Gluten-free eating involves a lot of time spent scanning food labels. Not fun. Anyone who is coeliac, allergic to gluten or simply looking to cut back on wheat products, will know that grabbing a quick bite for lunch that is a) satisfying and b) delicious, isn’t always easy.
But who says living the gluten-free lifestyle means having to sacrifice on flavour? Gone are the days of staring intently at ingredients on labels and scanning every sandwich combination because Pret a Manger have gone against the grain with a whole range of gluten-free offerings.
From delicious breakfast pots to new open-face sandwiches (made with Pret’s very own gluten-free bread, FYI), and desserts to finish off with, consider this your gluten-free cheat sheet…
Honey granola pot
Dig into a breakfast pot layered with honey, yoghurt and gluten-free granola. Simple yet scrumptious.
Acai and almond butter bowl
Slices of banana, gluten-free granola and acai berry puree atop shredded apple, pomegranate seeds and almond butter? Sounds to us like a great way to start the day.
Five berry bowl
A delicious five berry compote on top of yoghurt and a gluten-free granola base. Yes to all of the above.
Freshly grated apple, honey and yoghurt combined in a pot with gluten-free granola which has been soaked overnight. Before serving, it’s topped with fresh pistachios, pomegranate and mixed seeds.
Pret’s coconut porridge
A handful of oats and red quinoa (both gluten-free) simmered in coconut milk to create a rich, creamy porridge. Gluten-free and dairy-free? Check and check.
Mango and banana sunshine bowl
A splash of coconut milk blended with mango and banana plus a dash of turmeric, all topped with a generous amount of gluten-free granola, blueberries and coconut chips.
Coconut and mango bowl
Packed underneath chunks of mango and pomegranate is a layer of coconut yoghurt, crunchy gluten-free granola and a base of sliced bananas.
Open face sandwiches
Chicken caesar and smashed avo on Pret’s gluten-free bread
Bite into a thick slice of Pret’s very own gluten-free seeded bread topped with creamy smashed avocado, chargrilled British chicken dressed with Caesar mayonnaise, shaved Italian cheese and a sprinkle of mustard cress.
Coconut and berries on Pret’s gluten-free bread
Fruity five berry compote, fresh berries and toasted coconut chips on top of a thick, non-dairy coconut yoghurt spread on gluten-free bread? Yes, please.
Smashed avo on Pret’s gluten-free bread
Looking for something delicious and ultra-healthy? This smashed, creamy avocado with a sprinkle of chilli and red pepper will hit the spot.
Humous and roasted peppers on Pret’s gluten-free bread
Pret’s own humous and red pepper tapenade topped with fresh whole-leaf basil, chargrilled peppers, creamy feta cheese and finished off with a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts. Head down to the nearest Veggie Pret for a slice of this bad boy.
Pret made some soup-er updates to their entire soup collection earlier this year. All nine of their new flavours are made with gluten-free ingredients and are under 250 calories for anyone counting. Plus, the vegetarian options are also vegan-friendly. Pret, take a bow.
A flavoursome combination of ripe plum tomatoes that have been chopped and simmered alongside diced tomatoes, onions, celery, carrots and a squeeze of rich tomato puree all seasoned with olive oil and a touch of oregano.
‘No cream’ cream of chicken soup
Made without any actual cream, this soup is made from celeriac, fennel and cauliflower which have been simmered with generous chunks of shredded British chicken. Seasoned with parsley, sage, rosemary and bay leaf to finish.
Roasted pumpkin soup
Smooth, sweet chunks of roasted pumpkin simmered with diced red peppers, carrots, onions and celery. To finish, a handful of white beans and a drizzle of Canadian maple syrup plus a dash of lemon juice.
Lemon chicken soup
Shredded British chicken thigh slow-cooked with lemon zest and juice, chickpeas, kale, chopped tomatoes, basil and a dash of Herbes de Provence – talk about a delish Mediterranian recipe.
Smoky chicken and bean
Cooked in a pot with Mexican ancho chillies, smoked paprika, celery and onion, this soup is also packed with shredded British chicken, juicy tomatoes and black-eyed beans. A dash of Canadian maple, roasted cumin and lime juice tops it all off.
Pea and mint soup
Blended with white and green chards and finely chopped mint leaves, the soup’s base is made with vibrant garden peas simmered in vegetable stock and chopped green peppers. Fresh and filling.
Vegetable tagine soup
A vegetable stock base packed with cumin, turmeric, red chilli and cinnamon is gently stirred in to celery and sweet tomatoes. To follow are roasted courgettes, red and yellow peppers which are slowly cooked alongside a generous heap of chickpeas, buckwheat and red lentils.
Gluten-free lemon drizzle cake
Handmade with polenta and almonds, this cake slice is topped with a zingy drizzle and lemon cream cheese icing. *Drools*
Both gluten and dairy-free, this pot of granola has been soaked in coconut yoghurt overnight, has a mango and banana smoothie layer followed by passion fruit and shredded apple topping. Every morning before it hits the shelves, it’s garnished with freshly diced mango and coconut chips.
Image credit: Pret a Manger