If you have been reading my posts here at Celiac-Disease.com for any time now, you may be well aware of my love of bagels & English muffins. I have sampled just about every gluten-free English muffin on the market. I was excited to receive The Celiac Maniac’s English muffins, because I had not tried their muffins yet!
The Celiac Maniac is located in Oregan and is run by head honcho, Cain Credicott. Cain was diagnosed in January 2009 with Celiac Disease. His wife immediately rolled up her sleeves & dove into baking to create dairy, egg & gluten-free foods. Shortly after Cain was diagnosed, his wife made some gluten-free/vegan cookies for a school function that were a hit! There was no way to contact Cain or his wife, but one of the school moms did track them down and asked if she could buy some cookies. This was the start of The Celiac Maniac. After baking from home since starting, Cain & his wife just moved into a commercial kitchen in Oregon. The Celiac Maniac has a multitude of gluten-free products, including pizza crust, banana & pumpkin breads, cookie doughs and more. The product that caught my eye is a brand new one that is being released this week – blueberry English muffins!
Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin
I couldn’t wait to dig into these muffins. I placed them in the freezer as soon as I received them and counted down the hours until the next morning for breakfast. I topped my cinnamon raisin English muffin with a little almond butter and fruit spread. It was awesome! I loved the “nooks & crannies” and the texture! The Celiac Maniac uses more nutritious ingredients like sorghum, teff and amaranth flours instead of white rice flours. I believe that this is what really made these English muffins.
Next up – the plain English muffin.
I used the plain English muffin as a base for my Sunshine burger. I was in heaven! I topped my burger with feta cheese & mixed greens.
There are endless possibilities for these muffins – pizzas, bruschetta, sandwiches, etc. They are simple to prepare, just pop in the toaster straight from the freezer and wait.
Here is some more information from Cain:
Being a new company, it is just my wife and I doing everything right now – we have no other employees (yet). So, getting things done sometimes takes a bit longer than we expect, like our online store for example. I do all the work on our website and am currently working on getting the online store up and running. It should be ready to go by the middle of this week.
I also wanted to mention that I do a weekly online radio show, The Celiac Maniac Show, on Gluten Free Online Radio. So far, I have interviewed a bunch of great guests – including Dr. Rodney Ford, Dr. Stephen Wangen and Dr. Peter Osborne. My show focuses on Celiac disease/gluten intolerance and getting the latest research & information out to our listeners. I strongly believe that Celiac disease is the best disease you can have, as it can be completely controlled by diet, and the diet actually “forces” you to eat well, but people need to be educated. The show has been very well received and I’m currently working on adding new shows to the station line-up.
Right now The Celiac Maniac’s products can be purchased in stores in Bend, Prineville, Redmond, Salem and Portland. They will soon be adding additional Whole Foods stores in the Portland area as well as a few stores in WA. The online store will hopefully be up & running in the very near future.