11 gluten-free low cal recipes (DF, low fodmap and low syn)

Happy January! I know lots of you are on the hunt for healthy, low-cal recipes at this time of year. If you follow my blog, you’ll know I don’t usually focus on ‘slimming world’ or ‘weight loss’ but I know in January, many folks who are gluten-free find it hard to find recipes that are also low in calorie and slimming world friendly.

More importantly, all these recipes contain plenty of nutrients and are naturally low syn/ low cal-without using things like sweeteners which can impact the gut. They  can be adapted to be dairy-free and some are also suitable for those on a low FODMAP. So I hope these gluten-free low-syn recipes encourage you to get creative in the kitchen!

You’ll find the first 6 recipes in this post and the next 5 in part 2.

1. Gluten-free Mini Calzones (low FODMAP, low Syn)

These gluten-free mini-calzones are perfect for snacking and can be made with all sorts of yummy fillings. They’re suitable for those on a low FODMAP and can be easily adapted to dairy-free too. 

Number of calories? 156 per calzone

Slimming world friendly? 2 syns per calzone (with cheese as an HE)

Make the full recipe here 


2. Chicken and Lime Curry

This healthy chicken & lime curry is easy to make and jam-packed full of flavour from the homemade curry paste. It's low in calories and more than 3 of your 5-a-day, great if you're on a diet or the perfect excuse for an extra naan bread and onion bhaji!

 Who doesn’t love a curry? This gluten and dairy free curry from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen is the perfect takeaway alternative.

Number of calories? 381

Slimming world friendly? yes

low FODMAP? No

Make full recipe here 



3. Fig and Proscuitto Pizza (GF, Dairy Free, low cal, low syn, low FODMAP)

A healthy alternative to pizza- not only is this pizza gluten free and low syn, it’s also full of your five of day-including broccoli which makes the base!

Number of calories? 318 per serving

Slimming world friendly? Yes, approx 2.7 syns per serving.

low FODMAP? Yes

Make the full recipe here

4. Pad Thai


Pad thai is one of my favourite Thai dishes, but it can often be made with gluten-rich soy sauce and be really greasy! This version is much easier to digest, low FODMAP and only around 2.75 syns per serving!

Number of calories? 328.5g

Slimming world friendly? Yes, 2.75 syns approx.

low FODMAP? Yes

Make the full recipe here

5. Fish Pie (gluten free, dairy free, syn free, low FODMAP)

A delicious dairy free fish pie. Not only is it dairy free but gluten free too!

My favourite comfort dish is Fish Pie. This healthier version uses sweet potatoes, carrots and cherry tomatoes and is gluten and dairy free.

Number of calories? 429 per serving

Slimming world friendly? Yes syn free 

low FODMAP? Yes

Make the full recipe here

6. Beetroot Soup

This comforting beetroot soup is vegan and super easy to digest. A must for keeping warm this winter.

Number of calories? 184

Slimming world friendly? syn-free 

low FODMAP? Adapt by removing garlic.

Find the full recipe here

For Part 2 and 5 more delicious gluten-free low-fat recipes (highlights include shepherd’s pie, fish stew and turkey slow cooker dishes! click here.

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  1. January 18, 2018 / 9:56 pm

    Ooooo I love the sound of the turkey and sweet potato stew. Would be a good one to change up the slow cooker recipes I seem to make a lot

  2. January 18, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    Ive been gluten free for 2.5 years now so this is really helpful! Im considering going on the low fodmap diet too to help with my stomach issues!

  3. January 19, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    These recipes look beautiful, great to see they solve a variety of diet problems.

  4. January 21, 2018 / 10:14 am

    Wow you have some fab suggestions here, how good for that beetroot soup look! Would love the chicken and lime curry too x

  5. March 26, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    my husband has IBS and Crothns. I would like to know if gluten free food would help him.

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