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How to Celebrate Gluten Free Baking Week in December

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Those who follow a gluten-free diet have an easier time than ever before finding delicious baked goods. The restrictions no longer mean you have to deprive yourself of pies, cookies and various other treats. There are plenty of places throughout New York City to find gluten-free treats, and during Gluten-free Baking Week from December 18 24, it's the perfect chance to search them out.
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Consider the week your opportunity to learn more about a gluten-free diet, how to cook certain recipes, and where you can give in to your sweet tooth without worrying about going against your diet.

Learn more about a gluten-free diet
Those adhering to a gluten-free diet means they can't have anything that has the protein gluten in it, which includes foods containing ingredients such as wheat, rye, barley and semolina. Unless they actually say "Gluten-Free," some baked goods to avoid include cookies, cakes and pies. For more information, check out the Gluten-free diet page on the MayoClinic site.

Gluten-free bakeries in NYC
There are several places to visit in NYC when you're looking for gluten-free baked goods. One of them is BabyCakes NYC, whose products are vegan, egg-free, wheat-free, soy-free, gluten-free, casein-free, kosher, and don't contain refined sugar. You can choose amongst items such as gluten-free carrot cake, gluten-free cupcakes, and various types of cookies. BabyCakes NYC is located on Broome Street in NYC. Tu-Lu's Gluten-free Bakery, which is located on East 11th Street, offers a wide array of gluten-free free baked goods including layer cakes and cupcakes. Chances are you'll want to stop by after just viewing their front page. You can also buy some of their products online. Risotteria offers a wide array of gluten-free baked goods including "the winkie," brownies, cupcakes, and cookies. You can visit their location on Bleeker Street in NYC.

Try new recipes
There are a variety of gluten-free recipes to try so you can have all the desserts you'd like. Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcakes take around 35 minutes to make from start to finish and requires several ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen including unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, sour cream and milk. All you need to make about 30 mini coffee cakes is about an hour of your time. You'll need several ingredients to make both the cake and the topping including brown sugar, cinnamon, almond extract, sugar and sweet rice flour. Gluten-free macaroons, which are ideal for giving as a hostess gift or serving at a party, take less than 30 minutes to make and require only five ingredients coconut, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and eggs.

Order some information
"Living Without" is the magazine for those who have food allergies. It includes information about food products, recipes, restaurants, health information and more so you can have an easier time living gluten-free. A one year subscription is $23 for 6 issues while a two year subscription is $42 for 12 issues.

Join a meetup group
Use Gluten-free baking week as an opportunity to join the New York City Celiac Disease Meetup Group. You can meet others living with the disease and get plenty of information on everything from where to find the tastiest gluten-free cookies to what doctors in the area are the best.

December 18 24 during Gluten-free baking week is an especially great chance to find gluten-free baked goods considering it's right before Christmas. Not only can you pick up some delicious treats to serve at your gatherings, but you also have an excuse to pick up a few desserts for yourself.

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