Showing posts with label GF Products. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GF Products. Show all posts

February 07, 2013

Gluten Free Cereal Options

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Gluten Free Cereal Options
We usually eat a naturally gluten free breakfast, such as ful, veggie omelets, fruit smoothies, or scrambled eggs. Sometimes, though, we just don't have time to make a big production out of breakfast and that's when I'm happy there are so many gluten free cereal options.

Many of these are high in sugar and other ingredients you probably don't want your kids eating on a daily basis, but they're still nice to have as a back up plan for lazy days or sick days. They also make nice add-ins for trail mix and snack mix. I'm sure we'll take a couple of these on our upcoming camping trips for that very reason.

Cereals That Are Gluten Free

Bakery On Main

All of Bakery On Main's products are gluten free. Their granola is great eaten as cereal or as part of trail mix. Some flavors include:
  • Apple Raisin Walnut
  • Nutty Cranberry Raisin
  • Nutty Cranberry Maple
  • Extreme Fruit and Nut
  • Cranberry Orange Cashew
  • Rainforest

Chex

Not all flavors of Chex are gluten free, but these are:
  • Rice Chex
  • Corn Chex
  • Honey Nut Chex
  • Cinnamon Chex
  • Apple Cinnamon Chex
  • Chocolate Chex

Emmy's

  • Walnut Fig Raw Granola
  • Original Raw Granola

Enjoy Life

All Enjoy Life products are gluten free. Their cereal options include:

Erewhon

  • Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Brown Rice 
  • Honey Crispy Brown Rice with Mixed Berries
  • Honey Rice Twice
  • Raisin Bran
  • Strawberry Crisp

Glutenfreeda

  • Almond Honey  Apple 
  • Cranberry Cashew Honey
  • Raisin Almond Honey

Kay's Naturals

All of Kay's Naturals products are gluten free. The cereals include:

Kellogg's

You would assume that Kellogg's Corn Flakes and its regular Rice Krispies are gluten free, but both contain barley malt. Presently, the only gf cereal option from Kellogg's is the Gluten Free Rice Krispies.  This is a special formulation and must be clearly labelled.

Kosher Mills

Pop-Quin Puffed Quinoa

Nature's Path

Nature's Path cereals are organic and they do not contain preservatives. The following flavors are gluten free:
  • Organic Whole O's
  • Corn Flakes
  • Honey'd Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Crunchy Maple Sunrise 
  • Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla
  • Mesa Sunrise Flakes
  • Mesa Sunrise Flakes with Raisins
  • Envirokidz Organic Leapin' Lemurs Peanut Butter and Chocolate
  • Envirokidz Panda Puffs
  • Envirokidz Chocolate Koala Crisp
  • Envirokidz Gorilla Munch
  • Envirokidz Amazon Frosted Flakes
  • Gluten Free Selections Fruit and Nut Selections
  • Gluten Free Selections Honey Almond Granola
  • Gluten Free Selections Summer Berries Granola

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Udi's

Udi's is well known for its gluten free bread and other baked goods, but they also have gf granola that tastes great as cereal with milk or all on its own. Flavors range from the simple "Au Naturel" to Sweet & Fruity Cranberry and Sweet & Crunchy Vanilla.

Be Safe; Check Labels

 Remember, it's always a good idea to check the ingredients of every item you buy, even if it's been gluten free in the past. Manufacturers may change their recipe at any time and it's better to be safe than to suffer an accidental glutening. What's your favorite gluten free cereal?

August 28, 2010

Gluten Free Communion Wafers

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gluten free communion wafers
I'm not Catholic, but some of my friends are. I've heard of people skipping Communion because of gluten intolerance, gluten allergy, or celiac disease. I've also heard of people who eat gluten free all week only to get glutened every time they take Communion. These friends are in a constant cycle of feeling horrible and recovering, only to feel horrible again. That's no way to live, but missing out on an important part of your faith isn't really a great option either.

So, I did some research and I was happy to learn that there are gluten free Communion wafers!

Celebrate Communion

The gf Communion wafers from Celebrate Communion are free of all common food allergens. According to the website, they contain sweet rice flour, potato flour, palm fruit oil, and sunflower lecithin.

Ener-G Communion Wafers

The wafers offered by Ener-G are free of gluten, dairy, yeast, egg, soy, and nuts. Life the wafers offered by Celebrate Communion, they contain sweet rice flour, potato flour, palm fruit oil, and sunflower lecithin.

Controversy Surrounding GF Communion Wafers

Officially, the Catholic Church's stand is that Communion wafers must contain some wheat since that is what the Church believes Jesus ate. Therefore, there are those in the Catholic church who believe that Communion without wheat is invalid and unacceptable. The Catholic Diocese in Ohio has gone so far as to say that gf Communion wafers are unholy. In many churches, parishioners have used the gf wafers with no problems. In others, however, the gluten free options aren't available.

Other Options for Gluten-Sensitive Catholics

Low Gluten Wafers

The Vatican has said that Communion wafers must be made of wheat and water and that they must contain enough gluten to make bread. Apparently, bread can be made with a very minute amount of gluten. The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and Parish Crossroads both offer low gluten Communion wafers that meet the Vatican's standards. According to the Catholic Celiac Society, there is no need to eat the entire wafer. They say that consuming 1/4 of it is enough.

It's important to note that even this small amount of gluten can cause reactions in very sensitive individuals. For people with celiac disease, even a tiny bit of gluten may be too much. Please speak to your doctor, pray about it, and weigh the risks before you take this option.

Communion with Wine Only

The Church teaches that the whole of Christ is received through either the consecrated wine or the bread, so another option is to take Communion through the wine, or precious blood, only. If you take this option, it is best to request a separate cup to avoid cross-contamination. Make sure that no part of the bread, or consecrated host, has been placed in your cup and that no one who took the bread has drank from your cup.

For More Information

This is obviously a complicated issue. As a non-Catholic, I'm no expert. For more information, visit the Catholic Celiac Society.

April 15, 2009

Gluten Free Pancakes

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Pancakes were another food on our mourning list when we went gluten free, but we lucked out and found some great gluten free pancake mixes. Our favorite so far is Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix. This versatile mix can be used to make everything from muffins and bars to waffles and pancakes.

Just like with regular pancake mix, you can add little extras to make your pancakes special. We like:
  • Chocolate chips
  • Nuts
  • Whipped cream
  • Dried cranberries
  • Mashed bananas

Just add syrup and you're done! If you prefer not to use a mix or you'd like to save a little money and take advantage of all those gf flours you already own, try this gluten free pancake recipe.

Gluten Free Pizza

Print Friendly and PDF When I found out my daughter has celiac disease and the entire family would be going gluten free, pizza ran through my mind: all the pizza we wouldn't be eating! Our first attempts at gluten free pizza more closely resembled cardboard than any pizza we'd ever eaten.

Luckily, we found some pizza that we enjoyed. In fact, my kids now prefer the gluten free versions. Here are some of our favorites:
  • Chebe: When we are in the mood to make our own pizza, we love the mixes made by Chebe. Their cheesy bread balls are delicious, and the pizza crust is great as well. We have had a problem with ours sticking to the pan, but the taste makes up for it.
  • Joan's: Joan's GF Great Bakes makes absolutely wonderful pizza! You can order a frozen crust or a readymade pizza, ready to be popped in the oven.

Thanks to these companies, my daughter can have "normal" sleepovers and parties.

Gluten Free Cookies

Print Friendly and PDF When my daughter was first diagnosed, we assumed cookies were a thing of the past, so we were pleasantly surprised to learn there are many GF versions available. Of course, most of them are too expensive for regular consumption.

I was beyond thrilled to see that Betty Crocker has gotten in the gluten free game. Woo hoo! So far, Betty is offering GF chocolate chip cookies, yellow cake, chocolate cake, brownies, and chocolate chip brownies. We've only tried the chocolate chip cookies, but they were a hit. We liked them just as much as the "regular" chocolate chip cookies. At a little over $4 per box, the mix is a bit pricier than the non-GF versions, but still cheaper than most GF cookie mixes.

Other GF cookies we've tried include:
  • Mi-Del Arrowroot: These were not a hit with my kids. We found the texture a bit dry and... off.
  • Mi-Del Chocolate Chip: We liked these more than the arrowroot, but they weren't our favorite GF cookies. I don't see us buying these again.
  • Pamela's Chocolate Chip: We love these! These are our favorite prepared GF cookies. They're a little expensive, so we don't splurge on them often, but they're excellent for an occasional treat.
  • Pamela's Mini Chocolate Chip: These have a slightly different flavor than their larger counterparts, but they're still quite tasty. Their smaller size makes them a bit too easy to eat, though!
  • Bob's Red Mill Chocolate Chip Mix: This mix is easy to make and the resulting cookies are good.
  • Gluten-Free Pantry Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix: So far, I've been impressed with all of Gluten-Free Pantry's offerings, and the chocolate chip cookie mix is no exception.

    Why are you still reading? Go out and eat some gluten free cookies!

Gluten Free Dessert

Print Friendly and PDF Gluten free dessert... does that sound like an oxymoron? Well, it isn't... really! There are many options available, from specialty gluten free cakes and cookies to some things that are naturally gluten free.

There are many companies offering gluten free cookie, cake, muffin, and brownie mixes. These include Pamela's, Bob's Red Mill, Cherrybrook Kitchen, Maggie's Gluten-Free Goodies, Gluten-Free Pantry, Arrowhead Mills, Hodgson Mill, Namaste Foods, and Betty Crocker. Yes, Betty Crocker!

One of our favorite gluten free desserts comes from Outback Steakhouse. It's their lava cake, and it is delicious! It's a flourless cake that is naturally gluten free-- the same cake appears on both the GF and regular menu!