Celiac Disease Awareness Day

What do actress Zooey Deschanel, Keith Obermann, Elizabeth Hasselback of “The View,” and Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Jane Swift have in common?  They are some of the 3 million Americans who have Celiac Disease.  When individuals with celiac disease eat gluten, an immune response occurs that attacks the small intestine. Gluten can be found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye.
For Celiac Disease Awareness Day, consider trying this recipe for Enjoy Life’s Caramel Apple Muffins. Did you know that a gluten-free diet is the only effective treatment for celiac disease? A lot of people think that food without gluten doesn’t taste as yummy as regular food. What do you think after trying this recipe?

Enjoy Life’s Caramel Apple-Muffins
Makes 1 dozen gluten-free muffins

For the muffins
For the glaze
  • 1/4 C. packed brown sugar
  • 2 T. dairy-free buttery spread
  • 1 T. dairy-free milk
  • 1 C. confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  1. To make the muffins, preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners or spray lightly with oil.
  2. Combine the Muffin Mix, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the water and oil. Whisk until well-combined.
  3. Divide the mixture into the prepared baking pan, filling each cup about two-thirds full. Press a third of a Chewy Bar into the middle of each filled cup.
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes, then transfer each one to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Once the muffins are cool, make the glaze. Combine the brown sugar, buttery spread, and milk in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and let bubble for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add the confectioners’ sugar, whisking vigorously to combine. Stir in the vanilla extract. Let cool 10 minutes.
  6. Dip each muffin into the glaze, putting them back onto the wire rack to let the glaze firm, about 5 minutes.
  7. Serve, storing leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days and any other leftovers in the freezer.

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