with a vast range of gluten free filling options, the whole family is guaranteed to be gluten-free happy.

McDonalds - All over the city

Okay..... don't shoot me down. We only eat there very occasionally, but I have a soft spot for McDonalds. In the UK, they are the only basic burger takeaway restaurant that offers the ability to give you a gluten free beef burger and safe fries. If you take in your own bun (I always pre-slice mine), they will happily fill it (and in some venues) toast it in a decontaminated area so that you can be like everyone else. They have made my life as a parent so much easier when Miss GF wanted to eat just like her friends or went to parties and sleepovers where I knew McD's would be on the menu.

In Spain, they take gluten freedom one stage further...... they offer you an actual gluten free bun to go with your burger..... so if you are in a hurry (or just want to experience the novelty of going to McDonalds without the faff of taking bread with you), this has to be on your list! You will also find that the fries are gluten free (fried separately from other products) and the staff are well-trained.

Ice Cream Parlours

Surprisingly, finding a gluten-safe ice cream in Barcelona was trickier than we thought it would be. A number of ice cream parlours that we visited had fresh ice cream that had no obvious gluten containing ingredients, but we were told that the manufacturing process made them unsafe. No one wants to be sick on holiday, however as ice cream is a summer essential..... we went on a mission to find the best we could. These two companies (which were both centrally located) were our favourites :

Dino Gelato - Passeig de Gracia 4, 46015, Barcelona

Loved this place. Not only was the ice cream creamy, delicious and gluten free, but they offered 'free from' cones as well. Being located at the top of the main shopping street, Dino is really easy to find..... but beware..... its convenience makes it rather addictive.

Gelaaati Di Marco - Llibreteria 7, 08002, Barcelona 

Amazing home-made, Italian artisan gelato. Gelaaati Di Marco caters for a full range of dietary restrictions including gluten free, lactose free, dairy free and vegan. This place has the most amazing array of flavours. Rich, creamy and delicious. Simply MUST be visited.

Gluten Free Supplies :


Barcelona is great for grabbing gluten free staples and goodies in supermarkets and you will find a varied selection in most stores (although some will be better stocked than others). Specifically gluten free products are clearly labelled and are found on gluten free shelves and aisles signed 'Sin Gluten'/'Sense Gluten', much as they are in the UK. Go explore!


An unexpected source of gluten free supplies is found in the city's pharmacies, although not in all and some are better stocked than others. In one of the stores I went into (opposite Gaudi's La Pedrera), there were a number of shelves of mainly Schaar products that I had not seen in the UK.... which (as you could imagine) caused  great excitement. Either way, bear the pharmacy in mind if you are stuck and hungry or need to stock up on some basics..... or just to have a mooch on the hunt for new stuff....

Barcelona Markets

Dotted around the city, you will find a number of permanent undercover local markets full of amazing, fresh local fruits, vegetables, fish, meats and cheeses..... stall upon stall...... You will also find freshly prepared fruit juices, smoothies, chocolate-dipped fruit, spices, olives, oils, nuts, dried fruits. preserves and even street food vendors and a few sit down cafes. 

Our favourites :

La Boqueria Market (Rambla, 91, 08001, Barcelona)
Located in the heart of the city, this is the largest and most vibrant. Open Monday to Saturday.

Mercat de Santa Caterina (Av. de Francesc Cambo, 16, 08003 Barcelona)
Also in the tourist area, close to Barcelona Cathedral, this is another buzzing market..... Smaller than La Boqueria, but no less interesting and still with a vast selection of fresh produce. Easy to spot for its distinctive tile roof.

Mercat de Sagrada Familia (Carrer de Padilla, 255, 08013, Barcelona)
If you find yourselves further North in the city, this is a great market. On a par with Mercat de Santa Caterina.

Whilst we didn't visit all the city markets, if the three we went to are anything to go by, they are all worth coming across. You can check out Time Out's Top Ten here.

Where we wanted to try, but weren't able to :


Celiadictos Bakery - Carrer Pobla de Lillet 5, 08028, Barcelona

Located up near Camp Nou and Barcelona FC, this independent specialist gluten free bakery looks amazing. Their website shows drool-worthy photos of high-end gluten free patisserie, cakes, cupcakes, breads, biscuits, pizzas and celebration cakes. Frankly I am gutted that they were closed when we were in Barcelona. This place looks good enough to make another flight to the city just to buy treats! (closed Sunday and Monday, but visit their website for up to date information).

Pasticelia Bakery - Carrer de Paris, 165, 08036, Barcelona 

As with Celiadictos above, I was so upset that Pasticelia was closed for vacation when we visited in August. Their website states that they were the first traditional artisan gluten free bakery in Barcelona. Located in the Eixample neighbourhood, they also have an amazing array of gluten free pastries, cakes, macaron, cookies, financiers..... not to mention de-glutened traditional and celebration cakes, pizza, party food, bread (including cheese bread) and brioche. (Closed Monday, but visit their website for up to date information)

Baci d'Angelo Bakery 

Yet another Artisan, specialist gluten free bakery (I am beginning to wish I lived in Barcelona....), with more than 200 products potentially available, baked using their own flour mixes. Unfortunately, Baci d'Angelo no longer offers a walk-in  premises, but sells their delicious-looking bakes via their on-line shop at (Tel 93 34 86 862 - email at Items ordered can be delivered in less than 24 hours within Barcelona - order Monday to Friday (Minimum order required) - see their website for further information.

Pastelosofia Bakery - Carrer Ferran Tume, 12-16, Barcelona

Located in the Sagrera neighbourhood, this bakery is a long way out from the city centre. However, looking at their website, I reckon they are worth the trip, especially if you are looking for something with a slightly more health-aware bake or are in need of additional ingredient avoidance. Their website states that they make 'healthy, gluten free and lactose free pastry' and use healthier fruits, vegetables, nuts and spices in their bakes for a more natural and nutritious result. (Closed Sundays). See website for more information.


Messie Sin Gluten Pizza - Carrer de Siracusa, 15, 08012, Barcelona

Located in the Gracia neighbourhood, Messie Sin Gluten serves pizza, pasta, salad and cakes which are all gluten free, in a dedicated restaurant (also deliver locally Sunday to Thursday). I read mixed reviews, although the majority were positive. Should I return to Barcelona (and I will), I would definitely give it a try, especially if looking for familiar child-friendly fare.

Copasetic Restaurant - Carrer de la Diputacio, 55, 08015, Barcelona

Located relatively centrally in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Copacetic serves Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with gluten free options (although this is not a specialist 100% gluten free restaurant) and has a good reputation and reviews within the Coeliac community. Gluten free menu choices include crepes, hamburgers, sandwiches, soups, pancakes and home-made cakes, using many fresh, locally-sourced organic ingredients. Copasetic also offers dairy free, lactose free and vegetarian/vegan options. Staff are reported to be helpful, knowledgable and accommodating in amending dishes to meet allergen needs. Child-friendly. Closed Mondays (sadly they were also closed during our August visit!)

La Lluna Restaurant - Calle Sana Anna, 20, 08002, Barcelona

Central to the city in the Gothic Quarter, La Lluna serves traditional Catalan cuisine with a good selection of gluten free options. Considered to be one of the best gluten free restaurant destinations in Barcelona, they no longer use wheat flour in sauces and their pastries are made using ground almonds. Unfortunately (although I haven't checked any update on this as we didn't make it there during our visit), gluten free eaters need to avoid fried options due to risk of cross-contamination. See website for opening hours.

Gut Restaurant - Carrer del Perill, 13, 08012, Barcelona

Located in the Gracia neighbourhood, Gut offers a menu which is largely (but not entirely) gluten free or can be tweaked to avoid gluten. Its offerings have an Asian influence with a healthy focus and include plenty of vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, lactose free or egg free options. Has a good reputation with Coeliacs. This would be high on my list to visit when I return to Barcelona.

Out Of China - Carrer Aribau, 112, 08036, Barcelona 

Chinese restaurant in the Eixample district which I am informed is knowledgeable and helpful if you are gluten free. They have lots of clearly marked gluten free options on their menu which look incredibly tempting. I don't know about you, but being gluten free, Chinese food is one of the things I most miss!

Sandwich Shops

Forn Boix Bakery - Carrer de l'Hospital, 20, 08001, Barcelona

We didn't get a chance to visit Forn Boix, but it has a reasonable reputation for selling pre-packaged, home-baked muffins and cookies (and some GF breads). Centrally located close to La Rambla, it may be worth keeping up your sleeve.

Since getting back, I have found a fab blog : Vivere Senza Glutine which has listings for a whole range of gluten free-friendly venues under a page Barcelona gluten free - Living Gluten Free, so if you are heading to this beautiful city, I would recommend you check them out.

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