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Mrs. W and Udi’s to the Gluten-Free Rescue

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls from Udi's

On Friday my gluten-free kid (GFK) came home to report that he was being rewarded for good school behavior with a lunch dessert  with his teacher and a few other class mates.  I was thrilled and not surprised because he is super sweet and a really great kid.  So, I was filled with pride and joy until I thought about all of the details that were going to go into this treat.  I immediately emailed his teacher to suggest some things that might work for the GFK and that his friends would enjoy too.  My fear was that she might show up with a gluten filled chocolate cake or a yummy treat from Dairy Queen and that my GFK would feel left out and sad that he couldn’t enjoy it.  Well, I didn’t hear back from her until Monday morning and I obviously didn’t give her enough credit.

Since I hadn’t heard from her, I ended up sending supplies for a gluten-free, dairy free root beer float only to read an email from Mrs. W that informed me she had actually bought SAFE gluten-free cinnamon rolls from Udi’s!  Now, why didn’t I think of that?  Can you feel my gratitude in this post?  My gratitude for her “really getting it?”  I love her!  And, I love Udi’s for having tasty treats that are well labeled for those who don’t live with dietary restrictions.  And, I love Udi’s for being available in our local grocery stores so they are easy to find.  So, thank you again Mrs. W for being so caring and for taking such good care of my GFK!

The GFK and his friends really scored yesterday because his super cool teacher allowed them to enjoy gluten-free cinnamon rolls AND safe root beer floats.  And, I learned to let go just a little bit.  I can’t always be there for every food related thing for the GFK but I am surrounded by some great people who do listen to all of my educating on the gluten-free and food allergy lifestyle.  Many of these very special people are appreciated more than they can understand and I wanted to take a moment again to say THANK YOU!

Tell me about the special people in your life who really get it when it comes to living gluten-free or with food allergies.

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies and Dairy Free Chocolate Hearts

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies made with Doodles Cookie Mix

Happy Valentine’s Day my beloved readers!  I am late in posting because we have had a very sick household. Thankfully, all 5 of us are finally healthy just in time for me to bake up some sweet treats to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the one year anniversary of my blog.  That’s right friends, Gluten-Free Joy has turned one today.

To celebrate, I baked some gluten-free sugar cookies sent to me by Deborah at Doodle’s Cookies.  I have been anxiously waiting to try this mix and it was quick and easy to make, just what I look for being a busy mom.  These all natural, organic, gluten-free cookies turned out nicely and the kids liked them.  The gluten-free sugar cookies were sturdy, not crumbly and were easy to decorate. You can choose your own flavoring by adding vanilla, lemon or almond extract.  We used vanilla and I think next time I will add more than the suggested 1/2 teaspoon to get a bit more flavor.  I froze a few for the gluten-free kid (GFK) to take to upcoming school functions and I think they will be great thawed out.  I would definitely buy this easy mix to keep on hand if Doodles was available in Colorado stores.  Are you listening Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage and Sunflower Market?  Doodles also offers gluten-free chocolate chip, gluten-free double chocolate chip habanero and gluten-free nut butter.  I can’t wait to use Sunbutter and try the nut butter cookie mix.  The company is also developing organic and gluten-free cake mixes so be on the lookout for those.  For now, you can visit Doodles here and order them online for $6.50 each.

Dairy Free Chocolate Valentine's Day Hearts

To celebrate love day, we also melted up some Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate and made some nut free and dairy free chocolate hearts.  If you or your loved ones are dairy free and gluten-free, you know it can be difficult to find holiday treats to celebrate with.  So, we made our own.  They turned out cute but were a bit chalky.  Overall, they satisfied the GFK to feel like he had some real Valentine’s Day candy.  I really wish I could find some dairy free white chocolate.  We could really have some fun with that.  If you know of any, please let me know.

Thank you for your support during my first year of gluten-free blogging.  I hope I have been able to help some of you out there with fun ideas, recipes or just knowing you aren’t alone on this food allergy or gluten-free journey.  Please let me know if there are other topics you would like to know about and I hope you continue to stop by to visit me on my beloved gluten-free joy blog.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Found! Einstein Bros. Gluten-Free Bagels Made by Udi’s

Einstein Bros. Gluten-Free Bagels Made by Udi's

It has been a crazy 10 days around here.  I am heading back to work and am currently working two part-time jobs and it just happened that 2 of my 3 kiddos have come down with the worst stomach bug that has hit our family in years.  I feel like I am losing my mind and I can’t keep up with the laundry and super germ cleaning that needs to be done while trying to work.  I know I will figure it all out and I am excited to re-enter the work world and awaken that side of me.  I know it still exists!

Anyway, a perk of working is getting me out of the house and into neighborhoods I don’t normally venture into.  I had a meeting Monday with my new colleague in the Stapleton neighborhood here in Denver.  We met up at Udi’s Bread Cafe and you all know how much we love Udi’s Gluten Free Foods.  Well, during my visit I was able to finally get my hands on the rumored Udi’s gluten-free bagels being test marketed at a handful of Einstein Bros. Bagels stores.  I brought a pack of six home and my Gluten-Free Kid (GFK) scarfed them up.  These glorious bagels look like a real bagel, are soft and moist inside with a nice crust.  They toasted up nicely and are super tasty.  My only regret is that I didn’t buy more to stash in the freezer.

Now, we need to band together to convince Udi’s and Einstein Bros. Bagels that these bagels need to be sold everywhere.  They are by far the best gluten-free bagel we have ever had.  Let me know if you have tried them and what you think.

Gluten-Free Heart Pancakes – Made with Love

Lovely Gluten-Free Heart Pancakes

We use cookie cutters around here a lot to celebrate holidays.  There are so many foods my gluten-free kid (GFK) can’t eat with his Celiac Disease and multiple food allergies but we like to focus on all of the yummy things he can eat like healthy whole foods like fruit and veggies and yummy grains like buckwheat and quinoa.  And, we like to celebrate safe foods by making them fun!  Cookie cutters help out in that department.  These gluten-free heart pancakes were made with love using Gluten-Free Pantry’s Muffin and Scone Mix.  How do you make your gluten-free food fun?

Gluten-Free Fruity Pebble Treats for Valentine’s Day

Fruity Pebble Hearts

Gluten-Free Fruity Pebble Treat Hearts

February begins tomorrow and my house is already decorated with red shiny hearts, my older kids have completed class valentine’s and my four year-old is cutting and pasting each day to complete his valentine’s all on his own.  Yes, I would say Valentine’s Day is in full swing in our house.  We made some Gluten-Free and dairy free Fruity Pebble Treat Hearts to kick off the celebration.  Don’t these make your heart skip a beat?  Too cute.  Enjoy!

Fruity Pebble Treat Hearts:

Gluten-Free and Dairy Free

Ingredients:

1/4 cup vegan margarine

6 cups Jet-Puffed Marshmallows

13 oz. Post Fruity Pebbles Cereal (about 8 1/2 cups) – yes these are gluten-free!

1.  Melt margarine in pan over low – medium heat

2.  Once margarine is melted, add marshmallows to pan and stir constantly until melted together.

3.  Remove mixture from heat and add cereal.  Mix well.  Press firmly into generously greased mini heart shaped pan or into greased 9 x 13 pan and once cooled use cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes.  Wrap leftovers tightly to keep fresh.

Starbucks Tries Gluten-Free Again

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 my local Starbucks store will be one of many that will be offering a line of new snack options with 220 calories or less per serving.  Out of the list of 9 snacks, 8 of them appear to be gluten-free and allergen friendly!  After the Gluten-Free Orange Valencia Cake came and went, I am very happy with Starbucks for trying gluten-free again.  I am thrilled to be able to grab something for my GFK while I am fulfilling my weekly caffeine requirements.  All of these snacks are pre-packaged and labeled with ingredient lists so there is less chance for cross contamination issues but beware many contain nuts!  Starbucks has given us lots of gluten-free variety and they are all affordable. Check out the list below!  Let me know if you think Starbucks has finally gotten it right for the gluten-free and food allergic community.

Lucy’s Cookies – the one I am most excited to try!

Lucy’s cookies were created for a child who has to be careful about what he eats by a mom who’s a doctor and thinks everyone deserves something good to snack on. These delicious cookies are baked without wheat, gluten, dairy milk, butter, eggs, casein, peanuts or tree nuts. Available in Chocolate Chip, Sugar and Cinnamon, each variety has just 120-130 calories per serving.  Priced at $1.50 U.S. for Grab & Go Packs and $5.95 for a box you can share with friends and family.

Peeled Snacks

When one woman invented yummy Peeled Snacks, she gave us permission to enjoy snacking again.  Peeled Snacks use real fruit, bursting with flavor, to make a wholesome treat. With a full serving of fruit and just 130 calories or less per single-serving bag, they’ll give you a nourishing boost that won’t weigh you down.  Available in organic much-ado-about-Mango, Apple-2-the-core, and all-natural Cherry-go-round varieties.  Priced at $2.00 U.S.

Peter Rabbit Organics
Peter Rabbit Organics Fruit Pouches show kids, and parents too, that real fruit can be fun and delicious. Available in the Apple & Grape and Mango, Banana and Orange varieties, each pouch has 80-85 calories per pouch. Priced at $1.95 U.S.

Sahale Snacks®
After two friends hiking up Mt. Rainier found themselves craving a more satisfying snack, they decided to create these gourmet nuts.  Sahale Snacks uses whole ingredients in their natural form — such as cashews, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, and peanuts — and combines them with dried fruits, then adds fabulous ingredients like organic orange blossom honey, lemongrass, or pure ground Madagascar vanilla beans. Available in Pomegranate Cashew, Soledad Nut Blend, and Barbeque Almonds, a blend created exclusively for Starbucks, each 2 oz. serving has just 140-150 calories. Priced at $2.50 U.S.

Stretch Island Fruit Company
Created by a family determined to make life sweeter for all of us, Stretch Island Fruit Company Original Fruit Leathers are real fruit, plain and simple.  Every original Fruit Leather is equal to half a serving of fruit and has just 45 calories. Available at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada in the Harvest Grape, Autumn Apple and Summer Strawberry varieties. Priced at $0.75 U.S.

Two Moms in the Raw
We hope you’re as inspired as we are by the journey one woman made when she (and some other moms) created these granolas. The granola mixes from Two Moms in the Raw are made to be 100% delicious. Available at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada in two gluten-free varieties, Blueberry and Gojiberry, each of which is just 220 calories per serving. Priced at $3.95 U.S.

FoodShouldTasteGood
We love the philosophy behind these distinctive chips: food tastes best when it’s made with quality ingredients and thoughtful preparation. Available in Multigrain, a distinctively nutty flavored chip made with flax, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, and Sweet Potato, lightly sweetened with cane sugar to enhance the natural nuttiness of a sweet potato in a chip.  Both varieties are 210 calories per 1.5 oz. serving size and provide 5g of fiber. Priced at $1.50 U.S.
KIND Bars
These bars with wholesome ingredients you can see and pronounce are the perfect grab-and-go snack, and just 170-190 calories.  The bars are free of gluten, dairy and wheat. Available at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada in Mango Macadamia, Almond Cashew, Fruit & Nut Delight, and Cranberry & Almond.  Priced at $1.95 U.S.

Gluten-Free Corn Flake Wreath Cookies

Gluten-Free Corn Flake Wreath Cookies

Whenever I get an invite for the five of us to attend a party that will have food, as they always do, I cringe a little. These events are tough because no matter how hard I try, the Gluten-Free Kid (GFK) always feels left out.

I used to obsess over baking safe treats for him to share.  But, then I’d worry that someone would drop a piece of cheese on his goodies, contaminating them.  Or, a friend would cry, “gross!” after tasting my creation. Well, I worry less now.  The GFK understands what goes into each party, he helps by eating before we go to the party and he is gracious with all people who try but don’t understand his food issues.

And I’ve found some treats that work well.  Gluten-free Fruity Pebble Treats and gluten-free Rice Krispie Treats are always favorites.   For a twist on this, I brought Gluten-Free Corn Flake Christmas Wreath Cookies to the party we attended last night.  Kids were asking for more even after we ran out.  But, what a problem to have.    If you still have holiday parties to attend, I suggest you try these.  Let me know what you think.

Gluten-Free Christmas Wreath Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dairy free butter

3 cups Kraft marshmallows

1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla

1 teaspoon green food coloring

5 cups Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Corn Flakes

Red Skittles or candy of your choice

Directions:

1.  Melt butter over medium low heat.  Add marshmallows until melted.  Add vanilla and green food coloring, stir until a nice deep green color.

2.  Once mixture is smooth, add Corn Flakes.  Gently mix together, not crushing the cereal.  Form into wreath shapes and place on wax paper, decorate with candies while still sticky.  Let cool.  Enjoy!