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Gluten-Free Pineapple Coconut Muffins

Gluten free pineapple coconut muffins
Tender pineapple muffins with toasted coconut.

I thought I'd reprise this important post (and fabulous muffin recipe) from a year ago- when the gluten-free community was buzzing from insults on every side. Consider this my UNapology for living gluten-free.

April Fools Day looms. But you won't find any tricks up my sleeve. Unlike the greater, broader world beyond my kitchen that apparently harbors a few individuals contemptuous of living gluten-free. This was a tough week to be a celiac. Assaults ranged from the merely mean-spirited to the stunningly ill informed. There was the alleged chef in Colorado (I say alleged, because it turns out this nudnik may have actually been a waiter) ridiculing gluten-free diners (the term he favored was "idiots") and crowing on Facebook that he passes off regular pasta as gluten-free (join the lively discussion here). There was the Dr. Oz show calling gluten-free a "fad diet", asking is it "just a myth?" (in full disclosure, I believe he meant as a weight loss tool, as a certain gluten-free celebrity has been claiming in her g-free book- ironically, featured on Dr. Oz last year). And finally, there was a famous food blogger-turned-author whose foodie envied blog-to-movie deal has apparently not cultivated much compassion for those of us stricken with gluten sensitivity. She barked on Facebook, "If I have to read one more thing about going gluten free I'm going to stomp on someone's face." And more than one person agreed with her. One of her fans (a food blogger) added, it's "too precious".

Strap on your helmets, Campers. There's not a lot of love out there.

I know this. You know this. Some of you have even shared stories about not only eye-rolling waiters and could-care-less food preparers, but family members sneaking gluten into what they feed you, just to "see what happens". Just to test you.

Let me repeat that.

Family. Feeding you gluten. On purpose.

No wonder strangers feel they can openly spout contempt. If we are not respected within the bosom of our own clan, our flesh and blood, how can we expect random strangers to care?

The truth is, they don't.

Until their child gets anemic for no apparent reason. Or their young wife breaks a hip. Or their mother shrinks to skin and bones before their very eyes. Then it becomes interesting. Then the mystery becomes worthy of their attention. And they start asking questions. What is that disease called, you know the one where you can't eat bread? 

Celiac disease is sadly under diagnosed. Millions have it and don't know it. And that translates to an epidemic of silent suffering- a lot of mysterious malnourishment, anemia, and osteoporosis. A lot of migraines, depression, infertility, and blistery skin rashes in unmentionable locations. A lot of bloating and Pepto Bismol chugging. But hey.

We know you don't want to hear about it.

So forgive us, please.

Forgive us for living with a autoimmune disease whose only cure is a gluten-free diet. Forgive us for focusing so much on food- our only medicine. Our breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our daily bread. Forgive us for asking questions in restaurants. Forgive us for feeling awkward at social events where food is ubiquitous, and family parties, where your disbelief and denial can make us sick for three days.

Forgive us for getting excited when a new recipe works, and our daughter can eat a chocolate chip cookie that isn't going to make her ill. Forgive us for sending our son to school with gluten-free vegan cupcakes for the class. Forgive us for wanting our children to feel like they belong and contribute.

Forgive us our passion for gluten-free food that fills our bellies and lightens our souls. Just a little.

Because to those of us who must live gluten-free- every day of our life- food is no small thing.

Food is precious.

Vegan and gluten free pineapple toasted coconut muffins
Vegan muffin goodness starts with toasted coconut and gluten-free flours.

Gluten-Free Pineapple Coconut Muffin Recipe

Recipe posted April 2011 by Karina Allrich.

These vegan muffins rose like champs into golden domes of tropical bliss. Toasting the coconut gives these babies a lovely toasted coconut flavor. I used pineapple juice and coconut milk for the liquid.


1 cup of sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup potato starch (not potato flour!)
1 cup sorghum flour (aka jowar flour)
1/4 cup organic coconut flour
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup coconut milk (or vanilla rice milk)
1 tablespoon bourbon vanilla
1/2 cup diced pineapple, packed


Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.

First, toast the coconut. Spread the coconut rather thinly on a baking sheet and toast the coconut in a pre-heated oven for roughly 6 to 10 minutes, until slightly golden brown. Make sure to stir every couple of minutes to keep the coconut from over-browning. Remove from the oven and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the starches, flours, sugar, and dry ingredients.

Add in the oil, juice, coconut milk, and vanilla. Mix until well blended. The batter will be thick and smooth, a bit sticky, but not too wet.

Add in the pineapple, and the toasted coconut. Stir to combine.

Spoon the batter into twelve lined muffin cups. Bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes until domed and golden, and firm to the touch.

Cool the pan on a wire rack for a few minutes, then pop the muffins out of the pan (to keep them from getting soggy bottoms).

Fabulous warm.

Wrap leftover muffins in foil, bag, and freeze for optimum taste and texture.

Cook time: 25 min

Yield: 12 muffins

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Tender pineapple coconut muffins that are vegan and gluten free
My newest gluten-free muffins cooling on the rack.


  1. Anonymous13:40

    Those looks soooo good - I can't wait to try!

  2. Wonderful post, Karina! I think many of us in the gluten-free community (myself included) are still reeling from the revelations of this week. I only wish the attention celiac disease is getting in mainstream media was more . . . accurate. -- Tina.

  3. I cannot believe the ignorance that is out there, especially in this day in age! I have not been diagnosed with Celiac disease, but have had the blood test thus far (negative). But even with just a little reading, I completely understood how real and serious it is. I'm well-versed on the matter now, but for people to take it so lightly is appalling. Yes, some people do needlessly jump on the GF bandwagon and treat it like another diet, which only cripples awareness and makes a mockery of it, but for people with CD and intolerance, it is not a diet you flirt with!

    I know that in time it will be taken seriously and understood by more people, it's just frustrating in the meantime to be the generation that has to live through the guinea pig phase. Thankfully, there are at least some doctors out there that acknowledge it and can help their patients. Still a long way to go, though.

    The muffins look amazing! Yummy :)

  4. Shelley13:52


  5. Are you willing to divulge which author said ""If I have to read one more thing about going gluten free I'm going to stomp on someone's face"? That sort of hatefulness would certainly inspire me to avoid this person's books and blog.

  6. Hi Karina!

    I am a very new reader, as I just put my 4 yr old son on a gf diet to try and ease his autism symptoms. Though he doesn't get sick like a celiac, I can tell when he has been fed gluten at school- he comes home with dark circles under his eyes, and wants to sit in my lap and asks for help. He also can become very hyperactive and yells/screams loudly for sensory reasons.

    When I confronted his teacher about sneaking the gluten in (though I provide gf snacks for him!), she countered that since I am not doing the diet for "health reasons", he should have regular treats once in awhile.

    So celiacs are not the only ones being shunned and tricked and made to feel crazy. We have to stand together- along with others who are standing up for their dietary needs, and demand respect for what we put into our bodies.

  7. Well said, Karina! What a week to be GF, huh? :) I hadn't even heard of some of those things going on this week. Good thing we in the GF community know how to show each other the love.
    And those muffins, they would spread a lot of GF love! They look fantastic, great flavour combination.

  8. I share in your rant! My 2-year-old was just diagnosed with Celiac and I am livid when I hear those things said. The nerve of someone wanting to poison my sweet baby.

    Although if a waiter in a restaurant wants to serve her gluten to "see what happens" they will be rudely awakened because her first sign of reaction is uncontrollable potty accidents within 15-20 minutes of gluten consumption. Have fun with that little experiment!

  9. First of all Karina, Thank you for your AMAZING recipies. In the last few months YOU ALONE have been my saving grace. I would like to start out by saying I do not suffer from celiac disease and neither does any memeber of my family. However, in early Feb my youngest son was diagnosed as Autistic. I became vigilant about finding ways to treat him. Publication after publication both on the internet and good old fashioned books lead me to try GLUTEN FREE for my son. Within 2 days of removing the gluten from his diet he foaming at the mouth and going through such devistating withdrawls that I almost gave up. I cried when I thought of all the food my baby would no longer be able to enjoy. Breads, cakes, cookies, cereal, pizza and patsa. Then I found your web site and it all changed...for the better. Now fast forward 2 short months. My non-verbal son is starting to talk, maintaining eye contact and using sign language like a pro. My other 4 children love your recipies and so do I. Thank you for being an advocate for yummy foods that are safe and healthy for us all!

  10. Hi, what food blogger said the following comment, tell me not Ree Drummond?! "If I have to read one more thing about going gluten free I'm going to stomp on someone's face."

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  11. You hit it out of the park! This is excellent. You put into words what we all feel every single day. We HAVE to concentrate on food because it can harm us and it's everywhere. And you hit a point that I think is often lost: that we are also asking to be treated as part of the community. Like we belong. Because if I (or my daughter) is at a party where there is no food we can eat, we don't feel like we belong. Thank you for this, dear Karina!

  12. Well said, Karina! I don't have a Celiac in my family, though my wife is gluten intolerant (equally snubbed). I was very excited last night when an impromptu GF Zucchini bread recipe worked. These muffins look lovely! We (including our 3 1/2 year old son) LOVE the carrot raisin bread with chai spices and the buckwheat/millet wraps among many of your recipes. Keep up the great work! Thanks!!!

  13. Anonymous14:23

    Thank you, thank you! You said so eloquently what so many of us feel on a daily basis!! God Bless!

  14. Lovely post!

    Food is the best medicine (besides love). I feel like those bashing GF is almost akin to bashing a race, religion or sexual preference, based on not understanding or not wanting to understand.

    All I know is that what you don't know can kill you. A relative's friend recently passed because of her undiagnosed Celiac disease, which went undetected for 30+ years. She was sickly her entire life, it wasn't until they discovered she had cancer of the duodenum they they discovered her Gluten Intolerance. By then it was too late.

    So keep doing what your are doing!

  15. And by the way, those muffins look delish! I will definitely put them on my "to-bake" list.

    On another note, I just made the crust from your pumpkin pie for a no-bake cheese cake (i made from scratch). I don't know which was better, the cake or the crust. It paired beautifully. (subbed pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds for pecan)

  16. What a wonderful post! But, there's no reason to be asking for forgiveness. I've seen what it does to people, and the fact that anyone could purposefully feed anyone gluten when they know that they are on a gluten free diet is unbelievable.

  17. These look absolutely DELISH! One question tho' - I only have unsweetened shredded coconut - can I make that work? (I sure hope so - home with sick kiddos and can't get out to the store and I WANT to make these today.....)

    My family may not be celiac, but we need to be gluten free. I wholeheartedly agree that if we (meaning me) cannot get my family to take our need to be GF, DF and mostly EF seriously(and I'm specifically, pointedly thinking of my MIL who passively-aggressively served us a gluten/dairy laden meal after we made it clear beforehand we'd recently adopted some food restrictions), then it's hard to imagine getting the world at large to embrace the need for sensitivity, compassion, and above all - R E S P E C T for the NEEDS of those GF!

  18. I don't know how you do it, Karina, but you keep coming up with the most scrumptious-looking gluten-free/dairy-free recipes! And your photos are so amazing, I can smell these muffins baking all the way over here in my office! Thank you for continuing to make life so delicious for those of us with food sensitivities!

  19. That one paragraph? About wanting our kids to feel like they belong and to experience the same cookie joy as the rest of the world's kids? Made me tear up. I fed my son (no dairy, no egg, no gluten, on and on) his first taste of pudding last night, and he danced, and that made it worth it. Cookies, thanks to you, he's had for a long time now!

    My little family is eternally grateful to you, Karina. There are so many people out there who don't understand, some because they haven't been taught and some because they're willfully ignorant and our need for food a little different from theirs doesn't fit into their closed-off little world. I love that you're willing to consider the adaptations people might need to make to your recipes instead of just giving the answer some do--"I picked these ingredients because they're the best, and you shouldn't even think about changing them." I'd rather change and adapt and learn than just live without. You are a bright ray of sunshine in a sometimes dismal world, and I look forward to trying these amazing-looking muffins.

  20. What a beautifully written post! The muffins look great too.

  21. First off, these muffins look delightful! I may just have to make them this weekend.

    Secondly, I hadn't read anything about the recent controversies surrounding people's thoughts on gluten free. While I don't have celiac, going gluten free has allowed me to be pain-free and nearly symptom free from Crohn's Disease for over 2 years. Had I not gone this route I may have had to resort to more extreme measures like experimental drugs or surgery. I'm thankful for all the amazing information out there on being gluten free and know that my avoidance of gluten due to my intolerance keeps me healthy and happy.

  22. loved your rant! love your blog!
    these muffins look delicious!!!

  23. You say it so well! Even the people who are closest to me don't take me seriously at times. And that has been the most painful aspect of having to be gf. I've seen the rolled eyes, heard numerous times to "just scrape the croutons off the soup and eat it", been told that if I eat the pie filling there is absolutely no way the contents of the crust will bother me. All of this is said with such conviction. So when did they become doctors?!? I even heard someone on the local news station say that the only reason people were jumping on the "bandwagon" of gf was because they didn't want to eat carbs. So everyone out there who's gf, stay true to yourselves and don't let ignorance get you down!

  24. Thank you for this post and the delicious recipe.
    The notion of our needing forgiveness hits me to the bone. Not eating the birthday cake. Not wanting to go back to the restaurant that's made me sick more than once. I have to apologize so often for something that is not my fault. You put it so well.
    Thank you
    Thank you <3

  25. Thank you for this post Karina. You've spoken to the feelings of so many!

  26. Wow, people are just mean sometimes. I don't eat gluten-free, but I do eat meat-free and my family loves to tease me for it. A few friends also regularly try to get me to taste whatever they're having, which contains meat. Or invite me fishing. Ah well, c'est la vie and I still love them. At least they're not endangering my health!

  27. I would like Dr Oz a whole lot better if he pointed out that there are some people who MUST be gluten-free for the sake of their health. That we are NOT gluten free in order to lose weight. He has so much influence, and could make such a difference. I'm deeply disappointed in him.

  28. Well said, Karina. Kudos to you for speaking out about what is on the hearts of so many. And you're right. Until someone faces personal sickness, they just don't get it. Oh, and the muffins look good!

  29. Thank you for synopsizing a difficult time in the life of a gluten free person.
    And for moving onward and upwards toward the light of those muffins! Wow!
    I'll need to bake a batch ASAP.

  30. Rabah16:12

    After spending the majority of my undiagnosed college years (the "best times of your life"), sprawled on the bathroom floor, 5'6" and 87lbs, being starving and sickened by food at the same time.... I SAVOR being truly hungry, and then blissfully satisfied after finding that magical new recipe on your blog!
    And I am so saddened by comments like we've heard this week... especially when I know there are traces of this intolerance in my own life- not outright vitriol or disdain, but the baby brothers presumption and annoyance. Even after witnessing my suffering and recovery, and hearing about the extent of villi damage and malabsorption inflicted by gluten.
    Finally, I second Mouse: "I love that you're willing to consider the adaptations people might need to make to your recipes.... I'd rather change and adapt and learn than just live without. You are a bright ray of sunshine in a sometimes dismal world."

  31. Karina, I would like to thank you for providing wonderful and delicious gluten-free alternatives. I am not gluten-free but I have many friends who are and since I love to bake for others I've been adapting a lot of my recipes so I can include them. I think it's disgusting that people would treat you or my friends differently because of an autoimmune disease. I've had to adjust to living low carb due to a pre-diabetic condition so I can empathize with the need for having gluten-free options because you have no choice. Why should you have to deprive yourselves of delicious food? We need it to survive so why shouldn't we all be able to enjoy it! Makes me mad to think there are some in public positions who have taken to belittling the need or the problem. Keep it up!

    Wishing you the best,

  32. Karina,

    This is appalling, thank you so much for posting!!

    I have Celiac Disease and am currently studying Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University in RI. It is a prospect not without its difficulties (especially now in my mid-30s), but the University has been supportive.

    My goal is to one day help educate people about what eating gluten free IS and what it is NOT. It is for this reason that I have decided to take matters into my own hands and become a chef. I want to teach and share joy through my food...all gluten free!

    I agree that certain "celebrities" have made it extremely difficult for us to prove that we are not following a fad diet, but eating gluten free as the only recourse for our health. We will change all of that by sharing our knowledge, our delicious food, and our joy!

    Thank you for being a strong and reliable voice. You have always been such an inspiration!


  33. Anonymous17:20

    Thanks for the GREAT post! Having a celiac sister and niece AND having gone gluten-free myself to help support my Crohn's stricken husband, I have dealt with so much ignorance surrounding the gluten-free world. It's soooo frustrating having to explain, especially to family members, over and over again, what gluten free really is!

  34. Anonymous17:21

    Mara, I want to recommend a website to you in regard to your post. I am a researcher have been researching the correlation of autism (and other neurologically based behaviors) and the gut. The website I'd like to recommend is This website devoloped by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride addresses the challenges you are facing. The results of following the GAPS DIET protocol are absolutely amazing.
    Kath Phelps

  35. Anonymous17:22

    The ignorance and arrogance of some people never ceases to amaze me.

    First thank you for your blog, your stories, and your recipes.

    Next, although I'm not GF, I run a vegan B&B, and I get GF guests more and more. The thought that someone preparing another's food would PURPOSELY put in an allergen is almost beyond my comprehension. Although, as a vegan, certainly its happened to me eating out (finding beef in soup after specifically asking, watching the snear of the server or others), so maybe I shouldn't be so shocked... but I am.

    Many others who commented have said much of what I already feel, and your post pretty much sums it all up as well, but I was moved to post, just to write a note of support, a note of gratitude. That, and to just say haters suck, and I'm so sorry the journey is so difficult for so many. I love your recipes, and thank you so much.

  36. A-friggin-MEN! I really appreciate your recipes, even though they are sometimes too advanced for my pantry. I'm still intimidated about where to buy flours at a good price. But THANK YOU for making baking fun again!

  37. The fact is, gluten is *addictive*. I'm sure people said similar things about the discovery that cigarettes were unhealthy, too.

    People don't want to admit that their favorite drug might be dangerous. There is NO REASON for anyone to ever eat gluten except that they enjoy it. It has no health benefits, it's entirely unnecessary for normal growth and health, and it's something that an indeterminate proportion* of the population is out-and-out harmed by. Doctors are scared of the growing popularity of gluten-free diets because they don't know how to get supplements into people without enriched wheat flour. It's sad that our diet is so screwed up we've become utterly dependent in so many ways on this one substance.

    * While the incidence of celiac is at least 1 in 133, non-celiac gluten intolerance in various forms, plus wheat allergies, significantly increase the numbers to a level that hasn't been conclusively determined yet.

  38. I find it easier to tell people I have a wheat allergy because then they assume it's more akin to say, a peanut allergy, than a lifestyle choice. It's ridiculous, but I think the Atkins/low-carb diets didn't help the perception much. It's also difficult for many people to wrap their mind around the idea that eating a certain ingredient can cause so much more damage than "just" a stomachache.

    Still, I'm continually impressed at how much things have improved just in the 7 years since I was diagnosed. I was on a college meal plan then and it was just at all understood. Now I'm back in school after several years hiatus, pursuing graduate work, and I'm impressed to see the number of GF options available on campus.

  39. Wow - thanks, Karina. I am new to the GF world, after having lived with the symptoms for many, uncomfortable, un-diagnosed years. I had no idea just how little I knew about this, so thanks for the warning about ignorant people.

    Gladly, there are actually some wonderful GF angels out there, too - I met one last weekend in the form of a waitress at "The Old Salt" in NH. When my dinner arrived covered with bread crumbs, she saw my embarrassed face & sweetly asked why hadn't I told her before ordering. She then whisked it away and had a fresh dish prepared perfectly & quickly & no-extra-charge, assuring me that apologies were unnecessary. She told me to ask for the gluten-free menu next time, and I certainly will! She made me feel "normal" which is all I crave.

    Now I just need the courage to start cooking (baking) from scratch...

  40. Anonymous18:03

    Ironica, please receive this comment without malice, as I don't wish to change the mood of the discussion. There is never an excuse for hatred, but may I point out that GF reactionary disdain is in some cases a consequence of unfounded and sweeping assertions? Please be careful before you say things such as "addictive" and "unhealthy for EVERYONE." It was sound science and cutting edge medicine that diagnosed my celiac and saved my life, and sound science does not back your claims. I lose credibility (in the eyes of the mass uninformed) by association when you regurgitate these things.

  41. Truly a beautiful post. I am stunned by the ignorance of some people and the lack of compassion of others. You're doing a great service by letting people know about these misguided souls. xoxo

  42. Rabah18:08

    V- just try any of Katina's recipes! They're essentially foolproof, and you will develop your own "tweaks" and preferences effortlessly, when you didnt know you had it in you. Read up on the various flours and their inherent textures/ characteristics, and which ones are interhanfeable (starches, "medium," and "heavy"). Dive in. That is all! Really!

  43. Beautifully written. Thank you!

  44. Amazing words.
    I do agree: food is precious and it's the best medicine.
    You have my full support and respect.

  45. Anonymous18:43

    A wonderful post - thank you. I'm gluten intolerant (dairy too), but not celiac. It took me over five years of ill health to be diagnosed. The thing I absolutely HATE more than anything is being labelled 'fussy' or 'difficult' (and yes, at times by my own family) because I can't eat certain foods. When you don't eat something because it makes you sick you're not 'fussy', you're intelligent and informed. I wonder how many people shy away from investigating suspected food intolerances because so many negative attitudes surround them.

  46. Karina,

    Thank you very much for the beginning of your post. I recently went to a conference where there was tons of food offered, but of course, nothing more than a few pieces of fruit for us gluten free people. It makes me sad that people condemn those who have to live gluten free and I greatly appreciate you speaking out for us.

    Also, the muffins look fantastic! :)

  47. Let thy food be thy medicine.

    I whole-heartedly agree about the family members "not getting it". Some friends too. An aunt said to me, " Well can't you just have a little cake?"

    "Sure, but I'll end up in the bathroom for days and with a migraine to boot. Would you give a child with diabetes "a little sugar" just for fun?

    I think the problem is that Americans in particular are disconnected from their food. If it doesn't come from a box, bag, or drive-thru's not "food".


    Gluten-free bloggers of the world, UNITE!

  48. What a great perspective - to strap on our helmets. This is life, for better or worse, right? I still couldn't help writing a little rant about the Dr. Oz segment though! Didn't it seem like Dr. Oz and Dr. Hyman were hired to do two very different segments?

  49. Katie and I only recently started eating GF, but often times we don't want to tell people because they will think we're just on the "diet fad" bandwagon. Our life has changed so much since we changed our diet, and we wish other people understood gluten intolerance, or at least would listen long enough to learn what it is!

  50. I'm so surprised / saddened that celiac doesn't inspire more compassion. I don't have celiac, but have several friends that do & their health was transformed once they cut out gluten. I love surprising them with g-free treats & enjoy them myself. :) I absolutely LOVE your blog! It's my favorite blog to share with g-free friends.

  51. This is just such an awesome post Karina! I love how you just say what needs to be said. I guess I missed most of what is going on in the GF world....I have been so busy with my own life lately. Thank you for sharing all of it so eloquently and with gusto! Of course the muffins look yummy too! -Ali :)

  52. Thanks for sharing karina! It's so true that many people disrespect the significance of dietary requirements. I'm not a ceoliac but I do have Crohns disease complete with fructose malabsorption. Being gluten free is difficult, yes, but try going to a cafe, restaurant or friends house where every dish has the potential to hospitalise you. Most places will not cater for low FODMAP diet for fructose malabsorption, and while friends try hard it's easier and less risk to cook at home where I can create and adapt recipes for my special needs.

  53. Shocked and horrified. I'll be cross posting this info on my blog. I really appreciate your comments about our children. I got myself out of my comfort zone because I have to keep my daughters GF.
    I was diagnosed 12 1/2 years ago, and since then every single woman in my family has also been diagnosed. It's heartbreaking to see them feel like they don't fit in because their friends won't eat their snacks.
    It inspired me to become an awesome GF baker.
    On a positive note= love the cupcakes. I haven't cooked much with coconut, or coconut flour, but think I will have to start playing with it. These look really wonderful.

  54. Karina,
    Thank you for your thoughtful and powerful post (and the delicious-looking muffins).

  55. Hi Karina, I agree with you that there is not much sympathy out there and a whole lot of ignorance.
    I am a professional chef who is both Gluten and Lactose intolerant, and I see my mission as feeding awesome gfree foods to my poor old coeliacs as second to my duty in EDUCATING the other chefs and kitchen staff I deal with everyday. I show them and teach them how vitality important it is, and not just 'fussiness'.
    I take in gfree and lfree goodies every week to share and as they understand how good they are, and I explain the ingredients, the message slowly gets through.
    Keep up the good fight!

  56. I can't believe there are still people who don't believe in the validity of Celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Next they'll say people don't die from peanuts and other food allergies.
    Idiots, no selfish idiots.

  57. Very few people understand how severely a gluten-sensitive person responds to consuming it. I know within 15 minutes of eating, even the smallest amount, that something is very wrong. My in-law's are convinced it's 'in my head' and to be honest I've stopped trying to convince them otherwise. In this world there will always be sense banging your head on a wall hoping to transform it into a door :)

    btw - I must be the only gluten-sensitive person in the world who enjoyed Elizabeth's book. It was the first celiac story I read after four years of suffering and it made me feel like maybe I wasn't completely alone. I think people have preconceived notions about her and therefore judge the book a little too harshly.

  58. Karina - amen. I'm ready to take a vacation from haters of all kinds. Is it me or is the narcissism getting worse and worse and worse? It's not just about gluten eaters vs gluten-free's everywhere. An epidemic. That's my rant for today.

  59. Anonymous07:53

    Hi Karina,

    Can I use you rant - with full credit - that it comes from you and all your information, in a binder I am preparing for a cooking workshop? It's so important that "normals" know how life is for us. How even the minute ingredients are important. Our message needs to be disseminated.

  60. Sharyn08:44

    I just finished a delicious zucchini muffin made from your zucchini bread recipe. I bake gf for myself and a friend and your recipes are the best. I might add that I've felt "left out" many times and it doesn't feel good. Now I take a plate of gf cookies or other goodies to share when I'm invited to a shower or other gathering. Others appreciate having the gf option.

  61. Ellen09:15

    This post made me cry. I'm furious that gluten-free has become a ridiculous fad diet for some. It leaves those of us with celiac disease in such a bad position. (Oy! The word "celiac" in this post was just underlined in red as an unrecognized word. There you have it.) Thanks for your wonderful posts and recipes. Who said, "We must hang together, or surely we shall hang alone."?

  62. Well said Karina, well said. People can be so brutal, so ignorant! Maybe all of this ignorance can one day turn around to something positive? Lets hope :)

  63. Anonymous11:12


    I love your website. Through the years, I've struggled to figure out various allergies for my daughter and in doing so, have experienced the same reactions you mention. Waiters, family members, co-workers, etc. all act like you've somehow lost your mind for restricting your child's diet (because "It's so hard! How can you do that? What on earth do you feed her? Don't you know she feels like a freak when you bring those kinds of treats to school?") I've learned to be even toned and to educate people in the nicest of ways, but sometimes, I've just wanted to shout: "Don't YOU know what it's like to be up all night with a kid who can't breathe, whose nose bleeds, whose eczema is so itchy she claws herself and has sores for days? Who sits on the toilet for endless hours trying to 'do her business'. Who feels miserable all because of what she is eating?" Thank God for people like you (and the Gluten-Free Gourmet) who helped me to understand that celiac disease is not just diarrhea and anemia; it's so much more. I am indebted for the recipes, support and humor that you bring "to the table". Keep up the good work! YOU ROCK!!!

  64. This brought tears to my eyes. Thank for writing this. Thank you for putting into words all the frustration I have felt for the last 6 weeks (just finding out that daughter has Celiac). Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am grateful there are people like you to give me hope, recipes and company.

  65. My daughter has a gluten sensitivity and we just went to a pizza party at a local joint for her sports award. When I ordered I asked for a hamburger with no bun and asked if the french fries had coating on them. The women checked and they did so I ordered a side salad much to my daughters dismay (very upset, first to be left out of pizza and then no fries) when we got the order there were the fries next to the hamburger. Come on!
    And on the topic of family feeding her wheat, I just tell them they can sit in the bathroom with her while she's throwing up. : ( Can't wait to try these muffins!

  66. Karina, I'm so sorry for your pain - I wish we could make all of the haters in the world go away. But they're out there, and they'll continue to be out there, wasting away their lives when there's so much good to be done. I hope you keep spreading the love that comes shining through your lovely blog - I love all things creative and beautiful, and I absolutely love to cook and bake. I don't have to eat gluten-free, but I strive to eat all things healthy and delicious - which brings me back to your blog, and your recipes. Have a lovely, wonderful day - you deserve it!

  67. alli14:42

    I really appreciated your post, but unlike a lot of people on this thread, as someone who was diagnosed with severe wheat, oat, barley,corn, rice, and rye allergies 20 years ago, I completely agree with a lot of the complainers out there about the current GF "community" who aren't M.D. diagnosed celiac or M.D. diagnosed allergy based people.
    After I was diagnosed, it was *extremely* faddish for everyone to have a "wheat intolerance". Even Vogue Magazine got on the bandwagon and wrote a piece about eating wheat free for a thinner body. Most Holistic nutritionists where I live that I worked with, and in L.A., were pushing for the elimination of dietary wheat due based on psedo-scientific reasons for people who weren't at all allergic because you got up with less weight and peed a lot of water out when you didn't eat wheat. As all any current and former Atklins devotees know, carbs make you puffy and bloated especially wheat. All the restaurants catering to the fashionista/entertainment/artist crowds were serving Spelt, and other alternative grain filled products in order to avoid the dreaded "stomach bloat" and supposed "constipation" that eating Wheat brought on. I saw haters about this crowd back then too for this crazy diet fad,and I stopped eating out unless at vegan macrobiotic restaurants where I could be 100% certain I was getting clean food.

    This current "gluten sensitivity" that half of Hollywood seems to be suffering from, is the same BS as the wheat free fad, in my humble opinion with a fancier more scientic sounding name. But still BS. Like, have these people prepared big separate bowls of all the gluten grains- pure barley, rye, spelt, wheat and oats, etc.. and tried each one of them one day at a time and monitered any reactions...?

    No, probably not. You'll most likely find like I have with my GF sensitive friends and buddies, that they probably get bloated and head-achey from crackers, pizza, bagles, bread crumbs on foods, pastries, and that very very few of them who are diagnosing themselves an "gluten intolerant" have actually ventured to see if *all* gluten grains bother them in their pure and natural state while following a strict rotation diet.

    Whatever, you know? As long as there are women wanting to look hot, there will always be diet crazies. :)


  68. Karina, everyone else has said it already, but I'll say it again...Amen!

    And in response to Alli, while I do think there are a large group of people out there who are trying to eat gluten-free because they think it will help them lose weight, that is not the "gluten-free community." They represent a small percentage for whom it is a fad, and they'll lose interest over time. I find that frustrating as well because I think it gives less credibility to the rest of us for whom this is a necessity. BUT the majority of us who are gluten-intolerant but not MD diagnosed (which is my case) are not doing it in any way because of weight or trying to look a certain way. I've been gluten-free for 2 years and I plan on remaining that way for the rest of my life. I never lost weight eating gluten-free or stopped getting bloated or any of that. I eat gluten-free because it causes psychological problems and severe depression. That's just my reason. Everyone has their own. But I know that the gluten-free community includes a lot of people who have had to self-diagnose themselves because their doctors don't believe in gluten-intolerance. When I asked my doctor about a connection between gluten-intolerance and depression, he told me that didn't exist. Therefore, I had to take matters into my own hands.

    Sorry if that was long, but I felt the need to point out that the "fad dieters" and the "gluten-free community" are not the same thing and should not be lumped together. And like I said, some of us are self-diagnosed simply because our doctors didn't listen.

    Oh, and as a side note, I do want to point out that blood tests have shown that gluten sensitivity is much more common today than it was 50 years ago. My guess is that this is due to genetic modification of our crops, and that as much as this may seem like a fad, it might just be a sign of things to come as our food becomes more a corporate product and less natural. Perhaps more people are saying they're gluten intolerant because our food has changed, and thus more people ARE gluten intolerant. Just another good reason to go to farmer's markets, right?

    Ok, I'm done. :)

  69. Karina, you're wonderful. Your words spoke what so many were feeling and thinking.

  70. Very well said! There are so many people out there who are just unwilling to accept that we actually get sick from eating gluten, and that we do everything to avoid that. I hope your post will change some people's minds.

    And those muffins look great by the way!

  71. Karina I really appreciate your post about the current treatment of people who suffer with gluten allergies. I agree that some people are just on a fad diet but I also believe that we shouldn't be too quick to judge someone who hasn't been diagnosed by an MD. Oftentimes it is difficult to get a diagnosis if you have intolerance as opposed to full out Celiac's. Furthermore, people have different levels of sensitivity and the results of lab tests are based on a predetermined threshold that an individual may or may not meet depending on what they have been eating prior to the allergy test.

    One of the best alternative ways to determine whether or not you are intolerant is to go on an elimination diet, preferably under the guidance of a traditional MD or a holistic health care practitioner.
    Also, lets keep in mind the fact that there are many different kinds of wheat and that the different strains have varying gluten content. One of the reason so many people are popping up with gluten intolerance is because we have been selectively breeding wheat for the highest gluten content because the average American enjoys chewy baked goods.

    So for many people this is not necessarily a fad, they really may be sensitive to the excessive levels of gluten found in modern day food. I certainly don't enjoy walking around bloated and uncomfortable and I don't think anyone should have to just because their diagnosis isn't "official" Sorry for the rant for those of you who understand. I just wanted to express my feelings because it really bugs me when people are upset about other people having intolerant views but are just as judgmental. Have a great day everyone!

  72. Bravo, Karina! Well written, as always. Thanks for all you do for our community.
    I've been diagnosed with celiac disease and on a gluten free diet for 15 years now and although life has gotten easier in some ways, in other ways it hasn't. People still don't understand or believe. It used to be they thought I was on the Atkins diet, now they think it's for weight loss or something else. Some day...

  73. There's a whole lot of love and good things in these bright happy muffins. :) Thanks for sharing, it's always inspiring.

  74. This would be a great help for all those who are suffering from celiac disease. On behalf of them, I would like to thank you for sharing to us this wonderful post. Next, I will really try to use this recipe that you have shared to us. This is one healthy treat that I can give to my kids. This muffin combines the taste of citrus and coconut milk. These muffins are of high nutritional value. I'll give this an A+! Again, thanks for sharing to us this wonderful treat!

  75. Ever inspiring, ever delicious; you rock my world, Karina.

  76. A few days back my Auntie was diagnosed with gluten digestion problem and she asked about gluten free recipes. I am so glad I found your blog - it's a true relief!

  77. Wow, Karina. I am tearing up over this post! A much-needed point so poignantly made! We eat GF, avoid eggs, soy, yeasts, and dairy so that our sweet little daughter can live a happy and healthy childhood (one without the constant ear infections, skin rashes, intestinal trauma, fatigue, and lethargy she knew so well). We are constanly questioned about the legitimacy of her food allergies and maladies (even from family members!). THANK YOU for your post and for this blog. You have opened our kitchen and our hearts and filled both with a renewed love for food.

  78. Anonymous00:14

    You are a genius! These were amazing. I used coconut oil, full fat coconut milk from a can and half coconut sugar half organic cane sugar because that's what I had on hand and... wow.

    ~ Maya

  79. Dearest Karina! Amazing always thanks for sharing yourself with us. I have to be honest, after the briefest of "wth" reactions, I actually felt uplifted.

    I've come to see my intolerance for gluten as a truly wonderful gift. It has helped me to become much, much more aware of what I'm putting into my body which seems like it can only benefit me in the long run (hello to more organic/heirloom gardening and so long to the easy way out, over processed/pre-packaged foods. I think I've been able to use my new understanding of what it's like to be the odd-lady out to more sensitive to the needs of those who might not be "the default" or "typical" in our society. And I've been able to help several friends (encouragement, suggestions, first batches of gf brownies) move to gf eating for health reasons (crohns, mineire's, poly-cystic ovarian issues, etc....). Darn it, it's nice when you've been prepared to be the person your friend really needs when they need it!

    Because it's rare that we grow to our potential without a few obstacles to overcome, I've decided to see my system's little differences as something to be celebrated for so many reasons. And hello, it lead me to you! Here's to the next year of really appreciating who we are without apologizing or seeing different as wrong. Cheers, babycakes!


  80. Your turnsouts are always so wonderful! I just love it! I wanted to make muffins based off of a previous post you did. I tried..(tried is the key word), to make some strawberry banana muffins, but I didn't have all the ingredients you mentioned so I used what I had...bad idea.

    •3 ripe bananas, mashed
    •3/4 cup date sugar
    •Ener-G egg replacer for 2 eggs
    •1 tsp vanilla extract
    •1/2 cup vegan margarine, softened
    •2 1/4 cups brown rice flour
    •1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    •1/4 tsp baking soda
    •dash nutmeg and cinnamon
    •dash salt
    •1 cup diced strawberries

    Yeah mine were edible, but not fluffy and delicious. I am going to have to stick to your instructions.

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

  81. Karina, using the recipe I mentioned above, can you give me any advice on how to make sure the next batch of muffins I make are fluffy (more egg replacer maybe or rice milk?), mine were a tad bit thick, and not as sweet as I would like them, could the date sugar make a difference than other sweetners? This also was my first time using brown rice flour, should I use less flour?

    I have a gluten, soy, diary and white sugar/ enriched white flour free diet..

    Thanks so much!

  82. Lalalizzie- The best advice I have is not to use one single gluten-free flour in a recipe. I wish gluten-free baking was a one-to-one substitution for regular flour, but it's- unfortunately- more complicated. Because gluten-free flours lack elasticity, we have to combine various flours with starches and a touch of xanthan gum to compensate. The closest alternative to trying out one flour would be to use a gluten-free baking mix (which is a blend all ready for you, preferably with xanthan gum added).

    Brown rice flour alone can be pretty heavy. As you discovered!

    I suspect palm sugar is also a bit heavy, too. And without eggs, gluten-free baking is not going to be quite as fluffy as you might like- though with muffins, it's easier to achieve (because of the size).

    Hope that helps! xox


  83. Thanks so much!

    Yes brown rice flour is heavy, you should have seen the look on my face when I started to stir my batter it looked like paste. I could have made a ball, thrown it across the room and it would have been plastered on the wall. hahaha!

    This really helped out, it all makes sense ...LOL. I am new to this and love to bake so finding your site has been a dream come true!

  84. Can't wait to try these! I've added your recipe to My Favorite Recipes from Last Week post. Thanks! ~Aubree

  85. Hi Karina!

    I don't know if you remember, but I wrote a comment awhile ago about your pizza dough recipe. I noted that the recipe didn't really work and said that my sorghum flour was dark brown, whereas your baked goods look "white". You asked if I was maybe using a different kind of flour.

    I was indeed using sorghum flour, which on the lable says only that - "Sorghum Flour" - but on the ingredient list it listed "brown sorghum"! So there really is brown and white (sweet) sorghum, even if the lable does not distinguish between the two! I'm still looking for the sweet, but I thought you might find this interesting. You might even want to try experimenting with the brown! (not sure if the nutritional stats are different). I can say that the brown works perfectly with your english muffin and pumpkin pancake recipes, but not with the pizza dough.

    Thanks for everything - love love love your blog!


  86. Even the dog is a boy16:32

    I had to get up very early to get these on the breakfast table this morning and they were worth it! The kids each took a muffin to have with lunch, so I know they weren't just being polite.

    Thank you for the guidance and inspiration. Baking is fun jeans, well, not so much!

  87. anneliese2525@hotmail.com23:18

    i LOVE coconut and pineapple. thank you for posting. Can I substitute coconut oil for the olive oil or is there a specific reason for it's use in this recipe?
    thanks :)

  88. My husband was in a donuts shop and asked if they had anything GF...the gal said everything was! I knew better. DD asked a waitress about a gluten free menu. She came back with "Well, that has salt in it so that's not and that has some other spices in so I don't think that would be...."

    Someday perhaps people will get it. I admit until DD had to go GF I didn't know much about it but at least knew what gluten was. I had no idea that it was in SO MANY things then.

  89. Anonymous11:16

    Dear Karina,

    Thank you for this enjoyable post.

    I have only ever known one person who was a celiac and I have seen her reaction to the tiniest bit of gluten; so I know it's bad and if people are gluten intolerant, they should not be fed regular pasta just for kicks. However, the vast majority of people out there who claim to be gluten intolerant are not, which is why almost everyone claiming to be is viewed as a fraud. Where I live, it's currently at the oint of absolute ridicule: three of my housemates claim to be celiacs, yet eat 'a little bit' of pasta/pizza/bread to treat themselves or when they eat out or from their children's leftovers. Guess what, they're as right as rain afterwards. That is not celiakia, that is attention seeking. I think this is why there are a lot of people out there who find GF diet a joke.
    Family members feeding you things that harm you are nothing new and not limited to GF people. I am severely allergic to all sorts of vegetable protein and to dome forms of animal protein, and no one believes me until I swell up to three times my size and end up in ER because I am suffocating. My grandmother insisted on feeding me bean broth for decades, saying beans are good for you and refused to understand that they make me ill. The number of people who invited me for a meal at their house and cooked with chicken broth regardless of me telling them I can't have chicken or egg or any poultry. Yes, I was ill afterwards, and ended up in hospital on a drip more times than I care to remember. It's a very common thing.

  90. Great post, Karina. Also, equally lovely muffins!

  91. Rabah17:15

    Am I reading this right? It's a whole tablespoon of baking powder? Is that to compensate for the heaviness of the batter, given the moist coconut, coconut flour, and pineapple?

  92. Thank you, Everyone, for sharing your thoughtful comments on this post. I appreciate your stories. And I'm thankful we all have each other. It's a jungle out there! xox

    Rabah- This recipe is a vegan, egg-free recipe. Three teaspoons (one tablespoon) baking powder replaces the egg and provides leavening.


  93. Anneliese- Yes, use coconut oil if you prefer.

    Tina- I am only familiar with white sorghum- it is very light and springy. My guess is that darker sorghum is heavier.


  94. Rabah18:51

    These didn't rise well for me, and the texture wasn't light and fluffy the way yours look. The only thing I did differently was to substitute orange juice for the pineapple juice and unsweetened almond milk for the coconut milk (but that shouldn't make a difference). I wonder if adding eggs might help the rise.... or just weight it down? I noticed you didn't use any eggs or egg replacer. Is there a specific reason for this, or "just because?"

  95. Rabah- These are vegan, so no eggs. If you'd like to try them with eggs, use two beaten organic free-range eggs and cut back on the baking powder to 1 1/2 teaspoons.

  96. Anonymous20:08


    Thanks you for providing these recepies. A freind of mine was diagnosed with Celiac recently and I want to have her and her family over for a meal. I want to make her comfortable in my home and know that I will support her in her new diet (meaning a style of eating that supports her sickness or allergy, can you tell I don't know much about Celiac other than it has to be gluten free).
    It is important to me that she knows I respect her and will do everything in my power not to make her sick in my home. Not everyone treats this as joke. Please know there are people out there who will support you.

    Thanks again for the recipies.

  97. I have just made these muffins. My hubby has swollowed 4 and said he would eat them all at once if I had not stopped him. This web site is amazing! My life should become much easier with it. Thank you, Karina!

  98. Just pulled these out of the oven, and they taste wonderful! Thank you so much for this recipe :D

  99. I've been reading GFG for a few years now, first to find recipes for my sister, who'd been diagnosed '99, now for me. Today I popped in for some quick dinner inspiration. Reading this I got another kind of inspiration altogether.
    In January, your words "mysterious malnourishment, anemia, migraines, depression, infertility, and bloating" all applied to me, and then some (like 20 hours+ a day sleeping and a swollen spleen). As I read these words aloud to my boyfriend, it hit us how hard it had the time I'd made it to the end, we were both in tears (we cried, then kissed ;). At almost 4 months gluten free, I'm just starting to figure it all out (soy sauce?! Some vitamins?!). Alot of that is with your help. Thank you.

  100. nikki18:21

    These muffins look amazing... when I try pineapple again, these are gonna be my first recipe.

    I think the points you made are beautiful.. I recently read a post about doing a gluten-free potluck... and I almost had a heart attack. I couldnt imagine. I said "When I am still figuring everything out, and poisoning myself on a regular basis, why would I put the potential/worry of HURTING me into the hands of a chef in a busy kitchen?"
    "thats a gracious thing... I cant even imagine"

    my bf is amazing, and has adapted to my allergies with a grace I didnt expect from anyone. he makes extra side dishes and food for him, but we look at spices together, and ultimately, the base of everything is GF. My doctor literally waved my test results in the air (for the IgE type of food test) and told me they dont put my stock into.... that. But "studies are showing that some people do better on a gf diet... go for it, if you want" is hard to defend. rather, I'm learning to defend my neurological reactions to food with grace, even without a "proper" diagnosis of anything. My mom didnt even understand the severity until I walked toward her after eating something with corn, and I wavered in the middle of a step, my foot bent ridiculously, and my legs crumpled under me like a dropped puppet. when my mom had to help pick me, at 24, up from off of the floor, where I had started convulsing from cold, completely conscious, crying in frustration. She doesnt roll her eyes or tell me I'm overreacting when I grab my crutches now. But my doctors are.
    I cant imagine trying to say to a chef in a restaraunt "hi, I need to to cook for me, but if you do it wrong, I wont be able to talk well, and will lose function of my legs for a few days."
    But I've found the GF community online to be kind and compassionate. Everyone with Celiac welcomed me to a support board, where i was told "you may not have celiac, but you can eat less than i can!", and I'm so grateful for the acceptance, despite the non-diagnosis.

  101. Thank you for your comments, we are not gluten-free in our household, but I absolutely appreciate mothers & cooks who go out of their way to make foods work for the allergy in their home (and I love your blog and pass it on to others). For us it was sugar & dairy, and I remember bringing "special" desserts to school so my daughter could participate in class birthdays & how awkward that could be. More power to you & you deserve PRAISE, not a feeling of needing to ask forgiveness. What a blessing to others how you work hard to create food that brings comfort!!!

  102. Amelia13:49

    These look fantastic. My 2 year old son was recently diagnosed as being allergic to gluten and dairy so your website has become a saving grace to me. Everything has turned out perfectly and I am soooo grateful as we make this transition (amidst many people's lack of understanding) that I have found your website to use as my go-to, fail safe recipe book. Thank you so so much.

  103. wow what a healthy coconut muffins to make.I impressed.thanks for sharing.

  104. Beautifully presented blog and so well written! Hey, they look similar to my GF pineapple cakes! I have multiple intolerances so it is a challenge to work out new recipes but I have!

  105. karina, i am racing around your blog today, printing recipes like the mad woman i am...thank the goddess for you, my dear....and your eloquent writing above made me grandson is intolerant of not only gluten, casein, dairy in general, nuts("just" some:), corn, eggs, nightshades, and i think i forgot some more besides the ubiquitous dyes and sugars they titillate our kids' brains with....the media around gluten free(joke) and "let's not eat that way tonight dear" just makes ME sick and i am already!

    and about nightshades...that one seems to really raise eyebrows and is my newest 'loss' (and my son's, said dad of little red-headed sweetheart who "had" a miserable first 5 years) but about those nightshades-i digress again- finally i have less pain from my autoimmune disordered body! YAYAY!

    just sayin' ... love your lovely mind and your delectable palette of recipes i so enjoy. perhaps it is because we live on the Left Coast, we have a similar need for certain flavors? and S.A.D? who knows but i do love your magical ways with foods i can eat with gusto again! Now.... off to do my preps thanks to you. blessings of the best kindxx

  106. Thanks for the recipe - can't wait to try it. Somebody fed me gluten this weekend and I was in bead for 2 days with this all over poisoning feeling. My husband couldn't tell that was wrong...I'm pregnant - it wasn't funny. It was debilitating and wrong. I had severe digestive issues from gas, bloating, elimination issues, not to mention heartburn. Certainly not going to that eatery again.

  107. This is beautifully written, Karina. I am so thankful for not only your endless amazing recipes, but your honesty as well. My grandmother does not believe my mother's and my celiac disease is 'real,' and family dinners are often strained as a result. The post-work happy hours are also a struggle, as the boss can never understand why you're unwilling to just grab a glass and drink from the pitcher of beer he's been so generous to buy the whole group. Even with an ever-supportive husband, it's a relief to read something like this and remember that we're not alone in this struggle.

  108. Excellent post! As always, you are ever inspiring. Thank you for being a voice for the GF's out there. I haven't been able to tolerate grain for over 30 years, long before gluten-free was a term and you couldn't find alternative bread options. I've never let myself fall under the title celiac (I can't eat most alternative grains, especially rice-- developed an intolerance once I did follow a strict GF diet of rice-based products), but I know I am. Your post pointed out that I've often been the evil saboteur to my own meal, my own medicine, not wanting to cause a nuisance to those family and friends around. Now that I am working through a greater medical condition(ovarian cysts & endometriosis), being committed to my vegan gf eating is the only thing that has shown positive results & greatly reduced the pain. Thank You for the amazing resource of your website and your passion for the gf way of life.

  109. Thanks you for this post! I can't tell you how many people say things like "Oh, well, it won't kill you will it?" when I tell them I'm gluten intolerant.

    I am a long-time reader and a huge fan of your blog and recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  110. I think the frustration of non-celiacs now stems from the "over-(non)diagnosis" that seems to be happening. Gluten-free IS a current fad as so many people who are not well decide gluten must be the issue and therefore cut it out of thier diets without a proper medical diagnosis. This is dangerous and I hope gluten-intolorant and celiac suffers make a point to encourage others to seek medical counsel before drastically altering their (and their families) diet, life-style and budget.

  111. Karina, I think you are FABULOUS!!! I'm not gluten free - but I came across your blog because I'm looking at living better. My journey started with getting fitter, and the fitness experts (the good ones) tell us that weight loss/flat stomach starts in the kitchen. Recent research tells them that our bodies weren't designed to eat normal wheat products, but that they are a relatively recent addition to our diets (since the industrial revolution). That this is one of the major contributors to the fat bellies of our times - so I started looking at ways to eliminate the wheat and I found you :o) It is sad that people are so systemized and unaccepting, my own daughter (10yrs) tried to stop me from inviting a little girl who is GF/Dairy Free to my son's birthday party (7yrs). I'm not sure what motivated her concern, whether she thought I'd poison her or that I'd make boring food LOL! So she got her little life lesson on why should Miss M have to miss out on a party just because of some different food (there's ALLOT of food allergies in New Zealand, so I know that the Mum's usually provide food for kids going to a party)Miss M's mum provided a cup cake for her and we made GF/Dairy Free frosting to go on all the cup cakes & no-one notices the difference - they all loved the marshmallowy topping :o) You are doing an amazing thing for the world by shining your light and I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate you & thank you for providing such a great array of deliciousness - you are making the world a better place. xx

  112. intentionally feeding someone regular pasta and passing it off as gluten-free is the crime and tort of battery.

    phooey on people who think they know more.

  113. I am truly blessed to have a boyfriend who not only knows all my allergies by heart, and I have 6, so no small feat! He also is constantly searching for new recipes to make for me! I have complete faith when he goes shopping, not something you can usually say about someone who is allergy free.

    My friends are also constantly on top of it, asking where I can eat, if we need to stop by a grocery store, and trying things I made :)

    I must say, if you are GF, Celiac, or have food allergies in general Austin, TX is a great place to eat. Restaurants care, they listen, and they know the ingredients! I found out why my favorite pizza place was making me sick when I called and asked the ingredients after I realized I'm also allergic to corn. Sure enough, their dough has xanthan gum. But they could tell me that, and that in and of itself is revolutionary.

    However, I recently had a great aunt feed me canned fruit (there really isn't corn free canned fruit, anywhere. If you know of some, I'd love it!) and she told me it was fresh fruit!!! I had the worst headache of my life and had no detox tea or charcoal pills to soften the blow. So family and friends, stop with the poisoning! It hurts us! Why do you need to hurt us?

    I wanted to make muffins this weekend! I can't wait to try out this recipe :D I love your blog, you are amazing!!!!

  114. Karina,
    Thank you for another inspiring message. I've read every post and some have been very emotional. The sarcastic retorts of the ignorant are so disrespectful. The most shocking story is the one of the mother who reported her elementary school child was given a "treat" by the teacher even though she was told the child had food allergies. The sense of ENTITLEMENT these people have to ignore serious health and potentially life-threatening issues is more than appalling. It's assault. I would have to have been physically retrained from pummeling that teacher. But, I certainly would have reported the incident to the principal, school board president,etc., complete with a serious letter from my attorney. The people who think they are being "amusing" by poisening us are narcissistic, disrespectful... and DANGEROUS. The other thing I would like to say is: if we had known then what we know now about gluten, it would have been "normal" to have gluten-free kitchen. And mainstream. We're raising a generation of gluten-aware people whose new-found good health will bring confirmation, acceptance and less ridicule. Ignore the ignorant, naysayers and stay focused on what works for you. I am a Type II diabetic. It stymies me when my own mother offers "healthy" chocolate chip cookies, knowing I shouldn't eat sweets and also she knows I'm trying to avoid gluten. I'm pretty sure I'm gluten-intolerant as of this last year and it's reconfirmed again and again when I eat gluten (bread) and my hands (beginning arthritis) ache so badly the pain wakes me. Thanks, Karina. I want to build a gluten-free kitchen and try these wonderful recipes. Lisa in Indianapolis.

  115. I don't care what other people think about my gluten-free diet. I know that I had Fibromyalgia for 5 years, after going GF for about 9 months, the Fibro was gone and I am now off all medications. I am myself again. to all, stick up for yourself and do what works for you.

  116. is that 1/4 "CUP" of coconut flour ? it just says 1/4...just making sure! ;-)

  117. Amen Sista! I've been making these since you first posted them and they are fabulous...and I made them for my family who is NOT gluten free but very supportive!! thanks :)

  118. Had to share. I do not (to my knowledge) have celiac, I am happy to say, but my intestines have made it quite plain to me that they will not put up with any wheat these days. Shall I just say, they will not let any wheat pass... I got to the point where I was afraid that I might have to undergo some kind of operation, which scared the bejeesus out of me. Only that fear convinced me to give up the breads etc that I love - to give up the ease of being abel to find something to eat at any restaurant, of being able to go to a friend's for dinner and not ask what is in things.

    I would not DO this if I didn't have a good reason. And I am known for loving food. So WHY do people still ask me stuff like "is it just a sensitivity?" as if I am just being a finicky pain in the butt (so to speak). I pride myself in being an easygoing low maintenance person - do you think I would do this just for attention?!!! Argh!!

    Thanks... needed to let that out...

    Keep up the good work, Karina! I really enjoy and appreciate your recipe postings, and I believe these muffins were the first GF recipe I made (when I started last year) that made me believe GF was not so bad. Thanks!

  119. Such a WONDERFUL post! I agree with what you said. I am not a celiac but am allergic and hope I only stay allergic. GF has made a huge difference along with only using white rice as my one cooking grain. I am allergic to corn, soy, nuts, legumes and dairy. Thanks for all you do!

  120. Hi Karina,

    Amazing looking muffins! You're such a breath of fresh air! You do such amazing work! Thank you for all you do!

    You hit the nail on the head! Would they do the same thing to a diabetic giving them sugar??? People are just stupidly unaware of anything other than their universe they bounce around in.

    I had all the warning signs of Celiac disease as my mother had it and my grandmother had it. Arthritis runs through my family like a black line and once diagnosed with it, I was actually relieved that it was that and not something else. My mother died of breast cancer because late in her life, some stupid Dr. said she was 'cured' and so she ate gluten like crazy until the end of her life! After avoiding it all of her life, she killed herself with gluten. It was awful to watch! I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

    Keep fighting the good fight! My husband just got the diagnosis so we are now gluten free in our home and loving every minute of feeling great without achy joints and sleepless nights, among other similar symptoms.

    Ignore the ignorant! Do what you need to do to be healthy!

    Portland, OR

  121. Autoimmune diseases as a whole are overlooked far too often. On average it takes about 6 years for a doctor to diagnose someone with an autoimmune disease, because most of the time the doctor blows the symptoms off as something else. I think people with autoimmune disease just need to speak up more and tell people about them...but I think it's hard, because many people don't take them seriously.

  122. Thank you for your post. I get very little respect from my family about avoiding gluten for myself or my children. My children (19mo and 14 yrs) are both sensitive. I've tested myself over and over for gluten sensitivities and celiacs and it continues to be negetative. However when I consume gluten my joints ache, my psoriasis worsens and extreme fatigue occurs. Because I'm a doctor my family believes I'm just trying another fad diet and shows little respect. It is very annoying.

  123. Karina,
    Thank you so much. I have recently been told I cannot have gluten, dairy or eggs. Unless they find out it is life threatening restaurants don't care. So what if you get a tummy ache, yeah a tummy ache with severe cramping compared to child birth.
    As the say ignorance is bliss,let these eye rolling people skip through life until one day it personal affects them. Suddenly their tune will change.
    Thanks for your blog and your yummy recipes, I am trying some today :). And I have already forwarded your link to a few friends :)

  124. Karina,
    Thank you so much. I have recently been told I cannot have gluten, dairy or eggs. Unless they find out it is life threatening restaurants don't care. So what if you get a tummy ache, yeah a tummy ache with severe cramping compared to child birth.
    As the say ignorance is bliss,let these eye rolling people skip through life until one day it personal affects them. Suddenly their tune will change.
    Thanks for your blog and your yummy recipes, I am trying some today :). And I have already forwarded your link to a few friends :)

  125. Karina, I made these muffins Sat. afternoon & am enjoying one for a snack Mon. morning! They are so delicious & have a wonderful texture--just like REAL food! LOL! I'm trying out some of your other recipes this week--probably the Egg w/ Toast & Pesto & the Quiche. Thanks for your wonderful recipes & website! Peggy

  126. Love the pineapple & coconut muffins & GREAT recipes, thanks!

  127. Ugh how awful. I'm not trying to go gluten-free right now, but I am wheat-free (which is essentially the same thing since nobody forces say, barley, on me). Since a few months after getting pregnant, every time I eat wheat an hour or two later I will throw up. Then I'll throw up at the next meal. Then I'll feel queasy the next couple of days. There have been plenty of times in the past few months I've been out and unintentionally eaten wheat (it seems to be in everything), but I don't realize until after we leave the restaurant and I start throwing up. A waiter would think there was no problem. But we definitely do not go back to the restaurant after that.

  128. Hi Karina,
    I made these muffins twice this week (I love the combo of pineapple and coconut!) The first time I made the recipe as is. I found it really dry so just stirred in more water. The muffins were great! This morning I de-veganized them by adding one large, healthy, organic egg. They also turned out wonderful. These are on my list of regular muffins now! Thanks so much.

  129. These are on my 'to make' list because I can't do it today as I don't have coconut flakes

  130. Can the coconut flour be omitted? And if so, what flour would you recommend to replace it? Millet, corn, sorghum? Thanks!

  131. Bless you - I know I'm a little late to the party, but I was just diagnosed with Celiac in October. The time leading up to that was riddled with intense pain, sickness, exhaustion, weakness, and a million other things. When I found out what I had, I cried. Not just because I can't eat my Sicilian grandmother's pasta and cutlets anymore. But because I know how people who are GF are portrayed. How we're scoffed at and ridiculed. Thank you for being a voice for us. I did start a blog, but it's more for me to work through this than anything. I so appreciate you sharing here and letting us know we have options and support.

  132. While never diagnosed as Celiac or gluten sensitive, I continued to battle anemia (low ferritin or iron stores) even well after Menopause despite eating red meat, liver, and taking iron supplements. A functional medicine doctor suggested grain/gluten free and to eat like a caveman (meat, eggs fruit and veg, some dairy) well, LO AND BEHOLD, in 8 weeks, my iron levels DOUBLED and I finally have energy! so, while I never had symptoms, the "glue" in gluten was slowly killing me!


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