Monthly Archives: October 2013

Homemade Deodorant

Now you may ask, what the heck does deodorant have to do with gluten? Many people who have celiac disease know this, but gluten can be hidden in numerous numerous numerous places. Deodorant, mouthwash (ie Crest ProHealth mouthwash cannot SAY they are GF), sunscreens (Hawaiian Tropic also can’t say they are GF), and the list goes on. So please, do your research when you come across different toiletries you are not sure about. Many now will say gluten free, some will not that are gluten free, and some will not say it because they DO contain gluten. In later blog posts, I will review some products that are gluten free also. Stay tuned. 

Some different names to look for in your products that contain wheat are: triticum vulgare, hydrolized wheat protein. Oats can be listed as avena sativa. Barley can be listed as hordeum vulgare. AND natural vitamin e oil and tocopherol acetate are hidden sources of wheat. Now let’s all rush to check our deodorant, mouth rinses, toothpaste, body wash, etc. Anyone find it? If you have, list it in the comments for others to see! 

Here’s a nice website: 

http://glutenfreecouponing.com/gluten-free-toiletries/

SO gluten free deodorants if you wish to not make it (although I urge you to) are: crystal deodorant, Secret, Lady Speedstick, Old Spice, Gillette, Dove, Tom’s of Maine (Love this company, but to save you the trouble, their deodorant is terrible, heard from many of my friends also), and TRESemme. I found a GREAT organic deodorant if you don’t want to make it- Herban Cowboy found here: http://www.amazon.com/Herban-Cowboy-Deodorant-Blossom-Scent/dp/B005P0R62A/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1381675337&sr=8-4&keywords=cowboy+deodorant

BUT deodorant is so easy to make. Just ask one of my favorite bloggers, Wellness Mama. Her recipe is here: 

http://wellnessmama.com/1523/

I urge, urge you to just try it. Deodorant many times contains aluminum and many other cancer causing chemicals. You should have all of the items to make it in your household anyway (I use the one that does NOT require use of shea butter and double boiler): coconut oil, arrowroot starch (can use cornstarch, but you know I don’t like the use of corn starch because of how GM corn is), baking soda, and optional essential oils (I use tea tree- it’s a natural anti bacterial and lavender because it smells pretty). 

At the beginning of making it, I saved all my other little deodorant containers (you can also purchase online via amazon or etsy), smashed the deodorant in there, made a stick. However, after the first batch I found it was just easier to put it in a jar and put it on with my fingers. 

I will say sorry to those who live in very warm climates. I went on vacation to South Carolina and my deodorant MELTED. Just MELTED. It was never the same after. So in your case, keep it in the fridge which is annoying, or use Herban Cowboy. (I like the Blossom scent, hubs-to-be likes the Forest). 

Here is what my deodorant looks like in the process of mixing: 

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Samoa (Paleo)

Samoas are a delectable treat that used to be only sold by the Girl Scouts. Crisp cookies…. covered in caramel…. topped by coconut… striped with dark chocolate. It’s the perfect combination of crunch and ooey gooey caramel/coconut-ness. Then Keebler was able to sell them at the grocery store which was even better. Then I became gluten free and it sucked.

I purchased the Paleo Indulgence Cookbook by Tammy Credicott and I probably squealed when I saw that a recipe for ‘some-more aahs’.

They’re definitely not the same, but they are still a good cookie.  They are quite time consuming, but it will be worth it. And the second and third time I made them, it got quicker each time.

Here’s the recipe:

For the cookie:

wet:

2 C almond flour

1/2 C finely shredded coconut, unsweetened

1/2 tsp baking soda

dry:

1/4 C maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

3 T coconut oil melted

Caramel:

1 C coconut sugar

1/4 C coconut nectar

1/2 C full fat coconut milk

1/3 C butter (it says optional but I used it)

For the topping:

1/2 C unsweetened coconut toasted

1/2 C chopped dark chocolate

1 oz unsweetened dark chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven 350.

Whisk the dry ingredients then add the wet and blend well. Cover and refrigerate for 15 min.

Scoop rounded tbsp of dough onto cookie sheets.

Bake 12-13 minutes until golden brown — mine only got brown on the bottom. Transfer to wire rack to cool after 5 min

Place caramel ingredients in a saucepan and stir. Head over med-high heat, boiling until it reaches 250 degrees.

Let it cool 10 min.

Make sure coconut is toasted at this point.

Place caramel on the cookie, sprinkle with coconut. Let this cool.

Melt the chocolate, dip the bottom of the cookie in chocolate then drizzle the tops.

Store in airtight container for 5 days- see if it lasts this long. IF there’s leftovers, can be frozen.

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Mine aren’t really pretty. But they tasted good and were a hit at the crossfit picnic I took them to.

Stonewall Kitchen Gluten Free Brownie Mix

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The best brownies I have found to date. They didn’t make me sick at all afterwards like the King Arthur ones, however, the PRICE TAG. Phew. $11 for a box of brownies for an 8×8 pan. They are meant to be savored. 

They were chewy and fudgey. I was worried while I was making them because the mix is VERY lumpy. It does have chocolate chunks in the mix, which I don’t particularly enjoy normally, but the brownies are really good. They cut really well, almost like normal brownies. They were well liked at my sister’s birthday party by all, gluten free and non gluten free people. 

I still haven’t tried the Hodgson Mill brownies yet that are a lot cheaper and I have heard they are good. I live right across the street from a Walmart, but I just hate going! 

So if you can afford the price tag, these are good! Make a batch and enjoy!

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Namaste Biscuit/Piecrust Review

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This is my second Namaste product review, and I really like the company because it has no wheat, dairy, corn, soy, gluten, casein, peanuts, treenuts, and is non-GMO. It has a very short list of products in it. Unfortunately one is xanthan gum. 

I made the biscuits. They were ok. I think I rolled them out too thin because I made two of them too thick because I had extra dough at the end. I really tried to follow the recipe for thickness, but next time I won’t. They ended up in really thin discs that you can’t slice open to put the buttery goodness inside. 

They were SUPER easy to make, I had all the ingredients on hand. My fiance really liked them, I just thought they were ok. Needed to be thicker IMO. I’ll definitely be trying them again as I 1) have a huge bag I have to use and 2) I think they have potential if they were thicker. Especially when I google what other people’s looked like and they look like actual fluffy yummy thick biscuits. 

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(Yes I do eat corn…. just don’t like to have a LOT of it as fillers in my food)

 

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Glutino Wafers Reviews

I love a good wafer cookie. I like to shop at Mom’s Organics and they had free samples of Glutino Wafer cookies covered in chocolate. They are a good snack, however, mine went bad REALLY fast. If I’m the only one eating something, I can’t eat it that fast. I guess I could have put it in more of an airtight container, but it was a little ridiculous how quickly they went stale. They’re only $3.86 at vitacost, so I would give them a try for a nice something sweet that is readily available. 

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Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream (Paleo)

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I was very unsure when I made this cake. I made this cake for one of the ladies I work with that is strict paleo. I have a lot of paleo recipe books, however, I always still find myself searching online for recipes. Here is the recipe for this cake: 

http://deliciouslyorganic.net/chocolate-cake-chocolate-buttercream-paleo-grain-free-gluten-free/

When I bought my house, my parents gave me the extra standing mixer that they had gotten my sister, but my brother in law had also gotten my sister one so I got the extra one as my house warming gift. I will say I wasn’t excited with it. It takes up a lot of space, which in my kitchen I don’t have a ton of. However, it has been a life saver in many instances and I am SO SO happy that I have one now. It certainly has earned its spot on my counter.  This recipe calls for whisking eggs for six minutes for the cake. So while the standing mixer was doing that, I was doing other stuff. Then for the icing, it has to be whisked for 8 minutes, so again, thats when I was cutting my pound of butter, etc. 

I normally make cupcakes because I really like to try a baked good before I take it somewhere. It’s very hard to do that with cakes. However, I wanted to make this true to the recipe. Luckily, I made one of the cakes a little bit too high, so while I was leveling it I had a little bite of the extras and boy was it good. It was the perfect amount of richness and bitterness and still very moist. It doesn’t contain any grains at all, no xanthan gum (woohoo!), no corn. And still amazing. It was TIME CONSUMING. It also had an INSANE amount of eggs and butter in it. By no means is this a ‘healthy’ cake. But it is an ‘amazingly yummy’ cake. It will be worth your time. 

Also, for some reason, paleo baked goods (well and gluten free) cook awfully fast… and don’t really ‘brown’ the same way its gluten counterparts do, so make sure you follow recipes and check constantly. I can normally tell when the edges at the bottom are browned, however, with something like this, you really have to go by the recipe and it wasn’t a second longer than it said. I could probably have even taken it out maybe a minute sooner.

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Shrimp and Bacon Risotto Review

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Now that I have your attention… Here’s the original recipe:

Shrimp and Bacon Risotto.

I tend to pretty much follow recipes ‘as is’ as you’ve probably found so far. I added some spinach because I had some and it added some color to the dish. I didn’t really change anything else. It’s naturally gluten free and fantastic. One of my favorite dishes I have ever made. I double the bacon fat in it normally, because it’s amazing. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser. 

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cake for the Dogs

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So it was Wesley’s year birthday in September. I made him a Gluten-Free PB cake with Yogurt Icing. This is what I used:

http://www.amazon.com/Puppy-Cake-Wheat-free-Peanut-Frosting/dp/B0068OWGE0/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381686229&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=peanut+btuter+cake+dog

It was very well liked by my dogs, however, I am blessed with dogs that are not too picky. The box was SO small. This is a 4in pan cake. The icing was not NEARLY enough, as you can see. I really wish I had had extra yogurt laying around the house so I could have iced the entire cake instead of just the top. I crushed up a treat in spice grinder and put a bone shaped cookie cutter on top and sprinkled the treat in there to make the beautiful shape on top to make it look better. It was a nice presentation, although, I think I enjoyed it more than Wesley did. 

Next birthday I will make my own cake because it was a waste of money IMO and I could make it myself for much cheaper. It was very easy though, if you don’t want the hassle. On amazon it says it makes 8 cupcakes, which I really don’t think it would unless they are ‘mini cupcakes’. The smell was very lovely as it was baking, I almost tried a little bite myself! 

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This is Wesley in his bandana I made him walk around Petsmart in. He was not amused.

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This is Wesley begging for cake.

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This is Wesley’s post-birthday cake coma. 

 

 

A Great Resource for some GF Chain Restaurants

Here is a good website. Remember that a lot of places do NOT use separate pots/pans/counters for GF items compared to items that have gluten. So please, make sure you are aware of the kitchen situation if you are severely allergic. 

 

75 Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Menus You Need to Know

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Udi’s Copycat Gluten Free Bread

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I got this recipe from :

http://clairecoloredlenses.blogspot.com/2011/05/best-gluten-free-sandwich-bread.html?m=1

It’s a great sandwich bread recipe! I wish you could smell how amazing my house smells when I am baking this bread. You will just have to try it yourself. Like many other people posted, I ALSO really wanted to take the bread out after 45 minutes. I had to literally pry my own fingers off the oven door so that I didn’t do it. I did however cover it with foil, to make myself feel better.

This bread is fluffy and beautiful white inside. I also cried like a lot of other people said they did when they tried this bread. The day I made this bread, I had a grilled cheese sandwich, PB&J, pulled pork sandwich, and tuna fish/avocado sandwich. Given the loaf is quite small, like other GF loaves, it’s made in a smaller loaf pan and I also don’t eat the crust. This is all excuses to make myself feel better for eating four sandwiches in one day.

I made it as is the first time, xanthan gum and all. I was so upset with myself that I bought it but I really wanted this bread. Next time I will use the flax seed trick I talked about in a previous post, and I will let you know.  I also used coconut vinegar instead of apple cider, and it worked out fine.

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You can cry too if you want, I know it’s beautiful.