Grape Soda – Sugar Free, Corn Free, Allergy Free

Can you believe I have not had a soda in a year!? I cut out corn and artificial sweeteners about a year ago, so that means no soda since they are all made with either high fructose corn syrup or aspartame/Splenda. (Well, except Zevia, but that stuff is expensive!)

I never was a huge soda drinker anyway, so it really wasn’t that big of deal. But then….

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I had a garage sale back in August. Those are a lot of work, and by the end of the day, I was tuckered out and in no mood to cook.

We have a restaurant only a mile and a half from our house that is fast food with a twist. It has all sorts of gluten free rice bowls options, either vegan or chicken and lots of vegetables. (They have wraps too, but those are not gluten free).

Since it is close and I was so hungry I ran up there to get our supper, which is a rare treat! Of course, to save money there was going to be no beverage purchase. But a soda did come with the purchase of the kid’s meal.

On that August day, I took a sip of Coke (with artificial sweeteners). I was just going to have one sip. It turned into more than half the cup. It turns out that it was WAAAYYYY to sweet for me. I did like the fizziness and it was nice to drink something other than water or herbal tea.

So I set out to create my own fizzy, sugar free, “soda.”

You will need one of those old fashioned ice cube trays and club soda. (Club soda is simply carbonated water).

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Then take 100% grape juice with no sugar added and pour it into the ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, remove cubes and place in a covered, freezer safe container.

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When you want a drink, take two cubes and place them in a glass. Pour room temperature club soda over them and let the cubes melt. If you use room temperature club soda they melt fast, but the drink will still be cold from the cubes. Add 3-4 drops of liquid stevia and drink up!

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Also shared at Savoring Saturdays.

Grape Soda

Ingredients:

  • 100% grape juice with no added sugar
  • club soda
  • liquid stevia

Directions:

  1. Take juice and pour into ice cube trays.
  2. Freeze until solid.
  3. Remove cubes and place in a covered, freezer safe container.
  4. When ready to have a drink, take out two cubes of frozen grape juice and place in a glass.
  5. Pour room temperature club soda over the cubes and let melt.
  6. Add 3-4 drops liquid stevia.
  7. Enjoy your fizzy drink!
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Garlic Lover’s Hummus

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I love garlic. I use it in a lot of dishes. Today I made a Garlic Lover’s Hummus. Garlic is an herb with endless health properties. It’s good for the heart, blood pressure, keeping cholesterol in check, is an anti-fungal, may reduce the chance of developing Alzheimer’s and much, much more. Better yet, it makes food DELICIOUS! If you do not care for lots of garlic, then you may be interested in this hummus recipe. Also shared at Allergy Free Wednesday. Garlic Lover’s Hummus From: Peggy of Allergy Free Test Kitchen Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 3 T. … Continue reading

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“Cheese” Like Dip/Sauce

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I do not miss dairy products. Oh, I did at first, but after four years of dairy free living, I do not miss it one bit. That is saying a lot from someone who used to consume milk, cheese and/or yogurt multiple times a day! That being said, I did try and make a cheese-like sauce. Not because I was craving cheese or a similar substitute, but rather I wanted something other than hummus to dip raw vegetables in. This recipe is one I found several years ago and never got around to trying until now. My version came out … Continue reading

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All About Gluten Free Flours

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There are a lot of gluten free grains (made into flour) available, but do you know what they really are? What their nutritional profile is? What they are used for? Check out my two part series on My Life With Food Allergies, describing all the gluten free flours I have in my freezer and refrigerator. What’s In Your Flour, Part One can be found here. What’s In Your Flour, Part Two can be found here. Also shared at Allergy Free Wednesdays.

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Grab and Go Breakfast Bars – High Fiber and High Protein

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We’ve had some early mornings around here; as in getting out the door by 6 o’clock A.M! So rather than eating nothing or eating poorly, I decided we needed a good protein breakfast bar. It had to: Be able to be made ahead of time. Freeze and thaw well. Taste well, but be low in sugar. Travel well, as in not be crumbly or fall apart all over the place. I also wanted something that would fill us up. Two things are needed for that: protein and fiber. This breakfast bar has both. Let’s look at a few of the … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary, Update on AFTK, and What’s Coming Soon

So today marks TWO years since I posted my first article/recipe.  Happy Anniversary or Happy Birthday, whatever you want to call it, to me a/k/a Allergy Free Test Kitchen!  It  has been fun.  I hope you have found this blog helpful, encouraging and yummy! So, the summer has been crazy and I feel I haven’t posted as much as I have in the past.  Just when I thought things would settle down with the start of school and all, I have computer issues.  Computer issues are never fun, but when you write a blog having a working computer is kind … Continue reading

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Black Bean Brownies – Gluten Free, Vegan and Guilt Free (Fun Finds Friday)

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A brownie without eggs is difficult to make.  A brownie without eggs that is also gluten free that tastes good is even harder.  Sure, I’ve tried many recipes, from bloggers to well-known cookbook authors.  I tried many versions of my own with so-so results. I have not found one that I would make again and again. Until now. And I’m sure you have heard of people making brownies with black beans and it sounds strange, I know.  But this recipe is so, so much better than other black bean brownies you may have tasted.  I know that to be true … Continue reading

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Banana Ice Cream Pie With Biscoff Cookie Flavored Pie Crust

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What if I told you that you could make ice cream not only without milk, but without dairy free milk too? And what if I told you it would be rich and creamy? Even better, what if you could make an ice cream pie? Well, it just so happens that today I have just that…an ice cream pie made without milk and dairy free milk! With the pie filling having no added sugar it is super healthy too! What more could you want? Anyone could make this it is so easy! And there are many people without food restrictions that … Continue reading

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Five Cooking Shortcuts I Use

Do you feel overwhelmed with all the preparations it takes to get a meal on the table?  Cooking gluten free or allergy friendly can be a daunting task.  Maybe you are not gluten free or have allergies, but like to cook REAL FOOD!  That is time consuming too! Head on over to My Life With Food Allergies where I have an article posted with my five cooking shortcuts.  You can read the article here.

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Dairy Free Ice Cream by Kelly V. Brozyna- Cookbook Review

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July is national ice cream month. So what better time to talk about a new dairy free ice cream cookbook!?!? (The author did not ask me to write this, I just chose too). As I happen to have a July birthday, my husband bought me the cookbook Dairy-Free Ice Cream – 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar.   I love reading and perusing through cookbooks, but I think it was also a subtle (or not so subtle) clue to make more ice cream. This cookbook is BEAUTIFUL! It is one of the prettiest cookbooks I have ever … Continue reading

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