About Me

Welcome to my blog - my ramblings about trying to find healthy, affordable gluten free food in St. John's, NL.
Despite being gluten free, I love to try new products and am always interested to hear about new places to eat.
I try to help the environment and purchase organic products where possible.

Enjoy :)

Monday, 29 July 2013

Coco Cupcakes - Cupcake and Experience Review

St. John's is home to the local business Coco Cupcakes. Ever since a co-worker brought me in a cupcake, I've meant to go back because it was delicious! 

Friday afternoon I stopped by on my way home from work. They are located off of Torbay Road and Newfoundland Drive so it's convenient for me, and parking is not an issue. 

Coco Cupcakes does gluten free cupcakes on Fridays and Saturdays, and they are stored in back away from the other cupcakes out front. The owner explained that because they are not a completely gluten free facility, they can't guarantee gluten free / be certified gluten free. It's great they are upfront so customers can make an informed decision. She also explained they use whole ingredients and make their own strawberry icing from real strawberries, lemon icing from real lemons etc. They have their own gluten free blend of flour and starches and nothing is pre-packaged. 

Now on to the GOOD Stuff! I went with 6 cupcakes for $19 (I think) and I choose vanilla cake. If you buy the 6 pack, you do not have to pay tax because it is a grocery item. AND, from what I can tell, the gluten free cupcakes are the SAME PRICE and the regular ones. I think that's the first time I've ever seen that! 

For the icing, I went with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. These cupcakes are to die for. Seriously, they are huge! and SO TASTY! I'd like to say I eat 1/2 then save the rest for later, but no, I have to eat the entire cupcake in one sitting. 

The cupcakes freeze really well (also a great way to keep from eating the entire box), and I plan to haul them out for some special treats! 

These cupcakes are just awesome - the height on the icing is crazy! (you could probably ask for less icing as they ice the gluten free ones while you wait), but me - I love it! 

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Angie's Kettle Corn Review

Costco in St. John's has been carrying more and more gluten free items in the last 6 months. I picked up a box of individual popcorn bags from Angie's Popcorn a couple days ago. There are 2 flavours in the box - Boom ChickaPop with just sea salt, and a Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn. You get 24 bags for $9.99. 

The Boom ChickA Pop are pretty plain, just a hint of salt. It's pretty much just plain popcorn with a little salt flavour! There's 90 calories in a bag of these. 

The Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn has a lovely crunch and taste of caramel (it's my favourite!) There's a 140 calories in a bag of these. 

Now, on to the important stuff! These products are certified GF, non-GMO, Kosher, no corn syrup, no trans fats and are a whole grain! Really, that's quite an impressive list! I love these for snacks, and I think would be a good afternoon pick me up without too many calories! 



Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Zing Chocolate Coconut Bars - Product Review

Winners has a large variety of gluten free goodies. While I don't go that often around these parts, I did stop into a Winners while I was in Toronto.

I came across a pack of 12 Zing Chocolate Coconut Bars for $12.99 - apparently the retail price was $35 - so it seemed like a good deal! Since I was waiting for my mom, I did a quick Google search, and the reviews seemed pretty good so I gave them a try.

The bars are certified gluten free and do not contain soy or dairy. Each bar has 210 calories, 10 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and 13 grams of sugar.

I really liked the bars. They were soft, not grainy (like some protein rich bars) and had a wonderful combination of chocolate and coconut. If you don't like coconut - you probably wont' like these bars. There is a definite coconut flavour!

These bars keep you full, and make for a quick snack/meal on the run, as well as a sweet treat!

I did look for them at the Winners in the Avalon Mall, but didn't see any. The website lists Whole Foods and Safeway as retailers that carry the products so you can probably get them in some parts of Canada!





Monday, 8 July 2013

Sabatasso's Gluten Free Pizza - Product Review

Costco is really stepping up here in St. John's and providing LOTS of new gluten free options! One of their latest is Frozen gluten free pizza by Sabatasso's.

I couldn't believe it when I saw it - of course, it was a must have! There are 2 pizzas in the box for $12.99 here in NL. It's 4 cheese (this would appeal to the most people) and it's certified by the Canadian Celiac Association. You can see the out ridge of original pizza, then my mountain of toppings!

Like a regular frozen pizza, you just pop it in the oven for 12-15 minutes, place directly on the rack, and voila - a yummy pizza! I really put the pizza to the test by adding some on my own toppings. I love chunky pizzas, so on went hot peppers, chicken, bacon, mushrooms and red onions.

The crust was thin and crunchy when cooked, and held up to my toppings overload. It had a sweet taste, and the left overs were just as good. Unlike "gluten" frozen pizzas, the crust didn't get rock solid or super chewy after it cooled. It remained nice and light :)

My better half also tried it and liked it, as did one of the kids! That means it is clearly a winner!

The ingredients overall are not *too* bad given it is a ready to eat product. It's about 300 calories per quarter of a pizza, so it's not diet by any means - but great as a treat!





Thursday, 4 July 2013

Nan's Kitchen Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday I was given the opportunity to try some Chocolate Chip Cookies from Nan's Kitchen. This is a local home-based business that specializes in gluten free and diabetic friendly baked goods. You can place your order through phone or email, and sometimes they attend the Some Good Market when it's in St. John's.

The owner (Joella) doesn't have celiac, but she has family members with gluten intolerance and diabetic needs.

I was actually given 2 products: the ready-to-eat cookies in a nice little bag with tag indicating ingredients and calorie content; as well as, some frozen ready to bake cookies that I can just pop in the oven!

As soon as I took a picture, I had to try one! The cookies are a pretty good size, but not too thick and doughy. They have that nice light crusty exterior, and a soft and chewy interior. There are lots of chocolate chips as well so you don't feel like you are jipped! (some store bought cookies are skimpy on the chocolate bits).

As a second measure of taste - I got my DH to try a cookie as well. He thought they were really tasty and "tasted liked a chocolate chip cookie". From a gluten eater - that's high praise for gluten free items!

This weekend I am going to try the bake at home version and will post an update!

Nan's Kitchen also does other goodies which they list on their Facebook page (along with pricing). I'd like to try the peanut butter cookies and brownies sometime - they look awesome! As a side note - the pricing is very reasonable for gluten free home-baked goodies!

Great job Nan's Kitchen! Thanks for the cookies!

UPDATE: The take and bake cookies were awesome! I left them on the counter and I was actually asked after the cookie was eaten if it was GF or regular!

Here's some pictures - it took about 16 minutes for mine to be done.




Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Gluten Free Strawberry Muffins - Recipe

Seeing how yesterday was Canada Day, I made something a little festive - Strawberry Muffins. These are awesome, quick and healthy! I adapted the recipe slightly and used a little less sugar - they still tasted awesome and were light, fluffy and not dry :) 

Ingredients: 


  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 1/2 Cups Gluten Free Oats
  • 1/3 Cups Sugar 
  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt, Plain (I used Sour Cream because that was all I had - it was greek and it turned out fine!)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Cups Strawberries, Diced

Instructions: 

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray or line with foil liners. (The recipe says not to use paper, but I used "If you Care" liners and they were perfectly fine. 
2. Add all ingredients minus the strawberries to a food processor and blend until smooth. 
3. Pour in a large bowl and fold in strawberries. 
4. Distribute evenly over 12 muffins. 
5. Bake for 22-25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. 

Enjoy!!!