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Lessons, Tips, & Recipes — Brynn


Gluten Free Samoas

It broke my heart when we walked by the Girl Scouts selling cookies this year. It has never been an issue in the past, but now that Lexie is almost 7, I see the disappointment in her eyes when sherealizes that they are not gluten free. The sweet little girl she is says, “Mom, we should get some for Cassie, because she really likes them.” I respond, “Lexie, that probably wouldn’t be fair since you can’t eat them too.” Lexie in her sweet little voice, “That’s okay mom, you can just make me some that are gluten free.” Being the sucker I am, oh, I mean the good mom that I am, I told her I would.

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Gluten Free Lefse Another Holiday Tradition!

Lefse is a holiday tradition I was introduced to when I married into the Carlyle family. Both of my husband Chris’ parents are 50% Norwegian. Therefore, my oldest two children are 25% Norwegian. Grandma Bette has been making Lefse for our family for years at Christmas time. Lefse is a traditional Norwegian

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Gluten Free Pita Bread

Gluten Free Pita Bread 1 pkg. Mama’s Pizza Crust (Remove ¼ cup of mix and set aside) 1¼ cups warm water1 Tbsp. yeast (or use yeast packet included with mix)1 tsp. sugar or honey 1 egg2 Tbsp. olive oil Directions: In a mixing bowl, add Mama’s Pizza Mix. Remove ¼ cup of mix and set aside.In a liquid measuring cup measure out warm water, add yeast packet and sugar. Mix together and set aside until foamy.With mixer running on low speed, pour in yeast mixture. Add egg and olive oil. Mix on high speed for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl and remove from mixer. Spray large pizza pan or baking sheet with cooking spray. Using a 2 inch scoop...

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Mama’s Gluten Free Donuts

Hungry for a donuts? Try these gluten free donuts. These donuts remind me of some special memories I had as a kid. When me, my brother, or my sister would have sleepovers for birthday parties or special occasions, my mom would make these for me. You may have had them. She would take a can of buttermilk biscuits out of the fridge. She cut a hole out of the center. 

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Gluten Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies~Using Mama’s Cookie Mix Ingredients1 PKG Mama’s Sugar Cookie Mix ¾ cup butter or dairy free margarine½ tsp. almond extract 1 egg white1-2 Tbsp milk (dairy, rice, nut, soy)Raspberry Jam (Simply fruit by Smuckers recommended)  Glaze:1 cup powdered sugar ½ tsp. almond extract1-2 Tbsp. milk (dairy, rice, nut, soy) or waterDirectionsPreheat oven to 350°.Cream butter or margarine with almond extract. Add Mama’s Cookie Mix and egg white.  Mix on low for 1-2 minutes.  Scrape down sides of bowl. Add milk and mix on medium speed for 1-3 minutes or until a large ball of dough forms. Form ¾ inch – 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Gently press on the top of the cookie to form and indent with...

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Amazing Apple Crumb Coffee Cake ~ Gluten Free

Fall is a wonderful season to enjoy coffee cake.  With apples in harvest, I created this delicious recipe for Gluten Free Apple Crumb Coffee Cake. However, anytime of year you can enjoy this delicious cake! My favorite part of this coffee cake is that you get to enjoy the delicious combination of apple cake on the bottom half and the yummy goodness of the apple crumb baked into the top part

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Mama’s Tomato Basil Soup and Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Biscuits

Tomato Soup is the Traditional Comfort Food.  This is Mama’s take on Tomato Basil soup that is quick to make, delicious and a little more on the gourmet side versus the Campbell’s Tomato Soup we grew up on.  This is delicious served with Gluten Free Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.  Or try it with Mama’s Tomato Basil Biscuits. Both are a hit for families and crowds and pair nicely together. There is nothing like a warm bowl of soup and biscuits hot out of the oven to warm up your house and bodies on cold winter days.

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Lemon Zucchini Bread (Dairy Free)

Lemon Zucchini Bread (Dairy Free) 1¾ cups Mama’s Almond Blend or Coconut Blend Flour1 tsp. ground ginger2 tsp. baking powder¼ tsp. baking soda½ tsp. salt1½ tsp. xanthan gum½ cup walnuts (optional) ⅔ cup oil (canola, safflower, soybean)2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice2 eggs1¼ cups zucchini, grated1 cup sugar1 tsp. lemon zest Glaze ½ cup powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. lemon zest Directions Preheat oven to 350 °. In a small bowl combine flour, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum and walnuts. Mix together and set aside. In a mixing bowl combine oil, lemon juice, zucchini, eggs, zest and sugar. Mix on medium speed until well combined. Pour in half of flour mixture and mix on low until...

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Gluten Free Spritz Cookies – A Christmas Cookie Tradition!

Spritz Cookies have been a holiday favorite for generations!  Spritz cookies are a German cookie referred to as “Spritzgebäck”, which are made from flour, butter, sugar and eggs.  They are made using a cookie press that has different templates and make different designs, or can be made using a pastry bag with a star tip. They are called Spritz cookies because they come from the word “spritzen” which means “to squirt”. They are a fragile cookie in nature with a rich buttery taste.

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Gluten Free Oatmeal M & M Cookies ~ Egg free

My gluten free and egg free Oatmeal M & M Cookies have got to be the best gluten free cookie, wait….best cookie I have ever had.  These are definitely MY favorite!  After all the baking I did through the November and December month creating my gluten free Christmas cookbook, new blog posts and feeding my family, I vowed that January would be a no sweets month.  I lasted 2 days!!!  Two Whole Days!!!!  How long did you last?

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Banana Applesauce Streusel Muffins ~ Gluten Free

Gluten Free Mama’s delicious Banana Applesauce Streusel Muffins make for a delicious light breakfast or mid-morning snack.  The banana and applesauce are a natural sweetener to these muffins and the streusel topping will delight the taste buds.  I made a batch up and between my children, all teenagers and their

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Gluten Free Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies are a popular cookie at Christmas time, but they really are delicious all year round.  They are so beautiful and easy to make.  Linzer cookies are a sandwich cookie that has a rich buttery tastes and usually sandwiched together with a good quality raspberry jam and topped with powdered sugar.  Sometimes the dough is flavored with an almond flavor and sometimes even with the cardamom spice.

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Gluten Free Banana Bread with Crumb Topping

Fancy recipes with fancy names are all the rage these days.  I will admit, I am guilty of trying to create recipes outside the box, or name them fancy names, however, sometimes there is just something special about the old fashioned recipes like grandma made.  They are simple and sweet and everybody loves them.  Come home with me and enjoy the recipes grandma or even mom used to make and enjoy my Gluten Free Old Fashioned Banana Bread wtih Crumb Topping. My exchange student from Thailand was home visiting wtih our family and she loves bananas.  There were a couple of very ripe bananas that she was about to throw away and I was like, NO!!!!  She says they aren’t...

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Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Espresso Zucchini Cake

Can you say Yum?!?!  Well you will after tasting this Dark Chocolate Espresso Zucchini Cake!  It is delicious.  No need to fret about what to do with those garden zucchini’s anymore.  When life gives you zucchini’s, make zucchini cake! I was blessed by a bounty of zucchini this year from some good friends.  When I say bounty, I mean bounty!  So, I am having a blast using it up, making new recipes and of course my old time favorite’s like zucchini fritters too!  In my first cookbook, Gluten Free Mama’s Best Baking recipes, only available on Amazon now, and my second cookbook, In the Kitchen wtih Gluten Free Mama, you can find tons of great zucchini recipes.  I will list...

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Organic Pumpkin Spice Quickbread

Fall is upon us and pumpkin is on my mind.  I could just about make anything pumpkin, but a family favorite is pumpkin bread.  Heartland Gourmet has a delicious certified organic Pumpkin Spice Quickbread. This quickbread is so easy even kids can make it.  Delicious any day of the year, but especially delicious during the fall season.  Stock up on a few boxes and enjoy them all season long.  It is delicious as a mid morning snack, afterschool snack and great served at family dinners and at Thanksgiving.  If desired for kids you can add in 1 cup organic chocolate chips for a special treat. Enjoy a slice today!

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A Gluten Free Mama Hello!

Hello! My name is Brynn Sorenson. I’m new around here and excited to partner with Heartland Gourmet to represent the Gluten Free Mama brand. The Gluten Free Mama brand was started by Rachel Carlyle Edington when her daughter was diagnosed with gluten intolerance. Like a true mama bear Rachel attacked the challenge and created an array of gluten free mixes and flours.  The Gluten Free Mama brand was born.  Rachel is now focused on a new journey as she passes the baton in order to focus on her health and family. Heartland Gourmet, based out of Lincoln, NE, bought Gluten Free Mama in 2015. We are proud to be producing the same high quality products that Rachel originally gave you.  We...

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Gluten Free-Back to School Tips

One of my least favorite days of the year is the first day of school. Saying goodbye is hard enough. When your child has a food allergy/intolerance or medical condition it can add another level of worry and preparation for heading back to school. Here are some ideas, steps and tips that I’ve picked up over the years that have helped our family and can hopefully help yours 1. Inform the teacher/school/school nurse of your child’s allergy/intolerance. This one seems obvious and simple but I’ve been surprised at the different reactions I’ve gotten from teachers over the years. Some have jumped right in, communicated and always advocated for my child. Some are annoyed at having to worry about one more...

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Gluten Free Mama Gingerbread Man Cookies

After baking gluten free gingerbread cookies  my house now officially smells like the holidays. This simple and amazing recipe instantly invites the spirit of Christmas in as the warm smell of cloves, cinnamon and ginger deliciously waft throughout your home. These little men also make for great neighbor gifts as you share your holiday cheer. If you need a little Christmas spirit these cookies will surely do the trick. Happy holidays and happy baking!   Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies            Author: Rachel Carlyle Edington Ingredients3 cups Mama’s Almond or Coconut Blend Flour1 tsp. xanthan gum1/2 tsp. salt1 tsp. baking soda2 tsp. ground ginger1/4 tsp. ground cloves1 tsp. cinnamon br] 10 Tbsp. butter or dairy free margarine1/2 cup...

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Gluten Free Cheese Crackers

No matter who you are cheering for this Super Bowl we are all fans of good food. Here’s an awesome recipe from our guest blogger Tim Vollink that will have you cheering with each and every bite. With these cheese crackers you can enjoy the game and the party food! By Tim Vollink The Super Bowl without some killer Cheese Crackers would just be a BowlThe Super Bowl unites us all. We are drawn to the camaraderie for teams we favor, we find excitement wagering monies in the office pools, anxiously we wait to see the half time show and we are curious to know what advertising agencies dream up this year for commercials. Regardless of ones proclivity to professional...

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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies seem to be a staple in my life. I can’t figure out if I am constantly making sugar cookies for my kids and all their fun activities/parties or if I just love them so much I’ll find any excuse to make a batch, or two or three…….. Either way you can have complete confidence that these sugar cookies have been thoroughly vetted for their sweet taste and soft texture. This recipe is from the “In the Kitchen with Gluten Free Mama”cookbook (pg. 164) and I love it so much I wanted to share it publicly on the blog for everyone. At our home this week, these cookies will definitely be baking on repeat as I prepare for Valentine’s...

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Gluten Free Rice Krispies Treat

Rice Krispies Treats are one of the quintessential treats of childhood. The crispy crunch with the gooey melted marshmallow holding it all together scream childhood as you lick your sticky fingers after the last bite. When we found out our son couldn’t have gluten almost ten years ago my husband suggested we make a Rice Krispies treat “cake” for his upcoming 3rd birthday. After reading the ingredients on the box I was heartbroken to see malt barley listed as one of the ingredients. I thought “Rice Krispies treats are out too? Why do they have to add the malt barley?” A few years later they came out with a gluten free version. We rejoiced. Rice Krispies became a staple in...

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes from

A group of gluten free food bloggers and I teamed up to bring you a bunch of gluten free side dishes and a few desserts that you can make for your Thanksgiving Table. Food writers and bloggers like myself work hours and hours trying to perfect recipes just so you and I can enjoy them. [...]

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Gluten Free Cheese Crackers

Gluten Free Mama’s delicious Banana Applesauce Streusel Muffins make for a delicious light breakfast or mid-morning snack. The banana and applesauce are a natural sweetener to these muffins and the streusel topping will delight the taste buds. I made a batch up and between my children, all teenagers and their friends, they were enjoyed all on the same day! So today, I made another batch with my leftover bananas. The kids will be excited when they get home from school.These are perfect to make when you have 2 or 3 ripe bananas that need to be used up. The riper the better. I also sneak nutrition into these muffins with a couple of teaspoons of chia seeds. They hide well...

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