Allergy friendly pie? Yes!

Recently, I watched a video that has been stirring about on social media.

No, not the cats. The other one. The one that Cheerios created to share how to use their product in new and exciting ways.

While their recipe won’t work (as is) in my house, I decided to use it as a base and try something new.

2C Cheerios blended (in my magic bullet)
3T Brown Sugar (added to magic bullet)
5T Earth Balance (vegan butter) melted

Spray pie plate with non-stick spray.
Pour dry mix of cheerios and brown sugar evenly on plate.
Pour melted non-butter on top and press together until mixed and firm

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes
This works with flavored cheerios as well for more flair.

Now for the pie…

I made a pumpkin version with:

1 container Daiya Vegan Cream Cheese
2T Earth Balance (vegan butter) melted
1 can organic pumpkin puree
1T cinnamon
1/2T pumpkin pie spice
1/2C brown sugar
1T Vanilla
1 can Coconut Cream

Blend all and fold in Coconut cream.
Another option (I’m going to try next time) is using SO Delicious, Coconut whipped cream instead of coconut cream.

Top with So Delicious, coconut whipped cream and serve!


Support “Open on Thanksgiving”

Lately I have read a lot of banter regarding the  boycotting of businesses that have chosen to be open on Thanksgiving. I think it is important to point out that there are three reasons to be thankful for businesses that have chosen to be open during the holidays.

First, not everyone has family, enjoys family or is able to spend the holidays with family. In fact, the holidays actually bring sadness for some who do not have the ability to experience tradition in the way you do. Working that day might be a blessing.

Second, everyone’s holiday traditions are not the same. In fact, some people share more family time by going out to eat and leaving the prep and mess behind. I remember one year our family was split in different states and we were very thankful to be able to create a new tradition by going to a restaurant to eat.

Some families eat early and watch football the rest of the day. Having shopping outlets open provides the non-football fans something to do besides words with friends. In fact, many of my holiday traditions involve shopping and connecting with family we don’t get to see every day.

Third, these businesses provide an income to employees. Believe it or not, some people love the idea of working on a holiday to give them the opportunity to earn double and triple the income. My dad has worked in the airline industry for three decades and spend over 90% of his holidays working. It was a blessing to our family. It’s possible it’s a blessing to others as well.

There are plenty of businesses that stay open on holidays; hospitals, hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, airports, airlines, train stations and let us not forget that soliders do not get the day off. Has anyone ever decided to boycot the travel industry for being open and operating on a holiday?

Not to mention that our culture is a melting pot of people with varying backgrounds. Not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving. As well, some businesses like to take the opportunity to maximize profits to stay open and regain footing in the retail world during this time of year in order to stay open and continue to provide employees with job opportunities.

So, when you are thinking that a business is cold hearted for making people work on a holiday that you would not want to work on, just keep in mind, it could be a blessing to them and to others.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Grateful Thanksgiving

What a wonderful time of year to put our thoughts toward positive things, people and opportunities in life. So often it’s easy to get caught up in the tidal wave of unpleasant nuances that tend to ruin our days.

While Thanksgiving focuses on the pleased expression of gratitude, I am also reminded of gratefullness.  This welcome feeling (or showing) of appreciation and kindness pays forward the gratitude felt in thanks.

As a holiday that is food centric, I am reminded why I started Gratefully Going Gluten Free, to help others remember to be thankful they can positively impact their health through diet changes.

Food is emotional and food allergies tend to leave a longing for favorites of old, when eliminated. Fortunate for myself, my children and so many others like us, we have the ability to make choices in our diet that can be implemented to heal our gut, our overall wellbeing and avoid extreme disorders.

For those who are struggling with a new diet this holiday, please remember that this change is positive, is healing, you are making the choice to better yourself. Know that this will get easier, you will become less emotional about food, you will have occasional cravings but you are not alone. You can do this!

Written by Tifney Fields, MA, Celiac, Owner Binbuds