Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Martha Stewarts Allergen-Free Brownies

Allergen-Free Brownies


Babycakes NYC is a bakery in New York City that specializes in allergen-free treats. Cofounder Erin McKenna shows Marth how to make brownies that are wheat-, gluten-, dairy-, casein-, and egg-free. (THe Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2007)


Makes about 5

Dozen mini brownies


½ cup canola oil, plus more for pans.

¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons garbanzo and fava bean flour

¼ cup potato starch

2 tablespoons arrowroot

1 cup unrefined sugar or 10 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons agave nectar

2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon xanthan gum

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup store-bought unsweetened applesauce

2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

½ cup brewed coffee or hot water

2 cups vegan gluten-free chocolate chips, such as tropical source.


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brush 3 dozen mini-muffin pans with oil; set aside.

2. in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, potato starch, arrowroot, sugar, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, and unsweetened cocoa powder, set aside. In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, ½ cup canola oil, and vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture, stirring to combine. Stir in coffee until it forms a better. Fold in chocolate chips.

3. Place 1 tablespoon batter into each prepared muffin cup. Transfer muffin pans to oven, and until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack before unmolding.

Friday, July 27, 2012

2012 Novi, MI's Celiac Awareness Tour

“Celiac Awareness Tour” is coming to Novi, MI on Saturday, September 11, 2012. This is promoting celiac awareness and will have many cooking demos, lectures, Gluten-Free samples. The cost for the day is $10.00 (12 & under are free). Check their website at http://www.celiacawarenesstour.com/. Today (7/27/2012 their website is under construction, but keep checking it)

Olmesartan causes Celiac Symptoms

Just a heads up. The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University has shown a possibleassociation between medication called Olmesartan and small bowel disease. They have found that the side effect is similar to Celiac symptoms. They stated if you are taking Olmesartan you should thick about talking to your physician. Olmesartan is used to treat high blood pressure in adults and children 6 years of age or older. This medication blocks the action of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly and the heart to pump more efficiently. Olmesartan is also be used to treat congestive heart failure and diabetic nephropathy. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000215/)

Other names are Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, Olmete. For more information their website is www.celiacdiseasecenter.org.

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