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Recipe for Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan Protein Bars

by Allergy Free Kitchens on January 25, 2015

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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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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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Giveaway – Learning to Bake Allergen-Free by Colette Martin

by Allergy Free Kitchens on May 14, 2014

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