Alisa Fleming ~ Last month, I had the opportunity to do a quick trip to Los Angeles for the Celiac Disease Conference (CDF). There were speakers galore, which alas, I didn’t get the chance to see. But thanks to Attune Foods, I spent a fun-filled day talking with customers and enjoying many dairy-free bites at the Food Faire.
As an Attune Ambassador, I handed out probiotic chocolate bars, dished up Erewhon cereal samples (the Organic Cocoa Crispy Cereal being a crowd favorite!) with an assortment of Pacific Foods milk alternatives, gave away coupons and recipes, and talked dairy-free and gluten-free shop with dozens of people. Yes, I love this line of work. But what adds to the enjoyment factor, is the opportunity to sample new foods, and share great finds with the Go Dairy Free audience.
In case you missed it, I wrapped up the Gluten-Free Allergen-Free Expo food discoveries here (where I attended as a speaker and author – allowing me to socialize about special diets even more!). And this week, I have a couple more all-natural, pre-made dessert findings from CDF to add to my expo 'favorites' list …
Fabe’s Fruit & Nut Cake (pictured above left) – I’ve never truly understood the draw to fruitcake, until now. This dense, sweet, and flavorful snack cake turns a funky holiday tradition into a daily delight. I’ve known about Fabe’s for years, but this was my first trial of their baked goods, and I was far from disappointed. To note, Fabe’s offers a wide range of vegan products, but only some of their gluten-free products are dairy-free / vegan too, this Fruit & Nut Cake being one of them. For more information on this product, visit www.fabesnatural.com.
Hail Merry Miracle Tarts (pictured below) – These won a Best in Show Award at Expo West. I now trust the judges at Expo West implicitly. They are FANTASTIC. The Mint Chocolate Tart was so creamy and fudgy that even I couldn’t believe it was dairy-free, gluten-free, and raw! The Almond Butter Tart was like an insanely intense peanut butter cup. Seriously, a little tiny serving will do, and this is from a girl who can down a half a container of fudge. The Lemon Tart was pretty unreal. I don’t love lemon, but I couldn’t help but love this one. For more information on this product, visit www.hailmerry.com.
Article and third party review by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org, blogger at Alisa Cooks, and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.