Do you eat gluten-free?

Whether eating gluten-free is a medical necessity, such as those suffering from celiac disease, or a choice, many supermarkets are adding food aisles and freezers dedicated to gluten-free ingredients and prepared foods. Gluten-free pasta, flour, cereals and bread, once only available in specialty stores, can now be found in local grocery stores and varieties continue to grow.

As of August 5, 2014, any food product with a gluten-free label must follow Food and Drug Administration requirements in order to be so labeled. The new standard helps eliminate uncertainty and people can rest easy that the products have met stringent standards.

Pecan Pie Bars


  • 1-3/4 c. almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T. oil
  • 1/2 t. cornstarch
  • 1/4 t. sea salt
  • 8 oz. pitted dates
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1 c. pecans chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine almond flour, 1 egg, oil, cornstarch and salt, using a mixer until well combined. Dough will be very stiff.
  • Press by hand evenly into a greased 8x8” square pan; bake for 17 minutes.
  • Blend the dates in a food processor on high for about 1 minute, until paste-like.
  • Add the 2 eggs, maple syrup and vanilla; process on high until smooth.
  • Pour this filling mixture over the warm crust and evenly sprinkle with pecans, pressing them in lightly.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.