Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:48

6 Gluten Free Breakfast Bowl Ideas

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Breakfast bowls are an easy way to make sure your breakfast is filling, has lots of variety and includes at least one portion of fruit to get your day started right.

We've put together six different breakfast bowl ideas, inspired by and using our six different gluten free cereals and granolas, which now come in individual serving packs. All these recipes are gluten free and all can be made dairy free with substitions. Some are even naturally vegan, like our Nutty Crunch Granola which is sweetened with fruit juice!

Almond Chia Pudding with Strawberry & Vanilla Granola

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  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • Drop of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • Sliced fresh strawberries
  • Strawberry & Vanilla Irish Oat Granola
  • Flaked almonds

Stir together the almond milk, chia seeds and vanilla extract then soak overnight covered in the fridge. In the morning simply add your granola, strawberries and almonds for a tasty dairy free, gluten free breakfast!

Spiced Apple Breakfast Bowl with Nutty Granola

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A quick, autumnal yogurt bowl that's gluten free, dairy free and vegan.


  • Half an apple
  • 1 fig
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Yogurt (Greek style yogurt or your preferred dairy-free yogurt)
  • Single serving of Nutty Crunch Granola

Stir in the cinnamon and maple syrup to the yogurt in a bowl, taste as you go. Thinly slice the apple and the fig and layer on top of the yogurt with the granola. Feel free to add a few more of your favourite nuts like walnuts or pecans!

Chia Granola with Coconut Yogurt and Frozen Berries

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Perfect for when you want a healthy breakfast but don't have lots of time! Top coconut dairy free yogurt with a single serving of our new gluten free Classic Chia Granola. Add a handful of frozen berries and a sprinkling of desiccated coconut and you're ready to go.


Sunshine Porridge with Tropical Fruit Compote

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  • Sunshine Porridge (single serving 45g)
  • 1 cup of dairy/non-dairy milk (eg. soya or rice milk)
  • Half a cup of diced tropical fruit (eg. mango, melon, pineapple)
  • Splash of orange juice
  • 1 small banana
  • Maple syrup / honey to drizzle
  • Sprinkling seeds and nuts

Quickly whizz up your tropical fruit in a blender– the frozen bags of tropical fruit smoothie mix work perfectly. Heat in a small saucepan with the orange juice on a low heat for 10 minutes then set aside off the heat. Make your porridge by heating the milk with the single serving of Sunshine Porridge in a saucepan stirring all the time for 2-3 minutes. You can use half milk half water (or just water) for a lighter porridge. Add a dollop of the compote to the bowl of porridge and top with slices of banana and a sprinkling of your favourite nuts and seeds, such as chia seeds and flaked almonds. If you like your breakfast a little sweeter then drizzle with maple syrup (vegan option) or honey. 


Very Berry Smoothie Bowl with Oat-Free Granola

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  • 1 small banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants)
  • 1 handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup coconut water (adjust for thickness)

Method: Use a high speed blender to whizz up the ingredients and pour into a bowl. Add some delicious crunch with a single portion of Oat Free Very Berry Granola for a gluten free, dairy free, oat free breakfast.


Mega Munch Muesli with Berries, Nuts & Seeds

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A nutritious breakfast made in minutes. Simply add your preferred dairy/non-dairy milk to a single serving of gluten free muesli. Top with fresh or frozen berries and an extra sprinkling of your favourite nuts. Naturally sweet and delicious!

Shop the full gluten free cereal range online - all available in invidiual servings, 450g packs, and bulk sizes of 3kgs.

The highly acclaimed range of gourmet sodabread toasts from the family-run Irish bakery The Foods of Athenry is now being stocked in up to 190 Waitrose stores across the UK.

Following the success of the Multiseed and the Honeyed Almond and Rosemary toasts which have been stocked in Waitrose since summer 2015, the two favourites will now be joined by the spicy Multiseed with Cumin and the fruity Cranberry and Hazelnut in more than 60 of the premium supermarkets stores.

Twice baked for a satisfying crunch, the sodabread toasts use only premium ingredients and contain no preservatives, additives or hydrogenated fats. Served with cheese, your favourite dip, or simply by themselves, these toasts are packed with flavour.

The toasts which have won multiple awards for taste, are wheat free and suitable for those following a gluten free diet. Find them in the Free From aisle.

Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:45

Our brand baby journey

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Like any newborn, the name is carefully chosen. After all, you’ll carry it with you for a long time. With a food company, the same considerations re: personality, how it rolls off the tongue, how it feels; all combine to name the baby.

As time goes by, because with any luck - every night you go to bed smarter than when you woke up – you see where improvements can be made. A business is an evolutionary process, and to stand in the way of evolution is to wither and die. There's been lots of extra work going on behind the scenes here and we're excited to finally share what we've been working on.

Our main focus is always on making quality, all-natural products from original recipes packed with flavour - something for everyone even if they are on a restricted diet. The range we offer has grown so much over the last few years and it seemed the right time to give our brand and logo an update.

Everything we produce is baked with love here on our family farm in Athenry so our farmhouse still takes centre stage but with a more modern look. We wanted to make sure that if you loved our granola or cookie shots that you could easily recognise our other products, so watch out for our new-look packaging coming soon. Same delicious products inside of course!

That's not all though because we've also been working on some exciting brand new products we can't wait to tell you all about. Watch this space...

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The Foods of Athenry are delighted to have been awarded three new "free from" accolades in last night's national FreeFrom Food Awards in Dublin.

The food and drink industry awards aim to recognise, encourage and reward the achievements of free-from producers and the excellence of their products. In 2017, the Foods of Athenry won awards in three food categories - crackers and crispbreads, bars, and biscuits and cookies. The awards are:

In celebrating great free-from food and raising awareness of Coeliac disease for Coeliac Awareness Week, all gluten free products including last night's award winners, are 20% off until midnight on the 15th May!

These taste awards build upon our success in the 2016 awards, where we won seven awards over six competition categories including the industry Innovation prize.

You can find all the other excellent winners on the Free From Food Awards website. Thank you to everyone for your support and to the Free From Food Award judges.

Coeliac Awareness Week has come round again and as usual it's not only a great opportunity to raise awareness of coeliac disease but also to celebrate great gluten free food.

This year we've got some great offers for you plus we're part of some exciting events and giveaways.


Online shop offer

We are offering a massive 20% off our online shop for the whole of Coeliac Awareness Week (live now until midnight on 15th May) so make sure you stock up on all your favourite products and maybe even try something new. Simply use code GFGOODNESS at the checkout to apply the saving. All of our gluten free products are included in the offer, from cereals and toasts, to cakes, cookies, bars and more.

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Win a hamper

We are running a great competition with the Coeliac Society of Ireland to win a huge hamper of gluten free goodies from us worth over €45. It includes our very popular cookie shot and flapjack snack packs, our delicious premium breakfast granolas, and our range of twice-baked sodabread toasts. Head over to their Facebook Page to take part.


Daily giveaways

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook you'll have a chance to win a different product every day for the whole of Coeliac Awareness Week! Just follow us on Instagram @foodsofathenry and then follow the simple instructions for the chance to win. Good luck!


Gluten free pop up shop

All this week you can shop our full range in a 100% gluten free and coeliac-friendly pop up shop. The shop is called Unglu-d and you can find it at 53 South William Street, Dublin. As well as our products you'll find lots of other great gluten free brands, plus all the proceeds raised will be donated to the Coeliac Society of Ireland!


Great in-store promotions

There are lots of great deals to be had this month at your local shops and supermarkets.

In Dunnes Stores until the 16th May there is 20% off:

  • Brownie Cookie Shots
  • Blondie Cookie Shots
  • The Works Flapjacks
  • Just Oats Flapjacks
  • Multi-Seed Soda Bread Toast
  • Multi-Seed with Cumin Soda Bread Toast
  • Cranberry & Hazelnut Soda Bread Toast
  • Honeyed Almond & Rosemary Soda Bread Toast


Tesco Ireland has 20% off the following products until 28th May:

  • Brownie Cookie Shots
  • Blondie Cookie Shots
  • The Works Flapjacks
  • Strawberry  & Vanilla Granola
  • Nutty Crunch Granola


Supervalu has 25% until the end of May on:

  • Brownie Cookie Shots
  • Blondie Cookie Shots
  • The Works Flapjacks
  • Just Oats Flapjacks
  • Multi-Seed Soda Bread Toast
  • Multi-Seed with Cumin Soda Bread Toast
  • Cranberry & Hazelnut Soda Bread Toast
  • Honeyed Almond & Rosemary Soda Bread Toast
  • Very Berry Omega Rich Granola
  • Nutty Crunch Granola
  • Mega Munch Muesli


The Coeliac Society of Ireland has organised lots of events throughout the week and you can find out more on their website.

Friday, 02 December 2016 13:09

Gluten Free Gift Idea: New Gourmet Gift Boxes

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Owner of The Foods of Atherny, Siobhan Lawless, presents the new gluten free Gourmet Gift Boxes - the perfect Christmas gift for foodies.

Find out all about The Foods of Athenry's delicious gluten free range including the new gift boxes in our video:

There are six all-natural gift boxes to choose from at only €29.90 each including free delivery:

  • Gluten Free Christmas Essentials
  • Chocolate Celebration Gift Box (gluten free)
  • Vegan Variety Gift Box (gluten & dairy free)
  • Dieters' Delight Gift Box (gluten free)
  • Tempting Treats Gift Box (gluten free)
  • Christmas Essentials (contains wheat)

We were delighted that earlier this year our Very Fruity Mince Pies were awarded a maximum three stars in the prestigious Great Taste Awards. It was an honour for us, as well as a huge thumbs up for speciality and free from food.

Our mince pies are made up of sweet shortcrust pastry wrapped around our own homemade fruitmince filling - made from a unique, original recipe as all our products are. Baked in our speciality gluten free bakery, these mince pies are wheat, gluten and dairy free and suitable for coeliacs and vegans.

Over the weekend we were once again thrilled to see our mince pies celebrated in The Times among their Foodies' Top 40 seasonal picks!

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Use code GREATTASTE for an exclusive 25% off our award winning gluten free mince pies online. Offer ends midnight Friday 9th December.



The Foods of Athenry are proud to sponsor the first ever MADRA 5K Doggy Dash to help raise money for the vital work MADRA do finding forever homes for unwanted, neglected, abused or abandoned dogs.

The five kilometre sponsored run will take place on Sunday 9th October in Cappagh Park Knocknacarra. Walk, jog or run the 5k route which takes you around the Cappagh Park playing fields and through parts of scenic Barna Woods. The course is flat and fast so perfect for first timers and also a great PB opportunity for the more seasoned runner. Dogs are not permitted to enter but are welcome to come and support! 

Early bird entry of €18 is available until the 5th of September and will go up to €22 thereafter. The first 150 entrants will receive a printed technical running t-shirt to wear on the day.

All online entrants will receive a sponsorship envelope and are asked to try and raise a minimum of €20 for MADRA. A prize will be awarded to the person who raises the most funds. This event is being held in conjunction with MADRA's 'Raise the Wuff' fundraising campaign.

This is a great cause and one close to our hearts. With our most recent (furry) addition to the family a rescue pup called Lennie we know first-hand the amazing work charities like MADRA do to rehabilitate and rehome dogs in need. They are also a wonderful local charity so please come along and support!



Family-run Irish company The Foods of Athenry has once again been celebrated in this year’s Great Taste Awards, announced on 28th July 2016.

The Foods of Athenry’s range of gluten-free sodabread toasts were all awarded stars in the 2016 Great Taste Awards, bringing the company to over 50 taste accolades for its all-natural and additive-free products.

The products awarded are:

·        3 stars - Cumin and Multiseed Gourmet Sodabread Toasts

·        2 stars – Multiseed Gourmet Sodabread Toasts

·        1 star – Cranberry and Hazelnut Gourmet Sodabread Toasts

·        1 star – Honeyed Almond and Rosemary Gourmet Sodabread Toasts

·        1 star – Very Fruity Mince Pies

Based in the rolling fields of Athenry, the company has been at the forefront of gluten-free products in Ireland in the past decade. With multiple celebrity fans including Ellie Goulding, John Cleese and Roz Purcell, they offer gluten free food that does not skimp on taste. 

The Great Taste Awards, first established in 1994, are considered one of the highest honours for food products internationally, and are decided by a panel of industry judges in a blind taste test.

These awards followed fast on the heels of the company’s record seven wins at Ireland’s very first Free From Food Awards announced in May of this year. The awards couldn’t be better timed for the Foods of Athenry, coinciding with the emotional five-year anniversary of a fire at the family farm which burnt the bakery to the ground and halted business for months. Company owner Siobhan Lawless said,

“We’ve come a long way in the last five years since the fire that burnt us out. More than 50 taste awards later I feel so blessed to have our products continually acknowledged as being some of the best in the world. And this year to be awarded the ultimate honour of a 3* Great Taste Award for a gluten-free product is a huge thumbs up for ourselves and the gluten-free community.”

This year producers from across the UK and Ireland entered 10,000 products into the Great Taste Awards with only 141 foods achieving the highest and most coveted rating, three stars. The esteemed awards had 878 foods achieving 2 stars and 2520 were awarded a 1 star, making only 35% of entries accredited at all.


What the Great Taste Awards judges said about us:

Multiseed with Cumin Sodabread Toasts: “The crunch is excellent and the cumin is very well judged. Overall a delightful cracker.”

Multiseed Sodabread Toasts: “Excellent crunch, rich in seeds, full-flavoured, a very versatile cracker.”

Cranberry & Hazelnut Sodabread Toasts: “It is evident that good quality ingredients have been used.”

Honeyed Almond & Rosemary Sodabread Toasts: “The rosemary teases and the almonds are muted but very good.”

Gluten Free Mince Pies: “We applaud the care and generosity that has gone into making these, deeply filled exceptionally fruit generous pies.”

Friday, 22 July 2016 11:59

Gluten-Free on the Go

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Whether you’re new to the gluten-free lifestyle or an old-hand, here’s our best tips for always being prepared – and never being hungry – when you’re out and about.


Dips and veggies

Prepare portions of baby cherry tomatoes, carrot, cucumber and celery sticks for an all-round healthy snack.  Add hummus for dipping to help keep you stay feeling fuller for longer. Make use of the smallest boxes from your tupperware set so your vegetable snacks can be easily slipped into a bag and preventing any squishing. Pre-prepared and kept sealed and refrigerated they should last for several days, ready for you to grab before you head out somewhere in a hurry.


Dried fruit & nuts

Re-sealable boxes or bags of dried fruit and nuts are another healthy and energy-filled snack you can store at work or in your bag for on-the-move snacking. Try a combination of:

·        Dried cranberries

·        Raisins or sultanas

·        Pumpkin seeds

·        Sunflower seeds

·        Cashew nuts

·        Walnuts

·        Almonds

Buying big bags of these and mixing and matching as you like can be a really cost-effective way of creating a cupboard-full of snacking material. Nuts are packed full of protein, essential fats and fibre as well as other nutrients and dried fruit will give you a sugar injection if you’re feeling the mid-morning or afternoon slump.



Gluten-Free Sodabread Toasts

Munched on their own or with homemade or shop-bought toppings, these gluten-free sodabread toasts are a really versatile savoury gluten-free snack. Try topping your toasts with avocado, hard or soft cheeses or with your favourite dip of choice for gluten-free deliciousness on the go.



Not just for breakfast, dry granola is a great snack all day. It has the advantage of not taking up much space and the inclusion of dried fruit, nuts and seeds are a great source of energy.


Something sweet

Sometimes you just want something sweet to snack on. There’s lots of gluten-free bars and cakes out there that you can buy and stock up on which are already in handy wrapped individual portions. Re-sealable packs are even better for grazing throughout the day, like our Flapjack mini-bites and Cookie Shots.



There are quite a few crisp brands including many of the main supermarket’s own-brand crisps which have gluten-free flavours suitable for coeliacs but always check the packaging each time. The Gluten Free Student Cookbook has put together a really useful list of gluten-free crisp flavours and brands. There’s also some great Irish companies out there making certified gluten-free crisp products such as Keogh’s and O’Donnell’s.

For snack-hunting coeliacs, keep up to date on the latest food labelling terminology and rules on the Coeliac Society of Ireland’s website: https://www.coeliac-ireland.com/live-gluten-free/food-labelling/.


The Bite box

And if you want a super simple option, The Foods of Athenry’s new Bite box is a gluten-free snack pack with a bit of everything you fancy in it. It’s got all the components for a light lunch or an on-the-go snack at 338 calories, with the combined ingredients of a pot of hummus, 25g of multi-seed crackers, an orange chocolate biscuit bar, and a pack of mixed fruits and sunflower seeds. It has also got a long shelf-life, perfect for stocking up at home.




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