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Gluten-Free Goodies

Finding gluten-free foods, especially sweet treats, can be a challenge at times. But just because you have a food intolerance or allergy doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun! Here are a few gluten-free goodies that are perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth any time of day!

Quinoa is a fantastic grain which is rich in protein, calcium and many other essential vitamins and minerals. The only down side for me whenever I make it for my kids is the mess I find under their chairs after dinner (this is my problem with rice too). I can spend a good 10 minutes sweeping those little grains up off the floor and still find more down there a week later.

Without banning quinoa from our dinner repertoire, I turned one of our favorite grains into a dish that tastes incredibly similar to rice pudding and is much more mess-proof. Light and creamy with a delightful coconut-banana flavor, this Banana Quinoa Pudding dish can be served after dinner for dessert, as an after school snack or even as a special breakfast treat. You may find yourself making a lot more quinoa after trying this recipe, but you’ll find a lot less of it on the kitchen floor and a lot more of it in your family’s tummies!

What better way to get your little ones (and not so little ones) excited about eating than to give them a dessert that requires dipping! Fondue is simpler to make than it sounds and the only issue for me was the amount of sugar normally found in most chocolate fondue recipes. After a bit of trial and error, I came up with this recipe that is smooth, creamy and perfect for dipping fresh fruits into. Even better, your kids will get a boost of protein from the almond butter, so they’ll get strong muscles to give you loads of loving hugs!

Years ago I got turned onto Go Raw Cookies. With only four ingredients and packed with toasty coconut and super sweet dates, they’re free of many of the most common allergy-causing foods. They inspired me to make a (hopefully) allergy-defying cookie of my own which, while not raw, are cooked at a very low temperature making them chewy on the inside and a delectable treat for almost anyone to enjoy. Did I mention that they’re also super easy to make?

Once you taste these Cocodate Cookies I’ll bet you’ll wish that you double or even tripled the recipe because you’ll want to always have a bunch on hand in the cookie jar, your kid’s lunchbox, the car and in big bags in the freezer for everyone to enjoy!

Cocodate Cookies (makes 20)

Ingredients:
1 banana, chopped
5 medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 275° F.
2. Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth.
3. Using a small ice cream scoop or 1 tablespoon measure, form the dough into balls and then press down with the palm of your hand to form cookies.
4. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden and serve.

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