Gluten-Free Chocolate Truffles {aka Oreo balls}

Oreo balls are one of my favorite desserts. They are easy to make and addicting to eat. In college, my roommates and I would make them every time finals week rolled around. It was tradition.

Last weekend, I made my first batch of gluten-free Oreo balls. They were just as good as I remembered. I used Glutino chocolate vanilla creme cookies – the best Oreo substitution out there.

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Ingredients

  • 1 bag Glutino chocolate vanilla creme cookies
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese (1/2 block)
  • bark chocolate

Steps

1.  Put the entire bag of cookies into a food processor.  Add the cream cheese.

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2.  Pulse until well-blended.

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3.  Roll mixture into balls. Then freeze for ten minutes.

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4.  Dip each ball into the melted bark chocolate.

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5.  Keep the chocolate truffles refrigerated until serving.

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6.  Enjoy.

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Goldbaums Gluten-Free Products

The best thing happened to me recently. Goldbaums sent me some of their new gluten-free products, and I discovered gluten-free ice cream cones for the first time. That’s right. GLUTEN-FREE ICE CREAM CONES.

I was so excited. I hadn’t had an ice cream cone since going gluten-free. Goldbaums offers several different varieties – my favorite being the cocoa sugar cone.

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It is nice to be able to enjoy foods that I once thought I wouldn’t be able to eat again. An ice cream cone was one of those things.

Goldbaums offers a lot of other gluten-free products. New to their collection are flatbread crisps and quinoa crisps. Be warned, the onion and garlic quinoa crisps are addicting. They are only 100 calories per bag, so they make for a great snack.

The flatbread crisps are also a yummy snack food. I prefer the french onion flavored flatbread crisps. However, I made the original flavor crisps into peanut butter sandwiches, and it was delicious.

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To locate Goldbaums in a store near you, use their store locator. And thank you, Goldbaums, for introducing me to the wonderful world of gluten-free ice cream cones.

Annoying Things People Say To Celiacs

It has been a while since I wrote a post that discussed things going on in my personal life. I’ve been posting a lot of recipes and restaurant reviews lately, so I think it’s time to give you a quick update.

Things are going pretty well for me and my husband. I am working on my master’s degree in communications (courtesy of my employer), so I stay pretty busy. I work full-time by day as a marketing specialist at a local community college. I go to classes, do homework, study and of course blog by night. But I love it. I love my classes, job and blog. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

For my current graduate class, copywriting, we were required to create a blog at the beginning of the class and post once a week. Seeing as I already had this blog, I was in luck! This week’s assignment is to post a video that we created relating to our blog’s theme. I tossed around a lot of funny ideas, but I decided to go with “Annoying Things People Say to Celiacs.”

Check it out!

If you have said some of the things I pointed out on the video, not to worry. You are not alone. I decided to post things that I have heard time and time again from different people in my life.

Sometimes these comments just make me laugh. And sometimes they are annoying. Now you know.

Gluten-Free Dining at Bonefish

My mom and I just got back from Tampa, Fla. We went down to celebrate my grandpa’s 79th birthday. While we were there, I made it my mission to check out at least one gluten-friendly restaurant that I haven’t eaten at yet. My grandpa suggested Bonefish Grill. Apparently him and his girlfriend eat there once or twice a week, so I was excited to give it a try.

When we got to the restaurant my grandpa, who has never met a stranger in his life, had the waiter send out the kitchen manager to make sure they would take good care of me. He told them all about my blog, and they were happy to make sure I had a good experience. The kitchen manager asked me if I was gluten intolerant or had celiac disease, so I knew I was in good hands. They had an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free options (pictured below), and it gave me a lot of options to pick from.

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I ordered Lilly’s Chicken, and it was AMAZING. It had the perfect combination of flavors – grilled chicken covered in goat cheese, spinach, artichoke hearts and lemon basil sauce. Delicious.

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I will be visiting a Bonefish Grill again in my near future. I can’t believe I have spent so much of my life missing out on that tasty meal. I need to make up for lost time.

We spent the rest of our trip shopping and laying by the pool. Wouldn’t have had it any other way.

On our way out of town, we went to our favorite Greek restaurant in Tarpon Springs, Hellas. Tarpon Springs is a town rich in Greek heritage, so the food tastes pretty authentic. I used to order gyros and flaming cheese before becoming gluten-free, but this time I ordered the Greek salad and Greek style potatoes. It was still yummy. Greek food is probably one of my favorite types, along with Italian and Mexican!

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IMG_2007A good time was had by all in Florida, and I can’t wait to go back. I’m always looking for new dining options when I’m in the area, so if you know of any great restaurants that I should try near Tampa, let me know!