August 27, 2017

A delicious gluten and dairy free bank holiday BBQ!

I have always associated BBQs and Buffets with cheese burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, crisps and dips and although that’s great for most people, it can be difficult when you are both Coeliac and milk intolerant! I have always struggled to find foods that I can actually eat when going to BBQs and buffets. Mainly because most BBQ food tends to contain wheat, gluten or milk and cross contamination is highly likely! As a family, when we have a BBQ or buffet we tend to keep everything gluten and dairy free (apart from the bread for the non coeliacs because we all know gluten free bread doesn’t taste the same!) so that there is no chance of cross contamination and so that everyone can eat everything!

Coeliac disease is actually something that runs in the family and the coeliacs now nearly outnumber the non coeliacs! So making sure that everything is gluten free (and dairy free for me!) is essential. Here are some gluten and dairy free BBQ/buffet ideas that we enjoyed on this sunny bank holiday weekend. The meat can be cooked on the BBQ if the weather is nice (which it is in the UK at the moment for a change!) or in the oven if it’s not so nice.

Scroll down for a bbq checklist, ingredients and crumble recipe! 

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BBQ checklist: 






For dessert we had a gluten and dairy free strawberry, rhubarb and apple crumble which my Nan made and has very kindly provided her recipe:



1 punnet strawberries

500g rhubarb 

3 bramley cooking apples  

150g gluten free plain flour 

50g gluten free rolled oats 

100g light brown sugar 

1tsp ground ginger 

50g dairy free butter 

1 egg 

50g gluten free granola

Handful of flaked almonds 


  1. Heat the oven to 160C.
  2. Cut up your rhubarb and place in an oven tray. Bake for 15 minutes. 
  3. Whilst your rhubarb is cooking, peel and chop your bramley apples into pieces and cook in the microwave (with sugar to sweeten) until the apple is soft. 
  4. Combine your punnet of strawberries, soft apple and cooked rhubarb in a dish and mix together to form the base of your crumble. Pop this in the oven to start cooking whilst you make your topping.
  5. To make the topping, combine your flour, gluten free oats, sugar and ground ginger in a mixing bowl.
  6. Add the melted dairy free butter and mix together. 
  7. Add the egg and then use your hands to mix together well. 
  8. Add the granola and mix through until you have a moist topping.
  9. Remove the fruit mix from the oven and tip the crumble mix on top of this, spreading it out evenly. 
  10. Add your chopped flaked almonds on top. 
  11. Return to the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until the fruit is bubbling and the crumble is golden brown.

Thankyou for reading and I hope this has given you some gluten and dairy free BBQ and buffet inspiration! 
Alice x 

4 responses to “A delicious gluten and dairy free bank holiday BBQ!”

  1. AJ says:

    Thanks for the excellent suggestions! I’m the only one in my family who is allergic to dairy and gluten so I tend to eat a lot of green salad at BBQ’s. I’ll have to try some of these recipes out next time!

    • No problem! I’m so glad you like the post and I can help out 🙂 This BBQ is great for people that are gluten and dairy free but also people that aren’t as it’s all so delicious they wouldn’t know the difference 🙂 xx

      • AJ says:

        That’s perfect because the men in my family won’t eat anything that is dairy free, gluten free. I figure what they don’t know, won’t hurt them, lol

  2. This all looks amazing😍😍

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