Gluten-Free Bali: Gluten-Free Options Abound in this Island Paradise

Gluten-Free Bali
(photo by: Jennifer Fitzpatrick)

Gluten Free Kitchen Cafe & Bakery is one of the best finds in Bali. This dedicated gluten-free and celiac safe restaurant serves amazing dishes that you would not expect to find in Asia, including chicken pesto sandwiches and pork schnitzel with mashed potatoes! They bake scrumptious gluten and dairy-free cakes, and also take orders for freshly baked gluten-free bread.  You can take the bread back to your guesthouse or hotel to prepare your own meals. I used my loaf of gluten-free bread to prepare sandwiches for a sunrise hike at Mount Batur. Gluten Free Kitchen also has a sister restaurant called Gluten-Free on Bisma. They serve coffee, tea, juices, gelato, and gluten-free snacks!

If you make your way to the Ubud Monkey Forest, make sure you don’t bring any food. The monkeys will definitely find whatever gluten-free treats you have in your pocket, bag, or purse! If you are short on gluten-free groceries, try stopping at Coco Supermarket on the way back the Monkey Forest. The supermarket is adjacent to the entrance of the Monkey Forest and easy to navigate. Inside you’ll be able to buy Bob’s Red Mill products, Orgran pasta, peanut butter, jelly, and gluten-free granola bars, as well as fresh produce.

In Canggu, head to the beach for some fun in the sun. When you have a craving for something sweet, try Made’s Banana Flour Cafe. As another dedicated gluten-free facility, Made’s has multiple locations in Bali and they are known for making their dishes with banana flour – hence the name! The French toast is famous here, as are their pastries and waffles. If you can’t make it to Made’s, try Bali Bowls & Smoothies. They have an allergen-friendly menu listing over ten different common allergens/dietary restrictive ingredients, including wheat. If you need a drink to help with your gut flora, sample the Kombuchi Brewing Co. They serve six different flavors of kombucha which are freshly made. Their flavors include apple beet, ginger, orange, turmeric, original, and guava!

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