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Holiday Pumpkin Bars (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

by Allergy Free Kitchens on November 16, 2014

Holiday_Pumpkin_Bars_Allergy_Free_KitchensIt’s good to be back at Allergy Free Kitchens.  I’ve missed spending time in the kitchen creating gluten-free, allergy-friendly dishes and treats.  Today, I am sharing with you a super simple recipe for semi-homemade holiday pumpkin bars.  Did I mention they’re vegan too?

I can’t take all the credit.  My friends at Let Them Eat Foods sent me two packages of their pumpkin bread mix to try – yay!  With the success I had with their banana bread mix, I was eager to give this mix a whirl.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.  Although the recipe on the package calls for egg, I successfully replaced the egg with flax gel.  With one package I made three mini-loaves of pumpkin bread that were gobbled up in no time.  With the other package, this scrumptious dessert emerged.

Here’s how to make these Holiday Pumpkin Bars (Vegan & Gluten-Free):

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Allow the parchment paper to drape over the ends of the cookie sheet by an inch or two (enough to grab to lift the finished product out of the pan when finished baking).

Prepare the Let Them Eat Foods Pumpkin Bread Mix per the package instructions, with one exception – omit the egg called for and replace it with flax gel.  (Flax gel:  To 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed add 3 tablespoons of piping hot water, whisk together until a gel forms, then add the gel to the recipe as you would the egg.)

Once your batter is nice and smooth, pour it onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Spread the batter evenly with a spatula to about 1/4 inch thickness.  Don’t worry if there’s not enough batter to reach the edges of the cookie sheet.  The goal is to achieve the proper thickness.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  It should spring back when touched and the edges will be golden brown.  Allow it to cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet, then grasp the parchment paper to lift it out of the cookie sheet and onto a rack to cool.

Once cooled, top it with your favorite vanilla or vegan cream cheese frosting and dried cranberries.  Sprinkle with a touch of powdered sugar and you’re all set with a beautiful dessert to dress up your holiday buffet.

Want another idea for Let Them Eat Foods pumpkin bread mix?

Prepare the bread on a parchment lined cookie sheet as noted above.  Once it has cooled, slice it into squares, top with your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream, place another pumpkin bread square on top, wrap in parchment paper and freeze.  It’s a holiday take on a fun favorite – the ice cream sandwich.  Yum!

I encourage you to visit Let Them Eat Foods to see the variety of products they offer, find out how and where you can purchase them, and review their allergen information to determine if they fit your dietary restrictions. Please note the following statement provided by Let Them Eat Foods: “Allergen contamination is something we take very seriously. We therefore do our best to post allergen information for our source ingredients on our website. All of our products currently use the same GF flour, which is manufactured in a facility that also uses tree nuts and soy.”

Livin’ the free life,

Wendy

Disclosure: As stated in this post, I was provided with two packages of Let Them Eat Foods Pumpkin Bread Mix to sample and review. The views shared are my honest opinions.

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Our semi-homemade series continues with gluten-free, Top 8 Free, all natural, non-GMO products from Namaste Foods.  They so kindly provided me with three products to make and review.  The dish pictured above was made with Namaste Foods Pasta Pisavera Dinner.  Yum!

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When the package arrived, I was most interested in trying the Namaste Barbecue Seasoned Coating Mix.  The box contains two packets of seasoning and two shaker bags.  One packet alone provided plenty of seasoning to generously cover four large chicken breasts.  Once the coating was on, I placed the chicken atop a rack on a baking pan (this allowed air to circulate around the chicken).  I then popped the chicken in the pre-heated oven and cooked it according to package instructions.  Easy peasey.  When finished, the chicken had quite a vibrant brick red hue, which complimented our vegetables quite nicely.  When the moment of truth came and we sliced into our chicken, we found it tender, juicy, and full of flavor.  Although I’m a sweet and spicy barbecue kind of gal, this more savory version was a nice change of pace.  The coating doesn’t crisp up like breaded chicken breasts will do, so if you are looking for crispy chicken, you may want to consider adding the seasoning packet to your breading and baking it up that way.

Next, I tried Namaste Foods Muffin Mix.  In all fairness, the package instructions call for egg, which we avoid at the moment, so I used my standard egg replacer (flax gel).  The muffins turned out dense and didn’t cook through, despite an extended baking time.  The flavor was good, so I plan to give it another go.  When I do, I’ll be sure to update the post.  If you’ve made these successfully without egg, please share in the comments below.  🙂

Our favorite product from the review was the Namaste Foods Pasta Pisavera Dinner.  As suggested on the package, we made some additions.  I seeded and chopped one large yellow bell pepper, one large red bell pepper, and four roma tomatoes.  I drizzled them all with olive oil, tossed to coat, and topped them with a sprinkling of half of the seasoning packet that came with the dinner.  I roasted them in my oven at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.  While the peppers and roma tomatoes roasted, I prepared the pasta according to package directions.  When the pasta was cooked and the peppers and tomatoes were done, I tossed them all together, topped it off with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and finished with a twist or two of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.  Delicious.

If you’ve not tried Namaste Foods products, I encourage you to visit their website to view the 23 Top 8 Allergen Free and Gluten-Free products they have to offer.  You can also enter below for your chance to try Namaste Foods for free!  They are offering one lucky winner a Namaste Foods Giveaway Tote.

Here’s what the winner will receive:

  • 3 Namaste Foods Products (Nice!)
  • Simple Pleasures Cookbook (I heart cookbooks, especially those geared to help me navigate a special diet.)
  • A copy of Living Without Magazine (This magazine was a big help when we first went gluten and allergen-free.)
  • Assorted Recipe Cards (So many great ideas for ways to use Namaste Foods products.)
  • Namaste Grocery Tote (So you can shop like a boss!)

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Wishing you the best of luck!

– Wendy

Disclosure:  As stated in this post, Namaste Foods provided me with the three products listed and photographed above for the purpose of using them and sharing my opinions with you.  The views shared are my honest experiences and opinions. 

 

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Moist & Delicious Allergy-Friendly Banana Bread From a Mix? Yes!

by Allergy Free Kitchens on July 8, 2014

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Our summer of semi-homemade dishes with allergy-friendly products continues with this delicious banana bread mix from Let Them Eat Foods out of Illinois.  I met the team from Let Them Eat Foods at the 2014 Chicago Gluten & Allergen Free Expo and they kindly gave me a bag of their banana bread mix to make and review.  I would later discover what they gave me was a real treat.  Yes, it is possible to get a moist and delicious allergy-friendly banana bread from a mix.

Let it be known, all banana bread mixes and recipes I try are held to a standard.  If the end result can’t compete with my mom’s gluten, egg, and dairy-filled version, they’re out.  Anything that doesn’t taste like hers just isn’t banana bread to me.

I’ve tried making my mom’s recipe using alternate ingredients and (no surprise here) I’ve never quite hit it.  I’ve tried different recipes and mixes and my husband’s reaction is almost always the same, “It’s good, but I don’t really taste banana.”  Ugh!  Sometimes a spice in the mix or recipe overpowered it.  Sometimes the flour blend hijacked the flavor.  It just wasn’t right.

As you might imagine, I was a bit apprehensive when I began to whip up the banana bread mix from Let Them Eat Foods.  The instructions call for egg, so I knew I was already veering off the path of tried and true.  To keep our bread vegan, I simply omitted egg altogether and used another 1/2 of a banana pureed and mixed with 1 tsp of baking powder instead.  I also opted to bake the bread in three mini-loaf pans.  I’ve found that to be helpful when baking gluten-free breads without eggs.  (With my oven and pans, my mini-loaves are typically done in 30 – 35 minutes at 350 degrees.  If you’ve not used mini-loaf pans before, I would begin checking your loaves at 25 minutes.)

When the loaves were finished and had cooled to warm, I did a little something I learned from my mom.  I rubbed a little bit of Earth Balance Buttery Spread (she uses real butter) on the top of the loaves and wrapped them tight in plastic wrap to finish cooling.  The result was heavenly.

Finally, we have a banana bread that ranks right up there with my mom’s, but with the ease of a mix.  Ah, semi-homemade saves the day.

This banana bread is scrumptious on its own, but if you want to do a little something fancy, try this:

  • Preheat a pan over medium-high heat.
  • Slice the bread to 1/2  thickness.
  • Lightly spread both sides of each slice with a buttery spread of your choice.
  • Place the bread in the preheated pan until the sugars caramelize and the edges get a bit crisp.  Flip the bread over and do the same to the other side.
  • Remove the bread from the pan and plate each slice.
  • Top each warm slice with your favorite allergy-friendly vanilla ice cream.
  • Enjoy!

I encourage you to visit Let Them Eat Foods to see the variety of products they offer, find out how and where you can purchase their products, and review their allergen information to determine if their products fit your dietary restrictions.  Please note the following statement provided by Let Them Eat Foods:  “Allergen contamination is something we take very seriously.  We therefore do our best to post allergen information for our source ingredients on our website.  All of our products currently use the same GF flour, which is manufactured in a facility that also uses tree nuts and soy.”

Have you tried Let Them Eat Foods products?  Let me know what your favorites are and what semi-homemade dishes you make with them. 🙂

Livin’ the free life,

Wendy

Disclosure:  As stated in this post, I was provided with a package of Let Them Eat Foods Banana Bread Mix to review.  The views shared are my honest opinions.  

 

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Semi-Homemade Dishes with Allergy-Friendly Products

by Allergy Free Kitchens on June 23, 2014

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Summer for us means we have less time to spend in the kitchen making allergy-friendly meals from scratch.  What to do?  We’re embracing the idea of semi-homemade.  Thanks to a number of conscientious companies, I’ve found myself going a bit Sandra Lee (and I like it)!  The options of semi-prepared allergy-friendly foods are growing. I, for one, am thankful.  When I’m short on time or we’re traveling, it is nice to have a number of go-to products to help put meals together in a snap.

Starting with this post and continuing in the weeks to come, I will share with you some of the allergy-friendly products that are making delicious semi-homemade dishes possible in our home.

First up, Ian’s Natural Foods.

I had the pleasure of trying Ian’s Southwest Chicken Tenders while attending the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas last fall.  It was yum at first bite.  You can imagine my happiness when they later asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing some of their products and sharing my thoughts with all of you.  I was given the opportunity to choose three of their products to sample.  Of course, I requested the southwest chicken tenders.  I just had to see if they were as tasty as I had remembered.  I also requested their fish sticks and onion rings.  I’m pleased to say all three products were a hit in our home.  Here’s why:

Ian’s Southwest Chicken Tenders – The tenders were crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and had just the right amount of spice and kick.  We enjoyed them in a wrap and atop a salad of mixed greens (pictured above).

Ian’s Fish Sticks – These were delightful and the perfect fun size for our little’s lunch.  She enjoyed them with a side of raw veggies and fresh fruit.  They’re the only product I didn’t get a photo of because they went so quick.  My husband, who normally doesn’t like “fish from a box” ate more than his share.

Ian’s Onion Rings – I love onion rings and thought it would be fun to give these a try in hopes they would make a nice side for a summer party.  The onions were tender and sweet.  The coating was nice and crisp.  And our daughter asked for seconds.  I jazzed my serving (pictured above) up with a sprinkle of salt and a side of vegan bloomin’ onion dipping sauce.  Yum!  The onion rings were so easy to prepare.  No dipping, dredging, frying – just take them out of the box and bake.

If you’ve never tried Ian’s products before, I encourage you to visit their website and give this helpful tool a try.   It allows you to enter the allergy-friendly criteria you’re looking for to help match your needs with products they offer.  You can also find Ian’s products near you.

As I perused the list of products that meet our needs, I spotted sweet potato fries…I may need to try those next.  🙂

Have you tried Ian’s?  What semi-homemade dishes have you created with their allergy-friendly products?  Do tell.

Disclosure:  As stated in this post, I was provided with one box of each product to review.  The views shared are my honest opinions.  

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Good Golly, Miss Molly. That’s Delicious Gluten-Free Bread!

by Allergy Free Kitchens on April 22, 2014

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We like bread in this house, all kinds of bread.  That’s why I am happy to have found Molly’s Gluten-Free Bakery while attending the Chicago GFAF Expo.

On a tip from Keeley McGuire, I headed over to Molly’s booth and sampled their Mock Rye.  It was delightful.  I purchased a loaf and brought it home for the ultimate test – the hub’s test.  He can differentiate a “gluten-free” product from a “gluten-filled” product faster than I can explain which is which. After giving Molly’s Mock Rye a quick toast and topping it with a slather of Earth Balance buttery spread, he sunk his teeth into what has become our new favorite in the land of gluten-free bread.  I’m already planning a trip to the grocery store to pick up all of the fixings for a gluten-free reuben.

With Molly’s Mock Rye being such a hit, I hopped on their website to see what else they had available.  I found baguettes, dinner rolls, bread bowls and more.  I also learned a number of their products can be special ordered to be egg free and dairy free as well.  Check out this list:

  • White Bread
  • Jumbo White Bread
  • Mock Rye
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Hot Dog/Brat Buns
  • Pita
  • White Dinner Rolls
  • Mock Rye Dinner Rolls
  • French Baguettes
  • Italian Baguettes
  • Cocktail Mock Rye
  • French Rustic Loaf/Bread Bowl
  • Mock Rye Rustic Loaf/Bread Bowl

With so many choices, I’m not sure what to buy next.

Where can you buy Molly’s?  Their beautiful website has a store locator as well as the option to shop online.  If you’re fortunate to live near their location in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, you can shop Molly’s in person.

As with any product, please be sure Molly’s products are deemed safe for your dietary restrictions, always read labels and inquire about cross contamination, even if you’ve had their products before. 

If you’ve tried Molly’s products, please let me know what your favorites are.  If you try Molly’s as a result of this post, let me know what you tried and what you thought.

This is not a sponsored post.  I purchased their product at the Chicago GFAF Expo, was very happy with it, and wanted to share what we thought of it with you. 🙂

 

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