I may have said it a million times before but it really can be tough finding good gluten free food to eat here in Germany. I’m not sure whether it’s the fact that gluten free is still a relatively new thing here or the fact that gluten free food is treated more like a medicine, a sustenance to be endured rather than enjoyed. Or perhaps it could be the companies here that make the food, or the stores that sell it here, unwilling to think it will sell and demanding long shelf life. Either way, it can be frustrating, especially after getting back from a trip to the UK or USA, having stuffed my face with amazing food.
Thankfully though, some of the online retailers have taken notice of this and have started importing food from other countries for sale right here in Germany. Out of these, easily the best and the one with the widest range is food oase. They have some of the best gluten free food from the UK, the USA and other countries. To put it in perspective, at the time of writing, there are 1772 gluten free products on their site! Amazing. Think Doves Farms, Genius, Love More, Bobs Red Mill and many many more. Do you need some Xanthan Gum? How about some Baking Soda? Shortbread perhaps? (not to mention Plamils great dairy free chocolate)
Luckily for me, they send through a sampler package of some of their products. Luckily for you I took lots of pictures. (and ate it all, just to help, you know, for review purposes)
First up, we have my absolute favourite. Bob’s Red Mill Pancake Mix. Bob’s Red Mill simply make the best flours and mixes around (with Doves Farm being a close second), with this one being perhaps the best. Do you want to eat a pancake and not even notice it’s gluten free? This is the flour for you.
I’m not sure how I didn’t eat that before I took the picture. But they are just crispy enough, the interior is nice and fluffy without any grainy texture. Perfection.
Next up with have their Pizza Crust Mix. It isn’t quite as good as their pancake mix and to be fair, most pizza base mixes are not so great, but it is pretty good.
The dough turns out a little sticky as most gluten free versions do.
Although a good pizza can be made out of it. So I guess it does it’s job. It’s certainly better than any of the mixes you can buy here and better than the pre-made bases from Schaer and the like.
Next is their Four Grain Porridge. I do miss my morning porridge (being British, it’s much more of a brekfast food than the delicious pancakes above) so I was rather excited with this one.
Now, yes, you may look at that last picture and think, well, that isn’t porridge, that’s some sand you found. And yes, it does have the consistency of millions of tiny tiny little pebbles. Unfortunately this does carry over into the finished product. I mean, it’s not terrible, but I’ve had better porridge that I’ve made myself from gluten free oats.
They are of the prepackaged long shelf life variety, but they are also lactose free! So not all bad.
To be honest, they’re not my favourite in the world but they are on par with Schaer (only slightly more expensive per gram). If you’re looking to buy bread from foodoase, I’d see my post on Genius first.
Next up are some lovely lovely lentil and chickpea chips. It’s definitely good to have something other than potatoes to fulfill my junk needs.
The texture is a little odd but they are a great snack food and have a good flavour to them. Not too strong, just enough. They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’d give them a try for at least one packet (of the creamy dill variety, they were rather delicious).
Last up is Eat Real Cashew & Cranberry Bars. These were perhaps the most disappointing of the selection. They sound and look good, but they were unfortunately extremely crumbly and quite lacking in flavour. If I had nothing else to hand, they’re good, but otherwise, I’d give them a miss.
All in all, foodoase is a great site and they are really trying to provide a good selection of high quality products from around the world. Something that is essential in the somewhat behind German gluten free market.