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We discovered a while back that our youngest Elizabeth – just 1 1/2 at the time – had a gluten intolerance. This was not a new disease for me; my mother is also gluten intolerant and has been for 20 years. Since I had some history, I had a pretty good idea of what foods were available on the market in Dayton Ohio.

I searched for new stores, tried new things. I found that dinners and snacks would not be a problem –eat whole foods. Foods from the vegetable and meat departments are not processed, so there is no way to have gluten introduced.

My problem was with desserts. Everything I tried was disgusting, expensive and didn’t taste like the real thing.

I started experimenting with gluten free all purpose flour mixtures in February 2011. I wanted my daughter to be able to eat what the other kids were eating. And if those other kids came to our house, I wanted them to eat my daughter’s food, and not spit it out because it tasted icky. I knew what I wanted, how was I to get there?

I started with 4 different AP flour mixes and made chocolate chip cookies. Thankfully, I have very hungry and not shy co-workers and friends. I had them rate the cookies based on color, texture, and taste. I got honest and constructive feedback. I went back to the test-kitchen and made more tweaks, added more of this, and less of that. Again I took them to my tasters. This happened several times until I had a winner!

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Recipes

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup (8 oz) butter – room temp 1 cup (7.5 oz) organic dark brown sugar 1/2 cup (3.75 oz) organic white sugar 2 tsp vanilla 2 1/3 cups (11.5 oz) Ella Bella AP Flour Blend 1 tsp baking powder…

Gluten Free Brownies

¾ cup (7 oz) organic white sugar 1 cup (7.5 oz) organic dark brown sugar 1 cup (8 oz) melted butter 1 tbls vanilla extract ½ cup (4.75 oz) Dutch cocoa 1/4 cup (2.75 oz) EB AP flour blend 1/2…

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

3 cups (16 oz) Ella Bella AP Flour Blend 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp 1 cup (6.25 oz) organic cane sugar 1 egg (local) 1 tablespoon milk Directions: Place butter and sugar…

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