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by Debbie Adler (Bio below)
1) Nutritional Yeast – this may sound like something you need to get your RDA of rising dough, but it’s actually a yellow flakey powder that is rich with B vitamins and protein that can be used as a cheese substitute. I use it on top of popcorn, in salad dressing, on top of gluten-free pasta and in soups. It is free from sugar, dairy and gluten so it is a perfect allergy-friendly, healthful shelf-stable ingredient to keep in your cupboards.
2) Culinary Coconut Milk – this is a new product on the market that is made by So Delicious Dairy Free. When you refrigerate it, it becomes the consistency of whipped cream. It comes in shelf stable carton boxes so you can stock up. All you have to do when you’re ready to top your pumpkin pie or smoothie or whatever, is squeeeeeeze the carton and you’re whipped!
3) Teff – this is a not so well-known little gluten-free grain. And when I say ‘little’ I mean teensy-weensy. Teff is packed with protein and is high in calcium, thiamin and iron. It comes in various shades of autumnal colors and I choose the ivory teff as I find its mild flavor to be a welcome addition to my gluten-free flour mix.
4) Hemp Seed – technically hemp seeds are not really seeds at all, but fruit. This is great news for us moms who have children who are frightfully allergic to seeds. Hemp seeds are an amazing source of easily digested proteins, phytonutrients and antioxidants and they contain all 10 essential amino acids. You can put hemp seeds onto salads, in energy bars, on cereal and in soups. You can even make them into milk or add them to your smoothie for a rich creaminess.
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5) Coconut Nectar – this is like manna from heaven. It is the sap from the coconut tree that is sweet like maple syrup but is not high glycemic. Coconut nectar is minimally processed so it is mineral-rich and contains 17 amino acids. I use it in all my Sweet Debbie’s recipes to make sweet-as-sugar brownies, cupcakes, muffins and cookies.
Bio: Debbie Adler is the owner of the nationally renown bakery Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes located in Los Angeles. It is the first bakery in the United States to make allergy-free baked goods that contain certified organic ingredients and are sweetened only with stevia and coconut nectar.
In addition to owning her bakery, Debbie is also the author of the critically acclaimed cookbook, Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery. It was named a “Best Gluten-Free Cookbook of 2013” by Delicious Living Magazine.