I received free samples of Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax and Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic from Dare Foods Incorporated mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Dare Foods Incorporated and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time, and all opinions are my own.
Do you know someone with celiac disease? Chances are pretty good you do, because an estimated 3 million Americans are living with the disease. Celiac is a serious genetic autoimmune disease that, left untreated or mismanaged, can lead to health consequences like osteoporosis, infertility and recurrent miscarriages, iron deficiency anemia and even certain cancers like lymphoma. The disease causes damage to the villi in the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food.
May is celiac awareness month, and as a registered dietitian, I work with many individuals who are newly diagnosed. The common symptoms that bring them to the doctor include stomach problems, like bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea, but less common symptoms include fatigue, anemia, skin rashes, headaches, joint pain and infertility. It’s also possible to have celiac and not have any symptoms.
Celiac is managed by strictly avoiding gluten, the protein in wheat, rye and barley. There are certainly lots of naturally gluten-free foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts and cheeses, but a challenge for many who need to eat gluten free, is what to make or serve at a party, so that everyone can enjoy it, regardless of their gluten status. That’s where this fabulous recipe comes in.
Dare foods, maker of gluten-free Breton crackers, challenged members of the Recipe ReDux to create a tasty recipe for entertaining or enjoying with friends and family. Many gluten-free breads and crackers are – how shall we say – less than satisfying in the taste category, but these crackers were really delicious, and honestly, if I didn’t know, I would never guess that they were gluten-free. They come in original flavor with flax, and garlic and herb, and I loved the tender-crisp texture, and flavors of both.
I featured the Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax crackers in this recipe for a Lemon Herb Savory Cheesecake. They were perfect to create the cheesecake crust, AND serve with the cheesecake appetizer. Everyone loves a cheese platter for an appetizer or snack and this recipe takes the standard cheese and crackers to a whole new level – perfect for both gluten lovers, who will never taste the difference, and anyone who is gluten-free, who will just love the entire thing!
Not only will this recipe win points in the taste category, it’s also very impressive looking. Shhhhh! No need to tell anyone how easy it is!
Do you have a 4 1/2-inch springform pan? Every well appointed kitchen should have one! They’re quite inexpensive, and you can get one here. Think of all the lovely mini desserts and appetizers you can make with it .
Don’t forget to check out the other delicious gluten free treats the Recipe ReDux members have whipped up! For more information about celiac disease and Celiac Awareness Month, visit Celiac Central.
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