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Gluten-Free PB&J The Way The Big Girls Do It

Switch out fresh fruit for the jelly

My mom turned me on to this gourmet version of a PB&J. Simply toast your favorite gluten-free bread (I use Udi‘s) and top with a natural chunky peanut butter, sliced fresh strawberries and a drizzle of raw honey. It’s light, healthy, and a wonderful way to start the day. I had this with my coffee this morning and it was a real treat.

I’ve also used bananas and blueberries, and my daughter has used sliced grapes. Someone else suggested blueberries and I’m thinking even sliced peaches, apples, or pears would be great. The sky’s the limit when it comes to fresh, in-season fruit. Have fun.

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Ahhhhh, Fluffernutter

You know, I try to eat healthy every day. There are tons of recipes on here for kale, veggies, salads, etc. But some days, we just wanna’ be bad, right? And when that feeling hits, go with it. Don’t suppress it, don’t deny it. It will only eat away at you.

And there are times when the kid in me comes out. I bake cookies, eat pizza, eat ice cream, etc. But the true kid in me emerges when I see a container of Fluff at Cost Plus World Market. If you’re from anywhere east of the Mississippi, you know what a Fluffernutter sandwich is. For those of you who don’t know, it consists of loads of peanut butter and marshmallow Fluff on white sandwich bread. Nothing else. Oh yeah.

Ahhh, the makings of a Fluffernutter assembled

Now don’t scoff, I hear you. Some of you eat meat and I don’t compain, do I? Give me a little slack. This is sweet and salty, somewhat like a chocolate-dipped pretzel or even a s’more. The Fluff is sweet and creamy and the peanut butter (which must be chunky) is salty and crunchy. A great combination for a fabulous treat. Eat it quickly, the Fluff has this beautiful way of oozing out of the sandwich slowly, creating a gooey waterfall of marshmallow. It takes me back to my childhood when my mother would give me one of these when I was especially good.

I introduced my girls to this when they were young. Yes, they thought I was crazy at first, until they tried it. Now, it’s a treat about twice a year and oh, do we love it.

Gluten-free, Vegetarian Fluffernutters make me happy!

But I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Udi’s for making my Fluffernutter dreams come true once again. For so many years after my switch to gluten-free living, this was off limits. The gluten-free bread out there simply was no good unless it was toasted (you know what I mean, right? So many GF breads out there must be toasted just to make them tolerable). A Fluffernutter does not work with toasted bread, I repeat, it does not work.

Finally, Udi’s emerged with a gluten-free white sandwich bread that mimics the soft, sweet, and chewy consistency of the kind I remember as a kid. (It even tastes great with just butter, right out of the bag, but Shhhh on that one.) Yes, you can put your Fluffernutter on whole grain bread if you feel the need to put something of nutritional value in there (the peanut butter has protein…) but why bother?

So, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. And if you’re a fellow Easterner, go ahead and indulge. Nobody’s looking and besides, you’re a grown up and that means you can do what you want, when you want, which includes eating a Fluffernutter for dinner!

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Udi’s does it again with multi-grain bread

The box contained two kinds of bread and cookies!          

I was recently lucky enough to receive a shipment from Udi‘s with a few products that have yet to be released in my neck of the woods. Imagine my excitement to find Millet-Chia bread and Omega-Salba bread, not to mention snickerdoodles and chocolate-chip cookies! Daughter and I wasted no time diving in to the box. We even had GF friends visiting and they helped us with our taste test.

Millet-Chia Ancient Grains Bread

We tried each bread straight out of the bag and then toasted with a little butter. First the Millet-Chia bread, which was soft and filled with seeds. It had a hearty, nutty flavor and a soft texture that worked straight out of the bag. Even toasted, it held up well. I would make a sandwich on this bread without toasting, it doesn’t need it. The seeds give it a crunchy texture that works well with cheese and soft fillings as well as crunchier fillings. The flavor is like a soft multi-grain with sunflower seeds and chia seeds. Yummy! The wonderful thing about this bread is it packs a whopping 5 grams of protein in two slices. Among the usual ingredients, this bread has millet seed, sunflower oil, chia seeds and pea protein.

Omega-Salba Ancient Grain Bread

Next up, the Omega-Salba (which is another word for chia, don’t ask my why it’s different on this one). This bread also packs the 5 grams of protein in two slices, which is nice. This one is a little more dense and firm and toasts beautifully. With a firmer texture, it feels like the multi-grain bread I remember from my non-GF days. It contains flax seed, GF oats and chia seeds. I recommend toasting this one since it has a great texture and consistency for toasting. Everyone agreed this one was a little more like the old multi-grains we remember.

Soft and chewy snickerdoodles

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The cookies are more like eating cookie dough before you bake it. This used to be something I loved to do back in my non-GF days, so I’m not complaining. Although I prefer a crispier cookie, these will do in a pinch. I’m thinking they may be better if I just pop them in the oven for a few minutes, but I haven’t tried that yet. The flavor are great. The snickerdoodle has just the right cinnamon/sugar ratio and the chocolate chip has a lot of chips (I hate a cookie skimpy on the chips!)

If I was heading back to spend my money, it would be on the bread, although I highly recommend trying them all. Udi’s just gets better and better in my book and I’m so grateful they are around.

Note: Udi’s provided these products to me at no charge, but I would gladly have paid for them if they didn’t. As you all know, I rely on Udi’s and have reviewed many of their products, none of which were provided by the company. Check out my review of the hot dog/hamburger buns and the awesome bagels.

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The new bagel in the house


Perhaps I should title this post- Udi’s does it again! While stocking up on their fabulous white and whole grain breads at Whole Foods today, I noticed something different in the freezer. Bagels! Now, I’ve had Glutino bagels and I was pleased with them, although they tend to be a little dense. In a pinch, they are good to have in the freezer…up until now…

I’m a true believer in Udi’s and can’t say enough about their wonderful products. Yes, I would be on the payroll if they’d have me, but I’m not. I’ve talked about bread before here and I still stand by the bread from Gluten Free Creations here in town, but move over for Udi’s, really!

If you haven’t had their bread, you are truly missing something. I’ve actually fooled people who didn’t know it was GF bread, and if you’ve eaten most GF breads you know that’s not easy to do. Most of them are only good for a doorstop. The bread can actually be eaten without toasting, smells wonderful and toasts to a beautiful, crusty golden brown. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. But, today we’re talking bagels!

These bagels are so much like I remember bagels to be. Daughter closed her eyes and ate her half and smiled widely. “It’s crunchy,” she said. “Just the way they should be.” She’s not kidding, these bagels are soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside and have just enough “chew” to make it cream-cheese-worthy. Of course, my half had just butter, but Daughter had to do it up right with the cream cheese. Since she’s only been GF for about 6 months now, she appreciated it immensely. I haven’t had a bagel like this in about 5 years so this was a major treat for me.

This took me back to mornings spent on the floor of our apartment in NYC with the Sunday Times, bagels, coffee, and music. The paper was spread out all over the floor and we sat on the floor without speaking, just eating and reading. I know what I’m doing Sunday morning!

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