RECIPE: Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate “Boatmeal”

I’m a huge fan of quick and easy gluten-free desserts in particular.

Quite some time ago, I came across this recipe on Green Lite Bites’ website, and I’ve been using it ever since. I only have a couple of adjustments to the original, including using unsweetened coconut milk instead of almond milk and using 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract instead of a teaspoon, but those are my own personal taste. I also put in as much chocolate as I want. 🙂 If you want the recipe to be sweeter, you can puree a few dates (I used to do 6, although I don’t use any in this video) and add those as well.

Here’s the recipe video I recently created:

Hope you enjoy! Keep on living the wheat-free life!


Gluten Free Goodie Bag Livestream

I went live on YouTube yesterday to sort through the two full bags of gluten free products I got at the Seashore Celiac picnic. There were loads of different brands and products, and I made sure to hold up the ingredients list for you to see on each product. I also taste tested one of the sweets and recommended a few things I’m familiar with. Check it out – you might find something new!

Leave a comment here or on YouTube if you’d like to see these kinds of livestreams in the future.



Gluten Free IPS Cinnamon Egg White Ch(ips)

Health Values: Gluten free, non-GMO corn, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

I wanted to like these chips, I really did. They’re very light and crispy and would make a satisfying afternoon snack without any heaviness.

Gluten free IPS Cinnamon Chips


When I don’t like something to the point where I can’t even eat the rest of a snack-size bag, I immediately get opinions from other gluten-free friends. Unfortunately, that didn’t help. Here’s what each of us said:

GF Friend #1: “They taste like egg with too much cinnamon that seems like it’s trying to cover up the egg taste. And I love cinnamon, but there’s no real flavor contrast and it doesn’t belong on an eggy-tasting chip.

GF Friend #2: “Are these packing peanuts covered in cinnamon? I can’t taste anything other than cinnamon, and I don’t like the texture. I tried their barbecue flavor a couple months ago, and I didn’t like that either.” When asked after getting his review, GF Friend #2 said he didn’t notice any eggy taste like GF Friend #1 had.

Me: I didn’t taste egg, but I definitely didn’t want a second chip either.

Besides there being no complexity to the flavor of these chips – which would make eating even a small bag of them get boring very quickly – the cinnamon flavor was overwhelming, and all three of us love cinnamon. None of us tasted any sweetness despite the fact that the ingredients list both sugar and brown sugar.

Gluten free IPS Chips

On top of that, when we compared notes we discovered that each of us had quickly reached for something to kill the aftertaste. Keep in mind that we tried these chips at different times, away from each other, so none of us knew what the other thought or did during our individual taste tests.

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So while I’m sure there are snackers out there who love IPS products, they’re not for us. I’m giving them one thumbs-up for their good ingredients.



Gluten Free Brown Rice Pancakes VIDEO RECIPE

Eating Safely: Gluten, Celiac, and Allergy Watchwords

Those of us who deal with food allergies or who have been diagnosed with celiac know to watch out for the big-time offenders like wheat, dairy, gluten, or whatever else we may be allergic or sensitive to. But not all ingredient listings or menus use such straight-forward terms, and we need to outsmart the tricky terminology.

To help us, the good people at Enjoy Life (who make my absolute favorite chocolate chips and chunks) have put out an extremely helpful chart of common allergens and the terms associated with them. I got one of these at the gluten-free picnic I went to this summer, and I’ve taken pictures to share it with you (below the full chart are closeups so you can read it more easily). Hope this helps!

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Gluten Free Giveaway Package #4 Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Steph for winning our final gluten free giveaway package! You’ve got 15 great goodies to enjoy. I’ve already sent you an email, so you should get it soon. 

To those of you who participated, thank you so much for all your great feedback and participation! I learned tons from all of your responses to my questions. To those of you who won, I hope you’re enjoying your snacks. To those of you who didn’t, I will do more giveaways in the future – you can count on that. Tell me what kinds of giveaways you’d like to see and I’ll make it happen!

Thanks again, gluten free friends!

Gluten Free Giveaway Package #4!

Welcome to the final week of gluten free giveaways in August. This week’s giveaway runs from today, Monday August 24 through Saturday August 29, and the winner will be announced Sunday August 30. There are four ways to enter through the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be picked randomly by the Rafflecopter app itself.

This package includes the following awesome goodies:

  1. Bakery on Main Maple Multi-Grain Muffin Oatmeal
  2. I Heart Keenwah Chocolate Sea Salt Quinoa Cluster
  3. Slender Sticks Pomegranate Berry Sugar-free Drink Stick
  4. The Real Deal Real! Veggie Chips Sriracha
  5. Baked Frosted Rice Snacks
  6. Glutino Pretzel Twists
  7. Sunbutter Creamy (spread)
  8. Carrington Farms Ready-to-eat Organic Flax Chia Paks
  9. Udi’s Soft and Chewy Snicker Doodle Cookie
  10. Enjoy Life Baked Chewy Caramel Apple Bar
  11. Mostly Myrtle’s Grahams
  12. Pyure Premium Organic Stevia Sweetener
  13. Viki’s granola blueberry almond
  14. Surf Sweets Sour Berry Bears
  15. Enjoy Life S’mores

This is our last giveaway, so be sure to enter, and good luck!

*This giveaway is not sponsored by any company, goods were not donated to me, and I was not compensated. Entrants must be living in the Unites States to participate.*