Celiac disease is a condition in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting or breaking down the gluten protein found in wheat and other grains. Although there are many food manufacturers and companies getting in tune with the needs of those afflicted with Celiac disease, some of our favorite snacks are off limits. One solution is to make your own, and I have the perfect cookbook, Gluten-Free Classic Snacks.
Ch 1: The Basics
Ch 2: Cookies
Ch 3: Snack Cakes
Ch 4: Crackers & Other Savory Crunch Snacks
Ch 5: Breakfast & Fruity Treats
Ch 6: I Want Candy
Gluten-free does not mean you have to give up your beloved munchies. Thanks to creative chefs like Nicole Hunn, you can recreate brand name treats. She has whipped up 100 different recipes that allow you the indulgence of enjoying your best-loved comfort food.
All good cookbooks start off with the Basics. Chapter 1 shares what ingredients, flour blends, tools and equipment you will need to make all your recipes a success. There’s also a section on Tips and Trick which will reduce your frustrations in working with specific ingredients. I found this information enlightening.
The rest of the book is sweet magic! As I submerged myself in the colorful life-like images, I could almost smell and taste the yummy treats. I wanted to reach in the page and take a sample. I don’t think there is one recipe that did not appeal to me or my family. We want to make them all! That being said, Chapter 2 appealed to us first. Cookies are one of our favorite snacks, in particular, Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies. I was delighted to see the recipe to make our own, and we did, lots of batches.
Some other cookie recipes include Nabisco Chips Ahoy, Nabisco Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies, Keebler Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Keebler Simply Mad Butter Cookies just to name a few.
Chapter 3 features recipes for snack cakes. Remember Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies, Hostess Apple Fruit Pies, Drake’s Coffee Cake, and Tastykake Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes? There’s also a recipe to make your own marshmallow fluff and fondant.
Chapter 4 delves into crackers and crunchy, crispy, and sometimes buttery snacks. I grew up on Nabisco crackers like; Honey Maid Cinnamon Graham Crackers, Ritz Crackers, and Animal Crackers. Wow, now we can create our own.
Chapter 5 shares breakfast and fruity treats. We usually had cereal for breakfast every morning. Some of the featured recipes in this section are; Quaker Instant Oatmeal Strawberries & Cream, Kellogg’s Frosted Chocolate Fudge Pop-Tarts, and Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars Oats n’ Honey! I love the idea of making my own granola bars and having control of the ingredients.
Chapter 6 is all about making your own candy. My very, very favorite candy was and still is black licorice. I love it! I wouldn’t have believed I could find a recipe that allowed me to make my own. Other recipes include; Mars Twix Caramel Cookie Bars, Nestle Crunch Bars, and Ferrero Rocher Fine Hazelnut Chocolates.
These treats bring a lot of fond memories, and it’s comforting to know that creative and clever pastry chefs, cooks, foodies have created recipes that allow everyone to enjoy their favorite snack regardless of dietary limitations. The Gluten-Free Classic Snacks is an awesome resource book. It’s the first one to grab if you need to create delicious, decadent treats. We love this cookbook, and it’s perfect for our culinary collection!
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.