5 Gifts for the Gluten-Free Eater

Judy Nichols
This basket of gluten-free munchies from Sprouts Farmers Market will hit the holiday spot for your gluten-free recipient.
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Gluten-Free Eater.

The holidays are a time of feasting: turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie, and cookies -- lots of cookies. If you have celiac disease, it's a season of feeling your otherness more acutely. While your colleagues are whooping it up at the office potluck and friends are baking up a storm, those of us who can't eat wheat start to crave even our mother's holiday bread, studded with those disgusting dried fruits.

So, show us a little love. Give us some gluten-free goodies to tide us over through the Tidings of Comfort and Joy. Here are a few suggestions:

Gift basket of GF goodies from Sprouts Farmers Market, $50

Make the gluten-eaters jealous of us with a basket of sweet and savory munchies. Head your cart down the GF aisle and just start grabbing. With $50 and 15 minutes, you can load up with enough to satisfy our holiday cravings right through New Year's Eve, including some crispy cookies, hot, spicy chips and nuts, some bake-it-yourself mixes to make the house smell like home, and even a good substitute for Pete's Schweddy Balls.
My basket's filled with:

Pamela's Peanut Butter Cookies
Annie's Cocoa and Vanilla Bunny Cookies
Schar Shortbread Cookies
Pamela's Chocolate Brownie Mix
Pamela's Biscuit and Scone Mix
GoPicnic Hummus & Crackers
Dang Toasted Coconut Chips
Glutino Pretzel Twists
Hail Merry Chimayo and Chile Pecans
The Good Bean Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas, Smoky Chili & Lime
Lucy's Cinnamon Thin
Justin's Peanut bar with dark chocolate, and
Betty Lou's Coconut Macadamia Nut Butter Balls

Judy Nichols
Nourish owner Kirstin Carey, and Dan Santos, executive chef, offer cooking classes for the gluten-free.

Cooking class at Nourish, $40

Nourish calls itself the place where you won't feel like the freak at the table. Talk about a gift. They give some examples of our freakiness, like "You ask no fewer than five questions of restaurant service staff before you even consider options on the menu," or "You measure the success of a meal by how you felt after you ate it, and then consider how it tasted," or "Your friends and family make you choose where to eat because you have the most food restrictions." Ouch.

So they've created a freak-friendly restaurant where all the dishes are gluten-free. No need for five questions. And the food's delicious, too.

Even more, Kirstin Carey, the owner, and Dan Santos, executive chef, are on a mission to help teach everyone, even those who CAN eat gluten, how to eat a more healthy, more nutritious diet. One way they're attacking that mission is through cooking classes.

November's choices include: Holiday Meals for Plant-Based Eaters, with raw mashed sweet potatoes, quinoa stuffing, creamy spinach with crunchy onion topper, freaksgiving protein burgers, and pumpkin torte, or Desserts: Raw, Plant-Based and Paleo, with apple crisp, chocolate torte, lemon bars and coconut macaroons. All gluten-free. Sweet.

Get a $40 gift certificate and let your sans-gluten loved one pick their favorite.

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