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Gluten-Free Brownies – The Dessert Choice That Packs A Punch

Many people with Celiac disease miss their old dessert choices, which they can no longer eat because of the type of gluten-laden flour they contain. Cookies, cakes, pastries, pies, snack cakes, and brownies are seemingly off-limits, and gluten-free baking is intimidating with recipes often listing over 25 ingredients. However, a solution is in sight as the convenience foods market expands to include a wider variety of gluten-free foods, including some of your beloved and greatly missed dessert items.

Gluten-Free Brownies – Rich, Fudgy, And Delicious

Gluten-free brownies can be found in the gluten-free section of many grocery stores, and in the prepared snack aisle of many health and wellness stores. The label should clearly state ‘gluten-free’- but do they taste good? Some on a gluten-free diet hesitate to purchase prepackaged gluten-free food if they’ve had a previous negative experience with a particular brand or food item. Gluten-free brownies, however, provide a delicious treat in a small package. These delectable morsels of fudgy goodness satisfy even the strongest craving for chocolate, with only minimal effort required: opening the wrapper (YUM)!

Display Gluten-Free Brownies For Dessert At Your Next Party

Gluten-free brownies, such as those made by All But Gluten™, make a wonderful treat to bring along to parties, barbeques, or to dinner at a friend or family member’s house. Those who aren’t avoiding gluten can feel at a loss about what is ‘safe’ for those with Celiac disease to eat, and it would be appreciated to willingly bring along a dessert that you can consume with confidence. Even for a child’s birthday party, provide gluten-free brownies as an alternative to cake or cookies, and the kids likely won’t even notice that the brownies are gluten-free.

All But Gluten™ Offers Delicious Gluten-Free Brownies

All But Gluten™ offers certified gluten-free brownies in convenient, individually-wrapped packages, which can be found in your grocery store’s fresh bakery aisle. These tasty treats are ideal inclusions in a child’s lunch box (or your own). In the mood for a late-night snack, and nothing but chocolate will do? Gluten-free brownies fulfill your craving without risking your health. Gluten-Free brownies: finally, a treat you can feel good about.

All But Gluten’s™ unique, delicious and convenient gluten-free breads and sweet goods are the premier choice for those with Celiac disease and those following a gluten-free diet: click here for a list of locations where All But Gluten™ products are sold.

Helping Friends And Family Members Understand Why You Can Only Eat Gluten-Free Food

When you start sharing with friends and family members that you have Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, it’s common that they think it’s just a fad, a phase, or something that isn’t critical to your health or well-being. It’s important to relay some crucial facts about gluten and its effects on your body and immune system. The more information that your family and social circle understands about your condition, the more willing and able they will be to accommodate for it.

Gluten-Free Food Is More Than Just A Fad For You – It’s A Requirement

Start by explaining that Celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder that damages the small intestine and interferes with the digestion and absorption of foods. Foods containing gluten actually cause further harm to the intestine, leading to stomach pain, digestive distress, constipation or diarrhea, and an overall ill feeling. These symptoms vary depending on the individual’s sensitivity to gluten, and can last for days or even weeks with a single exposure to gluten.

Where Is Gluten Found, And What Is Being ‘Contaminated?’

Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and spelt. Any food, beverage, sauce, spice, powder, or other item that contains any derivation of wheat, barley or rye contains gluten. This rules out breads, cookies, cakes, most sauces and creamy soups, beer, and many other common foods.

Explaining to a friend or family member what it means to be contaminated can be very enlightening to them. Even something as seemingly innocent as a stray crumb or using the same cooking utensil is enough to expose a person to gluten. Common sources of contamination include:

  • Sharing cooking prep surfaces, such as cutting boards
  • Sharing cooking surfaces and utensils, such as knives, spatulas, pots, and pans
  • Sharing tubs of spreads, such as margarine, jam, or peanut butter
  • Sharing toasters or toaster ovens
  • Using oil that already cooked a food with gluten (breaded chicken tenders, etc.)
  • Missing gluten on an ingredient list
  • Eating a food that was cross-contaminated in the manufacturing process

Finding Gluten-Free Food Is Becoming Easier

Share with your friend or family member that they can easily help you avoid gluten by either allowing you to provide your own gluten free food items, or by choosing to purchase pre-prepared gluten food products for you. Gluten-free food is becoming more readily available in mainstream grocery stores, and the varieties and tastes are also steadily improving.

All But Gluten™ gluten-free food items are tasty and certified gluten-free, made in a facility that has been tested to be gluten-free. Click here for a list of locations where All But Gluten™ products are sold.

Why Are Easy Gluten-Free Recipes For Snacks So Hard To Find?

If you’re a person with Celiac disease or just discovered that you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity, one thing you’ll notice right away is that many gluten-free snacks require a lot of preparation time. You may spend hours scouring the Internet for easy gluten-free snack recipes, and getting frustrated as you come up short. But what makes gluten-free snack recipes so hard to find?

Gluten-Free Snack Recipes:

It’s surprising to many people when they go grocery shopping and can no longer eat many of their preferred snack foods. How come? Most mainstream snack foods are laden with gluten-containing ingredients: flour, wheat, and oats. Grocery shopping can feel like navigating a minefield, leaving those with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity searching high and low for easy gluten-free snack recipes.

Make Your Own Gluten-Free Snack: Recipes And Tricks

The easiest thing to remember when it comes to easy gluten-free snack recipes is to go with food closest to its natural form: fruit, vegetables, or protein. Many with Celiac disease choose hard-boiled eggs with cheese, a fruit platter with cream cheese dip, fresh vegetables with dip, or a protein shake. These options provide a quick solution when you don’t have time to cook.

All But Gluten™ Provides An Alternative To Time-Consuming Gluten-Free Snack Recipes

If you’re looking for something that’s more of a grab-and-go snack (like what you used to eat before cutting out gluten,) All But Gluten™ offers a variety of gluten-free snacks that curb your hunger and satisfy your cravings. From gluten-free granola bars to cookies, brownies, and snack cakes, All But Gluten’s™ individually-wrapped snacks are found in many grocery stores and health food stores. With a taste that makes you feel like you’re not sacrificing anything, these snacks are certified gluten-free.

All But Gluten’s™ proprietary gluten-free snack recipes are quick, easy, and accessible: click here for a list of locations where All But Gluten products are sold.

Gluten-Free Breakfast Ideas Including Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins And More!

What was a common breakfast for you before finding out you had Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? We’re guessing it might have been a bagel, a breakfast sandwich on an English muffin, some cereal, pancakes, or maybe some French toast. The vast majority of go-to breakfast foods are not gluten-free, leaving many with a non-celiac gluten sensitivity wondering what options they have for breakfast with their new eating constraints.

Idea #1 – Keep It Simple – Gluten-Free Breakfast Ideas

When rushing around in the morning people are looking for breakfast they can just ‘grab and go.’ While commuters get used to stopping at their favorite coffee place en route to work and ordering a breakfast sandwich or donut, those with a gluten sensitivity don’t have that luxury. Instead, great gluten-free breakfast ideas include some gluten-free cereal with a side of gluten-free blueberry muffins, which provide an excellent source of yummy breakfast goodness.

Idea #2 – Traditional Gluten-Free Breakfast Ideas

If you have a little more time to cook your breakfast, consider making omelets with your choice of veggies, meat, and cheese throughout. Add a side of homefries and a glass of orange juice, and you’ve got a fulfilling morning meal. Another of our go-to indulgent gluten-free breakfast ideas is breakfast sausage with eggs over easy, along with a side of gluten-free bread toasted with melted butter or margarine. Yum!

Idea #3 – Please The Kids With These Gluten-Free Breakfast Ideas

Sprinkle some powdered sugar over the top of some gluten-free French toast, made with delicious gluten-free bread and swimming in maple syrup. Alternatively, make fun shapes with gluten-free pancake batter, top with strawberries, blueberries or sliced bananas and make breakfast fun and tasty each day.

All But Gluten™ – Helping You With Gluten-Free Breakfast Food

All But Gluten™ has numerous certified gluten-free products that make for an amazing gluten-free breakfast. From gluten-free blueberry muffins to several varieties of gluten-free breads, there’s something for every family member. Click here to find out where you can find All But Gluten™ products in your area.