Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Date Caramel and Apples from The Gluten-Free Cookbook for Families

I am so excited to announce that my new book The Gluten Free Cookbook for Families is available for pre-order on Amazon and is the number one new release in gluten-free diet today! My amazing publisher has teamed up with the Beyond Celiac organization to bring one lucky winner a gift basket loaded with gluten-free treats and pantry staples.

Simply pre-order the book, and enter here for your chance to win. 

The winner will receive :
    Arrowhead Mill Coconut Flour
    Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Pasta
    Mia's Kitchen Gluten Free Garlic and Onion Pasta Sauce
    Imagine Organic Vegetarian No-Chicken Broth
    Annie's Creamy Deluxe Gluten Free Mac and Cheese
    Modern Oats Nuts and Seeds Oatmeal
    Modern Oats Apple Walnut Oatmeal
    Enjoy Life Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Jason's Gluten Free Bodywash

Pre-order giveaway for Gluten Free Cookbook for Families

As many of you know, I have written more than a dozen books, but this one is especially close to my heart. Going gluten-free has made such a profound impact on my health and my kids' health and well-being. The book is brimming with stories and recipes for our family's favorite meals. Some recipes I'm especially excited about include Loaded Vegetarian Pizza (with a grain-free, paleo pizza crust!), Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Sauteed Zucchini, and the most authentic recipe for Shrimp Pad Thai you'll ever find. 

I'm also pretty smitten by this simple salted date caramel with sliced apples. It's naturally free from gluten and refined sugar and is a healthy snack my kids will devour when they come home from school. 

Date Caramel and Apple Slices
excerpted from The Gluten Free Cookbook for Families, by Pamela Ellgen

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Allergen-Free, Vegan, One Dish
Serves 4
Prep time: 5 minutes, plus 15 minutes inactive time / Cook time: 0 minutes 

The first time I tasted date caramel, I was undone. It requires no cooking and no added sugars, and yet it’s sweet, syrupy, and exquisite drizzled over pancakes or used as a dip for apples. Store it in a sealable container for an energizing snack.  

½ cup pitted medjool dates
¼ to 1/3 cup hot water
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, cored and cut into wedges 

1.     Cover the dates with hot water in a heat proof container, using as much as needed to cover. Allow to soak for 15 minutes.
2.     Add the coconut oil, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Use an immersion blender to puree until very smooth.
3.     Serve the date caramel with the apple slices.  

Serving Tip: If you’re sending this in a school lunchbox, sprinkle the apple slices with lemon juice to keep them from browning.  

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