rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


You may have seen my recent blog about the launch of the new Holland & Barrett More store in Chester. Oh how I wish I lived in Chester – the new More Store there is A-Mazing. It is like an Aladdin’s cave for freefromers, packed full of products you may not have discovered before.

This week I’ve been looking at some of the new Holland & Barrett products that are totally freefrom nuts, dairy, soya and wheat so listen up coeliacs out there – many of these products will be suitable for you too (always read the label).

Hopefully you will discover something new to try or rediscover some old favourites like I did too.

The collection of goodies I am mostly eating this week include, from left to right:

  • EatReal Hummus crisps
  • Mrs Crimble’s Dutch apple cake
  • Explore Asian Organic black bean spaghetti
  • SunStart freefrom Supreme golden crunch biscuits
  • Chock Chick – make your own chocolate kit
  • SunStart freefrom Raspberry golden crunch biscuits
  • Sweet Freedom Choc Shot
Just some of the new range of freefrom products available at Holland & Barrett stores

Just some of the new range of freefrom products available at Holland & Barrett stores

Hummus crisps, like little heart shaped shells

What’s not to like with these Hummus crisps from EatReal? 48% less fat than regular crisps and also #glutenfree #vegetarian and #vegan. They are also #dairyfree #soyafree and #wheatfree.

So far ticking all the boxes for me.

EatReal Hummus crisps - Crunchy, more-ish and totally free from dairy, wheat, gluten and soya

Crunchy, more-ish and totally free from dairy, wheat, gluten and soya

I LOVED these hummus crisps. They are crunchy, tasty, not too salty and REALLY moreish. These were the first thing we sampled. No sooner had they been lifted from the box they found themselves poured into a bowl and devoured. They are really delicious and I will definitely be buying these again. I think they come in other flavours but I’m usually a plain or ready salted gal myself so these were perfect for me.

Ingredients include: Chickpea flour (45%), Rice, potato starch, vegetable oil (rapeseed), corn flour, sea salt.

They would be great to scoop up dips, humous etc. but these little crisps didn’t last long enough to be so useful.

Mr WhatAllergy? thought they were a bit bland but he’s used to eating Mini Cheddars, cheese and onion flavour crisps and well, any flavour crisp he chooses. Didn’t stop him eating handfulls of them but I have to admit, I ate most of them myself before he could eat too many. #NotSharing

Totally freefrom, crunchy, tasty biscuits from SunStart

These biscuits passed not only the taste test but also the dunk test. They made it to three seconds without dumping crumbs into the mug of steaming tea.

The raspberry flavour ones had a subtle fruity flavour and chewy bits of dried raspberry inside. The Golden Crunch were one of the closest things I’ve come across to the much missed shortbread biscuit.

SunStart #glutenfree #wheatfree #dairyfree #eggfree #soyafree biscuits in Holland & Barrett

SunStart #glutenfree #wheatfree #dairyfree #eggfree #soyafree biscuits

Ingredients for the Raspberry Crunch include: Maize starch, margerine (vegetable oil, annato, curcumin, emulsifier, natural flavouring), sugar, raspberry flavoured pieces (15%) (raspberry pulp, (35%);sucrose; apple; pineable fibres), coconut (10%), brown rice flakes, millet flakes, potato starch.

These had to be hidden because we managed to snaffle one whole packet and reach for the second in one sitting. “Take them away.” Mr What Allergy cried, “Or I’ll eat them all.”
They lasted one more day but not for long. They’re too good and had to be eaten fresh.

Goo-ey, squidgey, moist apple cake from Mrs Crimble’s

If you love cake you’re gonna really enjoy this Mrs Crimbles Dutch apple cake. This cake has actually been around for some years now, I’ve had it before, but I haven’t had any for some time. Rediscovering this delicious cake was a treat.

It is so moist and gooey and the layer of caramelised apple on the top is just devine – the best bit of the whole cake. This cake is wheat free but does contain rye flour so is not suitable for coeliacs. It is however completely egg free, unusual and hard to find in cakes so also suitable for anyone with an egg allergy.

Delicously indulgent Mrs Crimble's Dutch apple cake from Holland & Barrett

Deliciously indulgent Mrs Crimble’s Dutch apple cake #wheatfree #dairyfree

Ingredients for the Dutch apple cake: Rye flour, glucose-fructose syrup, fruit (17%) (raisins 7%, melon 5%, apple juice 5%), sugar, water, spices (of which cinnamon 0.7%), raising agents – sodium hydrogen carbonate and sodium acid pyrophosphate, flavourings, salt, acidity regulator – citric acid. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

Sweet Freedom squeezy Choc Shot

I really thought this was real chocolate until I read the ingredients. This amazing Choc Shot, made by the magicians at Sweet Freedom is actually made from carob and fruit so for anyone allergic to chocolate this is a great alternative.

On the bottle they suggest making a hot drink by mixing 3-4 tsp per 200ml milk. Just stir into hot milk. It would also go well drizzled over porridge, cereal, fruit, yoghurt, ice cream, pancakes and spread on toast… if you love chocolate you’ll know what to do! Just tip your head back and squirt in a mouthful!

Sweet Freedom incredible chocolate free Choc Shot, great for drinks, fruit and puddings - from Holland & Barrett

Sweet Freedom incredible chocolate free Choc Shot; add to drinks, fruit & puddings

I had it smothered over a bowl of fresh strawberries – perfect!

So how do they make this liquid Choc Shot without chocolate? Here are the ingredients:

Sweet Freedom® (natural fruit extracts; apples, grapes & carob), water, cocoa, rapeseed oil, natural chocolate flavour.

Black bean spaghetti… not such a big hit

The black bean spaghetti was the only thing that didn’t go down too well in our household. Having issues with kidney beans, broad beans and peanuts maybe I shouldn’t have tried this new product made from another legume, black beans. However, for anyone who is coeliac or wheat allergic who can tolerate legumes it could be something different to try. It didn’t agree with me at all but I won’t bore with the gory details here. Use your imagination! Mr What Allergy tried a mouthful and said it just tasted quite bland. I found it a little odd since the colour when cooked is a little grey looking but with some sauce and seasoning it could add a new dimension to a meal.

It is just made with beans so is completely gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, soya free, nut free, egg free. Completely freefrom!

Making my own Chocolate with the Chock Chick kit

is going to have to be a treat to come and I am hoping to get in some help and make chocolate with friends. Any takers? I’ll be doing this some time next week or two when it’s perhaps not so hot and sticky so get in quick.

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And thank you Holland and Barrett for reuniting me with a few old favourites (Mrs Crimbles Dutch apple cake and Sweet Freedom) and introducing me to some new ones – all the rest!

Which ones will I be buying again? Definitely the crisps, the chocolate sauce and the apple cake. Possibly the biscuits on special occasions but I’m not a huge biscuit eater, however if I was buying biscuits these would be up there with my favourite Oats and Syrup oat cakes.

Happy freefrom eating everyone, but please always read, reread and triple check ingredients on anything you try. Stay safe.



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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