Delicious Gluten Free Desserts

Celiac’s disease and gluten intolerance is on the rise. More and more consumers are showing signs of gluten intolerance or allergies. Those with Celiac’s disease suffer greatly when they consume gluten and have found great relief from symptoms by adopting a gluten free diet. Some of these symptoms found on the Celiac.org

CLASSIC SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE

  • Abdominal cramping, intestinal gas
  • Distention and bloating of the stomach
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation (or both)
  • Steatorrhea – fatty stools
  • Anemia – unexplained, due to folic acid, B12 or iron deficiency (or all)
  • Unexplained weight loss with large appetite or weight gain

OTHER SYMPTOMS

  • Dental enamel defects
  • Osteopenia, osteoporosis
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Fatigue, weakness and lack of energy
  • Infertility – male/female
  • Depression
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Delayed puberty
  • Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • Migraine headaches

SOME LONG-TERM CONDITIONS THAT CAN RESULT FROM UNTREATED CD

  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Early onset osteoporosis or osteopenia
  • Vitamin K deficiency associated with risk for hemorrhaging
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Central and peripheral nervous system disorders – usually due to unsuspected nutrient deficiencies
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Intestinal lymphomas and other GI cancers (malignancies)
  • Gall bladder malfunction
  • Neurological manifestations
  • Many think that eating delicious food is impossible if you are eating a gluten free diet. Everything, especially in the Americas, contains wheat ingredients or were processed in a facility that handled wheat products. This makes those with severe cases of Celiac’s disease terrified of eating. The good news is that there’s more options out there than the average consumer thinks there is. Let’s skip dinner and go straight to these delicious Gluten free desserts you can make at home.

    Chocolate Pudding with vegan options

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 C agave nectar
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
    • 3 cups whole milk or Coconut milk
    • 4 large egg yolks or any other egg replacement
    • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

    Directions

    1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add 1/3 cup of the milk (or coconut milk), stirring to form a smooth paste. Whisk in the egg yolks and the remaining milk. If using vegan options, follow egg replacement directions and then add egg replacement if needed.
    2. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula until thickened, 12 to 15 minutes (do not allow to boil). Remove from heat.
    3. Add the vanilla and chocolate, stirring until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour into eight 4-ounce ramekins, glasses, or teacups. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days. Sprinkle with the cocoa powder before serving.

    Peppermint patties adopted from: Elana’s Pantry

    Directions:

    • ½ cup coconut oil
    • ¼ cup agave nectar or honey
    • ½ teaspoon peppermint oil (I used organic)
    • ½ to 1 cup chocolate chunks
      1. In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, agave and peppermint oil, mixing with a spoon
      2. Smash clumps of coconut oil against side of bowl until mixture is smooth
      3. Freeze mixture for a few minutes until it starts to harden, then remove from freezer
      4. Use a 1.5 teaspoon ice cream scoop to measure out little balls onto a parchment paper lined plate
      5. Place plate in freezer to firm up mint balls; when firm, remove from freezer
      6. Squish balls down into flat little patties on parchment paper
      7. Melt chocolate over very low heat; allow to cool slightly
      8. Dip patties into melted chocolate (use spoon to drop patty into melted chocolate, dip and remove
      9. Place patties on parchment paper to harden (takes 10 minutes though on a summer day you may need to refreeze)

      Makes about 12 patties

      A gluten free diet is challenging if you let it be. There are many options and a variety of delicious gluten free desserts and gluten free food. The trick is to find what works and what tastes good. Texture is the hardest thing to imitate with gluten free substitutes but it’s been done. There is a huge demand for gluten free foods and companies are making products that are gluten free and delicious. Delicious gluten free desserts can be found at just about anywhere.

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