GF Sandwich Bread & Teatime Snacks

I read over this post once I’d finished writing it and realized it sounded a bit like an advertisement.  I absolutely hate advertisement-blog posts, so I just wanted to say that’s not my intent.  This post is written because sometimes, I want to eat the same food as everyone else (a freakin’ sandwich, or  some bread with delicious French cheese on a picnic), and I want it to be as easy and convenient for me as it is for everyone else.

Before I came to Paris, I didn’t know that it would be easy to find gluten free bread, pasta, and cookies in the regular grocery store, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised!
One of the places I frequent is Monoprix (basically a French version of Target), which carries two different brands of gluten free products: Gerblé and Schär.

Gerblé Products

I’ve tried the gluten free bread from both brands, and have found my favorite to be Gerblé’s which basically translates to “country bread.” Obviously, it’s no baguette, but it’s got a good chew, it’s not too dry, and has more of a “normal” whole wheat flavor. It also holds together nicely, unlike other gluten free breads that tear easily or have large holes.
I also recently tried Gerblé’s Crousti’Pause Cacao Noisette, which are crispy chocolate hazelnut biscuits.  I found the exterior to be slightly bland and the texture a little dry and cardboard-y (reminded me of a rice cake), but overall they were ok as a goûter, or afternoon snack, with my tea.  I’m curious to try some of their other products too, like the butter biscuits, and I heard that Schär has some gluten free frozen meals too.

Two other stores that carry gluten free products are Naturalia and Bio C’Bon, both of which are natural food stores.  I’ve gotten gluten free pasta, crackers, bread and other healthier foods here like jam made without sugar, and tomato sauce and soup made without additives.  They’re good for dairy free products as well.

I’ve been so encouraged to find certified gluten free products readily available in Paris!!

Weeknight Cookies

nobakes01Most days after work, when I get home I just want to sit on the couch and do nothing.
And while I’m doing nothing, I usually want a glass of wine and something chocolate (total cliche girl activity, I know).

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So tonight I will be doing just that with these yummy cookies.  They are easy enough to make on a weeknight because they require no baking.  We called them “no bakes” growing up and they were hands down my favorite school cafeteria cookie, even if I didn’t (and still don’t) think oatmeal belonged in cookies (oatmeal raisin cookies will always be a breakfast cereal trying hard and failing miserably at being a dessert).
I’ve re-made my mom’s tried & true recipe, making them dairy-free and refined sugar-free.  They are vegan and delicious!

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No-Bake Cookies

2 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (my favorite is unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
7 dates, cut into 1/4″ pieces
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/4 cup unsalted peanut butter (or almond butter)
1 1/4 cup rolled oats (not quick cooking or steel cut)
3/4 tsp. vanilla

  1. Combine oil, milk, cut dates, and cocoa powder in a saucepan over low heat.  Mash and stir until dates are incorporated.  If the mixture gets too dry, add more milk by the tablespoon full.
  2. Add peanut butter and stir until just combined.
  3. Take off the heat and stir in vanilla and rolled oats.  Drop onto wax paper in balls about 1.5 inches in diameter.
  4. Let cool until cookies are solid.