April 1, 2024   |   Tips, Gluten-Free Living   |   Little Northern Bakehouse

Dairy-, Egg-, Soy-, Sesame-, Peanut- and Tree nut-free Recipe Swaps for the Gluten-free

Navigating the world as a gluten-free eater is no small challenge. But when life hands you a side of food allergies, too, every meal can feel like you’re playing a game in hard mode. That’s why we’re here to help you master the art of the gluten-free, allergy-friendly recipe swap!

Whether you (or your loved one) are allergic to eggs, dairy, soy, sesame, peanuts, or tree nuts, Little Northern Bakehouse has more than just a safe and delicious gluten-free bread you can trust.

We make sure our collection of gluten-free, plant-based recipes includes dairy-, egg-, soy-, sesame-, peanut- and tree nut-free options you and your family will love, too!

Scroll through some of our favourite free-from meal ideas to explore gluten-free, allergy-friendly recipe swaps and substitutions that let you experience the joy of the real thing every day.

Egg-free: Egg(less) Salad Sandwich

Eggless egg salad sandwich on seeded gluten-free bread

A lot of gluten-free baked goods use egg to make up for the structure and texture gluten gives to conventional options. But not Little Northern Bakehouse—our gluten-free breads, buns, bagels, and pizza crusts are egg-free!

And so is our Gluten-free Egg(less) Salad Sandwich recipe! Made with only six ingredients (including the salt and pepper!) this egg-free sandwich filling has all the flavour and creaminess of the original—and a satisfying portion of protein, too.

Double or triple the batch of this tofu-based recipe for a week of egg-free make-ahead lunches.

Try our gluten-free egg(less) salad sandwich recipe for lunch!

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Dairy-free: Plant-based Mozzarella Sticks

Vegan mozzarella sticks with tomato sauce

Whether you’re allergic to dairy, lactose intolerant, or plant-based by choice, there are more (and better!) dairy-free milk, cheese, and butter alternatives in stores and on menus than ever—and that’s worth celebrating!

But sometimes it’s nice to get back to old school whole food swaps that put an allergy-friendly twist on a retro recipe. And our Plant-Based Mozzarella Sticks are a perfect way to get that party started!

Instead of processed dairy-free cheese, our crispy gluten-free breading hugs tender hearts of palm. Baked (or air fried) instead of deep fried, all this dunkable dairy-free snack needs is a side of your favourite marinara!

Welcome friends with this dairy-free allergy-friendly appetizer!

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Soy-free: Vegan Gluten-free Seitan

Gluten free Seitan : A freshly cooked, golden brown loaf of vegan gluten-free seitan sits on a piece of parchment paper on a table, waiting to be sliced for use in a gluten-free meat substitute in a plant-based sandwich. The gluten-free seitan loaf is surrounded by the ingredients used to make this recipe: canned beans, herbs and spices, and an assortment of gluten-free flours.

From burgers and hot dogs to bacon and deli slices, plant-based meat alternatives are piling up—unless you’re gluten-free. Why? Because so many vegan meats are made with wheat, they’re off the table for gluten-free eaters.

But if needing gluten-free options doesn’t trim that list enough, finding plant-based meat substitutes that are gluten-free and soy-free cuts it down to next to nothing.

Which might explain why our Vegan Gluten-free Seitan is one of the most popular recipes on the Little Northern Bakehouse site!

Our versatile gluten-free seitan has a sliceable, chewy, meaty texture that makes it a stellar soy-free swap in everything from sandwiches to stir fries.

And because you control the ingredients, our gluten-free seitan is as allergy-friendly as meat substitutes come. (It’s nut-free, too).

Get our soy-free, gluten-free seitan recipe—and 3 sandwiches to use it in—here!

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Sesame-free: No Sesame Homemade Vegan Furikake

sesame-free vegan furikake recipe

If you’re allergic to this small seed, it can feel like there’s sesame in almost everything these days.

That’s why our gluten-free baked goods aren’t just peanut- and tree nut-free, but sesame-free too. And why Little Northern Bakehouse Gluten-Free Everything Bagels are topped with whole fonio and flax seeds instead of the usual sesame-containing blend!

We go out of our way to include sesame-free swaps in the recipes on our website. But while we love how easy it is to trade tahini for sunflower seed butter in a hummus, spread, or sauce, some swaps take a little more creativity. Especially for tasty toppers like furikake, where traditional recipes are sesame-based.

Our No Sesame Homemade Vegan Furikake opens the door to complex, savoury, salty, umami flavour and satisfying crunch. Gluten-free, plant-based, and allergy-friendly, our versatile version is as delightful on a steaming bowl of rice as it is sprinkled on avocado toast.

Try our sesame-free take on this classic Japanese seasoning recipe!

Peanut-free: Gluten-free Allergy-friendly Fluffernutter Sandwich

Allergy-friendly Fluffernutter Sandwich (plant-based and peanut-free)

For people with peanut allergies, the classic PB & J on puffy white bread won’t come with the childhood nostalgia it does for those without. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make new memories as you unleash your inner child’s glee on a sweet tooth-satisfying retro treat!

Grab a couple slices of our gluten-free White Wide Slice bread, pile on the plant-based marshmallow fluff, slather nut-free butter from edge to edge, top with ripe banana, and indulge in our Gluten-free, Allergy-friendly Fluffernutter Sandwich.

Get the peanut-free recipe for this sticky, sometimes food classic!

(Does your peanut allergy also exclude soy and other peas or legumes often found in nut-free butters? Trade toasted soybean butter for your favourite thick and creamy seed butter!)

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Tree nut-free: Baked Mac & Cheese

gluten-free baked Mac and cheese (plant-based and nut-free recipe)

If you’re allergic to tree nuts and also dairy-free, your list of cheesy swaps is far more limited than the average plant-based eater. Why? Because countless plant-based cheeses and cheese-inspired vegan recipes depend on soaked cashews or other tree nuts to create a creamy base.

But not our gluten-free plant-based Baked Mac & Cheese recipe! Our no-cashew vegan cheese sauce gets its creaminess from a secret ingredient—roasted eggplant!

Carrot purée, nutritional yeast, your favourite nut-free plant-based cheddar style shreds, and nut-free non-dairy milk round out this kid-proof sauce. So, you’ve got a scrumptiously inclusive recipe to welcome gluten-free mac and cheese comfort back to almost any table!

Get the recipe for our nut-free, gluten-free twist on classic mac and cheese!

(Also allergic to coconut? We love Daiya and other nut-free, gluten-free, plant-based cheeses, but finding one without coconut is trickier. GO VEGGIE Plant-based Cheddar Flavor Shreds are made without coconut and available in the US. Know of a coconut-free, nut-free, gluten-free plant-based cheddar option available in Canada? Drop us a line and we’ll add it here!)

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Learn more about food allergies—and how we keep the top allergens out of our breads—in our Five Food Allergen Facts article. Or discover better-for-you tips and meal ideas in our How to Eat Healthy When You’re Gluten-free and Have Allergies blog post.

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