Happy Celiac Awareness Day! Ok, technically it was yesterday, but we can celebrate through the weekend, right?
I am always happy to see people choosing to eat gluten free for better health (not a fad diet), but today I wanted to focus on the real deal folks, the Celiac crew. The 1% actually diagnosed with Celiac Disease, although several are probably undiagnosed –> 6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed. (Source: Daniel Leffler, MD, MS, The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center)
Yes, I’m getting specific. But hold on, you all who are not gluten free are part of this too. Why? Because you probably know someone, some family, or some kiddo that has Celiac disease. And you know what? You’ve probably wondered what you can do to help them or at least be able to cook for them, etc. Am I right? You’re nodding your head yes, aren’t you?! [Winking smile]
What can YOU do?
2. You can go grocery shopping with them. 2 eyes are better than one for reading ingredients! And now the FDA has published a new regulation defining the term “gluten-free” for voluntary food labeling. YAY!!
- Gluten Free Grocery List Directory- Click here!
- Remember to focus on REAL FOOD First! Most of it is Naturally Gluten Free anyway. Veggies, meats, fruits, etc.
- Some of my favorite gluten free brands. Udis Gluten Free do a great job at creating nutritious gluten free food as well as treats that Celiacs can enjoy. They also label which foods of theirs are soy free, nut free, and dairy free. Other common allergies for Celiacs.
3. You can find Gluten Free Friendly dinning options for them and treat them to a lunch date, brunch, or dinner! If they have kids with Celiac, try finding a fun breakfast spot that make gluten free pancakes, French toast, or waffles. What kid doesn’t like pancakes on the weekend, right? Don’t feel like dining out? Just have them over for some homemade French toast? The Udis Multi Grain Bread cooks up nicely in the pan!
But just in case, here’s a list of GLUTEN FREE dining options. Check out your town!
4. And lastly, stay positive with them! Gluten Free resources and brands and have come a LONG LONG WAY! And I think they are improving each and every day. That’s definitely a POSITIVE outlook.
What can you COOK?
When you cook or bake for someone that has Celiac disease, be sure to keep gluten ingredients far far away to avoid cross contamination. Don’t even use the same toaster oven, or at least, switch trays. Also be sure to thoroughly heat wash your pans and utensils. I always lay down parchment paper before making gluten free goodies as well. Better safe then sorry.
So let’s get cooking. This recipe is super easy, super simple, and taste like one big REESES cup. Try it out and bake up some gluten free goodies for someone today!
- 1 cup sugar (I used NuNaturals baking sugar)
- 1 cup Organic peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup Caramel Chips or diced caramel cubes (check ingredient first to make sure there is no gluten added)
- Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter (for topping)
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease muffin cups or mini muffin cups and set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together the 1 cup sugar, peanut butter, caramel chips, and egg. Roll peanut butter and caramel mixture into balls; Press and flatten the PB balls into each muffin cup using your hands. Should make about 12-15 large cups or 18-20 mini cups. Then take about 1/4 cup dark chocolate pb and place it in ziploc bag. Cut the corner and use it as a frosting decorator tube. Click here for better a description. Then squeeze the Dark Chocolate PB from the tube/bag into your muffin cups. 2. Bake about 15 minutes or until edges are set and bottoms and edges are lightly browned.
Do you have a friend or family member that has Celiac Disease? Have you ever been there to help them?
Do they have a story? Share it with the Udis Gluten Free Family HERE!
Happy GF weekend friends!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Udi’s Gluten Free. The opinions and text are all mine.