Sweets

Gluten Free | Carrot Cake | Dairy Free Cream Cheese

Gluten Free | Carrot Cake | Dairy Free Cream Cheese

Really yummy gluten-free carrot cake!                       The cake started to lean to the side after sitting at room temperature. If you want to do a “layer” type cake as seen here, I suggest you keep the cake refrigerated at all times.  You can also do a sheet cake or cupcakes to avoid this problem. Tofutti brand cream cheese contains soy but would yield a firmer cream cheese frosting that may be less likely to cause the layers to slide. Gluten Free | Carrot Cake   Save Print Ingredients 2 cups Better Batter Multi-Purpose Gluten-free Flour 2 cups organic granulated sugar...

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Gluten and Dairy-Free Baked Caramel Apples

Gluten and Dairy-Free Baked Caramel Apples

I have a special place in my heart for caramel apples. I remember having my first warm caramel apple (with the nuts sliding off because the caramel had not solidified yet) at a carnival in Michigan…pure heaven. I’ve been a sucker for warm caramel and nuts ever since. My cousin, Karen (also from Michigan) introduced this recipe to me years ago during my gluten and dairy consuming days. I became very excited when I realized it is a naturally gluten-free recipe. Now my challenge is to replace the dairy. The first step I took was to research a vegan caramel recipe. It didn’t...

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Sweet Cravings Cookbook Review and Giveaway!

Sweet Cravings Cookbook Review and Giveaway!

I met the author of this cookbook for the first time at the Gluten-Free & Allergen-Free Expo in San Francisco this past January. Kyra, owner of Crave Bakeshop, is such a sweetheart. At the show, I inquired about her cupcake samples being dairy-free which she informed me they were not. Later in the show, she flagged me down and produced a dairy-free version of her cupcake. Where she came up with this, I have no idea but she certainly made me feel that it was made especially for me. This is the kind of person she is…a sweetheart to the core. Her cupcake recipe featured below was the...

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Cookbook Review and Giveaway!

Cookbook Review and Giveaway!

 Nourished…The Art of Eating and Living Well Maybe it is the heart shaped hands on the front of this cookbook or the title, Nourished, but the first time I saw it, I could sense the love infused in this cookbook. The author, Luna Paige Smith, did a beautiful job developing it. The photography is captivating and the recipes are unique, interesting and, well, “nourishing.” After eating gluten and dairy-free for over six years now, I am in dire need of recipe inspiration. Luna did a creative and loving job with her creations. I chose four recipes to try. Wild Arugula with...

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Sweet Treats…OMGoodness

Sweet Treats…OMGoodness

After my clients go through my thirty day elimination diet program, they often ask what I eat for a healthy “sweet treat.” Is there such a thing they wonder? In my opinion, we definitely need to control and minimize our sugar intake. This includes sugar from fruit and overly processed foods such as white rice but I also believe we can afford a little sweetness in our life if managed well. Here a few of my favorite indulgences. Alter Eco gluten, dairy and soy free organic dark chocolate. My favorite variety is the quinoa bar. It has a Nestle’s crunch bar texture/feel to it....

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Book Review: The Dairy Free and Gluten Free Kitchen

Book Review: The Dairy Free and Gluten Free Kitchen

With so many gluten-free cookbooks on the market, it’s nice to come across a cookbook that caters to people with multiple food allergies/sensitivities. This cookbook, The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen, featuring 150 gluten- and dairy-free recipes, was written by East Bay resident, Denise Jardine, a healthy eating specialist for Whole Foods Market. She offers breakfast options including several dairy-free smoothie recipes, an appetizer section called “Small Bites,” a section for fish and shellfish, poultry and meat, and even a vegetarian section. She finishes off the...

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