Soft and Chewy Gluten Free Brownies

I shared this on on Facebook last week, but I thought I would share the recipe on the blog too because it was so tasty!

My mother n law is always baking amazing treats. When Amanda was diagnosed Celiac, she just took that on as a challenge to experiment even more. Not only has she converted some of her family favourites like honey cake to be gluten free, but she is always look for new gluten free treats to bake.

Check out this recipe she adapted from food.com


Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond butter or sun flower seed butter
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 1/4 cups agave nectar 
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Directions
  • Blend butter until smooth
  • Blend in eggs and then nectar and vanilla 
  • Blend in cocoa, salt and baking soda then fold in chocolate chips
  • Grease a 9c13 baking dish
  • Pour batter into dish
  • Bake at 325 for 35-40 minutes

Celiac Medical Expenses for Tax Deductions in Canada

Don't forget your Celiac Expense for the 2017 tax year!

Happy New Year everyone!  With the end of one year, simply (and yes I know obviously), is the beginning of another.  Which means, if you have not in the past (because it is probably too late for the 2016 tax year), start collecting your receipts for purchases of gluten free products.


The Canada Revenue Agency allows you claim incremental costs associated with the purchases of gluten free products.  What does this mean?  It means when doing your taxes, you can claim the difference in cost between what you paid for a loaf of gluten free bread to eat vs. what a non-celiac would pay for a loaf of bread.

What you need to know to make the Celiac Medical Expense claim:
  • A doctors note listing your Celiac Diagnosis and the fact you require a gluten free diet
  • Receipt for each gluten free product purchase
  • A summary showing your calculation for the tax year.
Here is Revenue Canada's Example

1. Item: bread
2. Number of items purchased: 52
3. Average cost of non-GF product: $3.49
4. Average cost of GF product: $6.99
5. Incremental cost (line 4 minus line 3): $6.99 - $3.49 = $3.50
6. Amount to claim (line 5 multiplied by line 2): $3.50 x 52 = $182.00

So why go through this?  Because afterall, it does require some work right?  Well, for me, it is simple, not even really about having Celiac Disease, it is about getting everything you can back from the government.  You work, you pay taxes, and you can get some of that money back.  Why not get as much of that money back as possible!  Am I right?

Check out the Canada Revenue Agency's gluten free section of the website for more details and updates

Sweet Baby Ray's Gluten Free BBQ Sauce

Our biggest issue with Costco is frequency of having an item in stock.  One week you found your favourite sauce, the next week they don't carry it anymore.

That would be the case with the last BBQ sauce we were using.  Infact, not only are they not carrying the BBQ sauce, but they actually do not have ANY BBQ sauces in stock.


When we had pork ribs on the menu for the week and needed more sauce, I knew Costco was out of the questions.  Hopefully in summer they restock.  I guess they don't understand that in Alberta, we BBQ all year round!

So I turned to Superstore.  They had a bunch of BBQ sauces, including one of the sauces we buy at Costco, just a smaller bottle and more expensive.  So I decided to try something new.  I noticed the Sweet Baby Ray's "The Sauce is the Boss!" is labelled gluten free.  I hadn't heard anything good or bad about the sauce, so I really didn't know what to expect.

And the results?  I really enjoyed it.  I bought the regular and the Honey.  They had one other flavour.  The sauce was not too sweet, nor was it too tangy.  It was kind of just right.  It goes for about 2.50 to 3 bucks a bottle.  I really do recommend this sauce!

Classico labeling sauces as gluten free

Look for Classico labeling some of their pasta sauces as gluten free.  Especially some of the sauces like their Alfredo, which other brands would thicken with gluten.


We recently tried the Classico Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo sauce.  Mixed it in with a can of crab meat and gluten free penne.  It was really tasty and was also a hit with the kids.  We will probably stick to our regular tomato sauces, but continue to buy these Classico Alfredo sauces.

Note:  We added the pesto sauce to this, which is not labelled gluten free, but also did not contain any gluten ingredients, and no may contain warnings.

Because of this, be sure to read every label every time!

Betty Lou's Gluten Free Fruit Bars

Amanda found these amazing fruit bars at Sobey's called Betty Lou's Fruit Bars.  They are certified gluten free, and no only taste amazing, but taste like what they say they taste like.


In the photo we have strawberry pie, blueberry pie and peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Well, as Amanda is a huge peanut butter fan, she went straight for the peanut butter and jelly sandwich which she loved.  At $2.30 a piece they run the same price as any specialty bar, maybe even a little less.

You gotta try these out!

Best gluten free crepe recipe

I don't make crepes often, but when I do, they are the best!

I've posted in the past about gluten free stuffed french toast that I've made using the America's Test Kitchen cookbook.  Well although, they also have a crepe recipe, I've found using the french toast batter from the french toast for crepe works really well.  On top of that, the stuffing from that recipe works great as a sweet crepe filler.  So basically, you can make the stuffed french toast, and use any left over batter and stuffing to make crepes.



Crepe Batter Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk or 2% milk
1 egg
2 tbsp melted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Kinnikinnick gluten free all purpose flour

Directions
First mix all ingredients together except for gluten flour.  Once mixed in, slowly mix in gluten flour to get as smooth as possible.  Let sit for 10 to 20 minutes.

Stuffing Ingredients
8 ounces of cream cheese
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg

Directions:
Warm cream cheese in microwave until soft (30 seconds at a time).  Mix all the stuffing ingredients together until smooth.

Cooking Directions:
I'm not the best at this, but what I do is warm up a non-stick man to medium heat.  Make sure you let it warm up for a minute or two.  You want that pan hot when you put the batter on the pan.  Pour a 1/4 cup of banner in the middle of the pan and lift pan from element and tilt the pan to spread batter around thinly to fill the entire pan.  Put back on element to cook batter for 30 seconds and dollop and spread on some filling (either the one listed above or be creative!).  Gently use spatula to folder over edges and plate.


Gluten Free Potato Cheddar Soup by Johnny's

I recently saw this soup at Costco, certified gluten free Potato Cheddar soup from Johnny's.

Lucky for me, Costco was sampling some so I got to try some without having to buy any.  We always buy the Johnny's Dill Ranch dressing which is really tasty and the kids love using it as a veggie dip.  So I was expecting something pretty tasty and it was.  This box of twenty 24 servings is about 11 bucks and worth it to have on hand for a cold winter day.


Someone found gluten free wontons

It was not to long ago when I got a message from someone looking for a gluten free wonton.  They said it is one things that they truly miss!  I didn't have a response for them.  I only know of great gf spring rolls we get from Bens Meats.

One of our readers Susan emailed me this weekend with this great find!  She found gluten free wontons!
On the weekend I was at Lucky Supermarket in Edmonton (13851-127 St) and found GF wontons (wontons are one of the things I miss most since becoming gluten free).

They are very tasty (although the texture of the wrapper is typically odd - I found them very yummy and didn't mind the texture).  --Susan



Burger Priest Answers Your Gluten Free Prayers

One of our friends would talk about this burger joint in Toronto she would visit for a great gluten free burger.  Every visit we made to Toronto, we'd never quite make it down to the joint.  Great news is that The Burger Priest now has a location in Edmoton.  Downtown to be specific at Jasper Ave. and 109 Street, beside the Kyoto Japan.


The Burger Priest has two menus.  It has their regular menu, and their secret menu, which they say is the worst kept secret.  Needless to say their menu is a bit whimsical on religion like the Religious Hypocryte, which is their veggie burger topped with bacon.

Their website also has great information in their FAQ section about their gluten free options to help you make the decision if the burger priest is a place where you want to eat.  To round it off, they full out say they are unable to guarantee no cross contamination. They do say:

  1. They have a dedicated fryer for fries
  2. No filling in their burgers but cooked on the same grill as other contaminated items
  3. Their chili does not contain gluten
  4. They have a gluten free bun (when we visited it was from All But Gluten)
  5. They will also lettuce wrap the burger for you

During our first visit, Amanda decided she wanted to try the Red Sea burger which was topped with their very tasty chili.  We took a second take at the hamburger, because we had never seen the All But Gluten bun.  The bun was larger than their standard bun and looked fluffy, so we thought they put the wrong burger on in the gluten free bun.  But we were certainly mistaken and pleased because the All But Gluten bun was pretty damn awesome and went well with the Red Sea burger.  Their fries were really addictive too, and we were happy they are done in a dedicated fryer.  We basically shared a fry order because they are pretty large, and shared a milk shake as well (not the malted shake).

We will probably visit the Burger Priest again!


The Burger's Priest Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gluten Free Options Available at The Rec Room

The Rec Room opened up a while ago in Edmonton's South Common.  This is not to be mistaken with Ed's Room.  This is The Rec Room, which is actually owned by Cineplex Entertainment.

So total full disclosure, we have not eaten there, but a few people have asked about eating there, so I looked into this further for our readers.

I'll leave you with this picture for a moment.


Now that you are done drewling, I can tell you that The Rec Room has three restaurants in it. When I contact The Rec Room, I got a pretty great response from Kristin Tyreman, Community Marketing Manager.  Kristin supplied me with what I will call a secret gluten free menu.  I say secret, because unfortunately they don't have this on their website yet.

So with that being said, approach this menu with caution, and still ask questions.  Especially about the poutine as they do not indicate if they have a shared fryer or not.

Restaurant: THREE10
Social Plates
Wood fired olives
Smoked bacon caramel corn
Smoked meat deviled eggs
Wood grilled asparagus
Applewood smoked bacon-maple jam  (modified with no crostini)
Mussels (modified with no crostini)
Crab and artichoke dip (modified with no crostini)

Salads
Roasted beet salad
Market greens
Grilled organic salmon salad
Chopped chicken salad

Personal Plates
Wood-oven half chicken
Skillet mac and cheese (will be available with gluten free free penne soon)
Steak frites
Organic salmon  (modified with no onion straws)
Wood grilled pork chop
310 burger (gluten free bun coming soon)
Organic BC salmon BLT sandwich (gluten free bun coming soon)

Restaurant: The Loft
Bites
Burrata jar (no crostini)

Field
Rocket Salad
Warm roasted vegetables

Pizza's
All pizzas (gluten free dough coming soon)

Build your own sundaes
Soft serve ice cream (no brownies or donut holes)
Rec Room Sundae

Restaurant: The Shed
All poutines are gluten free if ordered with chicken jus gravy

I will update this as soon as the Rec Room confirms all the coming soon items are available.