May 23, 2011

Dairy Free Dessert - Super Affordable, Super Tasty Strudels


One of the things about having Food Allergies that can get me down is always having to prepare and plan ahead and not being able to just pop into a shop and pick up something tasty when the mood hits. One of the other annoyances is paying a lot of money for your food allergy friendly treat. But sometimes things just come together…

My dairy free family members have been indulging recently in the best way possible – in cheap, dairy free and yum-town good strudels! Extra exciting is the naturally Egg free attributes of some of said strudels!

There are at least three strudels on the market which fit this bill. They are all naturally dairy free and quite similar to each other but Lidl’s steal of a strudel has been voted the best in my extensive survey of three ;) The bad news is that my local Lidl stores have been out of stock for a few months now and cannot guarantee their return (but I don’t know if this goes for all Lidl stores or just my local branches). The good news is that the Aldi and Tesco versions are good too and have the same bargain basement pricing! At €1.29 I don’t think that anyone can complain about value for money!

They can all be found in the frozen dessert sections of their respective stores and bake up in about 40-45 minutes from frozen. Cut a generous slice and top it off with your favourite dairy free ice cream (ours is Swedish Glace Vanilla - pictured above) and I swear that nobody will even know that they are feasting on a dairy free dessert!

Lidl: €1.29 and voted as the best in my family. Sadly out of stock for the time being so the full ingredients and nutritional information are temporarily unavailable… Sorry!

- Dairy free, at least -possibly free from more


Aldi: €1.29 and standing at a tie with Tesco for second place. The strudel & ice cream in the title photograph is Aldi's 'Heavenly Desserts Continental Strudel' (pictured above in it's packaging). Note: Aldi also make a plum and custard strudel but that one is NOT dairy free.

- Dairy free
- Egg free
- Vegetarian
- Vegan (although not labeled as such)

Ingredients: Apples (43%), Wheat Flour, Vegetable Margarine (Vegetable Fat, Vegetable Oil, Water, Emulsifiers: Mono-And Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids; Salt, Acidity Regulators: Citric Acid, Sodium Citrates), Water, Sugar, Sultanas (3%), Modified Potato Starch, Breadcrumbs (Wheat Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast), Salt, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid; Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Fat, Cinnamon, Thickeners: Calcium Alginate, Sodium Alginate; Flavouring

Nutritional Information per 100g:
Energy 1034kJ/247kcal
Protein 3g
Carbohydrate 32.4g
of which sugars 14.3g
Fat 11.0g
of which saturates 5.7g
Fibre 3.2g
Sodium 0.11g
Salt equivalent 0.27g


Tesco: also €1.29 (in competition, dare we say?) and tied with Aldi for second place. (Pictured above in its packaging)

- Dairy free
- Egg free
- Vegetarian
- Vegan (although not labeled as such)

Ingredients: Apple (43%), Wheat Flour, Vegetable Margarine, Water, Sugar, Sultanas (3%), Modified Potato Starch, Breadcrumbs, Cinnamon, Salt, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Glucose Syrup, Thickeners (Sodium Alginate, Calcium Alginate), Vegetable Fat, Flavouring.
Vegetable Margarine contains Vegetable Fat, Vegetable Oil, Water, Colour (Beta-Carotene), Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Flavouring, Acidity Regulator (Cirtic Acid), Salt.
Breadcrumbs contain: Wheat Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast

Nutritional Information per 100g:
Energy 1020kJ/245kcal
Protein 2.9g
Carbohydrate 30.9g
of which sugars 12.3g
Fat 12.0g
of which saturates 6.4g
mono-saturates 3.2g
polysaturates 1.0g
Fibre 0.7g
Sodium 0.1g
Salt equivalent 0.2g

Have you ever tried any of these strudels before? If not give them a go and let us know what you think!

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