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Deep Dark Chocolate Sundae Parfait – a treat in the heat

The name says it all – say it out loud – you can almost taste the rich dark chocolate, right? And when you add vanilla ice cream, and top it all with Chantilly Cream (with brandy and Grand Marnier) shaved dark chocolate and chopped nuts you have a company good decadent treat that no one will believe is Gluten-Free

Deep Dark Chocolate Sundae Parfait - a treat in the heat
 
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Dark Chocolate Brownies and cool ice cream are a great combination to help beat the summer heat. This super simple and decadent make-ahead dessert uses our Gluten-Free Prairie Brownies and Chantilly Cream (recipe below)
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Recipe type: Brownie Parfait
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 6 parfaits
Ingredients
  • Brownies:
  • 11 ounce of Gluten-Free Prairie Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix.
  • Chantilly Cream:
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp (gluten free)vanilla extract
  • 1 teas brandy
  • 1 teas Grand Marnier
  • ¼ cup pure cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • Ice Cream of choice
  • Toppings:
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts of choice (we used pecans)
  • ¼ cup shaved dark chocolate (we used 70%)
Instructions
  1. Follow the directions on the bag of Brownie Mix. Cool
  2. Refrigerate a medium bowl and beater (or whisk attachment) until very cold
  3. Mix heavy cream, brandy and Grand Mariner together in chilled mixing bowl
  4. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed 1 min. Add sugar and sour cream and beat until soft peaks form - about 3 minutes
  5. Assembly: Cut brownies into 1 in squares, layer with ice cream in parfait glass. Top with Chantilly Cream and sprinkle with nuts and shaved dark chocolate
  6. Serve immediately or keep in freezer until ready to enjoy.
 

PALEO-OATS? Can oats be part of the Paleo Diet?

Definition: From Wikipedia:  The Paleolithic diet (also called the paleo diet, caveman diet or stone-age diet[1]) is based mainly on foods presumed to have been available to Paleolithic humans.[2] Wide variability exists in the way the diet is interpreted.[3] However, the diet typically includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots, and meat while excluding foods such as dairy products, grains, sugar, legumes, processed oils, salt, and alcohol or coffee.[1] The diet is based on avoiding not just modern processed foods, but rather the foods that humans began eating after the Neolithic Revolution when humans transitioned from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to settled agriculture.

Ok, so that simple definition helps us understand why Oats are often on the avoid list for many Paleo Diets, right? But here’s the thing… recently scientists have found a 32,000 year old stone inside a case in southern Italy that was used by cavemen to GRIND OATS INTO FLOUR!!!

This new research could prove that the original paleo eaters were grinding oats and other grains to presumably add to their diets. According to the findings, the ancient stone was in a cave called Grotta Paglicci in Puglia, Sounthern Italy. It was used by a Paleolithic people in the Gravettian culture. Seems they were pretty sophisticated too – leaving behind some spectacular cave paintings along with evidence of burials and distinctive stone tools.

When the researchers sealed the stone to preserve it for research, they also left small patches exposed that they washed to loosen debris. In the water were hundreds of starch granules. The most plentiful was Avena barbata: –  a species of wild oat known by the common name slender wild oat. Which has edible seeds. Hmmm… sounds like our Gluten-Free Prairie Oat Groats.

Hopefully more research will follow and Paleo dieters will take note: Clearly our Paleo parentage ate OATS!

#lovescience!

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Montana Mornings Granola Strawberry Gelatin Pie

Montana Mornings Granola Strawberry Gelatin Pie
 
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A delightful way to kick off your Summer Baking. The crunchy buttery crust perfectly complements the cool and delicious filling.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Gluten-Free Prairie Montana Mornings Granola
  • ¾ Cup Butter – Melted and cooled
  • 1 TB pure cane sugar
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese – softened
  • 1 cup pure cane sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 (3 ounce boxes) strawberry flavored Gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10 ounce frozen strawberries) or ½ cups chopped fresh strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl mix together Montana Mornings Granola, melted margarine, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Press mixture firmly into bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together softened cream cheese and 1 cup sugar until smooth and fluffy. Whip heavy whipping creams until soft peaks form.
  4. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture and spread mixture evenly onto cooled crust.
  5. Place gelatin in a medium heat-proof bowl and pour in boiling water. Stir gently until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add fresh or frozen strawberries and chill until mixture begins to thicken. Chill until semi-firm but still pourable. (15-20 min) Pour gelatin mixture over cream cheese layer. Chill 2-3 hours before serving.
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Celebrate Memorial Day with Gluten-Free Prairie Big Sky Turkey Burger

On this day we have an opportunity to thank our troops for their sacrifices.

It’s also a traditional day of celebration with family and friends. A couple of years ago we all met down at the River for a BBQ. Jeremy documented the occasion with this little video. Enjoy!

Pistachi-Oat Sherry Pudding Cake

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. This quick and simple pudding cake that is sure to please Mom and all of her friends too. Add an orange glaze for a delicious dessert. Or enjoy it just as prepared with coffee or tea. No one will believe it’s Gluten-Free.

Pistachi-Oat Sherry Pudding Cake
 
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Try this simple delicious pudding cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 11 ounces (2⅓ cups) GFP Flour Blend
  • 1 (3 oz) package instant Jello Pistachio Pudding Mix
  • 1 TB baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ⅔ C pure cane sugar
  • ¾ cup chopped pistachios, pecans or a combination
  • ¾ cup sherry
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs (beaten)
Instructions
  1. Grease a 10 inch Bundt pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the Gluten-Free Prairie Flour Blend, and pudding mix and the rest of the dry ingredients. Stir in nuts. In a separate bowl mix wet ingredients together.
  3. Make a well in the center and pour into the dry. Blend together with whisk or wooden spoon. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool in pan for 20-30 min, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
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Gluten Free Prairie Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake is a family favorite here in Montana. This light and fluffy treat reminds us that Spring is on the way.  (even though there still might be snow on the ground)

This cake is great on its own or drizzled with an orange sauce. Either way, it’s a crowd-pleaser for sure. I asked Google to help me find a recipe then I simply swapped out the wheat flour for our Simply Wholesome All Purpose Flour Blend.Pure and natural with no grit, no zing, no one will believe it’s gluten-free. Available at a great price on Amazon HERE  – FREE SHIPPING with Prime

Gluten Free Prairie Angel Food Cake
 
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This light and fluffy treat reminds us that Spring is right around the corner. No one will believe it's Gluten-Free!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Gluten-Free Prairie Simply Wholesome All Purpose Flour Blend
  • 12 egg whites (the closer to room temperature the better)
  • ⅓ cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract, or extract of your choice
  • 1½ teaspoons cream of tartar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor spin sugar about 2 minutes until it is superfine. Sift half of the sugar with the salt the cake flour, setting the remaining sugar aside.
  3. In a large bowl, use a balloon whisk to thoroughly combine egg whites, water, orange extract, and cream of tartar. After 2 minutes, switch to a hand mixer. Slowly sift the reserved sugar, beating continuously at medium speed. Once you have achieved medium peaks, sift enough of the flour mixture in to dust the top of the foam. Using a spatula fold in gently. Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.
  4. Spoon mixture into an ungreased tube pan. Bake for 35 minutes then test for doneness.
  5. Cool upside down completely before removing from pan.
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Gluten-Free Prairie Crepes with Honey/Ricotta Berry Sauce

Crepes are a festive treat our family has always loved. But Gluten-Free Crepes? That sounded like an oxymoron to us. Crepes that could roll and stack without sticking? No way. Over the years I had tried all the recipes for Gluten Free Crepes and every one of them would crack. And they all tasted like sawdust. Then we started making our Pancake and Waffle Mix – with great success. One day I tried making crepes and I was amazed. The secret to this recipe is to have your pan really hot. I use a copper pan and I don’t need to add oil or cooking spray. If your crepes stick, you may need to wipe the pan with oil or a little butter. You can find our Pancake and Waffle mix ON SALE! at Amazon today by clicking HERE

 

Gluten-Free Prairie Crepes with Honey/Ricotta Berry Sauce
 
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Made with our GFP Pancake and Waffle Mix, these Gluten-Free Crepes will actually ROLL! They can also be made ahead, stacked and refrigerated for up to 4 days. Light and fluffy. No one will believe they are gluten-free
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Recipe type: Crepes
Cuisine: Breakfast / Brunch
Ingredients
  • Gluten-Free Prairie Pancake and Waffle Mix
  • Berry Sauce:
  • 1½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or a combination
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Ricotta / Honey Filling
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Instructions
  1. Heat crepe pan (or copper frying pan) to med-high (for approx. 5 min)
  2. In a small saucepan heat berries and honey. Stir and cover the pan and cook until softened - 3 minutes to 5 minutes..
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the ricotta and honey. Set aside.
  4. Prepare Gluten-Free Prairie Pancake batter as directed on pouch.
  5. NOTE: Batter will be very thin.
  6. Add ¼ cup of batter to the center of the hot pan. Swirling it around immedidatly until the bottom is coated evenly.
  7. Cook until the edges of the crepe are lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Flip and cook for about 30 seconds on second side.
  9. Transfer the crepe to a plate and keep warm. Repeat the process with the remaining batter. Crepes will stack without sticking.
  10. Roll crepes on plate, top with berry filling and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  11. Enjoy!
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Irish Soda Bread

It’s your Lucky Day! Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day, this traditional Irish Soda bread is super simple to make and has a buttery flavor and biscuit like texture.  Enjoy it with your Corned Beef Dinner or with jam as part of a hearty breakfast.

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This Irish Soda Bread has a great flavor and a bit of a biscuit texture. Don’t skimp on the butter brushing during baking. It helps create a delicious tasty crust.
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Cuisine: Breads and Muffins
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Gluten-Free Prairie all-purpose baking mix
  • 4 tablespoons pure cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • For brushing:
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, blend together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and butter. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly oat- floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ¼ cup melted butter with ¼ cup buttermilk; liberally brush loaf. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. Continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.
  5. Cool completely before cutting.
 

March is National Flour Month! Check out the Gluten-Free Prairie Pot ‘Oat Gold

National Flour Month is the perfect time to celebrate our higher protein Oat Flour. Oats are one of the healthiest whole-grain flours on the planet. If you’ve been looking for the perfect replacement for other gluten-free flours – our Pot Oat’ Gold is full of Gluten Free Prairie Oat Flour.

  1. Are oats baby’s perfect first cereal?

    Oats are a wonderfully healthy grain and they may be baby’s perfect first cereal, replacing rice as the go-to in generations past. In 2012 the FDA launched a formal investigation into arsenic levels in rice. Consumer Reports discusses arsenic in rice: “The results of our tests were even more troubling in some ways than our findings for juice. In virtually every product tested, we found measurable amounts of total arsenic in its two forms.” In 2016 the FDA issued another, stronger warning regarding high levels of arsenic in rice cereal. Easy to digest and less binding than rice, oatmeal brings fiber, calcium, protein and even some B vitamins to a baby’s growing body! Use oat flour to prepare creamy oats and give babies the full health benefits of oats.

  2. Are oats the perfect breakfast for growing minds?

    Oatmeal is low-glycemic. This slow-digesting, high-fiber option leads to better focus and mental performance throughout the day. Oats are also high in complex carbohydrates and soluble fiber, which means they release energy slowly. That morning bowl of oatmeal could provide all the energy a child needs until lunchtime.

  3. What about childhood obesity?

    A study of 10,000 children by researchers at New York’s Columbia University found that among those who regularly ate whole-oat product, the proportion of overweight children was almost cut in half. Researchers at Oxford Brookes University also found that those eating foods with a low glycemic index (GI), such as oats were less likely to binge on sugary snacks. Foods with low GI rating release glucose into the body more slowly and evenly, leaving you feeling full longer.

  4. Are oats the perfect choice for athletes?

    Oats are becoming the go-to protein and nutrient choice for all types of athletes. Oatmeal is a great source of energy and is a complex, slow-burning carb which is essential for building and strengthening muscle. Oats are rich in oxygen-carrying iron and energy-releasing B vitamins, nutrients essential to peak athletic performance. Plus, they’re packed with soluble fiber, called Beta Glucan which is paramount to managing cholesterol levels and a healthy weight. Beta glucans are soluble fibers found in oats that benefit the body in many ways. First, they keep you full, aid in regularity, assist with removing cholesterol from the bloodstream, and provide a leaner waistline. This is helpful for athletes looking to stay energized, healthy, and keep a toned, lean look to go along with their plant-powered muscles. Oats have been said one of the best foods to reduce excess abdominal weight and are one of the most prized foods for withstanding athletes through long, grueling workouts.

  5. Are oats the perfect choice for every age?

    The Mayo Clinic lists Oats as #1 in the top 5 foods to lower cholesterol. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad,” cholesterol. Soluble fiber (beta glucan) can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream. Five to 10 grams or more of soluble fiber a day decreases your total and LDL cholesterol. Eating 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal provides 6 grams of fiber.

  6. Avenanthramides

    While the benefits of beta glucans in oats is making mainstream news, we hope that this little known group of antioxidants will start to make news too. Oats are the only grain to contain this potent antioxidant which multiple studies report suppress the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), lower blood pressure and help prevent colon cancer. Pretty exciting news about this humble little grain.

  7. Protein

    Everyone wants more protein – and oats are the perfect plant-based way athletes get their protein. One serving of oats contains as much protein as one egg, often thought of as the most prized source of protein. Try oats in your smoothie for a powerful protein punch.

  8. B vitamins

    B vitamins improve your energy, brain health, and muscle function. Oats offer an immediate hit of B vitamins, one half cup of oats will provide you with quality B vitamins that will leave you energized for hours.

  9. Iron

    Oats contain around 4 milligrams of iron per 1/2 cup. That’s nearly 1/3 of the daily recommended amounts (18%)! Eating iron-rich foods like oats with a source of Vitamin C (such as berries, greens, lemon, oranges, apples, kiwi, and peppers) is an easy way to boost absorption of this important mineral. Athletes need iron to maintain energy just like anyone else, so choose the best plant-based sources such as oats, greens, chia seeds, spirulina, beans, legumes, and even cacao!

  10. Magnesium

    Magnesium is an essential mineral for athletes who are looking to recover properly after a workout. Magnesium helps relieve sore muscles, encourages repair and regrowth of muscle cells, and lowers cortisol in the body, the stress hormone that’s elevated during exercise. While cortisol is helpful when you’re working out and in need of speed and adrenaline, you don’t want it elevated for a long period of time after a workout. A lack of magnesium can cause fatigue that no athlete (or anyone else) wants, can lead to insomnia, and can cause inflammation that impairs future workouts. Oats contain 275 milligrams of magnesium in just 1/2 cup dry rolled oats (1 cup cooked).

Oats are a great addition to any diet, especially an athlete’s diet. If you’ve skipped out on oats until now, give this healthy grain a bit more attention in your diet from now on! Gluten-Free Prairie oats are higher in protein than many other varieties and are also simply the purest on the planet. GFP sources only Purity Protocol Oats which are third-party certified by CSA requiring testing at 3ppm or below.

 

Crispy Corn Fritters

Need an appetizer or side dish in a hurry? This fluffy and crispy little fritter comes together quickly. Serve it as a main course too. The recipe doubles well.

GLUTEN-FREE PRAIRIE CORN FRITTERS
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer or Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • I cup Gluten-Free Prairie All Purpose Baking Mix
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups (12 oz) whole kernel corn (canned or fresh)
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 ripe banana (mashed)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro
  • 4 tbsp. chopped green onion
  • ½ tsp. crushed dried red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 TB vegetable oil for frying
  • Sweet chili sauce (gluten-free is readily available in stores)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl blend together GFP Baking Mix and baking powder (set aside)
  2. In a large bowl beat eggs and mashed banana and corn. Mix well
  3. Add green onions, cumin, cilantro and red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Mix well
  4. Add flour mixture and fold all together to form a loose batter
  5. Heat oil in large skillet. Drop batter gently by tablespoon into the oil and fry 1-2 min per side until golden brown.
  6. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
  7. Serve with sweet chili sauce. Serves 4
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Serving size: 4
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Arsenic and Mercury in the Gluten-Free Diet. Is the Gluten-Free Sky Falling?

Two press releases caught my eye this week.

With screaming headlines like:

“Toxic Metals Higher in Gluten Free Food” and “Higher Levels of Arsenic and Mercury Discovered in Gluten-Free Americans”

of course I needed to take a closer look.

Arsenic levels in rice is well documented. I started blogging about the arsenic in rice issue back in 2012 when the FDA issued their first warning. You can see one of my posts and links to the FDA’s investigation here: http://bit.ly/1TzZjur

But it’s not a gluten-free diet that’s the problem. It’s the fact that rice is the main ingredient in the majority of gluten-free bread, crackers and cookies and cereals too. But it’s not just the arsenic that’s a problem. Rice can also be high glycemic and lower in the B vitamins and protein – which are often lacking in a gluten-free diet. Must have been a slow news day for Fox and the others as they dug deep to stir an old pot. Buried deep in both articles is something that the FDA told us back in 2012. Arsenic is naturally occurring in rice. There is nothing new here. But the media spun it with quotes like: ” Yet, this new study suggests  potentially harmful ingredients may be hiding in this trendy type of food.”

Bottom line: Rice is the #1 ingredient in most gluten-free diets. A bigger problem might also be the fact that mainstream gluten-free products often contain high amounts of fat, sugar and preservatives. Rice is only part of the problem.

Unfortunately both articles fail to mention is that Pure Gluten-Free Oats (yes, like Gluten-Free Prairie’s) are the perfect alternative to rice in the gluten-free diet. There is NO arsenic issue with our gluten-free oats. oat flour, mixes or oat groats.

Arsenic and old Rice

Quoting another article: “Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago report that rice flour, which is used as a substitute for wheat, tends to accumulate toxic metals that can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and neurological illness. The arsenic and mercury get into the rice via fertilizers, soil and water, and other studies have previously linked the toxic metals to rice.”

Yes, both articles are only talking about RICE. Not oats, buckwheat, amaranth, or any of the other readily available naturally gluten-free grains.

A lot has changed since my daughter and I were diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005. In the years since, mainstream manufacturers have jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon – many using rice as a main ingredient. Back then my blog – Not Even A Crumb – proved a wonderful outlet for us as we navigated our life-changing gluten-free world. Concerned about the lack of nutrients in much of our gluten-free diet, my family and I began a quest to find a way to live a truly healthy gluten-free lifestyle. When we learned about the amazing health benefits of Purity Protocol gluten-free oats, and the even more amazing benefits of a unique variety of pure gluten-free oat groat (the whole seed of the oat plant) we ultimately moved to Montana, bought a 100 yr old building and converted it into a designated gluten-free Bakery. GFP Family in the windowIn addition to an entire line of Gluten-Free Oat-Based products, it turns out that our variety of oat groat is also a perfect replacement for rice! It even cooks in a rice cooker. Oat Groats are also proven to lower cholesterol – along with many other attributes that will be a post for another day. You can find our oat groats on Amazon HERE:

Our oat products are non-GMO, with no preservatives, no high-fructose corn syrup, no Xanthan or fillers of any kind. As folks continue to fall in love with our Gluten-Free Prairie Family of Products, I am also on a quest to introduce the world to our oat groats – a true replacement for rice. For recipes using the groats check out our recipe page .

In the coming months I’ll be posting more about the Amazing Groat which is lower in carbs than all other gluten-free grains- with the exception of corn (one of the most highly genetically modified grains on the planet). Pure gluten-free oats are also among the highest in fiber and protein, and are also higher in thiamine – an essential B vitamin often missing in a gluten-free diet.

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Gluten-Free Prairie Chocolate Oatmeal – Start Valentines Day Off Right!

Want to make Lover’s Day last all day long? Got 5 minutes? Our Chocolate Oatmeal is a perfect choice. Find it on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FOLLUDG

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Heat water to almost boiling, set aside
  2. Melt coconut oil, syrup, and chocolate in a medium saucepan
  3. Reduce heat, add oatmeal and cinnamon and stir. When it starts to bubble, continue stir oatmeal until it absorbs all the oil/syrup mixture.
  4. Add hot water to cover oatmeal and stir.
  5. Cover (approx. 5 min) until desired consistency

ENJOY!

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Can Oats Make You a Better Lover / subtitle: Oats and Your Heart – A Love Story

Can Oats Make You A Better Lover?

Oats are proven to support a healthy heart, and a healthy heart is key for a healthy love life. As we know the heart plays an important role in your love life as it pumps blood to your body as well as your sex organs. The beta-glucans in oats act like little artery scrubbers – and any health expert will tell you that when your arteries are clean, so is blood flow. Increased blood flow is essential for a healthy love life. Also, consuming oatmeal on a daily basis is also a great natural way of increasing testosterone in the bloodstream. Who knew, right? Testosterone is a key factor for a healthy sex drive in both men and women.

Oatmeal not only lowers cholesterol, but it’s also a great source of L-arginine, which is an amino acid that changes into nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide is a powerful neurotransmitter that helps blood vessels relax and also improves circulation. And everyone knows that chocolate and lovers are a natural pair, right? Chocolate contains theobromine, a stimulating alkaloid similar to caffeine. It also produces serotonin, a chemical that help enhance feelings of happiness in your brain.

And oats love chocolate! Check out our recipe for Chocolate Oatmeal and /or Red Velvet Brownie Pudding Cake.

So this Valentine’s Day – Gluten-Free Prairie might be the perfect one stop shop for your Special Someone.

 

Oats and Your Heart – A Love Story

 

The health benefits of oats are well documented. And the information just keeps getting better and better. Specifically for the heart.

Bad cholesterol is the enemy of a healthy heart. The Mayo Clinic lists Oats as #1 in the top 5 foods to lower cholesterol. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol. Soluble fiber (beta glucan) can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream. Five to 10 grams or more of soluble fiber a day decreases both total and LDL cholesterol. Eating 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal provides 6 grams of fiber.

While the benefits of beta glucans in oats is making mainstream news, we think it time to start talking about Avenanthramides . We hope that this little known group of antioxidants will start to make news too. Oats are the only grain to contain this potent antioxidant which multiple studies report suppress the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), lower blood pressure and help prevent colon cancer.

Stay tuned for more exciting Oat Note News in our March Newsletter about this humble little grain.

 

Our Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Our Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread
 
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This moist delicious rich yet light sweet bread is a perfect addition to any meal - breakfast, lunch or dinner. Brunches and Baby Showers too. So versatile - we just can't pigeon-hole it into just one category.
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Recipe type: Sweet Bread
Cuisine: Dessert / Breakfast
Serves: one loaf
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup pure cane sugar
  • 1 ½ cups Gluten-Free Prairie Simply Wholesome All-Purpose Baking Mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts or almonds
  • 3 medium ripe bananas (mashed)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 convection) Grease a 9x5 loaf pan
  2. In a large bowl blend together melted (cooled) butter and sugar, then add vanilla and eggs.
  3. Blend together baking mix, baking soda and salt.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the egg / butter / sugar mixture
  5. Fold in the sour cream, nuts and mashed bananas
  6. Pour into loaf pan and spread evenly. Bake for 50-60 min until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  7. Turn out onto wire rack.
  8. Enjoy
 

Gluten Free Prairie Huckleberry Meatballs Make Game Day a Winner!

It’s that time again – the playoffs are upon us and enjoying Sunday Football Food can be a challenge for the Gluten-Free Fan. Fear not! Gluten-Free Prairie Huckleberry Meatballs to the rescue. A tasty treat that everyone will enjoy and all the ingredients are naturally gluten-free.  Note: If you don’t have access to Huckleberry Jam – Blueberry makes a great sauce too.

See the recipe by clicking HERE

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Gluten-Free Purity Protocol Oats. What does it mean and does it really matter? A mini rant

Gluten-free oats, gluten-free groats, gluten-free oat flour

While the great news about the amazing health benefits of oatmeal continues to go mainstream, so does the the controversy about safety of gluten-free oats. At Gluten-Free Prairie, we take the purity of our gluten-free oat products very seriously.  Our company is based completely on third-party certified Purity Protocol Oatmeal, Oat Flour and Oat Groats. What does that mean? There is a very short and easy explanation  please see it by clicking HERE.

That’s right! All of our products contain ONLY  Gluten-Free Purity Protocol Oats. We are also proud to maintain our third-party Certification with CSA, which is the most stringent in the industry, requiring us to test at 5ppm (compared to the acceptable 20ppm of the FDA here is the U.S.).

Why are our oats and oat products a perfect addition to our safe and healthy gluten-free diets? See the up-to-the-minute stats by clicking here:

So…there are a lot of gluten-free oat products on the market today, more every day it seems. So why aren’t all manufacturers using Purity Protocol Oats? The simple answer: $$COST$$. According to Package Facts, the Gluten-Free Market is expected to be a $2 billion industry by 2020. Wowzers! That must mean there’s a lot of competition for our gluten-free shopping dollars, right?  So it also makes sense why many major manufacturers would focus their budgets on slick ads and fancy packaging. A decision which might leave less of their budget to spend on a quality purity protocol oat product.

Thing is – that makes NO sense to our Gluten-Free Prairie Family. And, lucky us, we are blessed to have a designer in the family; thanks to Jennifer for our beautiful package design. Otherwise, most of our advertising is via word of mouth. Our resources are directed toward producing truly high quality products along with a promise that we will never compromise or take short cuts. And beyond that: The proof is in the tasting.

So, now you know why Purity Protocol Oats are so important. Yay! If you have any questions about any of our products, please contact me directly: askdeb@glutenfreeprairie.com

But don’t take my word for it. It’s also important to mention that Shelley Case #glutenfreequeen – widely considered North America’s Gluten-Free Expert has just released her newest book: Gluten-Free, The Definitive Resource Guide. Gluten-Free Prairie is one of only three companies in the U.S. and Canada recommended by Shelley Case in her new book. Thank you Shelley!

And now that you know you have a choice, you can find direct links to all of our products by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Oats — for Everyone

  1. Are oats baby’s perfect first cereal?

    Oats are a wonderfully healthy grain and they may be baby’s perfect first cereal, replacing rice as the go-to in generations past. In 2012 the FDA launched a formal investigation into arsenic levels in rice. Consumer Reports discusses arsenic in rice: “The results of our tests were even more troubling in some ways than our findings for juice. In virtually every product tested, we found measurable amounts of total arsenic in its two forms.” In 2016 the FDA issued another, stronger warning regarding high levels of arsenic in rice cereal. Easy to digest and less binding than rice, oatmeal brings fiber, calcium, protein and even some B vitamins to a baby’s growing body! Use oat flour to prepare creamy oats and give babies the full health benefits of oats.

  2. Are oats the perfect breakfast for growing minds?

    Oatmeal is low-glycemic. This slow-digesting, high-fiber option leads to better focus and mental performance throughout the day. Oats are also high in complex carbohydrates and soluble fiber, which means they release energy slowly. That morning bowl of oatmeal could provide all the energy a child needs until lunchtime.

  3. What about childhood obesity?

    A study of 10,000 children by researchers at New York’s Columbia University found that among those who regularly ate whole-oat product, the proportion of overweight children was almost cut in half. Researchers at Oxford Brookes University also found that those eating foods with a low glycemic index (GI), such as oats were less likely to binge on sugary snacks. Foods with low GI rating release glucose into the body more slowly and evenly, leaving you feeling full longer.

  4. Are oats the perfect choice for athletes?

    Oats are becoming the go-to protein and nutrient choice for all types of athletes. Oatmeal is a great source of energy and is a complex, slow-burning carb which is essential for building and strengthening muscle. Oats are rich in oxygen-carrying iron and energy-releasing B vitamins, nutrients essential to peak athletic performance. Plus, they’re packed with soluble fiber, called Beta Glucan which is paramount to managing cholesterol levels and a healthy weight. Beta glucans are soluble fibers found in oats that benefit the body in many ways. First, they keep you full, aid in regularity, assist with removing cholesterol from the bloodstream, and provide a leaner waistline. This is helpful for athletes looking to stay energized, healthy, and keep a toned, lean look to go along with their plant-powered muscles. Oats have been said one of the best foods to reduce excess abdominal weight and are one of the most prized foods for withstanding athletes through long, grueling workouts.

  5. Are oats the perfect choice for every age?

    The Mayo Clinic lists Oats as #1 in the top 5 foods to lower cholesterol. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad,” cholesterol. Soluble fiber (beta glucan) can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream. Five to 10 grams or more of soluble fiber a day decreases your total and LDL cholesterol. Eating 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal provides 6 grams of fiber.

  6. Avenanthramides

    While the benefits of beta glucans in oats is making mainstream news, we hope that this little known group of antioxidants will start to make news too. Oats are the only grain to contain this potent antioxidant which multiple studies report suppress the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), lower blood pressure and help prevent colon cancer. Pretty exciting news about this humble little grain.

  7. Protein

    Everyone wants more protein – and oats are the perfect plant-based way athletes get their protein. One serving of oats contains as much protein as one egg, often thought of as the most prized source of protein. Try oats in your smoothie for a powerful protein punch.

  8. B vitamins

    B vitamins improve your energy, brain health, and muscle function. Oats offer an immediate hit of B vitamins, one half cup of oats will provide you with quality B vitamins that will leave you energized for hours.

  9. Iron

    Oats contain around 4 milligrams of iron per 1/2 cup. That’s nearly 1/3 of the daily recommended amounts (18%)! Eating iron-rich foods like oats with a source of Vitamin C (such as berries, greens, lemon, oranges, apples, kiwi, and peppers) is an easy way to boost absorption of this important mineral. Athletes need iron to maintain energy just like anyone else, so choose the best plant-based sources such as oats, greens, chia seeds, spirulina, beans, legumes, and even cacao!

  10. Magnesium

    Magnesium is an essential mineral for athletes who are looking to recover properly after a workout. Magnesium helps relieve sore muscles, encourages repair and regrowth of muscle cells, and lowers cortisol in the body, the stress hormone that’s elevated during exercise. While cortisol is helpful when you’re working out and in need of speed and adrenaline, you don’t want it elevated for a long period of time after a workout. A lack of magnesium can cause fatigue that no athlete (or anyone else) wants, can lead to insomnia, and can cause inflammation that impairs future workouts. Oats contain 275 milligrams of magnesium in just 1/2 cup dry rolled oats (1 cup cooked).

Oats are a great addition to any diet, especially an athlete’s diet. If you’ve skipped out on oats until now, give this healthy grain a bit more attention in your diet from now on! Gluten-Free Prairie oats are higher in protein than many other varieties and are also simply the purest on the planet. GFP sources only Purity Protocol Oats which are third-party certified by CSA requiring testing at 3ppm or below.

Simple Solution to Keep your #1 New Year’s Resolution in 2017

What’s the #1 New Year’s Resolution for 2017? As with every year – “EAT MORE HEALTHY FOODS”

Gluten-Free Prairie has got you covered. Our pure gluten-free oats are a great way to start the day. And if you’re on the run in the a.m? We understand. We are too! Don’t think you have the time to eat a healthy breakfast? We can relate. But before you reach for that high sugar, overly processed “energy” bar, check out this super simple high protein smoothie. This super quick high protein smoothie will get you going and keep you going – until – if you’re like us, you stop to enjoy a Hunger Buster Cookie for lunch.

Bonus: Gluten-Free Prairie Oatmeal is on super special at Amazon until January 13 st. Here’s a direct link to the deal: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FOLLUDG

 

Gluten-Free Prairie Ultimate Energy Smoothie

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On the run in the a.m? We are too! This super quick high protein smoothie will get you going and keep you going - until - if you're like us, you stop to enjoy a Hunger Buster Cookie for lunch.
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Cuisine: Breakfast
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup liquid – milk, coconut milk, or almond milk
  • ½ cup yogurt – flavored or plain
  • ½ cup Gluten-Free Prairie Oatmeal or GFP Oat Flour
  • ½ ripe banana
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Note: Increase your protein by adding hemp hearts, flax meal, chia seeds or chopped almonds
Instructions
  1. Mix all together in blender until oats are completely blended in.

Easy ways to Ease into Your Best Gluten-Free New Year

The New Year is in our sites and, for many of us so is the end of those wonderful Holiday Cheat Weeks – where treats were everywhere and calories didn’t count. Right? Yes, the countdown has begun and, like every year, today many of us are resolving to eat more healthy, exercise more regularly in 2017.

To help you ease into your 2017 Healthy Gluten Free Eating Regime – try this newest version of our Groat-Sotto with sauteed shrimp. Hearty and healthy, high protein too. Everything we’re looking for to jump start our Healthy New Year – yet still very festive.

Enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Here's another simple, hearty version of Gluten-Free Prairie Groat-sotto. A heart-healthy choice that is company good.
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Recipe type: Groat-Sotto
Cuisine: Main Course
Serves: 2-3 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cooked Gluten- Free Prairie Oat Groats + ½ cup cooked white or wild rice
  • ¼ cup olive oil + 1 TB butter)
  • 2 garlic cloves (sliced)
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Pinch dry fennel seed (optional)
  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp
  • 1 ½ cups grape tomatoes (halved)
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups baby spinach + 2 cups baby kale
  • 4 ounces goat cheese (crumbled)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • 2 TB ½ & ½ (or to taste)
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in large cast iron skillet. Add butter to melt.
  2. Add garlic and cook until brown. Mix in red pepper flakes. Simmer about 3 minutes.
  3. Add raw shrimp and sauté until shrimp turns pink. Set aside
  4. Add tomatoes to skillet, season with salt and pepper and cook over med-high heat until tomatoes soften and release juices. 2-3 minutes
  5. Add spinach and kale and cook until wilted (about 3 minutes)
  6. Mix in groats and rice
  7. Add goat cheese and gently stir as it melts and coats all.
  8. Gently fold in cooked shrimp.
  9. Top with parmesan cheese and Serve

Santa’s Solution for the Perfect Gluten-Free Stocking Stuffer or Last Minute Gift

Santa’s got the right idea today. He stopped by the Gluten-Free Prairie Bakery and filled his bag with Hunger Buster Cookies. Every year Santa wonders what he can give to all of the helpers who make his life easier – the UPS and Fed Ex guys who deliver all the toy parts to the North Pole, the mailman who delivers the millions of letters from the kids all over the world, the dry cleaner who keeps Santa looking fresh, the Elves who do all the work,  and of course the guy who cleans ups after the reindeer.

Santa can’t do it alone, and neither can we. Wondering what to give those special helpers in your life? Our Hunger Buster Cookies are available by the dozen on Amazon – Free Shipping with Prime Membership.  Each 3 ounce Cookie is packed with and 10 gms of protein, our Gluten-Free Prairie Certified Gluten-Free Oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, raisins . All Natural.  No preservatives, no additives or fillers of any kind.

Hunger Busters are great stocking stuffers too.

No matter what your standing is on Santa’s Naughty or Nice list – there is no doubt that the gardener, pool man, dog groomer, hairdresser and countless others, will love being on the receiving end of this yummy treat.

 

 

Fuel Your Gluten-Free Holiday Shopping. Chocolate Oatmeal Saves the Day!

chocolate-oatmeal-apples-finalHoliday shopping comes with its own set of challenges for the gluten-free shopper. It’s that time of year when everyone could use a few more hours in the day to get it all done. We hit the ground running every day. In and out of malls, before and after work, and/or in between dropping the kids off at school. And, if you’re like me…..almost always avoiding the food courts and snack carts. You only need about 5 minutes to start the day off right! Our Gluten-Free Prairie Toasted Oatmeal pairs up with pure dark chocolate – to create a high protein, fiber, B-Vitamin fullfilling breakfast treat. TIP: While the oatmeal is cooking, cut up an apple (with skin), cook in the microwave for 2 min. Like eating Chocolate Fondue for breakfast.

Gluten Free Prairie Chocolate Oatmeal

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Heat water to almost boiling, set aside
  2. Melt coconut oil, syrup, and chocolate in a medium saucepan
  3. Reduce heat, add oatmeal and cinnamon and stir. When it starts to bubble, continue stir oatmeal until it absorbs all the oil/syrup mixture.
  4. Add hot water to cover oatmeal and stir.
  5. Cover (approx. 5 min) until desired consistency

ENJOY!

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Pudding Cake

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Make your holidays merrier with this indulgent gluten-free red velvet pudding cake. With our Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix, using Jello Brand Red Velvet Pudding Mix it couldn’t be easier to make. Everyone will love this gluten-free wintertime treat!

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Make your holidays a little merrier with this festive gluten-free red velvet pudding cake!
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Ingredients
  • 1 package Gluten-FreePrairie Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • 1 (3 oz) package Jello red velvet pudding mix
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup dry sherry (or brandy or any liqueur)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs (beaten)
Instructions
  1. Grease a 10-inch bundt pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the Gluten-Free Prairie Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix, pudding mix, and the rest of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl mix wet ingredients together.
  4. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and add wet ingredients.
  5. Blend together with whisk or wooden spoon. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes.
  7. Let cool in pan for 20-30 min, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
 

Gluten Free Holiday Nog Pancakes with Coconut Milk

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It’s December 1 and Holiday flavors like Egg Nog and Brandy are everywhere. Gift buying can be exhausting!  We have a solution: Keep up your strength with higher protein choices with quality carbs. Turns out that our new pancake and waffle mix makes great Egg Nog pancakes that can take you all the way through until New Years Eve.Our Best Pancake and Waffle Mix contains 4 grams per serving and is fantastic when made with So Delicious Holiday Nog adds just the right amount of rich sweetness. No syrup required.

See the simple recipe here:

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This perfect combination of Holiday flavors is a great addition to any festive breakfast or brunch. And no one will believe they're gluten-free.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12 pancakes
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Gluten-Free Prairie "Our Best" Pancake and Waffle Mix
  • ¾ Cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Holiday Nog
  • 1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Heat griddle
  2. Blend Pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg into dry pancake mix
  3. Add in wet ingredients
  4. Blend just until smooth. (no mixer needed)
 

Pumpkin Spice Orange Muffins

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These humble little muffins are super light and moist. Perfect as a breakfast treat or make them festive by frosting with orange flavored cream-cheese frosting. (recipe on-line)
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 11 ounces (2⅓ cups) GFP Flour Blend
  • 1 (3 oz) package (GF) instant orange pudding mix (not “cook and serve”)
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅔ C pure cane sugar
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs (beaten)
Instructions
  1. Prepare muffin pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the Gluten-Free Prairie Flour Blend, and pudding mix and the rest of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl mix wet ingredients together.
  3. Make a well in the center and pour into the dry. Blend together with whisk or wooden spoon. (mixer not needed)
  4. Fill muffin cups a little less than ½ full.
  5. Bake in preheated oven about 20 minutes. Let cool for 20-30 min
 

Now for Something Really Scary – Only One Day Left to Vote for Gluten-Free Prairie

scared-woman-2Time Flies and I just realized that Halloween is the last day to VOTE for us in the Gluten-Free Awards. We are nominated in the Best Gluten-Free Flour Category (#23) this year.

Please VOTE for Gluten-Free Prairie!Gluten-Free Prairie Simply Wholesome All-Purpose Baking Mix

 

It’s quick and simple. Everyone can vote (except Zombies) – you don’t have to be gluten-free.

  • In 2014 our Granola Bites were voted 1st Runner Up in the “Best Gluten-Free Munchie” category in the Annual Gluten-Free Awards.
  • That distinction really helped build our business. Please help spread the word today! This kind of recognition allows our little Montana family business to compete with the big guys.
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To further inspire you – I’ve written a little poem.

T’was the night before Halloween and all through my head;

Danced images of Zombies and lots of Walking Dead.

The Gluten-Free Awards voting was nearing termination

And Gluten-Free Prairie had a big nomination

When I in my apron, Rick and Jer in their hats;

Heard commotion in the Bakery that we hoped weren’t rats!

The Hunger Buster Cookies were all snug in their cases;

The Granola boxed up and awaiting their places.

Then came the Zombies, first one then a dozen;

I did a double –take when one looked like my cousin.

As they reached through the windows and we offered our Whole Grains;

They turned down our gifts and demanded “MORE BRAAAINNNS”

With eyes popping out and hands dripping with blood;

We were just grateful it wasn’t another flood!

“How about Gluten-Free Prairie” we said, “Why not just give them a taste?”

Then we quickly realized that would be such a waste.

The undead lack appreciation for our Gluten-Free fare;

But it’s almost the last day, we sure hope that you care.

We love to make Cookies, and we love to sell Oats;

Feeding the Zombies will be much easier with your votes.halloween-cupcake-disaster

Love, The Wheaton Family

Please VOTE for Gluten-Free Prairie!

Time for Fall. Time to Fall in love with Gluten-Free Prairie’s Orange Spice Cake

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Ok, by all accounts it’s officially Fall. The leaves are golden and the Elk are bugling in the field. I love this time of year! After all, it’s the beginning of Baking Season and the Gluten-Free Prairie Kitchen is hummingdeb-and-cookies-copy.

And Baking Season also means that Pumpkin Spice will be everywhere. Pumpkin Pie Spice of course is the unofficial official flavor of Fall. The problem is that I’m just not ready to commit. I’m just not ready for 10 weeks of Pumpkin Pie Spice. So, I’m easing into Fall with my favorite transitionary spice: Orange Spice.

This super simple pudding cake is based on another one of my Mom’s favorite recipes. Of course, she used a Pillsbury Yellow Cake Mix. I adapted Mom’s recipe using our Simple Wholesome Baking Mix and we amazed. It’s moist and rich and, best of all, No One believes it’s gluten-free.

Bonus: your kitchen will smell like orange spice too.

Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Celebrate Labor Day with Gluten-Free Prairie Big Sky Turkey Burgers

Is a Labor Day BBQ in your plans today? If it’s true that Labor Day is the unofficial official end of Summer, then we must make the best of it here as it means that our Montana Winter is right around the corner. A couple of years ago we did just that.  We invited some friends down to the River for Big Sky Turkey Burgers. 

We also shot a little video that day. Jeremy edited it, and added music too. It’s a little over 5 min long, but I think it’s a sweet snap shot of life on the Gluten-Free Prairie.

Turkey can be tricky in burgers, with less fat than most beef burgers, the burgers can fall apart on the grill. Using our, certified purity protocol gluten-free,  Toasted Oatmeal as a binder along with an egg, the burger holds together and cooks up nicely on the grill.

At our BBQ we also used our Oat Groats in our Tropical Groat Saladtropical saladFresh and light. Always a crowd- pleaser here in Big Sky Country.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Is Baking Season here? Gluten-Free Prairie’s NEW Simply Wholesome All-Purpose Baking Mix Arrives Today

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Some folks say that Labor Day is the unofficial end to Summer. But it’s also the unofficial start of Baking Season! Today we’re getting a jump on all of it as we celebrate another epic day here on the Gluten-Free Prairie. Today our Brand New Simply Wholesome All-Purpose Flour Blend is available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HN54DHA

Our Gluten-Free family tried just about every gluten-free baking mix that claims to be a “cup-for-cup” replacement for all-purpose flour. Finally we decided to try our own and we were amazed.

Finally a truly wholesome all-purpose gluten-free cup 4 cup flour blend for ALL of your baking needs. Try it in any recipe as a cup for cup replacement for wheat flour. Preservative free with absolutely no rice , no Xanthan gums or fillers of any kind our blend makes great pancakes and biscuits, brownies and even crepes.

I’ll be posting lots of recipes using our new blend, starting today with our Simply Our Best Gluten-Free Pancake recipe.oat pancakes

Here you go!

Heat lightly oiled griddle on medium/low heat for about 10 min

Before you start! NOTE: The secret to this recipe is NOT to over mix it.

  • 1 cup Gluten-Free Prairie Simply Wholesome All-Purpose Flour / Baking Mix
  • 2 tablespoons pure cane sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk (or milk substitute)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or coconut oil

Blend Simply Wholesome baking mix, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

In another bowl blend milk, egg and oil together

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients

Using a whisk or wooden spoon, hand blend together just until smooth (do not use a mixer)

NOTE: Batter will be very thin

Pour about ¼ cup (or less for silver dollar pancakes) onto griddle. Adjusting heat as you go, brown each side– turning only once for best results.

Enjoy!

Simply Perfect PancakesWhy are we so excited about this new baking mix? With higher protein than most gluten free flour blends this  simply perfect for a gluten-free diet that can often be lacking in protein. But the proof is in the gluten free baking. We think you’ll be amazed. We hope you’ll let us know.

Note: I don’t use any gums or fillers, it’s just a personal preference. But to increase loft and structure in your recipe, simply add Xanthan or other gums according to your recipe.

Gluten-Free Prairie is 3rd party gluten-free certified by the Celiac Support Association, the most stringent testing in the industry, requiring products to test at, or below, 5ppm of gluten. We use only Purity Protocol Oats grown in gluten-free oats that are harvested on designated gluten-free equipment and packaged in a designated gluten-free facility – following Oats Purity Protocol. No glyphosate sprays are used.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Amazing Gluten-Free Prairie Testimonial from Hilton Chef!

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The Executive Chef at our local Hilton is legendary for his creative dishes. Recently he started offering some of our Gluten-Free Prairie products to his guests. Then he sent me this awesome testimonial.

Thank you Chef Todd. You have touched our Gluten-Free hearts!

“What a find!  Gluten Free Prairie products have made my life as a chef so much easier with quality baked good products that my guests love.  I have one event that keeps coming back because we are able to accommodate all of their Gluten Free needs and having some Certified Gluten Free products in my pantry is a huge help.  Also this group is so passionate about the Gluten Free living that it has helped as a great resource in my kitchen.  Thanks Gluten Free Prairie you have exceeded my needs again!”

Todd K. Christensen Executive Chef

Hilton Garden Inn/Bozeman, Montana

If you are near the Bozeman area this Summer, check out the Hilton Garden Inn. Tell Chef Todd you need a Gluten-Free Prairie Brownie, he’ll be happy to accommodate.

Thanks,

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Gluten-Free Prairie’s Simple Solution to FDA’s Warning about Baby’s First Food

Problem: Arsenic levels in rice-based baby food

Solution: Gluten-Free Prairie Toasted Oat Flour Pablum! Containing one simple ingredient – our Pure Certified Gluten-Free Oats.GlutenFreePrairie_Slider-MeetGFPFamily

After years of research the FDA has just issued a serious warning about elevated levels of Arsenic in baby food – specifically rice baby food.

From the report:

Arsenic Levels In Infant Rice Cereals: Infants eat three times more rice than most adults, relative to their body weight. In earlier studies, the FDA found that infants who are 8 months old are the highest consumers of rice through infant rice cereals, which make up most of their diet. Arsenic can seep into rice from natural sources or from pesticides and fertilizers. This makes infant rice cereals as a top source of arsenic exposure among infants.”

We’ve been watching the FDA’s research evolve for a few years now; in 2013 I reported it here on my first blog: Not Even A Crumb. While the FDA has waited until now to make a formal recommendation about baby food, the word has been spreading. We’ve heard about an increase in the number of Pediatricians recommending that baby’s first cereal be oatmeal and I’ve been working on my own grassroots campaign here at Gluten-Free Prairie. Why is this important to our gluten-free community? Rice is the #1 grain ingredient in a gluten-free diet. Gluten-Free rice-based mixes and breads fill our store shelves. Therefore gluten-free consumers probably get more arsenic then the average consumer. So that also means that babies living in a gluten-free household are going to consume even more than the 3X noted in the FDA’s study. Now with the help of the FDA’s research – maybe it will be easier to spread the word to young mothers everywhere: Oats are higher in protein, lower glycemic and a great source of fiber and b-vitamins too. Everything that a growing body needs – without the Arsenic!

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Baby Shane loves his Gluten-Free Prairie Oats

Baby Shane has never had rice cereal! He loves his Gluten-Free Prairie Oatmeal. You can find Gluten-Free Prairie Toasted Oat Flour here: Gluten-Free Prairie on Amazon

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What’s more Irish than Oats?

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Think it’s all about Corned Beef and Cabbage? Think again. The Irish have long had a love affair with oats. Check out this simple recipe for Oatmeal Cabbage Soup. Then go pinch a friend (who’s not wearing green)

Chicken Soup with Oat Groats and Kale

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Gluten Free Prairie *BOOTH H-909* Redefines Traditional Baking and Snack Category

GFP Family in the windowExpo West in Anaheim, California is the largest Natural Foods Trade Show in the Country. We’ve exhibited there before, but had no idea what we were doing. With new packaging and our New Granola, this year we’re hoping to make a bigger splash.

Here’s a little press release I put out to try to inspire some of the buyers:

With Heart-Healthy, Higher PROTEIN Plant Based Montana Grown Oat Products

On-trend oat grain boasts higher nutritional properties than mainstream gluten-free products

 Manhattan, Montana (March 7, 2016) Gluten-Free Prairie, a woman-owned and family operated business is a gluten-free industry brand innovator, due in part to its unique plant-based oat protein flour blends, and higher protein finished products including their Best-Selling Hunger Buster Cookie and Montana Mornings Granola. Gluten-free consumers now have hundreds of gluten free choices and according to Mintel research, about 24% of American households have someone in their family who must eat gluten-free. But not all consumers are eating gluten-free food made with clean, plant based proteins, indicates Deb Wheaton, founder of Montana based Gluten Free Prairie.

“Everyone is familiar with the classic, old-fashioned oats that our grandmothers cooked and baked with, but not everyone knows about the health benefits of certified Gluten-Free Oat Protein, which provides essential amino acids that help with proper cardiovascular health and weight management,” points out Wheaton. “In fact, our Gluten-Free Prairie Oatmeal shows PROTEIN levels up to 35% higher than the majority of oats that are available to consumers today. That’s a powerful punch of PROTEIN.”

Wheaton drives home the message that healthy cooking and baking begins with their heart healthy oat products. Unlike other heavy and dense gluten-free flour blends on the market today, Gluten-Free Prairie’s Oat flour is a perfect one-one replacement for other starches in any gluten-free flour blend. “For all diners – our oat flour is a perfect thickener for soups and stews and makes delicious creamy gravy too.”

 

Gluten-Free Prairie Oat Groats are the complete whole seed of an oat plant and resemble the consistency of wild or brown rice, with a lower glycemic level than rice-based products. Packed with protein, this unique variety of Oat Groats can easily be prepared in a rice cooker or on the stove top and can be served exactly like rice alongside any entrée or in a salad for lunch.

 

Gluten Free Prairie remains committed to its mission of providing healthy gluten-free options for the millions of consumers who are avoiding gluten.

 

Consumers can find Gluten-Free Prairie products in stores nationwide

 

About Gluten Free Prairie

Gluten-Free Prairie was created after Deb Wheaton and her daughter were diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005. In 2012, the Wheaton family followed their passion and commitment to create high quality, great tasting gluten-free products for consumers by moving from Los Angeles to Manhattan, Montana. In addition, Wheaton is the sole food manufacturer on the Board of Directors of the Celiac Disease Foundation and has co-authored the cookbook, “500 Gluten-Free Dishes.” Gluten-Free Prairie is a proud member of the Western Sustainability Exchange. Visit www.glutenfreeprairie.com or on social media: facebook.com/GlutenFreePrairie, @glutenfreeprairie , instagram.com/glutenfreeprairie/

More Reasons to Love Our Gluten-Free Granola

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Seems like every time I venture down the market aisle I find another gluten-free granola or oatmeal. And it seems to me that they’re all about the same. Could any of us tell the difference between all the gluten-free oatmeals? Probably not. And most of the gluten-free granolas are heavy and sticky or dry and clumpy.

So when the Gluten-Free Prairie Family talked about making a granola using our higher-protein gluten-free oats, we all agreed that it had to something very special.

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So you think you want to start a Gluten-Free Bakery?

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Today is officially moving day! Welcome to the new home of Gluten-Free Prairie and my new blog:  “Little House on the Gluten-Free Prairie” It’s been along journey from there to here. And I’m excited to share “real life” adventures of starting a Gluten-Free Bakery – especially in the heart of Wheat Country, Montana. Along with realities of realizing the promise of the American dream that anything is possible. We’re creating new recipes weekly, like this one for Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies. Check out the recipe page for lots of other tasty treats using our GFP line of products.

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