Sunday only! Gluten-free fun at Arion Therapeutic Farm

By Angela Petrie

I just wanted to tell everyone about a great event we attended today. It is a fundraiser this weekend from 10-3 on Saturday and Sunday at the Arion Therapeutic Farm. It is really cheap entertainment: tour the farm, pat the pot belly pigs, see the alpaca’s, donkeys and the pregnant goat with twins.

Then we went down and enjoyed hot chocolate, face painting, raffles, hot dogs, regular cookies and gluten-free cookies. The gingerbread men were also available gluten-free and dairy-free.

We sat on Santa’s knee and had pony rides. The atmosphere is electric and it was a tonne of fun! The girls saw so many kids they knew. It reminded me of the McMillan Pumpkin Patch.

It supports a great cause – they are fundraising for a whole bunch of things – but the main thing is it provides therapeutic riding for special needs. Click to read the full article about it in the Friday Capital News.

Hope you can all go, enjoy the animals, santa etc. and support a great cause!

Arion Therapeutic Farm is at 2457 Saucier Road in East Kelowna.

Gluten Free Pancake Cookies

from Fredericton newsletter via Edmonton Nov/Dec 2007


  • 1 c. sugar
  • ½ c margarine
  • ½ c milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. pancake mix

Now ADD; choc. chips, coconut, nuts, raisins or cranberries. Spices can be cinnamon. Allspice, ginger, nutmeg etc.

Flavourings can be lemon or almond instead of vanilla


  • Cream sugar & marg. until smooth.
  • Add milk & vanilla.
  • Blend in pancake mix thoroughly along with the extras you choose.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350degree for 10 to 12 min.
  • Let cool slightly before removing from the pan.

Gluten Free Healthy Cookies

By Nulagh Devlin

  • Cream together the following: 1 cup butter, + 3/4cup brown sugar, + 3/4 cup white sugar
  • Add 2 eggs + 4 tblsp. milk + 1 tsp vanilla
  • Add 2 cups GF oats
  • Mix together the following:
    2 cups GF flour mix + 1 tsp baking powder +l tsp baking soda + 1 tsp salt
    2 tsp xanthan gum + % cup mini chocolate chips 1 cup raisins
    1 cup pecan nuts + 2/3 cup coconut
  • If you wish, add some flaxseed, sunflower seeds, hemp seed
  • In bowl, cream together butter and sugars, Add eggs and beat well.
  • Mix in milk and vanilla. Add GF oats.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, add this to mixture until well combined Add chocolate chips, raisins, nuts and coconut. Mix until well combined. If you are adding any other seeds mix at same time.
  • Drop large or small spoonfuls onto sprayed cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon and shape dough into a circle.
  • Alternative: You can prepare the dough mix leave in fridge for a day and then spoon out the
    mix to cook — the cookies are firmer and easier to manipulate!
  • Bake at 350 for 14 — 16 minutes until browned! These will keep in an airtight container for bout a week. These also freeze well, You can make about 36 large cookies or I make almost double this, as smaller cookies!