I Review Matcha Marketplace Gluten-Free Oatmeal

Everyone likes breakfast food, if you don’t then there is something terribly wrong with you, but what breakfast food do you like most? Me? I like bacon. Today though I’m getting down and dirty with this gluten-free oatmeal from Matcha Marketplace (click HERE for their website). Since I have Celiac Disease and I have to eat gluten-free food, and I like and/or love breakfast plus oatmeal, I am all over this.

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MATCHA!? MATCHA? Yeah I didn’t know what it was either until I looked it up; dried and edible green tea. Could you believe it? Then Matcha Marketplace gets a handle on it and puts it in their food, notably the gluten-free oatmeal. My mother-in-law picked up a little bag for me while she was on a six week trip from Ontario to Arizona (it’s always nice to get free food. I’d rather get gluten-free food that a t-shirt).

Most instant type oatmeal asks for water when it comes time to making it, not Matcha, they ask for milk. A fine ingredient to make a robust breakfast. I was pleasantly surprised. I was also surprised that they had chocolate chips in the mix, already this gluten-free oatmeal is climbing the ladder to be the best. Milk and chocolate chips, that’s a boss breakfast.

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I preferred to make my breakfast in the microwave (which was an acceptable way to cook as per the package) because I’m all about getting my food fast and the less clanging of pots at five in the morning the better.

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So my review? You don’t need to rush out to get Matcha Marketplace gluten-free oatmeal. Even with the apparent health benefits of dried green tea leaves thrown into the mix, this is just oatmeal. You or I could just buy the same food, or make our own. Matcha Marketplace wasn’t anything special. Then again, I was thinking, they are just THAT much better, they had chocolate chips in it. So it’s not a complete loss.

I’m no chef/baker/cook but if you add chocolate to anything you’ve got an occasion. Think about the person who added it to milk. Truth.

I Review Gluten-Free Date Balls

I’m just pounding out a whole whack of Gluten-Free Food Reviews like a boss. You know, if you have a product you’d like me to review, new or existing. I’ll gladly give a 100% honest review of it. I’ll even talk about how creepy your mascot is (if you have a mascot. Sorry about your luck Nature’s Path).

Before I continue, I just realized how gross/awesome the title of this blog is. If you think this is a 50 Shades of Grey and Twilight fan fiction website, you came to the right place. Because I am sure going to start doing that… just kidding.

If you live in town, near me, then this Gluten-Free Food Review is right up your alley, but if you’re out of town then maybe you might want to sit this one out. I got my hand on these little balls called, well for lack of a better word; Balls.  Handmade, homemade, delicious little balls. When you look at them you might think they look unappealing, and if there is anything I learned from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is that looks can be deceiving.

There are four ingredients, all gluten-free; dates, almonds, cranberries and cinnamon. All natural.

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I kept asking the person who made it, blogger Janine Fournier from Whole Nine Health (click HERE for her website) if there was chocolate in it, she kept telling me no. I swear there was chocolate, but then again, maybe she discovered the trick to making all natural organic chocolate by combining all these ingredients together. Even after berating her about it, she still says there is zero chocolate in these Balls.

I ate one of the GF balls to taste test, and they tasted so good, I had a bother and another and another, and just like that I had eaten all four of the Balls I was given to taste test and review. They have a great combination of chewy and sweet, my taste buds took over and forced me to eat them (which is nice because the one time I had these Balls way way back in September I was not impressed).

If you’re local to me in the Greater Toronto Area, then you can obtain Janine’s Balls from a little yoga studio just down the road from me. You can only get them there and if you crave something a little different as a snack or hell, even breakfast, you have to get yourself to Simplicity Yoga and ask for Janine’s Balls.

The only thing I wished that I had knowledge about prior to eating four snacks filled with dates is that, the next morning would be a mad dash to the washroom.

So I guess I did learn something: coffee and dates are a great way to get clean…if you know what I mean.

Celiac Pros: Gluten Free Beer in Las Vegas

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Is it premature to tell you this or to even write about this? Probably in the grand scheme of things. I was really worried about going to Las Vegas, not because I am scared of planes or travelling or large crowds (okay maybe a little bit of the large crowd thing), but I was more scared about what I was going to eat and drink in Las Vegas because I have Celiac.

Premature because I don’t fly our of Pearson International Airport until 8:50 tonight, and there really is no telling how my trip will go or if all of this great stuff is going to happen. But I just had to pencil in my joy over this news.

photoThis weeks Celiac Pros comes from some of the greatest news I have heard all week concerning my trip. It’s a short and sweet Celiac Pros because I am all abuzz with the fact that the hotel I am staying at The Flamingo does in fact carry my favourite gluten free beer. Awesome. I really didn’t want to JUST drink tequila and daiquiris all weekend. I mean I will drink them, but they have my beer, the one beer that I can’t get in Canada, more specifically Ontario. So, happy day for Jordan.

I plan on writing up a full review of my little weekend away from the cold of Canada into the desert of Nevada and about my little adventure navigating the gluten free walkways of food and seeing if all I get to eat is actually the fruit from the buffet. I’ll let you know, but in the mean time, you have to follow me on Twitter and on Instagram, because I am sure there will be some great crap coming out of me over the course of the weekend.

Coincidently, the same weekend I am in Vegas the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is happening. I’m not attending that event, but I thought it was a fun little bit of trivia to share. I hear a lot of good people and bloggers are going to be there, so if you are going to that event, take your camera and autograph book.

Sum it up. Favourite beer will be served at The Flamingo. A super Celiac Pro for me.

I Review Maddington Farms Gluten-Free Pancakes

Any Celiac Pro is when you can eat a delicious Gluten Free meal without problems. That’s why Maddington Farms Gluten Free Pancake Mix is a solid gold winner. A straight up Celiac Pro, across the board.

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If there is one thing I know, it’s pancakes. Pancakes and being gluten free, so of course I’m gonna let you in on a little secret about Maddington Farms gluten free pancake mix. If you ever wondered if a gluten free pancake could ever have the same texture as a regular wheat based pancake, this is it. It is the closest to flavour to a regular wheat flour pancake than any before it. Thats what makes Maddington Farms gluten free pancake mix number two on my list of best ever pancakes.

When the instructions call for tablespoons of butter you know it’s  gonna be a boss pancake.

It’s a great flavour, but its not a grand flavour. the flavour is so close to wheat flour you’d swear you were eating at the Waffle House. Before you think they pulled a sneaky trick and used wheat flour, they didn’t. It’s a great mix of: Rice and Tapioca Flour, Buttermilk and baking powder, Baking soda, potato starch, salt, sugar and Xanthan Gum. Direct from the company I acquired the list of ingredients because this product won’t be available in store until the start of next year and I’m super awesome getting the inside track on what you need and what makes a good Celiac Pro.

Maddington Farms is Canadian and local and friendly. I had the privilege of meeting the owner and it was a good experience. They make some great syrup too, so don’t count that out. But we need to focus on their Gluten Free Pancake Mix being the second best to my taste buds. You know what’s missing? Coconut flour. While you can use 2% milk in the mix, you could easily substitute cow milk with coconut milk. But for this review, I will stick with the real good, fresh wholesome filtered milk.

Trust me, Maddington Farms Gluten Free Pancake Mix is a Celiac Pro.

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When my daughter and I decided to make the pancakes, we needed two eggs. Guess what, we had one egg and it was already in the batter. Since it was so early on that fateful Sunday Morning, we resorted to go the corner store to buy eggs (this was scary since I’ve never bought eggs at a corner store). So, a dozen over priced eggs were bought. Mental note, be prepared next time.

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I was going to whisk the Maddington Farms Gluten Pancake Batter, but I was like, why would I do that when I have this perfectly good blender from the 70′s sitting right here. It sounds like a jet engine taking off when you mix. It’s pretty awesome. You get a great consistency.

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Never let a three year old decide if a pancake is good. Because really, it’s a pancake and they like pancakes, and they just use syrup, and everything tastes better with syrup (also, I never used syrup when I taste tested my pancakes).

If you really want to get your hands on some of the pancake mix before it gets to stores, they will be selling some at the Cranberry Festival in Bala this weekend

Maddington Farms is a winner in my book. Don’t count them out as a competitor. They might surprise you, I will buy this product when it’s available in stores and promote it as a great food to share with my family and all my Gluten Free friends.

Just make sure you have eggs available. Corner Stores at 7am on a Sunday are kind of creepy.

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