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Gluten & Wheat free breakfast ideas

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Laura032004 · 03/03/2005 10:17


DS currently has porridge or 'rice crispy' type things for b/fast most days. Looking for more variety, preferably something warm. Did I see somewhere that ready brek is now OK? Any other ideas?

Thanks, Laura

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spod · 03/03/2005 16:06

do u give gluten free porridge? where do u get it? I give dd 'sunrise flakes' (i think they're called.... i eat them too, they're okay actually... and a puffed rice and honey cereal... both in gluten free section at saisburys... have thrown packets away so dont know makes/names sorry./ The Antionnette Saville bread is great for toast... think only available in waitrose though.

cp3 · 03/03/2005 16:11

i use Envirokidz. They do Koala crisp, Frosted Flakes, Crunch corn balls and Oranga o's (which are like cheerios). You can get them at major food stores and the website is if you need more info

cp3 · 03/03/2005 16:13

Spod does that bread have any yeast or dairy in it?

Pidge · 03/03/2005 16:24

Laura - how old is your ds? Ready brek would be ok from around 6 months I think, but it containes wheat and therefore gluten. Are you avoiding them for some reason? Most kids don't have any problem with wheat / gluten from above 6 months.

Since I have a history of allergies I was more careful with my dd and used to give her quinoa porridge - I know it sounds wacky, but it's dead easy. You just buy quinoa flakes from a health food shop, and boil them up in some milk for about 5 minutes (just like you do with porridge oats). You need to make sure you use FLAKES not quinoa grain, plus I found it needed some fruit to sweeten it to make it palatable, e.g. mashed banana, pureed apricot, prune etc.

spod · 03/03/2005 20:43

I dont have a bread in the freezer atm, but the rolls do have yeast in so i guess the bread would too. I know she has a recipe book which i have flicked through.... most of her recipes were 'everything' free, maybe theres one for bread in there?

spod · 03/03/2005 20:45

is that enviokidz stuff available in the uk doe anyone know? i havent seen it

cp3 · 03/03/2005 20:56

You can get it at Tescos and Boots Spod. Its great stuff, myboy sancks on it too like crisps as there isnt alot he can eat

cp3 · 03/03/2005 20:56

You can get it at Tescos and Boots Spod. Its great stuff, myboy sancks on it too like crisps as there isnt alot he can eat

cp3 · 03/03/2005 20:56

You can get it at Tescos and Boots Spod. Its great stuff, myboy sancks on it too like crisps as there isnt alot he can eat

cp3 · 03/03/2005 20:57


spod · 03/03/2005 21:00

Typical.. its not in our boots or tescos (our supermarkets all very small).... will look out for it though, thanks. Any other exciting gluten free foods I should know about? my dd and I are eating gluten free at the moment while she is in the process of being diagnosed... we're finding it a bit hard actually

NotQuiteCockney · 03/03/2005 21:01

spod, porridge is gluten-free by definition - oatmeal has no gluten.

NotQuiteCockney · 03/03/2005 21:02

Oh, you could make buckwheat pancakes. Despite the name buckwheat isn't related to normal wheat, and has no gluten.

spod · 03/03/2005 21:03

i thought oats did contain gluten?

colette · 03/03/2005 21:03

Health food shops sell jumbo oats , add sultanas or fruit. They are really nice and even though I don't have an alergy I prefer them . hth

spod · 03/03/2005 21:14

there is guidance on the coeliac uk website about oats, under the Medical Info tab... I will be avoiding them

NotQuiteCockney · 04/03/2005 10:38

spod, I've done a bit more of a websearch. Some sources say, there's sometimes a tiny amount of gluten on oats, from being processed in factories that process wheat. Other sources say that oat protein, although not gluten, can cause the same sorts of problems.

I count oats as being gluten-free when it comes to weaning, but if you're dealing with coeliac's, or something similar, I can certainly see why you'd choose to avoid them.

alux · 05/03/2005 17:39

I don't know how much a child will like this but I do.

Beat an egg and add to cooked rice (think left over rice here.) Make it thick enough that you can put a sploge onto the bottom of a frying pan and even out into a pattie just thinner than a crumpet. Let cook as you would an egg. Serve with honey or maple syrup. (I love it with bacon too.)

Laura032004 · 07/03/2005 11:43

I get the wheat & gluten free porridge from Sainsbury's (own make). Looks horrid, but ds likes (loves!) it. I add dried apricots & mashed up raspberries for flavour.

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Calmriver · 12/04/2005 21:59

Hi All.

My DD is almost 8 months old, and I started her on some weetbix,goats milk and sardines(as advised by H.visitor.)
She, in no time,developed a rash on her forehead and pink blotches. I assumed it was the fish and cut that out. The rash persisted and I then cut out the milk...still it was there, so I got her some other cereal expecting it to go away.
Yesterday she had another itchy attack on her face.
the common 'denominator' there was GLUTON!!!

She has had no gluton-containing foods since yesterday morning, and her rash has almost cleared already!!!


Thought I would share that!


SamN · 12/04/2005 22:36

I started making millet and quinoa porridge on Pidge's recommendation and I eat it myself now! Haven't worked out if it's cheaper than the Sainsbury's gf porridge or not, which I used to use.

We have buckwheat pancakes when I can get round to making them (usually at weekend).

You could also make hash browns, from normal potatoes or sweet potatoes. Or potato cakes from leftover mashed potato. Both good with baked beans and/or fried egg - depending on age of children and other food sensitivities of course.

Re oats etc., watch out because most rice krispie type cereals actually have barley malt added, and barley also contains a gluten-type protein. so does rye. So if you're avoiding gluten it would be best to cut those out too, at least at first. You can always try reintroducing them later and check for reactions.

Spod - if you're not avoiding yeast as well I love the sweet breakfast rolls made by ds (dietary specials) and also available in Sainsbury's. Sainsbury's also do some lovely syrup sponge puddings in their 'Free From' range but they can be hard to find.

I found an american recipe book for special diets in the library called the Child Friendly Food Allergy Cookbook. You have to convert some of the measurements but there are loads of ideas - mostly of the sweet or junk food variety but I guess those are the things most people miss?

Here's the list of the ones I have scanned in, if anyone wants copies. I haven't tried them all:
Brown sugar dough (for biscuits, sweet tarts etc.)
Cream puffs
Crunchy granola bars
Hot and yummy pockets
Kids' pizza-pizza
Low sugar baked rice pudding
Perfect pie crust
Pizza bites
Sweet potato cranberry muffins
Sweet potato hash browns
Vegan chip cookies
Wonder cake

singersgirl · 13/04/2005 23:33

We also have puffed millet and puffed buckwheat (from local health food shop) which is quite palatable with milk (rice, soy or dairy), but my kids have a little sugar with it too.
I also have made a toasted mixed grain cereal with butter or oil, sugar and millet/buckwheat/quinoa/rice puffs - put all on a baking sheet in a lowish oven and toast for 20 mins or so. Makes a sweetish change.
I hear amaranth is very tasty too, but haven't found a puffed form of it at my local health food place. HTH!


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