Scotcharoos {Gluten-free}

by Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen on November 25, 2014

in Bars & Brownies

Gluten-free Scotcharoos - Our family favorite no-bake bars!

What do you get when you combine the yummy flavors of peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch with gluten-free rice cereal? Scotcharoos! I’ve been making these easy no-bake bars for years and they are one of my most-requested treats! They couldn’t be easier to make, and are perfect to bring to potlucks and family gatherings! There are never any left to bring home!

A few notes about ingredients:

  • Don’t use regular “Rice Krispies” or generic crispy rice cereal as those aren’t gluten-free due to the malt (barley) in them. You want to make sure to buy the gluten-free version. I always buy either Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Gluten-free Cereal or Nature’s Path Organic Crispy Rice cereal which are both easy for me to find locally. There are some other brands that make gluten-free rice cereals but I haven’t personally liked any of them.
  • Check and then double-check your butterscotch chips for gluten as well. Some popular brands like Nestle have barley added to their butterscotch chips. I recommend Guittard or Hershey’s butterscotch chips.
  • I’ve had success with pretty much every kind of peanut butter in this – natural, regular, different brands. If you want to add some crunch, you can even use crunchy peanut butter.
  • Yes, these bars are basically sugar + sugar + sugar + sugar + peanut butter + rice cereal. I know that. These aren’t a health food, they are a very yummy treat. I’m not advocating eating them for every meal, okay?!

I enjoy making these when I’m visiting/staying with others as well. With just 6 ingredients that I can find easily at any store, I can mix these up very quickly at anyone’s house. With a clean saucepan and baking pan as well as new, unopened products, I can even make this safe gluten-free treat in a gluten-full kitchen!

This recipe only slightly adapted from one shared with me from my college roommate, Steph, the same one that blessed us all with her amazing chocolate fudge icing. Thanks Steph for sharing these recipes with me all those years ago!

Scotcharoos {Gluten-free}
 
I always bring home an empty pan when I bring these addictive treats to potlucks!
Recipe from:
Recipe type: Bars & Brownies
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 cups gluten-free crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, whisk corn syrup and sugar. Continue whisking while cooking until sugar is dissolved and the mixture starts to boil. Remove pan from heat.
  3. Stir in the peanut butter until well mixed.
  4. Stir in gluten-free crispy rice cereal until all of the cereal is well coated.
  5. Scoop mixture into greased pan and press evenly. Set aside.
  6. In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt butterscotch and chocolate chips, stirring constantly. (This step can be done in a microwave safe bowl, microwaving in short increments, stirring frequently.)
  7. Spread butterscotch/chocolate mixture over cereal mixture in pan. Let cool until firm, then cut into bars. I often put in the refrigerator for about a half hour to help the topping set more quickly.
Notes
Double check all ingredients for gluten. Crisp rice cereal commonly contains malt (barley) so you need to buy a brand specifically labeled gluten-free.
I recommend Guittard or Hershey's butterscotch chips. Some other brands contain barley.

Linking up to Gluten-free Wednesdays with gfe and the Gluten-free Homemaker.

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New Product Review: Foster Farms Gluten-free Corn Dogs

by Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen on November 20, 2014

in Giveaways, Reviews

Foster Farms has sponsored today’s post to share about their new Gluten-free Corn Dogs– available now at a store near you!

Gluten-free Corn Dogs from Foster Farms Review - My kids LOVED these!
Sometimes I feel bad that my kids miss out on some of the traditional “kid foods” that are fun to enjoy once in a while since we don’t allow gluten in our kitchen. One of those meals that my kids have NEVER had in our home is corn dogs. That changed this week! Foster Farms just came out with gluten-free corn dogs that you can enjoy at home. I baked these up this week as part of a “Carnival Food Night” for the whole family to enjoy. We enjoyed oven baked fries and caramel apples alongside our corn dogs!

The verdict: Thumbs up all around! My boys and hubby had a regular corn dog at the fair this summer, so they had something more recent to compare this with, yet they all thought these were really good! My boys were already asking me to go buy these once our free box ran out! I haven’t eaten a corn dog in years, and thought the breading was really good. I thought the honey flavor was just right. I honestly couldn’t think of how they could improve the breading. I’m hoping that they’ll come out with a nitrate-free version of the chicken hot dogs next.

I love that Foster Farms went about this the right way, in pursuing gluten-free certification from the Gluten Intolerance Group for these, versus just doing their own testing and calling them “gluten-free”. I always prefer to buy a product that I see this certified gluten-free symbol on. They are actually testing to make sure that the final product tests at less than 10ppm of gluten per serving.

Foster Farms gluten-free corndogs are certified gluten-free

I also appreciate the easy cooking options. This is definitely a product I can keep in the freezer for hubby to pull out on one of his nights to “cook”. Trust me, this is right up his alley! We did prefer the ones we baked over the ones we microwaved, but you’d probably expect that. The breading cracked when we microwaved them, but they still tasted great. The ones we baked stayed just perfect, as seen in the photo below! Definitely recommend baking them.

Foster Farms Gluten-free Corn Dogs - My boys liked these!

Find these Foster Farms gluten-free corn dogs at your local Safeway, Kroger, Raley’s, Lucky, Albertsons, Giant Eagle, Woodman’s, Copps/Roundy’s, Schnucks, Food Lion, HyVee and Marsh stores. You can also call Foster Farms at 800-255-7227 for help finding a retailer in your area.

Foster Farms is giving away a voucher for a free box of the gluten-free corn dogs to 5 of my readers. Just enter below for your chance to win one!
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Butterscotch White Chocolate Cookies with gfJules {Gluten-free}

by Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen on November 19, 2014

in Cookies, Favorites, Giveaways

Favorite flavors of butterscotch and white chocolate come together in these chewy, buttery cookies using gfJules new flour. Make sure to enter the “Real Jules, Real Good Giveaway” below.

Gluten-free Butterscotch White Chocolate Chip Cookies  - Love this flavor combo!

One of the flour blends I’ve used for years, with great success, is from my friend Jules Shepard. I had been using Jules’ flour for several years before getting to meet her in person. I first met her back before I was blogging, at a Gluten-free Expo, where I volunteered to help her in her booth and she took me up on my offer. I was a bit starstruck when I finally got to meet her – total fan girl moment! You all can have your celebrity autographs, I was excited to come home with an apron from her! :) She is a fun combination of easy-going and energetic. Over the years, she’s become a treasured friend as well.

After an unfortunate situation with her former business partners, earlier this year my friend Jules had the opportunity to start fresh, founding a new company called gfJules, where she sells her one-of-a-kind gluten-free mixes, oats, and all-purpose gluten-free flour. Jules has been a passionate advocate for celiac research and gluten-free labeling laws for many years, and was very instrumental in bringing about the gluten-free labeling that went into effect this year. Jules goal has always been to help families gather for safe, economical and delicious meals, which is the same goal I have for my blog. Hmm, maybe that’s one reason we get along so well!

Cup of gfJules gluten-free all-purpose flour

I love that gfJules all-purpose gluten-free flour can be used as a cup for cup replacement for regular flour in your favorite recipes. It already contains xanthan gum, so if a recipe calls for that as well, just omit adding it, as it won’t be needed. I’ve had great success in using gfJules in my cookies, brownies, cakes, and quick breads.  Did you know that I test every recipe on my site with two flour blends before posting? One of the brands is gfJules. For yeast bread recipes, I recommend you try one of Jules tried and true recipes, available on the gfJules blog.

gfjules Thanksgiving ebookSpeaking of recipes, Jules has made her very helpful Thanksgiving e-book full of recipes and tips available to my readers for free! Jules 60-page e-book will guide new and experienced gluten-free’ers through the often tricky ordeal of being a guest in a non-gluten-free household for Turkey Day, but will also teach the techniques necessary to navigate hosting the meal when not everyone is GF. Just go to gfJules shop and add to your cart. At checkout, use the code:  gfjules54601c422c635  to get your copy for free, available until Thanksgiving day!

In addition to her ebooks, Jules has also authored 3 books. I own all of them and find them very helpful! You can find her books on Amazon (affiliate link) here: Jules’ books

I get to host a giveaway so that some of my readers can try out gfJules all-purpose flour for themselves! I’ll be choosing 3 winners to receive a box of gfJules all-purpose gluten-free flour. Just enter the “Real Jules, Real Good Giveaway” below:
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Favorite Gluten-free Butterscotch White Chocolate Cookies

Now on to the new recipe! You all know I love my sweets, and I love white chocolate in them! I decided to try combining white chocolate with butterscotch chips, which my family loves too, and add them to a buttery cookie. These cookies have a crispy edge and chewy center and are so so delicious! I froze half of them and pulled them out later to enjoy and they were just as good after being frozen too! While I made these with butter, I believe you could definitely substitute your favorite non-dairy substitute, even coconut oil (measured solid) should work, but I haven’t tried that yet.

Make sure you triple check your packages of butterscotch chips as some brands contain gluten (usually in the form of barley). Nestle butterscotch chips are NOT gluten-free.  I always use Guittard butterscotch chips as they are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility.

4.8 from 5 reviews
Butterscotch White Chocolate Chip Cookies with gfJules {Gluten-free}
 
Recipe from:
Ingredients
  • 3 cups gfJules all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or non-dairy alternative like Earth Balance
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. butterscotch chips* (verify gluten-free)
  • 4 oz. white chocolate or vanilla chunks or chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk gfJules all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, cream together sugar, brown sugar and butter (or non-dairy alternative).
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until fluffy.
  5. With the mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients until just mixed.
  6. With a spatula, stir in butterscotch chips and white chocolate chips/chunks.
  7. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop balls of dough onto parchment or silicon lined baking sheets. My dough balls weighed 1⅛ oz. each. and I had 12 per cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 350° for 10-11 minutes. Leave cookies on pan for 3-5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.
  9. If your cookies spread too much during baking, try the following:
  10. Chill dough for an hour before baking.
  11. Make sure to let your pan cool well between batches.
  12. Consider adding an additional ¼ tsp xanthan gum to the recipe.
Notes
*I recommend Guittard brand for the butterscotch chips and white chips as they are made in a dedicated gluten-free factory. A chopped up Baker's white chocolate bar would work as well and tastes great!
*Avoid Nestle butterscotch chips as they contain gluten.
If you aren't using gfJules flour, or another flour that already has xanthan gum in it, you'll need to add 1 tsp xanthan gum to the recipe.

I was provided with gfJules flour for review and to use in my recipes. But honestly, I was using it already since I love it! :)

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October 2014 Favorites

by Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen on November 9, 2014

in Favorites

Did September and October just fly by for you all too? Man, this fall has been so busy! I can’t believe we’re already in November now!

I traveled to the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference at the end of September where I had a blast hanging with all my old and new blogger friends. Early October found my family making the drive over to Salt Lake City where we had a blast eating ALL the gluten-free food and checking out the National Gluten-free Expo that is held there every October. Always lots of fun trying new products. I helped out at Gluten Free Mama’s booth there and even got to meet a few of my blog readers! So so cool!

My Gluten-free Kitchen's October 2014 Favorites
Hopefully you’ll find some new favorites to add to your gluten-free kitchen or buy for your gluten-free loved one! While this post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own and are not sponsored by any individual or company.

My favorite finds in October:

I finally got to read an inspirational book that had been on my must-read list for a long time, Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption and boy was it good! I definitely recommend you add this to your stack of books to read!

Overwhelmed by all the varieties of apples at the store and wondering which kind is best for what purpose? This Fall Apple Variety Guide from Cafe Johnsonia is so helpful!

One of my favorite evening snacks is air-popped popcorn.  I buy Trader Joe’s Organic Popping Corn.

Best new app for my phone: Buzzer (by naRRu). I pull this out at the end of dinner and if my boys forget to put their dirty dish in the dishwasher, I give it a buzz. The best! I don’t have to nag remind them every time, it gets everyone smiling, and it is working at making my boys realize how often they forget!

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but before this month, I’d never tried hummus before. I know, crazy right?! Now one of my favorite lunches includes Sabra hummus topped with freshly made guacamole, eaten with gluten-free crackers or chips. Yum!

I laughed so hard at this article “Do Not Sass Talk Your Mother” and laugh every time I re-read it!

Totally in agreement with this article: Sometime I ignore my children, and that’s okay.

I found out this fall that I have something in common with Venus Williams. Who’d have thought?! I was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Disease, something she has too. What a relief to have a diagnosis!

Another funny find: Funniest Parenting Tweets. Especially loved the last one!

 

5 gluten-free recipes I want to try soon:

  1. Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze – I’m always game for trying a new muffin!
  2. Scarecrow Munch Trail Mix – Fun, festive and would be great road trip snacks too!
  3. Cheesy Pepperoni Squares - I think my hubby and kids would really like these
  4. Baked Acorn Squash with Maple Glaze – I’m hoping this will be the recipe that convinces my family that squash is yummy. If not, well I won’t complain about having all of this to myself either!
  5. Caramel Apple Coffee Cake – This looks like a delicious way to use some of those apples I just bought at the orchard!

 

I started a few new Pinterest boards I think you’ll like! Check out:

Gluten-free Pumpkin Recipes

Gluten-free Soups & Stews

Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipes.

How about you? Any fun new things you found recently?

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Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies {Gluten-free}

November 3, 2014
Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies {Gluten-free}

Okay, be honest. How many of you have a “Candy Tax” where your kids have to give you some of their Trick-or-Treating loot? Whether your kids scored a ton of candy or you just bought way too much candy this year, you might find yourself with a LOT of candy around. After I go through […]

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Celiac Research Study

October 31, 2014

This post is sponsored and written by CeliAction. I am sharing it for informational purposes only so that my readers with celiac disease can consider participating. Even when you try your best to stay gluten-free, you never know for sure if something you’ve eaten has been cross-contaminated or mislabeled until after the fact. Most people […]

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Avocado, Bacon and Egg Sandwich {Gluten-free}

October 30, 2014
Avocado Bacon Egg Sandwich

I partnered with the Hass Avocado Board for this post since I already eat avocados daily! This sponsored post is part of their Love One Today campaign. #LoveOneToday These past few years, I’ve found that with both of my boys in school all day, I can easily skip making myself a healthy lunch since it […]

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Giveaway: Jumpstart your Holiday Shopping with $300

October 29, 2014

I just realized that there are less than 4 weeks until Thanksgiving! I’m usually well into my Christmas shopping at this point – with my spreadsheet of ideas and notes about gifts I’ve purchased. I try to have all of my shopping for my husband’s side of the family done before Thanksgiving, so we can […]

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Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Giveaway

October 18, 2014

As we enter fall baking season, I wanted to provide you with something new and fun for your kitchen. I’ve teamed up with several of my blogging buddies to host a fantastic giveaway that will help make your holiday dinners even more stunning! We’re giving away one of these beautiful Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware dishes […]

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Apple Crisp {Gluten-free}

October 15, 2014
Gluten-free Apple Crisp

My husband loves fruit desserts. While I’m obviously a huge fan of gluten-free brownies, my hubby would always prefer a homemade fruit pie or crisp for dessert. This recipe for gluten-free apple crisp is a long-time family favorite recipe, adapted from my mom’s recipe. Crisps are very easy to convert to gluten-free, as you can […]

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