October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat! 2012 Gluten Free Candy List

Happy Halloween!  

Before you dig into those bags of candy, don't forget to make sure you are eating gluten free treats. Being glutened is not a fun trick!

Here is a very comprehensive list of candy from The National Foundation of Celiac Awareness and MyGlutenFacts.com. The NFCA also has some tips to help you embrace a gluten free Halloween. (It's totally not hard at all!)

For more Halloween fun, why not make a delicious Ghosts in the Graveyard dessert?

October 19, 2012

#FollowFriday - The Butterfly Bakery

From time to time, I will get companies generously offering me their gluten free products to review for my blog. This is great because I love finding new gluten free products and sharing them with my readers. What is not so great is my ability to blog on a regular basis. {cue the sad trombone}

Anywho, I figured I can stick to the fun Twitter trend of Follow Fridays. #FF or #FollowFriday if you will. So every Friday, I'll feature an awesome company I think you need to follow.

The first up: The Butterfly Bakery!

Many moons ago, The Butterfly Bakery asked if I was interested in trying their gluten free products.  How could I say no to cookies and muffins? Plus they have the most adorable website....how fun is that music?

What I got was Chocolate Chip Cookies and Blueberry Muffins, good old American favorites.  What's different about The Butterfly Bakery's gluten free products is that they are made with teff flour. I don't come across that ingredient often in packaged cookies and baked goods. Teff is a great gluten free alternative because it's packed with fiber and protein. It's also a bit sweet, so lots of sugar isn't needed when baking with it.

The result? Delicious. The chocolate chip cookies were light and buttery. A bit crumbly, but in that "melt in your mouth" way. Everyone I shared them with agreed.  Even Marlow from Gluten Hates Me chimed in when I posted them on Instagram.

The blueberry muffins were a bit dry for me, but not bad. They are mini muffins, which are sometimes hard to find gluten free, so if you are watching your portion control, these are great!

The Butterfly Bakery bakes out of Clinton, NJ and sells their products all across the nation. More importantly they have an online store, so you can purchase straight from them. Hello, freshness!  They currently offer gluten free cookies, cream cake slices, and muffins.

For more info on The Butterfly Bakery check out their website, their Facebook page, and their Tweets.

*Disclosure: The Butterfly Bakery provided me with samples of their product to review for my site. All opinions are entirely my own.