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Gluten Free Pizookie

Simple-Pizookie

Go now to my other site AFewShortCuts.com and check out this recipe for a Simple Pizookie! If you don’t know a pizookie is a giant chewy yummy chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream.  How can you go wrong?! Plus I love that it can be made gluten free and dairy free

Simple Pizookie

Are Popsicle Brand Popsicles Gluten Free?

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Every once in a while there is something that really bothers me, this is my soapbox for today. My son is Gluten Free! We are used to eating gluten free. We have learned to ask friends and family members to read the packages. We have alerted schools to ask before giving snacks. I read packages RELIGIOUSLY! But even occasionally I fail.

I bought a box of popsicles for my kids at the grocery store the other day. This is something I have done many many times in the past. It is summer and it is hot! The kids love having a cool treat. My husband walked into the kitchen to get them each a popsicle for dessert yesterday and then I see 3 sad faces go stomping by.

“What happened?”, I asked.

“They have gluten!” my husband answered.

WHAT?! No! They are just popsicles. Fruit flavored colored water….HOW?! WHY?! 

I picked up the box and sure enough! Wheat is all throughout the ingredients list, but no allergen warnings on the package at all!  I have purchased these a million times in the past. I don’t remember them having wheat in them before. How many times have I accidentally given my son gluten? I have to rethink everything! Teachers have called and asked me if he could have popsicles in the past….were they safe? Could this be why he has been not feeling well? This would explain so much! I felt horrible!

Then my guilt turned into anger.

Why would you put wheat in a Popsicle?

Why would a product marketed for children not clearly have allergens labeled?

If there was a change in the ingredients why wouldn’t this be clearly marked on the packages with NEW FORMULA?

I have contacted Popsicle via their facebook page and my comment was quickly deleted. I took to popsicles website and their only allergen information says…

When any of the eight most common allergens (milk, eggs, fish, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, soybeans and crustaceans) occur in any of our products they will be listed inside the ingredient statement in plain language. We do not use the terms “natural” or “artificial flavorings” to hide the existence of any allergens. We do not have dedicated production lines in our manufacturing facilities for products containing allergens. We have special handling procedures for all allergenic ingredients used in our manufacturing facilities.

So then I looked at the nutrition information on their website for the popsicles I purchased.

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Do you see wheat?  Nope?! Me neither!

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But when you pull that same package out of the freezer, this is the actual ingredients. I don’t know about you but WHEAT isn’t in bold….it doesn’t stand out…..and I have no idea why it would be in “Corn Syrup”, but there it is plain as day.

I understand that Popsicle can put anything they want in their product. I am just wanting others to know that even in products you think are safe, you should read the labels. Companies can change their ingredient list at anytime, and you don’t want to risk your families health.

 

FREE Gluten Free Baking Classics for the Bread Machine Kindle Book

Gluten Free Baking Classics

I am loving all of these FREE Kindle Books.  Right now you can currently download this Gluten-Free Baking Classics for the Bread Machine Kindle Book completely FREE (was $14.95!)!

You don’t need a kindle to download this book.  It can be downloaded to any computer, smartphone, tablet etc.

 

D.I.Y. Gluten Free Taco Seasoning

When it comes to packet seasonings it is hard to find them gluten free!  That is one of my biggest challenges.  So, I have begun to make many of my own.  It is not only a great way to assure that they are gluten free, but a money saver as well.

Check out this recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Gluten Free Cake Mix

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I am that mom who has the best ideas and plans. Then they all fall through when I walk to my pantry to see that I am out of one or two of the ingredients I need to pull off a masterpiece. I don’t know if you have ever put 3 kids in the car, buckled them in their car seats, and drove to the store for 1 item, but that is not my idea of fun.

One of those items that I used to always run out of was cake mix, but it my effort to eliminate chemicals from our diets I started making our own, and they are wonderful. Not only are they easy to make with pantry staples, they are great to give as gifts with the recipe. Make a gift basket with a couple d.i.y Cake Mixes, a new cake pan, dish towels and a wooden spoon, and you have a great gift! The one thing I like about this recipe is I can make my own gluten free cake mixes with ease. If you have looked at the price of Gluten Free Cake mixes they are ridiculous. This recipe makes it affordable for me to make cupcakes again!

Here is a Printable Cake Mix Directions sheet to print that way you can attach it to your own homemade mixes.

 

Gluten Free Chocolate & Yellow Cake Mixes
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups gluten free all purpose flour mix **
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • ½ cup cocoa Powder (for chocolate only)
** All purpose flour mix substitute
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1 cup corn or potato starch
  • 1 tsp xanthium gum
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container or baggie. Keeps well in the pantry for up to 6 months. Keeps even better in the fridge.
  2. Above recipe makes one cake mix equivalent to a 18.5 oz boxed mix.
TO MAKE CAKE
  1. Mix cake mix with ¾ cup milk or milk substitute, 1 tsp vanilla, ½ cup butter or margarine, and 3 eggs. Beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes and Bake at 350 F.
  2. To bake a 8-9 inch round pan 20-25 mins
  3. To Bake 13×9 pan 35-40 mins
  4. To bake cupcakes- 12-15 mins
  5. To bake Tube or Bundt Pan 45-50 mins
  6. Here is a Printable Direction sheet to attach to your mixes
Notes
**Dairy Free** Use almond milk or other milk substitute and dairy free margarine.

Annie’s Gluten Free Bunny Cookies $2.37 Box

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Right now you can pick up 6 boxes of Annie’s gluten-free bunny cookies for only $2.37 per box shipped. These are $3-$4 at the store, so I’m excited to stock up on them at a lower price.

The sales price is currently  $16.74, but when you choose Subscribe & Save you’ll get 15% off + free shipping. That will bring your total down to $14.23 shipped ($2.37 per box!).

I love stocking up on gluten free deals through amazon!