Gluten free cookbooks and recipes for fall time

It’s almost that time of year again, as fall coming is upon us. I am already seeing posts about pumpkin flavored coffee and teas. Yes, fall will soon be here, as the children go back to school and we enter into September. It seemed fitting to re-post the gluten free and paleo recipe for pumpkin muffins that always fill up this gluten free gal’s house each fall.

The time is right to post about the fall flavors and smells after passing through Dallas airport on the way to Baltimore to visit relatives. This gluten free gal made a pit stop in Teavana where Hannah the lovely teavanista shared some information about the chai tea flavors upon us for this beautiful time of year. Not only did this gluten free gal get to try something new, matcha tea, but also a lovely chai tea flavored drink to get the senses going.

In Los Angeles being sunny all year long, has it’s perks, however for this East coast gal, it’s always a bummer missing the sight of the colorful leaves and bountiful trees that line the streets of Connecticut.

Despite missing the beautifully lined streets, a short 2.5 hour drive takes Angelenos to Big Bear to San Bernardino county to experience snow and all the perks of fall and winter. It’s always nice to experience the flavors of fall regardless of living with sun nearly 365 days a year.

For those Angelenos looking for new recipes this gluten free gal came across a few great cookbooks to allow you to look forward to fall and whip up some new dishes and desserts. Listed below is the recipe for this gluten free gal’s take on gluten and dairy free paleo pumpkin muffins.

Social media websites like that of facebook and instagram certainly help with learning more about the various cookbooks and recipes that are available to help those of us with gluten intolerances or allergies. Gluten free, dairy free and paleo books seems to be the norm in many book retailers.

A cookbook that I  look forward to using is Against all Grains and the Paleo diet. Against all Grains will teach you various ways to cook without using grains, which those that cannot tolerate grains in their diet will benefit from. Many know this to be the paleo diet.

Another great cookbook is, The Warm Kitchen by Amy Fothergill. For those of us that cannot have gluten, Amy also denotes her recipes to be made without dairy too. Anyone who cannot have either dairy or gluten knows not all gluten free cookbooks cater to both, so you will be pleased to know Amy’s cookbook is written straight from the heart to allow for both.

Below you will find the recipe for gluten free spiced muffins that you can amend any way you like to fit your dietary needs:

1 cup of raw cane sugar

1/2 cup of butter (soft) or crisco for a dairy free option

1 can of organic pumpkin puree

2 eggs

2 cups of Pamela’s products gluten free flour ( bread & flour baking mix) or gluten free flour of your choice

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp gf vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp of guar gum ( stabilizer)

Cream sugar and butter in one bowl. Add eggs, vanilla and cinnamon. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking power. Slowly add this flour mixture to the first bowl of ingredients. Pour batter into muffin tins or bread tin for baking. Set oven to 325 and bake for about 18-24 minutes. Check muffins and once toothpick comes out dry, the muffins are complete.

You can find Pamela’s Products gluten free products at a local Wholefoods market, Sprout’s markets in Los Angeles and Orange Counties as well as at any local grocery store that carries gluten free products.

Ghee is amazing……and gluten and dairy free

I finally broke down and bought ghee as I was still afraid of the word, ‘dairy’ on the packaging, but everyone has said you should have no problem with ghee, as they take the lactose and actual milk out of it.

That is exactly what the case was and I am never going back to anything else, even crisco which really is not healthy for you, but when you don’t have too many other dairy free options you work with what you have.

Ghee smells and tastes just like butter. In the Indian tradition and customs ghee is heavily used in cooking and baking. Along with coconut oil and coconut butter, ghee truly is the next dairy free derivative to cook with. The Pamela’s products gluten free chocolate chip cookies, taste the best they ever have, thanks to the lovely inventors of ghee.

So, now get on over and get yourself some ghee, as you will thank me later.

Bringing the healthy back with gluten free Shea Moisture products

Gluten and paraben free body wash
Gluten & paraben free body wash

Have you recently realized the reason for your itchy scalp? As someone who is intolerant to gluten and dairy I never really stopped to look at every single ingredient in my hair care until recently.

I realize my head was extremely itchy and it was due to the fact that Paul Mitchell’s styling gel has wheatgerm in it. The culprit to the problem of an itchy scalp was found.

I was on a hunt to find a hair gel as well as body wash that didn’t have this harmful ingredient in it. Since buying Hugo Naturals hair gel along with Shea Moistures body lotion and shower gel,  life is a lot easier.

Who wants to be out on the town and constantly itching away at their scalp? Nobody does and as a very strong advocate for gluten free food products I am now a huge advocate for checking every single ingredient that I put into my body.

We as a nation and society talk so much about GMO’s and such, but for those of us that have sensitivities, intolerances or Celiac disease, need to realize everything we put on our skin or in our hair can be absorbed into the body. So, without further ado I present to you an amazing new product on the market that has been popping up in retailers nationwide. Shea Moisture products have been spotted in Target, Ulta and many other retailers nationwide. The greatest thing about Shea Moisture products is that the products are free from gluten, parabens, phthalates, no paraffin, no formaldehyde,  no propylene Glycol, no synthetic fragrances, no petrolatum and no synthetic colors, no DEA and lastly no animal testing.

For more information about Shea Moisture products, please visit them online.



Gluten free cookbook for your kitchen

Gluten free food

Amy Fothergill is  trained as a chef, even if she isn’t famous for it. Amy didn’t waste any time after seeing that her family needed to live a lifestyle without gluten. Amy has published a beautiful and intricate cook book that any gluten or dairy free person would appreciate.

According to Amy the cook book The Warm Kitchen, “contains gluten-free recipes that anyone can make and everyone will love.”  certainly loved reading through all the recipes and cannot wait to cook up some gluten and dairy free chicken pot pie. The recipe from the cookbook looks amazing and I look forward to playing in the kitchen once the heat cools down.

Meeting Amy at the Celiac Disease Association expo was a delight and to hear her talk about her children with such delight made it more worthwhile to write about her cookbook.Not only has Amy published a great cookbook but she was so generous to to gift the cookbook to me.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Amy’s cookbook online. Some of this gluten free gal’s favorite recipes are sauteed italian chicken, dairy free macaroni and cheese, potato latkes, bagels, various varieties of focaccia and so many other great recipes. These are just a few of the many recipes published by Amy, that you should definitely check out.

Ready set, go gluten free: Welcome to glutenfree18

Gluten free pizza from CPK's test kitchen

Nicole launched glutenfree18 after her sister Samantha was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010. She has now garnered many followers and fans on twitter and social media and decided to take control of her website after a gracious friend helped her launch glutenfree18 four short years ago.

The ultimate goal of glutenfree18 is to educate the gluten free community about the foods that are gluten and dairy free while still being nutritional and tasty. There are many products on the market that are marked gluten free, but are not beneficial to maintaining a healthy diet.

Nicole  has an intolerance to gluten and dairy and does everything in her power to work with companies who would like to let the world know about their products.  If you have a product or media inquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact Nicole directly.

This site is dedicated to Nicole’s sister and anyone else out there who has been newly diagnosed and wondering, “What can I eat?”