Monday, May 30, 2011

Gluten Free Granola Recipe

This granola recipe is very flexible and a great way to use up any seeds and nuts you might have on hand. Gluten free granola with some fruit and almond milk is a great treat for breakfast or as a dessert replacement. This recipe is actually pretty low in sugar compared to most ready made granola which have sugar as a main ingredient.* Although granola is loaded with calories, the calories in this recipe are full of nutrients making it healthier than most granola.

My mother makes it to give to friends as a housewarming gift. "This is much too good to be gluten free" was the report we got after sending it home with friends.

Gluten Free Granola Recipe

Mix together in a large bowl:

Separately, in sauce pan over low heat until combined:

  • 1.5 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup oil (macadamia nut oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Pour sauce from pan over dry ingredients and mix well in bowl until combined using a large spoon. Divide mixture onto 2 sheet trays and spread evenly over each sheet tray so mixture covers tray. Bake in 300º oven for 1 hour. Every 20 minutes use a spatula to stir granola and turn over so it doesn't burn. It might need a few more minutes depending on your oven. Also, rotate trays in the oven so that they cook evenly. When granola is golden brown remove from the oven and let it cool down.

Add to cooked granola mixture:
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
Put in large mason jars or containers to store until needed.

*For example, Bakery on Main Gluten Free Granola ingredients are more like a cereal since corn flakes and sugar are the first to ingredients: Organic Corn Flake organic corn flour water) Evaporated Cane Juice Rice Crisp Rice Flour Rice Bran Raisin Jice Concentrate Honey Salt) Expeller Pressed Canola Oil Sunflower Seeds Brazilnuts Banana Sesame Seed Flax Seed Natural Brown Sugar Flavor Natural C oconut Flavor Natural Vanilla Flavor Sea Salt.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

So Easy! Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Banana Muffins

So Easy! Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Banana Muffins

3 large ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
4 tablespoons butter or butter alternative***
1.5 cups all purpose GF flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2-1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat to 325, grease 9x5 loaf pan.

Mash bananas -- you should have 1 cup, beat in sugar, egg, butter. Mix in dry ingredients. Stir until combined. Then add chocolate chips. Scoop into mini muffin tray lined with paper liners. I like to use mini ice cream scoop. Bake for 15 minutes and check for doneness. Serve with powdered sugar.

***I used 1 Tablespoon Soy Free Earth Balance and 3 Tablespoons Spectrum Organic Non-Hydrogenated Shortening

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Gluten Free Camp Options: Point O'Pines

I have been helping Point O'Pines Camp for Girls with their efforts to provide gluten free food for GF campers. It is their second summer providing gluten free food to campers and counselors and now they are expanding options so that campers with celiac and/or gluten intolerance can do cooking classes with the other campers. It is a seven and a half week camp for girls on a lake in the . How wonderful that they are making accommodations so that kids who need to avoid gluten can have a wonderful safe experience?

It is definitely a camp to look at this summer if you are thinking about camp for the following summer for any child who has an issue with gluten.

They make one gluten free/dairy free meal for the campers who are allergic to either gluten or dairy so the food that is prepared is mostly gfcf which simplifies life and allows all the allergy free campers to enjoy food together.

For other camps see my post on
Gluten Free Camp Weekend: June 10-12, 2011
Sleepaway Camps for Kids on a Gluten Free Diet

Monday, May 23, 2011

So Easy! Gluten Free Banana Bread

This is my friend Jill's recipe. Of course, I had to tinker with it and made chocolate chip banana mini muffins. My recipe will be published tomorrow. Here is the original.

So Easy! Gluten Free Banana Bread

3 large ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
1 egg
4 tablespoons butter or butter alternative
1.5 cups all purpose GF flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking sode

Preheat to 325, grease 9x5 loaf pan.

Mash bananas -- you should have 1 cup, beat in sugar, egg, butter. Mix in dry ingredients. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Sometimes I use a more shallow cake pan and bake for only 30 minutes.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

ourGFfamily at NYNJ R.O.C.K. Meeting in Nyack, NY on May, 25

This Wednesday, I am speaking at the NYNJ Raising our Celiac Kids meeting about how going gluten free has changed my life. Below is a description...

NYNJ R.O.C.K. Meeting
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
7:00-9:00 pm
NYACK Hospital
160 North Midland Avenue
Nyack, NY

Gluten-Free Living: It’s Not Just a “Gastro” Thing

A Celiac diagnosis is not the only reason people choose to eliminate gluten from their diet. Many in the gluten-free community have turned to dietary intervention as a treatment for symptoms not steeped in the gastrointestinal realm, including (but not limited to): developmental delays, behavior disorders, neurological, psychological and (non-gastro) physical maladies, and personal philosophies.

Our three guests for the May 25 meeting--gluten-free advocates Jill Brack of Glow Gluten Free (, Tinsley Meloy of Celiebo ( and Kirstin Boncher of What to Feed Your Kids ( will share their experiences and personal perspectives (see biographies below) and we will talk about the GF and GF/CF (gluten-free/casein-free) diet as a treatment for symptoms that are not gastro related.

Jill, Tinsley and Kirstin found their way to GF and GF/CF life via very different journeys but their stories share a common thread: they now enjoy a more fulfilling life because of the gluten-free diet.

Pediatrician and Celiac mom, Jan Montague, MD, ( will also join us, as will registered dietitian Rachel Begun, MS, RD, ( to answer your medical and dietary questions, respectively. As always, I will also share recent Celiac news and information on upcoming events.

Gluten-free refreshments will be provided by Glow Gluten Free ( and The Gluten Free Bar (; Nyack Hospital will supply coffee, tea and cold beverages.

BONUS GIVEAWAY: Gluten-free blogger and author Elana Amsterdam ( has graciously donated one copy each of her books, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and Gluten-Free Cupcakes for giveaway at the meeting. Winners will be chosen blindly; all you have to do to enter the giveaway is show up and keep your fingers crossed!

Please join us for what promises to be a great discussion. Kindly RSVP by email to by Friday, May 20, if you plan to attend.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Kelly Dorfman "Nutrition Detective" on June 8, 2011 in Mendham, NJ

Wednesday, June 8

84 East Main St
Mendham NJ 07945
7:00 PM talk/signing

Meet Kelly Dorfman, "nutrition detective", in person and hear about her new book What’s Eating Your Child? on Wednesday, June 8th at Mendham Books. The book is about the hidden connections between food and childhood ailments such as anxiety, recurrent ear infections, stomachaches, picky eating, rashes, ADHD and more. And what every parent can do about it. Her just published book has gotten five stars on Amazon--the highest rating.

"Did you know that people with low levels of zinc can lose their senses of smell and taste or have those senses altered, causing them to experience normal foods in unpleasant or unusual ways?"—Learn more from WHAT'S EATING YOUR CHILD author about the connection between picky eaters and nutrients on June 8, 2011.

If you haven't heard Kelly Dorfman speak, she is a top lecturer on nutrition and now a published author of a book on feeding your children that is a must read for every parent. If you can't attend the book signing/talk you can order the book on Amazon here.

Also, check out her blog for more of her wisdom. My favorite post is #31 The Flu Cometh.


P.S. If you have questions for Kelly, please email me over the next week and I will include them in an interview I am doing on June 8th!

News: Lilli and Loo's Gluten Free Shrimp Roll

Lilli and Loo has been our "go to" gluten free Chinese restaurant for four years now. We are mostly thrilled to have an Asian restaurant that offers a GF menu which simplifies ordering. Last week I went to Lilli and Loo's with my gluten free gang--Tinsley of Celiebo and Jill of Glow Gluten Free Cookies and they brought us these amazing shrimp and vegetable rolls that are deep fried.

We haven't seen egg rolls in years and they were one of the things everyone misses. Although my dear husband thinks I can make anything, there are a few things that seem beyond me to even attempt--deep fried egg rolls are in this category. Which is why I am thrilled they are now just a phone call away. Lilly and Loo's calls them "shrimp vegetable rolls" and is planning on adding them to the menu soon. Right now you can get them if you call and request them. Soon they should have vegetable spring rolls.

Lilli and Loo
792 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Click Here for directions.

The Restaurant is located on Lexington Avenue, between 61st and 62nd Streets.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Gluten Free Family Camp Weekend June 10-12, 2011

NJY Camps has just completed a dedicated gluten-free kitchen for their summer program beginning June 2011. The Celiac Center of Columbia has an exciting opportunity from NJY Camps in partnership with 92Y to experience their gluten-free camp program through a gluten-free family weekend, June 10-12, 2011. This event will be limited to 200 families and will provide an exciting opportunity for friends of the Center to combine fundraising and socializing with a unique gluten-free camp experience.

Date: June 10-12, 2011
Location: NJY Camp, Milford PA
Registration: $250 per person (all inclusive); kids are free!

For more information about the weekend including the menu go to:
Gluten Free Camp Program

Space is limited! If you are interested in participating, please register online HERE:
Online Registration
Online Registration for New Families

Proceeds will benefit the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. For more information, please call NJY Camps at 973.575.3333, ext. 130.

I hope you can join us for this exciting event! I just signed up ourGFfamily and we can't wait!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

gfree nyc has opened!!!

G-Free NYC
is a new store on the upper west side of Manhattan that carries all gluten free products. From the green grass lined windows to the bench out front, G-Free NYC is a dream come true for gluten free New Yorkers and visitors.

It is hard to believe when you walk in to the store that all the products are gluten free. They even have fresh baked goods--bread as well as cupcakes and cookies and brownies from Tully's Gluten Free Bakery--which is the best gf bakery I have found. And, I have to thank Tully's and G-Free NYC for teaming up to bring Tully's delicious baked goods fresh to the Upper West Side for parents who need gluten free treats for their kids (or themselves) or are unable to trek downtown. All the gluten free products in the store are hand picked by the owner from select sources. It is really "the best of the best" of gluten free products.

I am most excited that they carry Authentic Foods flour which I have been ordering from California for the last few years because they have a finely ground brown rice flour as well as a GF flour blend that gives baked goods the texture of regular baked goods but enables you to have some of the nutrients of brown rice. I love that I can save on shipping when I run out of flour and pick up a cupcake when I restock this essential item.

The gluten free dumplings were also a big hit with my kids.

And it is wonderful news that gfree nyc is NYC Celiac Disease Meetup groups newest sponsor!

Will keep you posted on all the great things happening at this new gluten free hub. This Saturday G-Free NYC has a bread samples available so stop by if you want to try their fresh baked bread. (FYI...the bread does have some dairy in it.) I have also posted Tully's info below if you are downtown.

G-Free NYC
77A West 85th Street
(between Columbus & CPW)
New York, NY 10024
Google Map >

Telephone: 646.781.9770

For delivery information, click here

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 11am-7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am-6pm

B or C to 86th Street (& CPW)
1 to 79th Street (& Broadway)

M86 (Crosstown)
M104 (Broadway)


Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery
338 East 11th Street
between 1st and 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003

(212) 777-2227

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What's Eating Your Child by Kelly Dorfman

The first chapter of What's Eating Your Child: The Hidden Connection Between Food and Your Child's Well-Being by Kelly Dorfman, accurately describes the struggle many parents face to get their children to eat well and the many reasons scientific studies are not helpful in determining a healthy diet. I just ordered a copy on after reading an excerpt. Kelly Dorfman is an impressive speaker--one of the best I have heard speak about nutrition for children--and I am thrilled she has now written a book to help parents understand why food is having such an impact on children's health today. You can watch Kelly speak about What's Eating Your Child below--and what a healthy lunch looks like--or read an excerpt here to find out more.

Related posts:
Quote of the Week: Kelly Dorfman
Rethinking Ear Infections and Treatment Options
Quote: On Phenols by Kelly Dorfman

Vitamin D Drops for Kids

LIVE with Jill's List Event on Wed May 11 from 1-2

Approximately 21 million Americans suffer from Celiac Disease or Gluten sensitivity. Should you be Gluten Free?

Join Jill's List on May 11th at 1pm (EST) by going to the LIVE with Jill's List facebook page to hear from and CHAT LIVE with this amazing panel featuring...

Mark Hyman, MD - NY Times Best Selling Author and family physician
Alice Bast - Founder and President of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
Jill Brack - Founder of GLOW Gluten Free Cookies

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