By a raise of hands, how many of you know that May is Celiac Awareness Month? Raise you hands high!! Ok…we have a lot of smarties out there…
I only recently learned of this information. Of course, I am new to this whole thing. Being gluten-free, that is. I’ve been gluten-free for about 2 months now give or take. You would be surprised how many people think that means I can’t have cheese or ice cream or any number of other things that have NOTHING to do with gluten whatsoever! LOL
Can’t really blame people though, for not knowing what gluten is…it’s not really a common thing, to be gluten intolerant or to have Celiac Disease, although it is becoming more and more so. I think a lot of people suffer from gluten intolerance to some degree and don’t even realize it. I think I have been sick for some time and didn’t even have a clue. I’m still dealing with some of my symptoms, truth be told. I think that’s because I’m still being ‘glutened’.
Like yesterday…we went to one of our favorite places to eat…a sandwich shop known for their sub sandwiches. They will make any of their subs into a salad. While I had her change her gloves before she made my salad, all of the items she put in my salad (cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, etc) had been handled by hands (albeit gloved) that had handled bread….something that I hadn’t thought of until I started feeling poorly later in the day. I’m just going to have to realize that some places just aren’t going to be an option for me anymore…
That isn’t really what this post is all about though. Not really. What I really wanted to tell you about is this really awesome website called freedible.com. It’s a site for bloggers and companies and others to join together and share their recipes and stories and whathaveyou. It’s a place where those of us with new-found food allergies can find companies that offer allergy-free foods geared toward our specific allergy. Also, bloggers can find other bloggers who are blogging about similar things, because as we all know, it is wonderful to be able to network and build an audience that can relate to what you are writing about!
Also this post is to tell you about Glutino and how amazing they are! Of all of the companies I have worked with so far, I would have to say that their products have been the most reliable and the most consistent so far. Everything I have tried of theirs has been good and I would recommend to anyone who is starting the gluten-free lifestyle or who has been eating gluten-free but hasn’t had a chance to try their products. They have a wide variety of products as well. Everything from pre-made cookies and cookie mixes to pasta and frozen meals! I haven’t had the pleasure of trying EVERYTHING they have to offer, but like I said, it’s only been a couple of months.
In honor of Celiac Awareness month, Glutino sent me a box of their Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix along with a recipe for Beth Hillson’s ‘Cookies for a Cause’ recipe. As per usual I didn’t make the recipe exactly as written, cuz that’s how I roll, yo!
Her recipe was my inspiration, though. And here’s my version…
Glutino Double Chocolate Chip Cookies For A Cause (Click HERE to print recipe)
- 1 box Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
- 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
- 3 large eggs
- 3 T. honey (or sweetener of choice)
- 2 t. vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper; set aside
- In a medium size bowl, add first 3 ingredients; stir to combine and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter.
- Add eggs and beat until smooth.
- Add honey and vanilla; beat again to combine well.
- Add dry ingredients to wet and mix just until everything is moistened and combined. DO NOT OVERMIX.
- Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop cookies onto prepared baking sheet(s), leaving about an inch in between cookies.
- Press to flatten slightly.
- Bake 10-12 minutes, or until just set.
- Cool on cookie sheets a couple of minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Store in an airtight container.
I really like these cookies! Like I said before, Glutinos has great, quality products. They are consistently great. Great flavor, texture, everything. And the variety of products they offer is just amazing.
And now for the surprise I was telling you about before…
Glutinos is letting me give one lucky reader a prize package for Celiac Awareness Month!!! Not just any prize, though! This prize package will include the following:
· Toaster Pastries (Strawberry & Apple Cinnamon)
· Honey Mustard Pretzels
· Pretzel Chips
· Instant Pancake Mix
· Rosemary & Olive Oil Crackers
· Cinnamon and Sugar Bagel Chips
· Wafer Bites
· Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
· Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
· Glutino SWAG
Isn’t that AWESOME?!?!?! Yeah, so make sure you click on the link below to enter this awesome giveaway!!!
Live, laugh, love and be kind! xoxo