Each day brings a new treat for the (still) gluten free guy. Nestlee's crunch bars, Bugle's, Mc Donald's fries and mini Oreos are favorites.
Over the past fourteen years I have baked hundreds, maybe thousands of gluten free chocolate chip cookies. Although I haven't found a commercial gluten free product which compares to fresh from the oven, soft and gooey homemade chocolate chip cookies--Tate's gluten free chocolate chippers come close. If agonizing over baking the perfect cookie isn’t your thing or if you are craving a thin, crisp and divine GLUTEN FREE treat- Tate’s is your cookie.
With the trained and wise words of our doctor circling in my head “go ahead and cross contaminate him”, the protection of Xolair and five months OIT at Stanford—my eyes darted around the kitchen to locate the epi-pen (old habits die hard), I re-read the ingredients, opened the green paper bag, ripped open the plastic, smelled then inspected the contents, hesitated another few seconds and gave him the cookie—he loved them! Tate’s ( all natural) gluten free chocolate cookies are the best, crispiest store bought chocolate chip cookie I have ever tasted!
Before the allergy study I never would have given these cookies to my gluten free boy—the package clearly states gluten free ingredients and, “made in the same facility as wheat…” If a person is simply trying to avoid gluten—in my non professional, non medical- opinion these would be safe. For a person with an anaphylactic allergy or celiac disease-I would not try these because of the cross contamination risk.
Aside from Tate’s cookies, Bugles, McDonals’d fries and Nestlee’s crunch —the gluten free guy ate his first pancakes at a restaurant—Chicago’s Pancake house. Again—before the allergy study we never would have risked having pancakes at a restaurant which was not heavily vetted first. Although I couldn’t resist calling for a little diligence ahead of time. The Chicago Pancake House has been offering gluten free pancakes for six months (as of Jan 2013) —They use separate utensils, our server was knowledgeable (the gluten free pancakes are lighter and fluffier then the wheat version), and I was comfortable with their process—The risk of cross contamination is high because of the nature of the restaurant. If you are merely trying to avoid gluten- you will love these! If you are celiac or severely allergic—you might want to have a chat with the manager before eating there. In addition to the fluffy chocolate chip gluten free pancakes--the gluten free boy enjoyed the fresh squeezed orange juice, crisp bacon and a bowl of strawberries.
divine and fluffy gluten free pancakes
- 1 cup gluten free flour
- 1 tablespoon regular sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup whole or 2% milk
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1/2 cup chopped semi sweet chocolate or mini chocolate chips
- do not over mix, lumps are ok.mix wet ingredients, then add dry ingredients.
- allow batter to sit 3 minutes, then make your pancakes!
- the gluten free boy prefers mini pancakes- but any size works.