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Dessert – The Gluten Free Way

July 6th, 2010

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With more and more people choosing to reduce or eliminate gluten from their diet, it’s easy to explain such an increase in gluten-free foods and a larger effort for healthy kitchens. There are downsides to this dietary decision, though. Unable to resort to the cake box mixes or ready-made cookie dough, those that choose a gluten-free diet are often stuck with baking from scratch, or trying more complicated recipes in order to satisfy their sweet tooth. At last, this is no longer an issue.

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For those that still like the comfort and “hominess” of baking their own goodies, NOW Food’s Whey Too Good Brownies are perfect. A delicious, pre-made mix just requires eggs, water and MCT oil to whip up this batter. These brownies are not only gluten-free but contain a whopping 7 grams of protein per serving. They are dense, delicious and decadent, without being too rich to stop you from grabbing seconds. The mix is made with mostly organic and/or natural ingredients and even has flax seeds added to increase the already appealing nutritional profile.

If you’re not the baking type or just need a quick fix, Lara Bar is sure to have something that will hit the spot. With flavors like Apple Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, and Cinnamon Roll every palate can be satisfied. As if their already popular flavors weren’t enough, they just released four new flavors: Chocolate Chip Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Carrot Cake.  These may not be your mother’s recipes but they’re a close second and come without any banter.

Even if you haven’t changed eating habits, these products come with an added bonus: they’re actually healthy. Both are made with healthy fats (medium-chained triglycerides) and have a minimum of 3 grams of fiber per serving. Whether you use these as a post-dinner delight to your taste buds or just a guilt-free midday snack, they’re easy to grab and you’d swear they cost your diet far more than the average 200 calories each serving has.  In short – dessert just got better.

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