Gluten Free Prairie Review & Giveaway

Last year I had the good fortune of meeting Deb Wheaton, founder of Gluten Free Prairie. Deb is incredibly passionate about increasing Celiac awareness, spreading the word about purity protocol oats (see my previous blog post about gluten free oats), and creating products that are truly safe for the Celiac/gluten free community. Among her notable accomplishments, she is on the Celiac Disease Foundation Board of Directors and was recently awarded the CDF’s highest honor, the Blue Butterfly Award, for her years of service. A portion of the proceeds from Gluten Free Prairie go to the Celiac Disease Foundation for their programs to raise awareness.

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Important facts about the Gluten Free Prarie

  • Supports the purity protocol – oats are grown in gluten-free fields then harvested/packaged in a designated gluten-free facility 
  • Certified gluten free by the Celiac Spruce Association 
  • Tests to less than 5ppm
  • Non GMO and Certified Kosher
  • High in fiber
  • Higher in protein than most traditional oats (17-22% compared to 13%)

Products include:

  • Oat Groats
  • Oat Flour
  • Oatmeal
  • Cookies
  • Granola
  • Brownie Mix

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Lucky me! – I got to try their new Gluten Free Brownie mix! These were some of the best, chewiest brownies I’ve ever tasted. I admit that I ate more in one sitting that I should have, but an extra wonderful thing was that they didn’t feel heavy in my stomach. The oat flour was equally as splendid and made delicious pancakes and crepes. If you are an oat lover, you need Gluten Free Prairie in your life. They are my favorite purity protocol oat company, and I feel incredibly at ease knowing that Deb is committed to the highest standards of safety in the GF oat world. 

Find Gluten-Free Prairie products in stores nationwide and on amazon.com For more information visit www.glutenfreeprairie.com

GIVEAWAY! Two lucky winners will receive a prize from Gluten Free Prairie – one winner will receive a brownie mix, the other winner will receive granola. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. US residents only. Ends Friday June 2nd 11:59pm EST.

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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

Tasty Meditation Gluten Free Holiday Gift Guide 2016!

Tis the season for giving, but when you throw in Celiac Disease and other food intolerances you may feel a bit lost. Have no fear, I am here with this year’s Gluten Free Holiday Gift Guide!

Side note: Many of these companies have some amazing Cyber Monday deals – check out their facebook accounts and I’m sure you’ll find a bunch!

For the chocolate/sweets lover:

  • See’s Candy – I highly recommend their gold box chocolate truffles. The perfect decadent treat.
  • Pascha Chocolate – Very allergen-friendly dark chocolate.
  • Cocomels – Delicious dairy-free caramels.
  • Al Nassma Elegant camel-milk chocolates from Dubai (please see my previous post for allergen information).
  • Lovely Candy Company Licorice Gluten Free licorice! Need I say more?
  • Goodie Girl Cookies The “Mint Slims” taste just like your old favorite girl scout cookie! Make your loved one’s gluten free dreams come true! 
  • Organic Living Superfoods  – Health conscious friends will love this organic, dairy free, chocolate covered fruit. I recommend the dark chocolate covered pineapple and coconut.
    • Get 10% off with code “TastyMeditation10”

For the experienced cook – Often times experienced home cooks know exactly what ingredients they need and what new kitchen gadgets they are dying to try, which makes a gift card to the right store a perfect gift.

For those who like easy baking projects:

  • Luce’s Gluten Free Artisan Bread Mix The most delicious bread mix on the market. Sourdough! Rye-flavored! Italian! Just add water, mix, bake, and you’ll end up with stunning, rustic bread.
  • My Grandpa’s Farm Mixes One of favorite cake mixes. My guests always think this cake came from a specialty bakery – they never suspect it was a mix. I recommend the pumpkin spice cake.
  • 123 Gluten Free Mixes – A high quality set of mixes that are extremely allergen friendly. Great for loved ones with multiple food intolerances. Over a hundred recipes on their website – you will never get tired of their mixes.
  • Better Batter Mixes – High quality mixes from a company with a beautiful mission. I urge you to visit their website and read about the family that was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, the business that sparked from it, and their dedication to various communities including individuals with autism. Very allergen friendly, and there are literally hundreds of recipes on the Better Batter website.

Subscription Boxes

  • American Gluten Free– One of my favorite gluten free subscription boxes on the market. AGF supports small businesses across the country, so you will taste very unique products that you might not have found otherwise. All items are made in dedicated gluten free facilities and are also dairy free/allergen friendly. You’ll find subscription options for both on-the-go snackers and experienced cooks. AGF is offering a single holiday box as well as their regular month-to-month plan – it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
    • Cyber Monday alert! 
    • •Take 50% off all month to month subscriptions with code: CM50
      •Take 30% off all 3 month subscriptions with code: CM30
      •Take 15% off all 6 month subscriptions with code: CM15
      •Take 50% off all gift boxes and one time purchases with code: CMGIFT50
  • Love with Food Gluten Free Box by G-Free Foodie – A monthly subscription box that allows you to sample new gluten free products every month – it’s like Christmas twelve times a year! Great for someone who doesn’t live near large grocery stores and has a hard time finding gluten free items.

For the beauty product lover:

  • Red Apple Lipstick gift certificate Amazing allergen-friendly makeup with stunning lipstick colors for all complexions. The Rallye Balm is a lifesaver for friends who complain of chapped/dry lips during the colder months.
    • Get 22% off orders of $50+ with the code “TastyMeditation”
  • Éclair Naturals A line of beautiful handcrafted lotions, shampoos, soaps, bath salts, and more that are certified gluten free, soy free, vegan, cruelty free, and non GMO. The body butter is perfect for friends who have sensitive skin during the winter time.

For the book/magazine lover:

For the alcohol lover:

  • Tito’s Vodka Certified gluten free, corn-based vodka. You might want to get some for yourself too. I’ve found that you save more money in the long run if you buy the bigger bottle 😉
  • WineWhen in doubt, always a good gift.

Fresh GF treats shipped to your door:

  • Krumville Bake Shop Perhaps my favorite bakery in NYC. Delicious cookies, cakes, muffins, and bread – everything that comes out of the Krumville kitchen is incredible.
  • Meredith’s Bread – Wonderful breads and the best black and white cookies you will ever eat. They are in farmers markets all over NYC/NJ/CT (look for the GF label! – they have a separate bakery for their wheat-based products) and are also available for shipping.
  • Izzi B’s Allergen Free Bakery – Delicious and incredibly allergen-friendly. Located in Connecticut. Fresh baked custom orders are available for pick-up, delivery, or shipping.
  • Bread SRSLY Sourdough “The best gluten free sourdough bread on the market,” says my San Francisco-native boyfriend. You’ll love the $5 flat rate shipping.
  • Gluten Free Territory Amazing raspberry cheesecake brownies. You won’t want to share.
  • Posh Pop Shop Bakeshop A New Jersey-based gluten free bakery that has the most stunning Instagram (I have been stalking them for years). Their cake pops are to die for.
  • Everybody Eats– My mom and I are obsessed with their baguettes. Pickup locally in Brooklyn or get it shipped to your door.
  • Mariposa Baking Co – Located in San Francisco, Mariposa is one of my favorite bakeries in the country. I highly recommend their cinnamon rolls – out of this world!

Handy Gifts:

  • Nima Sensora portable sensor that detects gluten down to 20ppm. Excellent for GF friends who are nervous at restaurants, travel often, or simply want to take more control over their food.
  • Gluten Free Labels – Fun labels, stickers, tags, and toothpick flags that will easily help distinguish the gluten-free products from the gluten-filled products in a shared kitchen.

Happy Holidays!

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Disclaimer: Some of the above links are affiliate links in which I get a small commission that helps maintain the cost of this site (there is no added cost to you). I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

1-2-3 Gluten Free Mixes Review & Giveaway

1-2-3 Gluten Free is a company that truly goes the distance and I LOVE IT. They make some of the most fabulous gluten free baking mixes on the market, and you simply must go out and try their products now.

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Great facts about 1-2-3 Gluten Free:

  • Dedicated gluten free/allergen-free facility – no gluten, dairy/casein, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, eggs, and sesame
  • Certified Gluten Free
  • GMO Free
  • Certified Kosher
  • Produced in the USA
  • Many products are fortified with extra vitamins
  • No artificial flavors or colors
  • Established by a woman who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease over 15 years ago. Her nieces and a nephew were also diagnosed, and she was determined to create amazing gluten free versions of favorite foods to share with her family.
  • Donates to Celiac Disease, Autism and food allergy research (LOVE!!!)

You’ll find mixes for:

  • Biscuits
  • Pan Bars
  • Rolls
  • Buckwheat Pancakes
  • Lemon Pound Cake (sugar free variation available)
  • Brownies
  • Muffins/Quick breads
  • Chocolate Bundt Pound Cake (sugar free variation available)
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Yellow Cake
  • Corn Bread
  • Devils Food Chocolate Cake
  • Multi-purpose Flour

On their website there is a list of dozens upon dozens of different recipes that can be made with their mixes. Everything from carrot cake to pie crust to wrapped gouda appetizers. You’d have to buy all of their products ten times in order to take advantage of their versatility. I would seriously never get tired of 1-2-3 Gluten Free.

I recently had the opportunity to sample several products, and I was super impressed. I used the recipe for Pumpkin Bars using their Pan Bar mix, and it resulted in one of the best fluffy cake textures that I have ever found from a gluten free mix – so light and fluffy! The perfect crumb. It freezes super well and maintains its’ perfection once it is defrosted.

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I also made Pumpkin Pancakes using their Allie’s Awesome Buckwheat Pancake Mix (I’m on a pumpkin kick, anticipating the start of fall and the approaching cool weather). Though I may add a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to my next batch, I loved everything about the pancakes, particular the texture and how well they formed. They came out perfect every time – look at how beautiful these pancakes are! Perfect with a bit of grass fed butter or maple syrup. As a bonus, this mix is also fortified with B vitamins, iron and calcium, which is important because many of us who are diagnosed with Celiac Disease often have nutrient deficiencies.

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All in all, I cannot recommend 1-2-3 Gluten Free more highly. I urge you to support this fabulous company and start your fall baking season off right!

For more information, a store locator or to purchase online visit www.123glutenfree.com.

Special Discount – my readers get 10% orders of $20+ when you order from 123glutenfree.com. Use code “Jessica” at checkout. This promo code will be good for the month of September.

GIVEAWAY! Two lucky winners will receive selections of 1-2-3 Gluten Free mixes! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US only. Giveaway ends Friday September 23rd at 11:59pm EST.
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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.