Ashleigh shares 9 of her favourite healthy gluten-free recipes

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Mum-of-two Ashleigh Dunkley has to be mindful of what she’s cooking, as her hubby has coeliac disease – which means he is unable to eat food with gluten in it. Gluten can be found in wheat, rye, barley and oats.

But the mum-of-two says she never has to cook two meals for her family. Here’s how Ashleigh caters for a dietary requirement in her household…


‘I’ve never cooked two separate meals for my family’

“I have been a 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member for three years, and in that time I have never cooked two separate meals,” she says.

“I can make a heap of recipes from the Challenge hub that my hubby can eat.”

Ashleigh says that a lot of food out there contains added gluten or flour to thicken it up, so she likes to make everything from scratch.

“This is why the Challenge is brilliant, as it’s all from scratch. I didn’t know how to make Devilled Sausages or Butter Chicken before the Challenge,” she says.

Ashleigh now coverts every recipe she makes into a gluten-free one.

“I use gluten free flour in place of regular flour in all my baking, so that my husband can eat everything. If I make pizza, the flour is gluten-free. I use buckwheat in place of barley, and in place of oats, I use gluten-free Weet-Bix.”

Food from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge that Ashleigh has made or adapted:

“The pics below are all gluten-free, either converted or naturally gluten-free,” says Ashleigh.

1. Ham and Cheese Baked Potato

ham and cheese potatoes.

This recipe is available for Challenge member and you can find it on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge hub.

2. Raspberry and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Pancakes 


This recipe is adapted from the Cinnamon Pancakes with Honey Cream Cheese that you can get here. 

3. Bacon and Zucchini Muffins (as a slice) 

bacon and zuchinni

This recipe is also available for Challenge members and you can find it on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge hub.

4. Green Mac and Cheese (using gluten-free pasta)

green mac and cheese

You can find this recipe on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge hub.

5. Blueberry Cobbler 

blueberry cobbler

This recipe can also be found on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge hub.

6.  Sticky Date Pancakes with caramel sauce

Sticky date pancakes

This is Ashleigh’s own recipe based on The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge pancake recipes.

7. Oven Salmon with White Bean Purée 


This recipe is available for Challenge member and you can find it on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge hub.

8. Chocolate and Coconut Mousse 

choc mousse

You can get this recipe here.

9. Metabolism Boosting Mushrooms 

mushrooms use

This recipe is available for Challenge member and you can find it on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge hub.

Ashleigh’s 5 tips on how to cater for a dietary requirement:

1. Pick meals you know your family will eat

“While I avoid gluten, I also don’t pick things I know my children won’t eat.

“There are over 3,000 – yes, three thousand – recipes on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge hub. You can choose recipes to suit anyone’s palates. If you’re new, start out with meals that aren’t too different from what you normally eat, then takes it from there.”

2. Ask for help

“When you do the challenge with thousands of other ladies, chances are that a lot of you will face the same difficulties. So ask on The Healthy Mummy Facebook Support Groups how other ladies got around certain dishes and what their family favourites are.”


3. Try new things

“Don’t be afraid to try new things just because you have to convert them. Don’t let dietary requirements hold you back.”

4. Cook things for a longer time

“Gluten-free products tend to be more dense, so I tend to cook the recipes a little lower and a little longer, otherwise they tend to sink in the middle.”

5. Make your own

“I make my own gluten-free bread, biscuits, cakes and savoury muffins – this is a much cheaper way of doing it.”

Thanks for the tips, Ashleigh!

More of Ashleigh’s success with the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

HOT BOD TRANSFORMATION: Mum Now Has A Bod She Is 'Damn Proud Of'

Ashleigh has lost 12.5kg TWICE by following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Ashleigh began her journey in 2013 after the birth of her son. She lost 12.5kgs and then had a healthy second pregnancy with The Healthy Mummy. Following the birth of baby number two, she lost 12.5kg once more.

Ashleigh says she now has a body she is SUPER ‘proud of!’ – which is absolutely amazing!

“This body grew two beautiful babies! However, it wasn’t looked after, it wasn’t treated well, it wasn’t loved,” she admits.

“Now it is strong. Now it is healthy. Now it is a little wobbly but still awesome!

“HELL YEAH I am a Healthy Mummy!,” says Ashleigh! 

Way to go Ash! You look absolutely unreal. You ought to be so proud of your achievements, determination and transformation.

Access meal plans, recipes and meal prep tips on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

If you are inspired by Ashleigh’s weight loss journey – and are keen to follow a healthy eating meal plan, master your meal prep skills and tackle your weight – then be sure to check out our  28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge has been able to help thousands and thousand of mums lose weight, blast belly fat and improve their overall health through healthy eating plans and exercise programs.


To learn more about the  28 Day Weight Loss Challenge click HERE

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