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Sep 30 2015

Recipe: Hello Dolly Bars – Gluten-Free Style

As September comes to an end, I can’t help but begin to think about the upcoming holidays. Halloween is a five weeks away. Thanksgiving is nine weeks away. Christmas is thirteen weeks away. All of those holidays usually mean there will be festive desserts of some sort to add to the celebration. Walker’s Shortbread is a great cookie to keep on hand for impromptu entertaining or to use in a recipe like the Hello Dolly recipe below.


Hello Dolly Bars

*Courtesy of Tasty Eats at Home

·        2 4.9 oz boxes Walkers Gluten-Free Shortbread Rounds
·        3 T butter, melted and cooled
·        1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
·        ½ cup white chocolate chips
·        1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
·        ½ cup chopped pecans
·        1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9″ square baking pan, line with parchment paper, and grease the paper. Set aside.In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process the cookies into crumbs. Add the butter and process until a dough forms. The dough should be rather dry, but hold together if you press it. Press dough evenly into the bottom of the baking pan.Top the shortbread base with the shredded coconut, spreading evenly. Top with white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips, then pecans. Finally, drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top.Bake for 25 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Walker’s Gluten-Free Shortbread can be purchased online for $4.99/box directly from the Walker’s website and shipping is free on all orders over $50. Their products can also be found in select grocery stores…our local Giant Eagle stores carry them here in Columbus.

Sep 28 2015

Review: Schar Sch’nacks

I can’t tell you how much I love going shopping and finding new gluten-free products. Lately it seems like every shopping trip results in the purchase of another new (or new to us) gluten-free product. This past weekend was no different. I was looking for my favorite gluten-free protein bars and ran across a new product from Schar that I was sure Jon would fall in love with. 

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Not exactly the protein bars I was looking for, right? No worries, I can’t eat these anyway since they aren’t dairy-free, but I did pick them up for Jon. 

Ingredients – Sugar, vegetable fats and oils (palm, palm kernel, coconut), eggs, corn syrup, rice flour, water, skimmed milk powder, corn starch, skimmed cocoa, milk proteins, corn flour, rice starch, chicory fiber, fruit extracts (carob, apple) mono- and diglycerides, soy lecithon, sorbitol, glucono delta-lactone, baking soda, xanthan gum, carob seed flour, agar, salt, natural, vanilla flavor. 

Jon didn’t waste any time digging in to these gems. He reported back that they were very good and something that he would like to eat regularly. While we don’t recommend eating desserts like this regularly, it is nice that products like this are available. It is nice that kids don’t have to feel left out from their friends at school when they pack lunch or after sports practices when everyone is eating snacks. Each snack cake (10 per package) is individually wrapped making it really easy to transport for an on-the-go snack and costs $5.99/package. Check the Schar store locator to find the location that carries the Sch’nacks closest to you.

Have you tried the new Sch’nacks from Schar? If so, what did you think?

Sep 25 2015

Review: Pillsbury Ready-to-Eat Blueberry Muffins

College students are all about quick and easy food choices. Our son, Jon, is now a sophomore in college and living in an apartment with friends so he has a kitchen to prepare food. That doesn’t always mean that he does, but he has the option. He is learning about how to grocery shop for gluten-free specialty foods and is finding that it isn’t always easy to find the products he knows and loves. I offered to pick up a few of his favorites for him last week and ran across these Pillsbury Ready-to-Eat Blueberry Muffins in the process.

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I can’t find the product located on the product website, but after a little research I discovered Uncle Wally’s partnered with Pillsbury to make these muffins and turns out they are also available in a Chocolate Chip variety.

Ingredients: Rice Flour, Sugar, Eggs, Soybean Oil, Water, Blueberries, Whey Powder, Glycerine, Contains 2% or Less of: Modified Rice Starch, Potato Starch, Modified Corn Starch, Mono and Diglycerides, Invert Sugar, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Natural Flavors, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Xanthan Gum.

I was unable to sample these muffins because they have dairy in them, but Jon says they are amazing and he can’t wait to buy some more! I found them for $3.99 at Giant Eagle. They are also available at Wegman’s, Ingles Markets and ShopRite Supermarkets. The muffins can be found in the freezer section, are individually wrapped, and certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.

Have you tried the new Pillsbury Ready-to-Eat Blueberry Muffins? 

Sep 23 2015

Review: Lucy’s New Cookie Flavors

A couple of weeks back I wrote about Lucy’s introducing a couple of new products. I recently had the opportunity to sample the new Lemon Goodness and Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies and will share my thoughts below. Before I get to my review, though, I want to share some of the things I really like about Lucy’s:

  • Gluten-Free
  • Vegan
  • No Peanuts, No Tree Nuts
  • Dedicated Bakery
  • Non-GMO

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Chocolate Chocolate Chunk -Organic Cane Sugar*, Lucy’s BlendTM (Gluten-Free Oat, Garbanzo/Chickpea, Potato Starch, Tapioca, Sorghum And Fava Flours), Vegan Chocolate Chunks (Unsweetened Chocolate, Sugar, Dextrose, Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Extract), Soy Milk* (Contains Carrageenan), Cocoa, Molasses*, Sustainable Palm Fruit Oil, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Filtered Water, Sunflower Lecithin, Non-Dairy Lactic Acid, Baking Soda, Vanilla Extract*, Baking Powder, Potassium Bitartrate, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Annatto Extract Color, Cellulose Gum.

Lemon Goodness – Lucy’s BlendTM (Gluten-Free Oat, Garbanzo/Chickpea, Potato Starch, Tapioca, Sorghum And Fava Flours), Organic Cane Sugar*, Soy Milk* (Contains Carrageenan), Molasses*, Sustainable Palm Fruit Oil, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Filtered Water, Sunflower Lecithin, Non-Dairy Lactic Acid, Oil Of Lemon, Lemon Fruit, Baking Soda, Potassium Bitartrate, Baking Powder, Vanilla Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Ginger, Calcium Carbonate, Annatto Extract Color, Cellulose Gum.

Lucy’s Blend of flour contains garbanzo bean/chickpea and fava flours. Normally I am not a huge fan of bean flours, but in the case of Lucy’s products, it goes undetected, and even my picky, non-gluten-free eater loves Lucy’s products. I tried the Chocolate Chocolate Chunk cookies first and while there is a lot of fantastic chocolate flavor there, there weren’t a whole lot of chunks in each cookie. The Lemon Goodness cookies are outstanding and may rank up there one my all-time favorite cookies. They have a nice crunch and delicate lemon flavor. Lucy’s products can be found in grocery and health food stores across the US.

*The products mentioned in this blog post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 

Sep 21 2015

Evol Foods Introduces New Cups

Do you get tired of eating the same snacks day after day? I know there are definitely times where I wish I had some more variety in my snacks. I eat a lot of protein bars, nuts, fruit, baby carrots, and protein shakes, and while those all taste good, how cool are these new snacks? Evol Foods recently introduced a new line that is perfect for snacking…Evol Cups.



Evol Cups are made from non-GMO vegetables and grains, are each under 210 calories, are gluten-free, and are made with antibiotic-free meats. There are twelve different varieties of Evol Cups:

Scramble Cups

  • Egg, Uncured Bacon & Cheese
  • Lean & Fit Chicken Apple Sausage, Egg White with Potato & Cheese
  • Egg White, Veggies & Cheese
  • Egg, Basil Pesto, Potato & Cheese

Fajita Cups

  • Grilled White Chicken with Rice, Beans, Veggies & Cheddar
  • Pork & Poblano Pesto with Rice, Bell Peppers & Cheese
  • Sriracha Queso Grilled Chicken
  • Southwest Veggie, Rice, Bean & Cheddar

Veggie Cups

  • Truffle Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
  • Broccoli & Cheddar with Uncured Ham & Potato
  • Ginger Sesame Sweet Potato
  • Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Evol Cups (and their other products) can be found in health food and grocery stores across the US. I really enjoy their Teriyaki Bowl and keep it on hand for busy evenings when I need to eat quickly.