Blog Posts by Caroline Shannon-Karasik

  • User post: Gluten-Free, Vegan Cinnamon Scones with a Maple Glaze

    This past weekend marked the launch of my first gluten-free, vegan scone. Oh, mama, was it a successful bowl-and-spoon project.

    I have been wanting to bake a gluten-free, vegan scone for a while, seeing as how it is one of my favorite morning treats. I think of scones and all of a sudden I am transported to a toasty Saturday morning spent in my favorite coffee shop, or even in bed, reading a book and all wrapped up in a snuggly sweater.

    It was exactly what I needed this weekend.

    I have been studying recipes for quite some time, and I had come up with a basic batter formula I wanted to try. The tough part was deciding what kind of scones I wanted to make. Chocolate chip? Blueberry? Cranberry Orange?

    I finally settled on a cinnamon scone, deciding that the warm aroma of the tasty spice would be heavenly as it floated through our home.

    I don't know how I came up with the cinnamon filling for these guys, but something about brown sugar just felt right in my

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  • G'bye Gluten

    It's easy to imagine that when one finds out she has a condition like Celiac disease, her initial feelings would be ones of sadness, confusion and even loss.

    What is Celiac disease?

    What will I be able to eat?

    What about all of my favorite foods?

    How will I ever enjoy eating again?

    But it's weird: I never felt that way when I found out I have Celiac. Sure, I had feelings of being cheated (so no more Oreos?) and I wasn't sure how this would all pan out, but I was never upset.

    Perhaps, it was because I am some sort of ultra-strong woman, or maybe, just maybe, it was instead because I always knew.

    I always knew something was off. Something just wasn't jiving in my body. I would eat and feel sick rather than energized. A simple meal could send me to bed (and the bathroom) for hours, my stomach cramping with pain. I consistently felt nauseous. I suffered from migraines that hurt so bad I was positive they were going to kill me. I had skin rashes every

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  • User post: Pumpkin Cream Cheese-A-Licious

    It all started with a simple pumpkin craving ...

    And, then it turned into this ...

    You would think it was fall or something with all of this pumpkin I have going on, but, alas, spring is just around the corner! Nevertheless, yesterday was a pumpkin-licious kind of day.

    So, let's get started with the deets, right?

    I decided to ease my pumpkin craving with the creation of a gluten-free, vegan Pumpkin Gob. I can't quite put a finger on it, but I think it may have been these guys that took yesterday morning's pumpkin fantasy and turned it into a sam-ich.

    I once said I love a gluten-free (often vegan) treat that can turn even the best of doubters into believers. This dessert qualifies as one of those life-altering moments. Seriously. It will make you do a dance in your pants. It's like a pumpkin and a cheesecake decided to get jiggy with it and have a baby. No jokes.

    Gluten-Free, Vegan Pumpkin Cream Cheese Gobs (Makes 6 sandwiches)


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  • User post: Build Me Up Peanut Butter Cup, Baby

    Sometimes when I am taking pictures of my latest recipes, I can't help but take a few nibbles. Today was one of those days ...

    O.M.G. These things are out of this world!

    Monday was a long day of traveling, so I had plenty of time to hunt down a featured recipe for Day Six of The G-Spot's Gluten-Free with Rachael Ray Challenge. About halfway between lasagna and waffle sandwiches I fell upon these Peanut-Butter Stuffed Milk Chocolate Cookies. All I can say is I didn't care if they were quick or easy or if they left me baking until 3 a.m. -- I had to have them ASAP.

    So, when we arrived home and settled in, I set to work on making this recipe gluten-free and vegan. Here's what I came up with (adapted from Rachael Ray):

    RR's Ingredients The G-Spot Used
    • 2 1/2 cups (15 ounces) milk chocolate chips
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  • You Put the Chocolate in the Coconut, Eat ‘Em Both Up

    Who said you can't have your Girl Scout cookies and eat 'em too? I have been hearing so much buzz lately about Girl Scout cookies and how people are enjoying their latest sleeve of Thin Mints, and I have to be honest, I was starting to feel a bit resentful. Like a five-year-old child I wanted to whine, "But I want Girl Scout cookies, toooooo-uh!" I was feeling pretty sad. Until I decided to create these.

    Oh, you bet I did. This is my no frills, no oven required take on one of my once favorite Girl Scout cookies, Samoas. And let me tell you somethin' -- If you need a chocolate, coconut fix, then this is a simple recipe that you can (literally) eat straight out of the bowl. Have at it:

    No-Bake Chocolate Chip Coconut Oat Bars
    (Gluten-free and vegan)


    • 3 Tbsps of coconut oil (melted)
    • 1/4 cup almond milk
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 Tbsps + 1 tsp of cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
    • 1 1/2 heaping cups of gluten-free oats
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  • Welcome to The G-Spot!

    Hello, everyone! My name is Caroline Shannon-Karasik and I am the founder of The G-Spot.


    Today is our official launch of
    The G-Spot on Yahoo! Shine, so I thought I would take a moment to say hello and explain a bit about our mission. Now, before I let your imaginations run wild, let me tell you a story about why I decided to create The G-Spot.

    I have spent the majority of my life working to understand and learn about health and wellness. I mean, I was the eleven-year-old who created "Get healthy!" motivational plans for myself and spent countless hours reading nutrition books. The moment I understood the connection between what I was putting into my body (and what I was doing with it), I wanted to learn and read and suck it all in! I loved it.

    But even with all of that knowledge, I have also spent a large chunk of my life feeling rather miserable. Sure, I was a long distance runner and snacking on spinach in the midst of all of it -- but there was always

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