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Kid-Friendly Gluten-free DESSERTS! October 19, 2009

Gluten sensitivity is a neurological disease. With symptoms including diarrhea, bloating, cramps and general weakness, we don’t readily consider out tummy pains to be affecting our brain. However, as Dr. Eydi Bauer relates in her new book, Life After Bread, any organ or system in the body supplied by the brain and the nerves can be damaged by gluten sensitivity. This means that all systems can be affected–digestive, nervous, reproductive, musculoskeletal, as well as your psychological functioning.”

Dr. Bauer goes on to report how studies estimate as many as 40% (almost half!) of the US has antibodies against gluten, suffering a wide range of symptoms most have just come to consider “normal.” She adds that, “Celiac disease (a manifestation of gluten intolerance) is now being called the most common and most under-diagnosed autoimmune disease of our time.” 

Below are some tested and delicious gluten-free dessert recipes. (Looking for more great recipes? Check these out! Gluten free, kid tested, and foolproof recipes for special diets (Part 1); Gluten free, tested, delicious recipes for special diets: Soup and salad (Part 2); Gluten free, tested, delicious: Recipes for special diets (Part 3).

Autumn Harvest Raw Apple Pie with Almond-Date Crust Get the kids to help with this one, using the time together for a short history lesson about how food was gathered and prepared when Grandmother (or Great-Grandmother) was young.

Carrot Pudding (Gajur Halvah) This rich carrot dessert, which is popular throughout Northern India and Pakistan, became an obsession of ours when I was pregnant with my oldest son, Joseph.

Raw Brownies with Icing Treat yourself to some Scharffen Berger cocoa powder. Green and Black’s makes a nice organic one. Navitas makes Raw Cacao Power, perfect for the purist. (The extra cost for your luxury cocoa splurge is justified by your savings in flour, eggs, butter and milk!)

For more info: Dr. Eydi Bauer suffered from undiagnosed chronic health problems for over 20 years. Today, she is a holistic doctor and chiropractor practicing in Mendocino, Calif. The author of the new book Life After Bread, Bauer says, “Gluten intolerance is a serious and widespread nutritional problem that is causing an incredible array of health problems in America. It is also largely unrecognized by the Western medical Establishment. Learn more here.

Gluten free, kid tested, and foolproof recipes for special diets (Part 1) For many children, gluten intolerance is typically demonstrated as “off-the-wall irrational” behavior. A father of a gluten intolerant child… Keep Reading »

Gluten free, tested, delicious recipes for special diets: Soup and salad (Part 2) A recent Mayo Clinic study found a dramatic increase in the number of cases of gluten intolerance; Interestingly, the group most affected is women in… Keep Reading »

Gluten free, tested, delicious: Recipes for special diets (Part 3) It is better to pay the grocer than the doctor. According to Dr. Eydi Bauer, author of the must-read new book, Life After Bread, in the US, we spend… Keep Reading »

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