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New Delicious Sponsor: Naturally Smart Frozen Dessert

I am excited to announce our new sponsor: All Natural Naturally Smart Frozen Desserts. This new product is coming to a store near you. The product is gluten free, higher in protein than other frozen desserts and low in calories. naturally smart gluten free jacksonville

I am in love with their packaging and while I have yet to try it (I am dairy free and gluten-free), other people seem to be love it it.

I am also impressed by the fact that they like to give back.  Most recently they provided free samples to families at the Zombie Chase that benefited the Shannon Miller Foundation.

You can purchase these Naturally Smart Frozen Desserts at the Following Locations:
Dr Capasso’s Thin Centers MD, Mandarin – 10950 San Jose Blvd #41(next to Just Fitness)
Dr Capasso’s Thin Centers MD, Jacksonville Beach – 1351 13th Ave South (across from Beaches Baptist)
Bio Max 299 Atlantic Beach, – 299 Atlantic Blvd #1 (next to Ragtime)

They were featured on News Ch4 with Nikki Kimbleton and will be at the UNF (Student Union) during Market Days from 10-3pm.

Naturally Smart is still looking for local retailers, health food stores, gyms and other outlets to carry their frozen dessert.  Want your favorite store to carry Naturally Delicious? Here is a Product Request Form.

Have you tried it?  What did you think?

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Gluten-free Halloween at Sweet Pete’s

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With Halloween just around the corner, finding candies that are safe for those with Celiac disease or gluten allergies can be as challenging as picking a costume.  But Sweet Pete’s can help.  I was recently in their store and it just made me so happy.  There are SO MANY gluten-free options and a lot of gluten-free vegan options too. Their candies are all natural.  If you haven’t been there before, the store is located in Springfield close to Shand’s Hospital you can’t miss it.  In addition to the store they have multiple classes and a private room to have birthday parties.  

Right now they are offering candy corn making classes for 6 year olds and up.  In addition, on October 31 and Nov 1st, in honor of Caramel apple day, they will be selling candy apples for only $1.

Here is a taste of just a few of their candy offerings:

sweet petes gluten free jacksonville dark chocolate covered marshmallows

I am in love with these Dark Chocolate Marshmallows!  They were delicious.  I only ordered one and I wish I took the whole plate.

sweet petes gluten free jacksonville rocky road chocolates

Gluten-free Rocky Road chocolates.

sweet petes gluten free jacksonville cocktail pops

Cocktail pops that taste like adult cocktails.

sweet petes gluten free jacksonville dark chocolate graham cracker

The dark chocolate graham crackers taste just like the real thing.  They also have milk chocolate graham crackers too.

sweet petes gluten free jacksonville sea salt caramels

These are their signature sea salt caramels that are to die for.  You can taste the sea salt and they are perfectly chewy.  They also have vegan sea salt caramels that are good as well, just a lot chewier.

In addition to their store, you can order their candies online and I have seen them at European Street and Mellow Mushroom.  Location: 1922 N Pearl St  Jacksonville, FL 32206; (904) 376-7161

Now I just have to figure out what to be for Halloween.  Here are a few of my favorite costumes from the last couple years. What are you going to be for Halloween?

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Sweet Theory Baking Co.

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Today, after being told over and over to check this place out, I finally made my way to Sweet Theory Baking Company.  Sweet Theory Baking Company is a bakery near the heart of the Park and King District near Little Five Points/Riverside area. It is located between Park and Post on King not far from where you can get a gluten-free beer at Kickbacks or Beer:30.

sweet theory baking company gluten free jacksonvilleI was greeted by the cutest little store front on a chilly yet sunny day. I went during my lunch hour so I did not have time to linger long. I quickly found the items designated with a (GF) on them and was overwhelmed with the options.

sweet theory baking company gluten free jacksonvilleI asked the manager what she thought the most popular items were and she pointed me in the direction of doughnuts, cupcakes, cookie sandwiches and whoopee pies. All of these items came gluten-free except the doughnuts. I was a little sad, I have heard so much about these doughnuts but my mind was put to ease when the manager explained that the owner (and head baker) was still working on the right recipe. Good enough for me.

sweet theory baking company gluten free jacksonvilleIn addition to the cakes and cookies and such, I noticed that they had some gluten-free savory garlic and herb biscuits. I can’t tell you the last time I had a biscuit. I decided to try that and a cookie sandwich.

sweet theory baking company gluten free jacksonville
The place was a bit quiet, it was a Wednesday during lunch time.  I decided to enjoy my gluten-free garlic and herb biscuit in a cozy spot near the front windows and just chill. They had warmed the biscuit up for me and put on some soy free earth balance vegan butter.  The biscuit was so satisfying. The consistency was different than a real biscuit, but the taste was awesome. It was flaky and at times crumbly, but not dry (definitely a mess to eat if you are on the go.) This southern girl was happy (can we get a gf/df biscuits and gravy?:)).

sweet theory baking company gluten free jacksonville

So I guess I should have eaten a real lunch before my visit, because after the biscuit I was wanting more. So I dug into the chocolate chip sandwich and before I knew it had eaten almost half. Very moist, chewy and HUGE.

sweet theory baking company gluten free jacksonville

While the biscuit was not a regular on the menu, the cookie sandwich is along with numerous gluten-free cupcake flavors from peach to root beer.  In addition they had blueberry and raspberry flavored muffins as well.

As I was finishing up my biscuit and half of the cookie sandwich the manager explained that they also make ice cream (they only have vanilla for now, more flavors to come as the weather warms up) and they make a special treat called a Brooklyn Egg Cream which she described as a chocolaty and  unique cold beverage.
sweet theory baking company gluten free jacksonville
Everything at Sweet Theory Baking Company is egg, dairy, soy and peanut free. They have some items (a lot actually) that are gluten-free and made in a designated gluten-free area with designated utensils. There is absolutely no dairy in this store. Even when ordering coffee (which is local-Bold Bean), your coffee creamer options were almond or rice milk.

sweet theory baking company gluten free jacksonvilleSweet Theory Baking Company’s sweets were delicious. I like them as much as Cookie Momsters. However, Sweet Theory Baking Company offers what I have suggested to Cookie Momsters numerous times, a place to linger. Sweet Theory is a place I could meet up with friends for an afternoon coffee and have a snack. I felt at home and as if I belonged. Sometimes when I leave Cookie Momsters I feel like I am doing something in secret because I go in, order and leave (usually enjoying my treat at the next red light as I drive back to work or home).  I still love you Cookie Momsters but it is nice to have options in different parts of town.  Now my wish is for a gluten-free/dairy-free bakery at the beach…

I will be back Sweet Theory Baking Company. Thank you for a lovely dessert lunch J

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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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