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August 20, 2013

Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze

I usually set aside the mornings on the weekends to wipe up a delicious breakfast, not my standard Monday through Friday meal, cereal or yogurt. Typically I opt for waffles, pancakes, french toast, or lately my breakfast egg sandwich, but last weekend I was craving something extra sugary :) Surprise, surprise! I had purchased Wholesome Chow at my local Whole Foods and was excited to try a new brand on a classic breakfast favorite  I don't know why, but I have yet to find an amazing gluten free cinnamon roll, (any suggestions are welcome) so when I came across this recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes by Recipe Girl, I felt somewhat giddy, as this could be the perfect opportunity to put those cinnamon roll dreams aside (for now at least). 

Wholesome Chow makes the world's only Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten Free & Vegan Baking Mixes.  Their entire baking product line is free of gluten, wheat, casein, dairy, eggs, peanuts, soy and tree nuts. I followed Wholesome Chow's Buttermilk pancake recipe below and online HERE, and incorporated the cinnamon filling and cream cheese glaze recipes on Recipe Girl's website. Be sure to check out Recipe Girl's Tips as she includes some helpful details that make the difference from a kitchen disaster and a delicious breakfast treat.

Buttermilk Pancakes

1 cup Milk (Non-Dairy or Dairy)
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar OR 1 egg
Oil or Cooking Spray
1.  Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat or electric griddle to 375°F; grease with cooking spray or 1 tbsp oil. (Surface is ready when a few drops of water sprinkled on it dance and disappear.)
2.  Whisk all ingredients until blended. Pour 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle.
3.  Cook until edges are golden and crisp. Flip and repeat. Center should become cooked through.

Wholesome Chow products can be purchased in many stores across the US, including Home Goods and online. Below I highlighted the grocery stores in San Diego that carry Wholesome Chow products. 

Keil's Food 7403 Jackson Dr. San Diego, CA 619.667.2750

Keil's Food 3015 Clairmont Dr. San Diego, CA 92117 619.275.7060

Sprouts 690 3RD AVE. Chula Vista, CA 91910 

Sprouts 878 Eastlake Pkwy. Ste 1410 Chula Vista, CA 91914

Whole Foods 8825 Villa La Jolla Drive   La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 642-6700

August 18, 2013

San Diego Padres & Celiac Awareness Night- August 24th! Ticket Giveaway!


Gluten Free Calendar and the San Diego Padres have teamed up to host a pre-game Celebrate Celiac™ event in the tailgating lot next to the stadium before the Padres game this Saturday.  Some of my favorite gluten free vendors will be there including: Udi's Gluten Free, GlutinoLisa and Mo’s, Taste Guru, Nutrasumma, Jillz Crackers, Bakery on Main, Gluten Free Living Magazine, Delight Gluten Free Magazine and many more! The event will also have special guests, Founder of R.O.C.K & Best-selling book author, Danna Korn and Your Healthy Gourmet author, Nina CucinaFor the kids there will be a gluten free cookie decorating station, face painting and prizes!
San Diego gluten free goers will also have a great opportunity to meet local kids and teens support group leaders as well as enjoy a day under the sun supporting our Padres. PLUS the FIRST 200 attendees will receive a full-size gluten-free pasta product from Vivianna Foods plus an issue of Gluten Free Living Magazine in a gift bag! 

I am happy to announce that the first 24 individuals to email me their first and last name at (theglutenexchange@gmail.com)  


Follow GlutenExchange Twitter OR
Like GlutenExchange on Facebook OR 
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 will receive a FREE pre-game party ticket!

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, August 22nd at 8:00 pm PST.  
See you there!

August 13, 2013

The Mission: Mission Beach

Last weekend I was able to try The Mission, in Mission Beach, a restaurant that has been on my "Must Go To" list as it is named one of the "Top 25 Best Breakfast Spots in the Country," by USA Today.  The Mission has also received numerous awards in San Diego for their spectacular breakfast options, so you can understand my desire to try this local favorite. 

The Mission's focus is to provide simple, healthy, tasty food with a whimsical edge at an affordable price, and they do just that! All of their dishes  are made from simple and fresh ingredients that pleases the eye as well as the palette. The atmosphere of The Mission is constantly buzzing with locals and visitors from around the country. I had heard they make fresh gluten free rosemary bread, so I was anxious to try one of their signature sandwiches on their famous loaf. The Mission conveniently has a gluten free menu (click HERE) which lists entrees that are gluten free or can be prepared gluten free. Please note products that contain gluten are prepared in the same kitchen.

I enjoyed their Chicken Pesto Sandwich- a house made pesto and grilled chicken with mayo, tomato, greens on fresh rosemary bread for $9.25. I also enjoyed a blended frappe, an iced coffee blended with cocoa and milk for $4.25. 

I highly recommend this beach favorite this summer, although the wait may be long, grab one of their signature coffees, smoothies or shake to sip on while the time passes. It is definitely worth it!

Visit one of their 3 delicious San Diego locations:

Mission Beach 3795 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92109 | (858) 488-9060
North Park 2801 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104 | (619) 220-8992
SoMa East Village 1250 J St., San Diego, CA 92101 | (619) 232-7662

A BIG Thank You to The Mission for keeping Celiacs in mind! :) 

August 6, 2013

Balance Bar Review & GIVEAWAY! {CLOSED}

Congratulations Sarena Snider () for winning the Balance Bar Summer Giveaway!

It is summer time, therefore the beach bag is in full use and mine is stocked with Dark Chocolate Balance Bars for the beach! I was stoked when Balance Bar contacted me to review their new Balance Bar Dark line and host a giveaway on my blog!

Earlier this year Balance Bar launched their first nutrition bar line to bear the well-respected Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal, which just so happens to also be Gluten Free! LUCKY for US!
10 Facts about Balance Bar's new Dark Chocolate product line:

10. Available in three decadent flavors: Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Coconut and Dark Chocolate Peanut

 9. High in protein! 13 grams per bar!

 8. Certified Gluten Free

 7. Excellent Source of Antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, & E)

6. Certified Kosher dairy

 5. Contain 4 grams of fiber per serving

4. Follows the 40-30-30 Nutrition Principal (formula developed by scientists to help stabilize blood sugar levels)
40% of total calories from carbs, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat

3. 180 Calories 

 2. contains Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Cocoa

1. Did I mention- they are delicious?!?!

If I had to pick ONE flavor that I enjoyed the most, it would have to be the Dark Chocolate Peanut. It is the perfect combination of salty and sweet.

If you would like to try Balance Bar's 3 new flavors here is your chance for FREE!

To Enter*:
1. Follow GlutenExchange and Balance Bar on Twitter and tweet- My summer beach bag is filled with energy this summer with a chance to win the new @BalanceBar Dark bars from @GlutenExchange 
(Please leave a comment here saying you did so.)

Additional Entries:
1. Like Balance Bar on Facebook

2. Like GlutenExchange on Facebook or Follow @GlutenExchange on Instagram

This giveaway will be open until Frday, August 9th at 8:00 pm PST.  One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday, August 12th and will have 48 hours to contact me at theglutenexchange@gmail.com with their mailing address or another winner will be selected. 

*One winner per household, email address or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. (U.S. Only) 

Disclaimer: I was provided the Balance Bars at no cost and for review purposes only. All opinions are my own. 

August 1, 2013

Gluten Free Finds at Costco (Part 3)

Updated 11/16/12- Part 1 click HERE
Updated 3/13/13- Part 2 click HERE

I am a big fan of Costco, and I am becoming an even bigger fan as they start to carry more and more gluten free products. Below is my latest installment of gluten free products spotted at Costco. I have included the link to the product website and ingredient list (if available). Don't forget to check out my FIRST and SECOND installments for more great gluten free products at an affordable Costco price! The below products were spotted at the Morena Blvd location in San Diego, CA.

Vacaville Fruit Company Snackins, California Natural Apples- fat free, no preservatives and gluten free!

Saffron Road Lamb Sagg- tender lamb cubes lightly spiced with turmeric and authentic herbs. $12.89 for a 28 ounce package
INGREDIENTS: Spinach Sauce (Spinach, Water, Diced Tomatoes [Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid], Onions, Lamb Broth, Cream, Tomato Paste [Tomatoes, Citric Acid], Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Ginger, Garlic, Spices, Sea salt), Basmati Rice (Water, Basmati Rice, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Ginger, Garlic), Lamb (Lamb, Nonfat Yogurt (Cultured Nonfat Milk, Pectin), Water, Cornstarch, Ginger, Sea salt, Garlic, Spices, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil).

Food Should Taste Good- Sea Salt Brown Rice Crackers $4.79 for a 20 ounce bag, (after instant $2.00 rebate)

Ingredients: Long Grain Brown Rice Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Sesame Seeds, Long Grain White Rice Flour, Brown Sugar, Corn Flour, Safflower Oil and/or Corn Oil and/or Canola Oil, Flax Seeds, Corn Starch, Quinoa, Amaranth, Dextrose, Tamari Soy Sauce (Soybeans, Salt, Maltodextrin), Sea Salt, Natural Flavor

 General Mills Honey Nut Chex Mix- $5.39 for 40 ounce pack (after instant $2.00 rebate)

Amki Original Sesame Snaps, Cholesterol Free & Gluten Free, $8.79 for 36 CT/1.25 ounces 
Ingredients- sesame seeds, glucose syrup, sugar.

Kirkland Signature Steak Strips, $8.99 for 12 ounces

Perfect Foods Bar Variety Pack- $19.99 for 12 bars
Envirokidz Corn Puffs Gorilla Munch $6.59 for 24.7 ounces

Whole grain corn meal*, corn meal*, evaporated cane juice*, sea salt. *Organic. Produced in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts and soy.

Angry Orchard Hard Cider Variety Pack $22.99 for 24 (12 ounces)

Pasta Prima Cheese Ravioli- $9.99, 2 packs, 32 ounces 

Amberlyn Cholocates, Sugar Free, $18.49 for 12 bars

Sabatasso's Cheese Pizza, $11.79, 2 pack

Cool Plus Cultured Dairy Drink, $7.79 10/5 packs

Jimmy Dean All Natural Pork Sausage $6.99, 3 lbs. 


Snikiddy Cheddar Baked Fries, $5.29, 20 ounces

Happy Shopping!