Gluten Free Works brings you everything you need to have a happy and gluten-free safe Halloween! Whether you are planning a Halloween party, want to make gluten-free goodies for the kids or need to know which candies are really gluten-free, this issue of the Gluten Free Gazette has you covered!
Monthly Archives: October 2011
This recipe for gluten-free pumpkin pancakes 3 ways makes a light, spiced gluten-free pancake no matter how you make them- plain, with chopped apples or with chopped pecans. For a gluten and dairy free pancake, substitute coconut milk, or your favorite dairy free milk substitute for milk.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
- 1 1/2 cups canned light coconut milk OR milk
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pre-seasoned / sweetened pumpkin pie filling) Read More »
Looking for the perfect easy-to-prepare treat to take to a Halloween party? Or maybe you want to send something special in your children’s lunch? These cookies are perfect because you can make them as you need them and you don’t even need to bake! There is no need to make an entire batch. Just keep the ingredients on hand and prepare a few cookies for whenever you need something cute, creative and delicious to take with you!
My baking life changed for the better when I realized that some of the canned frostings were gluten free (I use Betty Crocker). When they go on sale, I buy a few cans of various colors and flavors and keep them in my pantry. Most versions are gluten and dairy free but make sure to read the labels carefully before making your purchase. Of course, it is very easy to make your own frosting, but something about the ease of the can makes it even so much less daunting to make a baked good. Or in the case of these cookies, assemble a baked good (you don’t even need to bake!). Read More »
This is an adaptation of my cousin’s recipe, which she so graciously shared with our family. The thing I love about these sweet potato pancakes is the flavor profile that the raw almond butter delivers. After all this time of not eating wheat, what is often missing in gluten-free recipes is the earthy nuttiness that wheat-based recipes have. The almonds deliver on creating that flavor dimension, and it is great!
This recipes makes a lot of small pancakes. Store any leftover in an airtight container in the refrigerator for snacking or reheating in the toaster oven for breakfast.
Makes approximately 36, 3-4” pancakes
• 1 cup cooked Sweet Potato (mashed)
For me, the hardest time of the year to have food issues is when holidays arrive. It seems that around every corner, I’m reminded of the things I can’t eat that everyone else around me can.
My personal goal is to make holidays and holiday parties more about friends and experiences than about food. One of the many reasons I like Halloween is that there are fewer expectations. Your party can be anything you want it to be. There are many fun suggestions online for various party themes. You can find ideas by typing “Halloween Party Themes” into Google. By keeping in mind your audience, you will be able to find something that works for you. Themes involve decorations, the costumes your guests wear, and the games you play. And yes, it even involves the food you serve.
Decorations can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. I’m not into elaborate decorations myself, and so I find many simple ideas involving real pumpkins very nice. Many appealing (and pretty minimalistic), ideas can be found on Martha Stewart’s website, for example. Halloween decorations are fun because not only do they not have to be perfect, but they shouldn’t be! Spiders, ghosts, pumpkins, zombies, vampires, tombs, blood, witches, all scream Read More »
Hello to everyone and many thanks to GlutenFreeNetworks.com for inviting me to participate in their Halloween/Fall event. I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you what I’ve learned about baking gluten-free quick breads, such as Pumpkin Cornbread Squares, after 10 challenging months of adapting wheat flour recipes and experimenting with gluten-free flours, starches, and gums. Here are some of the questions I asked myself and the answers that I found.
Q: Why would I bake gluten-free when I can now buy a variety of gluten-free products at a grocery store?
A: You may enjoy baking and want to continue. Or you may want to save money and not buy packaged foods. Perhaps, you’re not happy with the quality or taste of what’s available.
Or perhaps you’re like me. I’m not only gluten-sensitive (recently diagnosed), but also lactose-intolerant and on a forever diet to keep Type 2 diabetes at bay. The result is that Read More »
When I heard that Gluten Free Works were encouraging bloggers to contribute recipes for Halloween/Fall it set me to thinking about some apples that I needed to use up. They had been given to me by a fellow gluten free friend on a recent visit and I wanted to do something with them other than make crumble.
I have an apple cake recipe that I always use but I wanted to try making smaller cakes, spiced with the flavours that invoke thoughts of Christmas/Thanksgiving and the warm flavours that we love to wrap ourselves in as the weather turns colder.
I have only recently discovered that my pressure cooker is the best thing to use when Read More »
For the 24th year in a row, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will be hosting the Celiac Conference. The conference is a great place to mingle, shop and learn more about Celiac Disease and the gluten-free diet. The conference will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM. There will be separate educational tracks for adults, teens & school-age children.
The Keynote Speakers Will Be:
- Dr. Michelle Pietzak
- Chef Michael Rice
The Agenda: Read More »
Maybe you are the host and you are getting ready for a ghoulish party. If you need to plan it around one or more gluten-free eaters, you might need some ideas beyond hummus and rice crackers or tortilla chips with guacamole.
When you are doing your planning, think about the items that you can’t eat when you are gluten-free: bread, crackers, pretzels, pizza, cookies, cakes and cupcakes, doughnuts. Today, there are many options for all of these items. Of course, if you are the one hosting, you will have much more control. That’s my plan this year; delegation! And, even if you aren’t gluten-free, you can use the ideas below to plan your own party.
If you are the host and not the one with the sensitivity, make sure you understand the needs of your guests. Someone with Celiac disease looks at gluten as seriously as someone with a peanut allergy. Gluten can be in ketchup and bbq sauce and is almost always in Read More »
Homemade caramel corn is buttery, crunchy, sweet and best of all it’s naturally gluten free. And it’s so buttery fresh, a quality hard to find in a can or bag! If you like, use organic popcorn, butter, sugar and agave syrup for an extra special treat.