“I received free samples of Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax and Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic from Dare Foods Incorporated mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Dare Foods Incorporated and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
Prevalence of Celiac Disease in the United States
- In average healthy people: 1 in 133
- In people with related symptoms: 1 in 56
- Celiac disease affects at least 3 million Americans.
- The average length of time it takes for a symptomatic person to be diagnosed with celiac disease in the US is four years; this type of delay dramatically increases an individual’s risk of developing autoimmune disorders, neurological problems, osteoporosis and even cancer.
- The number of people with celiac disease in the U.S. is roughly equal to the number of people living in the state of Nevada.
- The incidence of autoimmune diseases in the general US population is 3.5%. In a 1999 study, Ventura, et.al. found that those diagnosed with celiac disease between 2-4 years of age had a 10.5% chance of developing an autoimmune disorder. Additional findings are outlined in the table below:
(The above facts come from The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center)
Fortunately for those people who suffer from Celiac disease, which is caused by eating foods with gluten, there are now more gluten free products on the grocery shelves for them. Dare Foods has just put out a new line of gluten free crackers: Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic, and Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax, and they taste very good!
Up until a month ago I would have turned up my nose at gluten free (GF) bread and crackers. However, I recently learned that there is an important difference between GF bread and GF crackers. GF baking expert, Shauna James Ahern, explains on her blog GlutenFreeGirl, that baked goods which don’t require the development of gluten, like crackers, brownies, and quick breads, turn out very well as a GF product because “they don’t need the stretchy elastic qualities of gluten”, whereas loaf breads are more problematic because they require gluten development. This is why Benton gluten free crackers taste so good—they are naturally better without gluten. There are 2 flavors you can try: Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic, and Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax, and you’ll be pleased to know they are lower in sodium compared to other crackers.
The recipe I’m sharing is simple, but it like it, like it, yes I do! It’s a peanut butter and jelly cracker sandwich and I’m spreading the PB and jelly on the Gluten Free Original Cracker with Flax. This is a fun and healthy snack that your kids will also love! Peanut butter sandwiches are great, but the peanut butter and jelly cracker sandwich has an edge over the classic sandwich because you can dunk it in milk and it won’t get all soggy like bread sandwiches do, unless you keep it in the milk too long. You can make other variations of the cracker sandwich, too: peanut butter with apple, peanut butter and chocolate spread, peanut butter and banana, or peanut butter and tangerine. They are all fun, easy to make and delicious. Try them!
- 1 box Benton Gluten Free Original with Flax
- 1 jar peanut butter
- jelly of your choice, strawberry, apricot, blueberry or other
- 1 jar chocolate spread of your choice
- Spread peanut butter on as many crackers you want to eat.
- Cover the peanut butter with the topping of your choice, and top with a second cracker or eat it as an open-face sandwich.