If you’re new here you may not know this, but if you’ve looked at the recipes here, you will notice that they are all gluten free. That’s because in 2007, right after our miscarriage, I found out I had Celiac’s Disease – which is basically a fancy way of saying I am severely allergic to gluten (wheat, barley, rye, and some other grains). I never was before, at least not that I was aware of, but after the miscarriage I had what I thought was kidney infection after kidney infection and severe, chronic pain in most of my joints, and crazy fatigue. It went on for months. I had several CT Scans of my kidneys and other areas, and the doctors could never find anything. One doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. Then, one of my best friends suggested trying a gluten free diet to help the fibro. Turns out, it was Celiac’s all along (fibro, ibs, and other unpleasant things are very often misdiagnosed and are actually celiacs). Within two weeks (although it takes 2+ months for all gluten to be flushed from your body), I felt so much better. That wa 6 years ago now. It was definitely a HUGE learning experience. I could no longer eat the things I normally bought. And back then, there wasn’t a whole lot of options and brands offering gluten free substitutes. Now, it is much easier to find, and now I know what brands I love and what has and doesn’t have gluten, so shopping is a breeze.
Baking on the other hand has been a challenge. There are so many different flours and they each have a different purpose, texture, taste, etc. I use to stick to a Betty Crocker or Trader Joe’s gluten free mix, if I had to have something sweet, but they were always gritty. Andrew wouldn’t even eat them. But now, after some experimenting and great resources, I can bake most everything I use to bake. And now, you can too!
Stephanie from Mama and Baby Love has done it again! Most of you will know her from her Freezer to Your Family; Slow Cooker Recipe Book. Well, this one is just as great. In Gluten-Free Gran Free Baking, Stephanie takes you through what and how to bake healthy treats without feeling guilty. She talks about how intimidating and frustrating it can be to try grain-free baking, and how she overcame that and is now making amazing treats for/with her sweet girl. I LOVE this book. Things I had to learn the hard way (and some things I didn’t know at all) are all laid out for you in this 30 page book full of photos and recipes! AND… she is offering my readers (that’s YOU) 30% off for THIS WEEKEND ONLY… Just enter code RING30 at checkout!
Yesterday, Elizabeth and I made her amazing chocolate chip cookies from the book. It is better than my original recipe and will replace mine for sure. They are the perfect texture. Not gritty. I like mine a little soft, and they are just right! Plus, they made my house smell like Heaven.
I hope (and I think it’s Steph’s hope) that it inspires you to do a little guilt free baking with your littles. The book is full of healthy, and yet yummy treats! Can you tell Elizabeth loves them? I love to make a big batch and pack them in Andrew’s lunches throughout the week, and when Elizabeth goes to school (soon) I will include them in hers. Trust me, your kids & hubby will thank you!
so snag your book here and don’t forget that this weekend only you get a special discount with RING30.