Gluten-free party food

Catering for kids with a gluten-free diet can be tricky at the best of times. When it comes to party time, how can you make sure everyone is happy and safe, without splashing out on expensive ready-made options? We share some simple gluten-free recipes and ideas that will keep the little ones happy and healthy.

Fruity Finger foods

Lots of finger foods are naturally gluten-free and great for kids – cucumber sticks with cream cheese, cherry tomatoes, grapes, apple and pear slices, strawberries… whatever you can chop up and put in a bowl or on a skewer!


Okay, it’s not a recipe, but crisps are a perfect party snack that can easily be suitable for those on a gluten-free diet. Just be sure to check the packet to see that there’s no wheat or barley in there. Popcorn is another naturally gluten free kids’ favourite.

Pizza and chips

Store-bought chips sometimes have a wheat batter coating to make them crispy, so go for the cheap versions that are just potatoes and sunflower oil or make your own. If you have the time, you can find gluten-free recipes to make pizza bases using gluten-free flour, and create your own gluten-free meal from scratch. In a hurry? You can buy ready-made pizza bases from the ‘Free From’ section in your local supermarket, and just get creative with the toppings!

Jelly and ice cream

The classic kids’ party food is ‘wibble-wobble, jelly on a plate’! Jelly is completely gluten-free, but do double-check the ice-cream. Plain vanilla is usually fine, but some fancier flavours may have wheat as an ingredient, so best to check before you buy.

Gluten-free fairy cakes

These days, it’s easy to find information on gluten-free baking, but for a really simple party treat, fairy cakes are a safe bet. Mix 100g of butter and 100g of sugar in a bowl, add 2 eggs, then fold in 150g of gluten-free flour and a teaspoon of gluten-free baking powder. Spoon into 16 cake cases and stick in the oven on gas 5/190° for 20 minutes. Decorate with icing or leave plain – either way, kids will love them!

Party bags

Sweets like lollipops and chocolate are gluten free, but party bags with a little game or toy are always fun and safe for all. Always a good way to end the celebrations!

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