It’s the most wonderful time of the year: when Greater Sydney’s best gluten-free cafes, caterers, bakeries and businesses offer up their Christmas specials. From 10-person feasts to mini sticky date bundts, this year the city’s coeliac-friendly treats just keep getting better. Check out this year's offerings from gluten-free faithfuls like Wholegreen Bakery, Nutie Donuts, and Sebastien Sans Gluten.
But don’t delay: book ahead and pick up your order on time – many of these gluten-free favourites will sell out.
Crowd favourite Nutie Donuts is once again smashing out enough sweet treats to keep the guy in the big red suit happy, including a peach trifle, a chocolate tart with brandy custard, a pavlova cheesecake, pecan pies, and sticky date bundts. Its Christmas menu is available all month for pick-up from Dulwich Hill, and pre-orders must be placed at least three days in advance. Pre-orders for Christmas Eve are already booked-out, but you can still order for pick ups until December 23, so get in quick. Order online.
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Much-loved Newtown outfit Comeco is offering sushi platters and doughnuts for Christmas Day pick-up. Small 40-piece or large 60-piece sushi platters are available, as well as its popular sourdough doughnuts. Orders are now open online until December 19 – but book early, as it’s already experiencing high demand.
Gluten-free French patisserie Sebastien Sans Gluten has kicked off its silly season with Bonne Maman 2023 advent calendars, filled with mini jams. It’s also doing ready-to-assemble gingerbread-house kits, and giant macarons with pistachio mousseline and raspberries are available to pre-order for pick-up on December 22, 23, or 24. Order in-store.
Black Star Pastry is putting a festive twist on their popular gluten-free Strawberry Watermelon Cake. For this version, rare white strawberries – which have a sweeter, less tangy flavour compared to red strawberries – and hand-carved snowflakes adorn layers of fresh watermelon, rose and strawberry cream and almond dacquoise. Pre-orders close at midday on December 18 for pick-up on December 23 and 24. Order online.
Fresh from its widely successful Sculpture by the Sea pop-up, eastern suburbs icon Wholegreen Bakery is selling its popular fruit mince tarts and gingerbread in-store. This year, it’s also selling panettones in both traditional fruit and dark chocolate flavours. Orders are open online, over the phone ((02) 8197 0002) and via email (email@example.com); 4 days notice is required for the panettone.
At its Bondi Junction store, Hudson’s Bakery is doing its chocolate plum pudding, fruit mince pies, rum balls and gingerbread this Christmas. Returning to the menu this year are vegan gingernut cookies. Its Christmas specials will also be available at a range of farmers markets at the Shire, Carriageworks, Kings Cross, Martin Place and St Ives. Pre-order via phone (0478 650 812) or online.
Nonie’s is offering gluten-free mince pies, panpepato made with nuts and cacao, gingerbread and one-kilo Christmas cakes from its roller door in Botany every Friday, at Carriageworks Farmers Market on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, and Northside Produce Market on the first and third Saturday of the month. It’s also shipping the mince pies, panpepato and christmas cake Australia-wide before December 15. Order online.
It’s possibly the last place you’d expect to deliver a crowd-pleasing, 10-person gluten-free blowout Christmas feast, but a humble RSL club in the Sutherland Shire is offering the gluten-free works this Christmas. Under the guidance of chef Andrew Harper, Miranda RSL’s bistro has emerged as a fan favourite among Sydneysiders with coeliac disease for its incredibly tasty gluten-free pub food. After huge success last year, its all-in feast returns, and includes a kilogram of prawns, a roasted leg of pork with crackling, and a maple-roasted half ham. It comes with gravy and apple sauce, as well as a selection of either roast vegetables or cold salads for sides, plus your choice of dessert (options include a family-sized pavlova). Order cut-off is December 18. Chef Harper is also offering a ham-glazing service: provide your own ham and he’ll maple-glaze it for you at a pre-arranged time before Christmas. Book your feast or ham glaze via firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9525 0844.
Paddy the Baker is known for their Irish soda breads, but they've also got a varied gluten-free offering. This year, they're doing gluten-free fruit mince pies which will be available at farmers markets right across Sydney. While you're there, try some of their gluten-free buttermilk scones or Irish potato bread, too.
Just last month, Shire Gluten Free opened its new location in Mosman. This Christmas they're baking mince pies, Christmas pudding, chocolate plum pudding, ginger bread and rum balls. Browse the full range in-store.
St Leondards restaurant Green Gourmet Vegan is doing plant-based Christmas yum cha platters. When ordering, go for Option B, which is gluten-free and includes salt and pepper "not fish", meaty bites, and crispy radish fingers. Order online or call (02) 9439 6533 for details.
At Byron Bay on the far-north coast you'll find Eclair at the Bay which is offering gluten-free mini Santa hats; they're made of mascarpone chantilly mousse and strawberry mint coulis covered in red white chocolate velours and golden pearl sugar. Pre-order here and pick up on December 23 or 24.
This article was originally published on November 30, 2022. It was updated on December 5, 2023 to reflect new information and remove out-of-date details.