Cook Kindly

Adventures in cooking and navigating a gluten-free life.

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Get ’em while they’re hot! 

We have pancakes nearly every weekend at our house, and sometimes for dinner. Depending on where you shop, there isn’t always a large selection of gluten free pancake mixes to choose from, not to mention how pricey they can be. A few months ago, I thought I had hit the pancake jackpot when Costco was selling a mammoth club-sized bag of Krusteaz gluten free pancake mix. The pancakes were exactly what you’d expect from the Krusteaz brand: moist, fluffy, and delicious. Plus, the price was very reasonable. Sadness set in when I haven’t been able to find the mix in store since (insert sad music here).  

Weekend pancake breakfasts shall live on! I have found that Target carries a good selection of gf pancake mixes at reasonable (gf reasonable, that is) prices. I was pretty excited when I came across gluten free mix from another well-known brand in the pancake world. Hungry Jack gluten free pancake mix…wait for it… Funfetti! Being a mama to a toddler, I felt like this was a whole family WIN! Ryan gets pancakes (win), Max gets colorful sprinkles in pancakes (win), and for me, they are gluten free (triple double word score win)! I literally buy several boxes at a time. 

I prefer my pancakes with butter and sugar sprinkled on top, rather than syrup. (Don’t judge, syrup is pretty darn sugary, so I figure it’s a wash.)

Ryan, on the other hand, tops his pancakes with crunchy peanut butter and syrup. Totally not healthy, but sometimes you just can’t teach an old dog new tricks. At least it’s got protein, right?!?! 

No matter how you top ’em, Hungry Jack pancakes are an excellent gluten free option, for breakfast or anytime. 


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When I was pregnant with Max (my oldest), I developed an aversion to yogurt. Didn’t matter what flavor, yogurt was disgusting, but peach was the worst. My like of yogurt improved after having him, but again dissipated while I was pregnant with Harry. I definitely prefer the thick creamy texture of Greek yogurt, but at nearly double the price of regular yogurt, I consider Greek to be a treat. That’s where the toppings come in. While pregnant with Harry, I began a love affair…with toasted coconut. The sweet crunch mended my relationship with yogurt. 

One of my new favorite snacks is vanilla yogurt parfaits. Top with fruit, mini chocolate chips, gluten free granola, and toasted coconut. So delicious, the combinations are endless. 

This versatile sweet-treat snack is pretty easy to pack and take with you, too. Just one word to the wise: put down a layer of fruit and top with granola or toasted coconut, the fruit will act as a barrier to keep the crunchy toppings from getting soggy. 

Could you hand me a spoon? Holy yum!