Cinnamon-Banana-Nut Muffins

Cinnamon Banana Nut Muffins

 In general, muffins are one of the easier recipes to make, and this also applies to gluten free baking. They especially lend themselves to the novice gluten free baker. You can truly make them your own by including any number of healthy ingredients, leaving out dairy, substituting a  healthier type of sugar, and, of course, substituting your own gluten free flour preferences. We should mention that we have not made this particular recipe with a commercial gluten free flour mix, as we prefer to make up our own, largely as a result of allergies to so many of the ingredients included in many of the commercial blends. Continue reading

Mixed Berry-White Chocolate Chip Muffins

Mixed Berry-White Chocolate Chip Muffins

Muffins have become an old standby for a quick dessert, or snack, in our family. We have made them both savory, or sweet, depending on the season, and/or what ingredients are available to us at the moment. Looking through the freezer the other day, I came across the last bag of frozen mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries and blueberries), that beckoned to be used. We also still had a small amount of white chocolate chips left over from the holidays. Voila – a new recipe was born. Continue reading

Gluten Free Halloween Treats

Gluten Free Halloween Treats - Mini Fruit Jellies

Around the end of October the weather begins to change. Halloween, the day when children everywhere don creative costumes to go hunting for treats arrives, and the seemingly normal next-door neighbor’s yard suddenly becomes strewn with cardboard head stones and fake spider webbing. But what to do when gluten is an issue?

As a child, the costume was definitely the biggest part of Halloween every year, far overshadowing the inevitable small pile of collected candy. Like most little kids, I would know weeks in advance what I wanted to be that year; a princess, a flower fairy, super girl, just to name a few. Not knowing that I was Celiac at the time, but still having many other food sensitivites related to bad vaccine reactions as an infant, most candy, certainly anything brightly colored, or containing high-fructose anything, was out. Commercial sweets and candies were really not something I was used to anyway; the gluey smell of artificial color and sugar actually made me sort of sick. Instead, for years around Halloween, my Mom would find, or make, healthy alternatives for sweet treats available, so neither I, nor my friends would feel we were missing out in any way. And none of us did, in fact I don’t think anyone even thought about the fact that they weren’t eating “real” M&M’s. Instead, it was more about having fun with friends. Continue reading