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October Means Pumpkin Flavored Gluten-Free Goodness

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Recently we had a pretty involved Facebook discussion about pumpkin flavored baked goods. Since it is the first week of October, I thought now is the appropriate time to share some yummy pumpkin deliciousness. Beyond the pumpkin spiced latte’s everyone raves about at your local coffee shop, pumpkin cupcakes, muffins, cookies, ciders are all the rage.  Pumpkin is one of the first signs that fall is in the air.  Beyond searching Pinterest and searching “gluten-free pumpkin recipes” here is a list of some pumpkin goodies you can purchase or make that our Facebook friends shared with us:

Pumpkin Sides
Weight Watchers Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Cookies Made to Order
Fresh – Simply Delicious & Organic makes AMAZING (or so they say) pumpkin spice cookies for the fall! They bake over 100 of them to take to Riverside Arts Market from 10am to 4pm each Saturday. They usually sell out of them but you can call ahead and pre-purchase. Their cookies are always gluten-free, dairy free, and delicious!

Mama B’s Specialties  Hello Fall!

Top left – Pumpkin Donut Holes, Top Right – Pumpkin granola, and bottom right – Sweet Pumpkin Dip with apple slices and ginger snaps.

Pumpkin Bread

Version 1 Sarah Lind GF Pumpkin Bread

1 box Betty Crocker® Gluten Free yellow cake mix
1 can (15 oz) pure pumpkin
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla
1/2 cup gluten-free semisweet chocolate chips

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 9×5-inch or 8×4-inch loaf pan with oil.
2. In large bowl, stir all ingredients except chocolate chips until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread evenly in pan.
3. Bake 9-inch loaf 55 to 65 minutes, 8-inch loaf 60 to 70 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool about 2 hours before slicing.
Makes 16 servings

Version 2 GF PUMPKIN BREAD

1 c. canola oil
3 c. sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 – 15 oz. can of pureed pumpkin
3-1/2 c. Gluten Free flour blend
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp ground cloves
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
2/3 c. water
½ c. unsweetened natural applesauce

Combine oil, sugar, eggs. Add pumpkin and mix well.
Sift together all dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture.
Add water and applesauce and mix well.
Pour in two lightly greased loaf pans. (Or 1 4-loaf Pampered Chef pan and 1 loaf pan)
350 degrees for 50-60 min.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing from glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

Pumpkin Flan

Pumpkin flan from Food Network’s Ellie Krieger.

Pumpkin muffins
Sippers Coffee House has been baking gluten-free pumpkin muffins.  They use a standard pumpkin muffin recipe and add a teaspoon of xanthan gum to give the muffins more lift. You can preorder if you prefer for them to do the work.

Do you have a favorite gluten-free pumpkin baked good recipe?  Do you even dare share it with us.  My favorite is to roast the pumpkin seeds.  MMM,

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Happy Birthday to Me! Mama B’s

I have an awesome job!  I work for Brooks Rehabilitation as Manager of Strategic Marketing.  We are a non-profit hospital system focusing on rehabilitation with an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, outpatient rehabilitation , home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, research and on and on and on.

We try our hardest to celebrate birthdays at our office and yesterday my office celebrated my birthday by bringing in Mama B’s Specialties, LLC.  A co-worker of mine lives in the same neighborhood as it’s owner and we have talked on multiple occasions about these delicious treats.

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We enjoyed chocolate chip cupcakes with chocolate chip cake and icing and Sun Butter cupcakes with chocolate chip cake and Sun Butter icing.  I thought they were delicious.  However it was interesting to see how my co-workers (who are not gluten-free) reacted.  Some didn’t try them at all but there were a few who were adventurous and tried atleast a bite or two.

It is interesting how people who don’t follow a gluten-free diet think things that are gluten-free don’t taste good.  I agree, there are numerous gluten-free items I try that are just horrible.  However, these were delicous.

Some of the comments I heard from my coworkers “it is not overly sweet, I like it, ”  “I like the chocolate chip icing with the chocolate chips best, ”  “I like the cake consistency, it is like a muffin.”   One of my coworkers even responded “you know, I wouldn’t mind ordering stuff like this on a regular basis for your birthday for the whole group, not just you.”

I am still going to stand that Cookie Momsters is my favorite bakery in town, however it is always nice to have options.

I look forward to trying other Mama B’s Specialties!

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A Cookie Momster Christmas

I had a wonderful Christmas with my family.  My nephews are 3 and 5 and they add a burst of energy to Christmas that I wish I still had.  I have an awesome family, I love them very much.

When it comes to the holidays one of the things we all love to do (besides drink a tad bit too much wine) is eat!  I love indulging in sweets during the holidays and just don’t have the time to make my own gluten-free sweets so I rely on Cookie Momsters.  They are awesome!

gluten free jacksonville cookie momsters

gluten free jacksonville cookie momsters cupcakes

We had chocolate cookies with vanilla icing, vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing filling and chocolate icing topping, red velvet cupcakes with mock cream cheese icing and we had an apple pie (not pictured).  All gluten-free/dairy free.  Everyone was eating them and not one person said “these taste gluten-free” they taste just like the real thing!  During the holiday season it is best to order ahead but many times when I go in they have cookies and cupcakes pre-made that you can pick up and eat on the spot.

What are some of your holiday indulgences?  I hope you have enjoyed a great holiday season.  Have a Happy New Year!

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