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WildFlour Bakery/Cafe: A Gluten Free Treasure

Gluten free bakeries are few and far between – and small, cozy ones where you can see the owner baking behind the counter all day long are even more rare. WildFlour Bakery/Cafe is a gem in Lawrenceville, NJ that you absolutely must visit. With gluten free sweets that are appealing not only to the tastebuds but to the eyes, plus full, creative breakfast and lunch menus AND ready-to-go sweet and savory breads, it’s worth any drive for the luxury of eating completely safe and excellent food in a serenely artistic ambiance.

Let’s take a tour through some of the baked goods and the cafe itself, shall we?

apple danish and earl gray tea

Now this is how to start a fall morning. A hot cup of tea and an apple danish.

apple danish

The gluten free apple danish is sweet, has just the right amount of crispness, and the apples aren’t overcooked. The glaze you see on top is what lends most of the sweetness.

Brazilian cheese puff

This Brazilian cheese puff was something I’d never tried before, but it proved really impressive.

Brazilian cheese puff in half

The outside is crunchy while the inside is airy and the cheese taste isn’t overwhelming, quietly balancing out the pastry and the filling.

napkin holder

The owner of WildFlour Bakery/Cafe, Marilyn Besner, is also an artist. One of the types of art she creates is pottery, and you’ll find her work around the dining room and in the windows. These lovely rustic napkin holders were made by her in her own studio. Isn’t it wonderful how an artistic person can use her talents in so many ways? Jennifer Cohan, Marilyn’s PR agent, was so right when she mentioned the incredible tactile connection between Marilyn’s baking and her pottery: both kinds of art require love, attention to detail, and serious dedication.

apricot mini pie

Isn’t this apricot mini pie adorable?

apple crumble mini  pie

This apple crumble mini pie is a perfect addition to any holiday, gluten free or not – or just because you deserve it!

pecan pie

And who can resist pecan pie? It’s one of my favorites.

tray of gluten free desserts

Look what had just come out from behind the counter while I was there. It was extremely hard to resist picking up just one of each!

madeleines

I tried one of these madeleine cookies and they were bliss. Buttery, soft with crispy edges, and sweet.

pumpkin muffin

What a creative way to make a muffin! This pumpkin muffin has pumpkin seeds on top as well as lightly sweetened ginger. The whole muffin is so moist and light, you can’t tell it’s gluten free at all.

rugalach

RUGALACH! How often do you get to eat gluten free specialty baked goods?!

rugalach inside

The rugalach I had was raspberry, perfectly balanced, and the pastry was wonderful.

glazed chocolate oat muffin

Did someone say glazed chocolate oat muffin? Yes please!

homemade granola

WildFlour even sells their own homemade granola for you to take home. Since you already know it’s made in a gluten free facility, it’s much safer than many granolas you find on the shelf.

main dining room

Look at that lovely view in the main dining room. The pottery on the window sill is Marilyn’s own work.

sitting room

Upstairs, there are two more rooms: one with a long table for larger parties, and this one with a comfortable lounge couch. Perfect for the creative mind to run free.

sitting room 2

Beautiful space in the same room. I could sit here and write all day!

chickpea burger

Back to the food. Chickpea burger anyone? Maybe this will be one of the many things you’ll learn to cook in WildFlour’s gluten free cooking classes! Keep your eyes out for them this winter.

bread pudding

This was one of the best culinary moments of my life, which you may have seen on my Instagram. Gluten free bread pudding with homemade caramel sauce and fresh strawberries. I melted into a pile of joy when I tasted this. One of my friends recently got bread pudding at a restaurant and I drooled as I watched him savor each bite. Now I could finally do the same!

chocolate chip cookie

The classic chocolate chip cookie done right. This slightly chewy chocolate chip cookie had just the right amount of vanilla, and the chocolate was quality. I haven’t had a cookie like this since I went gluten free 10 years ago!

macaroon

This is a mix between a coconut macaroon and a meringue. It’s light and fluffy with the sweet, sugary taste of meringue on the outside and the shredded coconut on the inside. Fantastic!

ginger nut cookie

I didn’t get the name of this cookie, but it’s the quintessential fall cookie. It tastes like maple and spice and nuts. This one is sure to impress at your dessert table with its slight chewiness and just the right amount of sweetness.

cream puff

And finally, a cream puff! It’s just like a regular one – I couldn’t tell the difference. The pastry tastes and feels exactly the same, the chocolate adds just a hint of sweet cocoa, and the cream inside is rich and dense but not heavy. This is another thing I haven’t had since I went gluten free, and WildFlour nailed it.

takeout box

After seeing all these goodies, I’m sure your mouth is watering! So stop in and have a cuppa with some outstanding gluten free pastries or order some in advance for your upcoming party or get-together. Wow all your gluten free friends with this well-kept secret – and wow your non-gluten free friends too! They’ll never know it was gluten free!

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Connect with WildFlour on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! You’ll want to see their upcoming cooking classes and events.

LWF Exclusive: Black Friday Mineral Fusion Sale @ Princeton Whole Foods

Yesterday Princeton Whole Foods gave me some exclusive information on their upcoming Black Friday sale. Mineral Fusion currently has a demo booth across from the haba sections in the store, and as long as they’re there, everything at the booth is 40% off. On Black Friday, not only will you get the 40% discount, you’ll also get 25% off on top of it! You won’t hear about this anywhere else, so get online and start planning what you’re going to buy!

Not sure if you’re interested in Mineral Fusion’s products? First of all, keep in mind that their products are gluten free, not tested on animals, and free of loads of things like talc, parabens, and artificial colors. Second, check out my haul video that includes lipstick and chubby stick tests here: http://youtu.be/EeD__3w-uKs. I couldn’t even wait for the Black Friday sale…I hauled ahead of time because I couldn’t wait to try these beauties:

Mineral Fusion haul

Pictured above, from left to right:

- lipstick in Tempting
– glitter nail polish in Shimmering Shale
– nail polish in Slate
– shine-free blotting tissues
– eye pencil in Coal

I’ll keep you updated on what I think of these products, but I can already say that Mineral Fusion’s nail polish is top notch, especially their top coat, and their lipstick is also superb. Let me know in the comments if you try any of their products and what you think of them.

Keep on living the wheat free life!

Living the Wheat Free Life on YouTube!

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT! Living the Wheat Free Life is now making videos on YouTube – everything from gluten free hauls to makeup to cooking. The first one is up! See what I got from the Gluten Free Allergy Expo – there are bound to be some great things you’ve never heard of!

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Subscribe, like, and leave a comment for what food/products you’ve tried. Let me know what kinds of videos you’d like to see next!

Enjoy!

Seapoint Farms Gluten Free Dry Roasted Edamame – Spicy Wasabi

Health Values: Gluten free, wheat free, no GMOs

I like edamame. A lot. But it’s usually relatively expensive both in grocery stores and restaurants. It never feels worth it to me because it’s always served plain or lightly salted. So when I saw Seapoint Farms’ Gluten Free Dry Roasted Edamame in my goodie bag after the Seashore Celiacs’ picnic this summer, I was excited. A free edamame snack I could try? I’m in.

Dry Roasted Spicy Wasabi Edamame

Seapoint Farms has a few kinds of dry roasted edamame. The one I got was Spicy Wasabi, something I rarely eat but do enjoy. The ingredients were few with only one thing I normally wouldn’t eat: dextrin. It’s a thickening agent, but it can be made from a lot of different things like corn or tapioca, so you never know if you could be allergic or sensitive to what it’s made from. I gave it a shot anyway just for the sake of this review.

Dry Roasted Wasabi Edamame Ingredients

I really liked this snack because it was crunchy and tasted great. When the wasabi was present, it was REALLY present, very spicy and enjoyable. But it was not evenly coated, and while that would have been okay, I got some pieces that seemed to have nothing on them at all. Just plain edamame. So that was disappointing. If that doesn’t bother you, then this is a great snack for you to try. If, however, you like consistency in your spicy snacks, this one’s not for you.

In terms of what other Seapoint Farms products are gluten/wheat free, they say on their website: “All of our Frozen and Dry Roasted Edamame product lines are wheat free and gluten free.” I looked at how to buy their snacks and found out that some of their products are sold in regular supermarkets and natural food stores while others are sold in bulk on Amazon.

4-okays

Keep on living the wheat free life!

Two Moms in the Raw Gluten Free Goji Berry Nut Bar

Health Values: Gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, refined sugar free, no added oils, raw, vegan, organic

Have you ever heard of the brand Two Moms in the Raw? I hadn’t until I got a sample of their Goji Berry Nut Bar from the Seashore Celiacs’ Gluten Free Picnic.

Two Moms in the Raw Gluten Free Goji Berry Bar

Although it’s called a bar, it’s actually broken down pieces of what were probably multiple bars made of just nuts, goji berries, agave, spices, and sea salt. And it’s all organic!

Gogji Nut Bar Ingredients

I really like anything high on protein that I can snack on, something that can help fill me up and give me energy but also tastes good. It’s hard for me to find pre-made food like that because I have so many other allergies and intolerances other than gluten and dairy. If it doesn’t have gluten and dairy, it has tapioca. If it doesn’t have tapioca, it has sesame seeds. You know how it goes.

I was so happy to see a nut bar I could have – and it’s really good!

Goji Nut Bar

 

The agave and sea salt don’t overpower the nuts – it wasn’t too sweet or too salty. Instead, both ingredients balance the flavors to give it a taste that appeals to all your cravings: sweet, salty, and nutty. The goji berries are a little sweet, but not overly so, which I like. I could really eat half a bag of these at a time, even though I’d be overly full – that’s how good they are! They’re extremely snackable, so take them on your next road trip or even to the mall for a power snack. You can find them at Whole Foods. That’s the only place I’ve seen them so far.

5-okays

Keep on living the wheat free life!

 

From BLT to BLA (and it’s not boring)

Who doesn’t love a good BLT? Of course the classic is AMAZING – I’m not contesting that! But I don’t always want to use tomato because nightshades cause inflammation in  your body. Also, tomatoes can be pretty flavorless if they’re not in season. So instead, I have the perfect replacement: BLA. And it’s anything but blah. Bacon-Lettuce-and-Apple! For my own diet, here’s how I make it:

Bacon: Applegate Organic Turkey Bacon

Lettuce: organic green or red leaf lettuce

Apple: a sweet, crisp organic apple contrasts the salty bacon, typically Pink Lady, Jazz, Gala

Mayo: my favorite dairy-free mayo is Organic Vegenaise, and they have a couple of different options to suit your dietary needs including soy free

Bread: homemade buckwheat bread recipe or Udi’s White Sandwich Bread (when I was still eating it)

BLA - bacon, lettuce, apple

And there you have it. An easy organic, anti-inflammatory, gluten free, dairy free, and optional soy free BLT variation, especially perfect for fall, when apples are in their prime! What kinds of variations have you made either to accommodate your diet or just to spice it up?

Keep on living the wheat free life!

Gluten Free Banana Spice Cake Recipe

Since it’s fall, I’m not trying to do apple or pumpkin everything, but instead spice everything! So the beginning of this fall trend is banana spice cake, which I’m happy to say turned out really well. Super light, moist, and yummy. Here’s my recipe:

Banana Spice Cake Recipe Index Card

If you like to taste heavier spices, double everything in the spice mix part. Otherwise the spices will be light and the banana flavor will be front and center.

Set the oven to 350 degrees.

1. In a bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until they’re as smooth as possible. Mine always still have some lumps, but this is normal.
2. Add all wet ingredients to the bananas and mix well.
3. Put all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix them together well, making sure to use a spatula to press out any lumps most common in the almond flour and coconut sugar.
4. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and turn the mixer on. Make sure you scrape the bottom of the mixer with a spatula so none of the dry ingredients stay clumped on the bottom. The batter will seem a little loose – that’s okay! If you dip your spatula into the batter, about half should slide off and half should stick.
5. Pour mixture into a well greased baking pan (mine was 9×9) and put in the oven for approximately 30 minutes.

Banana Spice Cake

By the time your cake is done baking, it will be a beautiful brown with edges pulled away from the sides of the baking pan. It shocked me how light this came out, but the combo of almond flour and brown rice flour is really what did it.

Banana Spice Cake Piece

I can’t wait to share more spice recipes with you!

Keep on living the wheat free life!

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