I love giving gifts and I love to cook, so when I am able to combine the two it makes me happy. Unfortunately, with allergies and other health ailments cooking for others can sometimes be a challenge.
A very common diagnosis for some people is called IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. When a person suffers from IBS making healthy diet choices is of the utmost importance. Since I know several people that fit into this category, I am always looking for ways to include them when I make homemade treats.
I was recently introduced to a brand called, VSL#3 that is clinically proven to help dietary management of IBS or ulcerative colitis. VSL#3 is a proprietary formulation of a mix of 8 strains of live lactic acid bacteria. It is unlike most probiotics because it is considered a “medical food”, not a supplement.
VSL#3 sent me a wonderful book that includes recipes that are IBS-friendly and one happens to be perfect for gift giving. As long as there are no allergies to peanuts that is.
The recipe is Peanut Brittle and it is one of the easiest recipes I have ever tried. It includes a total of 6 ingredients and is made completely with the use of the microwave. The entire cooking process took me under 10 minutes.
Anyone that bakes or cooks around the holidays knows that time is often not on your side. With this recipe it not only helps me to manage time, but also allows me to share goodies with people that have to watch their diet. I should also mention that the taste is amazing!
PEANUT BRITTLE RECIPE
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 1/2 cups oil-roasted, salted peanuts
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Stir together sugar and corn syrup in a 1 quart microwave-safe container. A bowl or extra-large measuring cup with a handle would be ideal for safe handling.
Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Mixture will be extremely hot. Stir in peanuts and microwave on high for 3 minutes more. Add butter and vanilla, blending well. Microwave on high for 1 minute more. Add baking soda and stir until foaminess begins to die down. about 25 strokes.
Carefully pour the hot mixture onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Use a silicone scraper to empty the bowl and spread the candy out. Cool completely. Break into large pieces and store in an airtight container.
This is just one of the delicious and easy recipes from Patsy Catsos and the VSL#3 Brand. For more recipes and to learn about how VSL#3 can help with the management of IBS and ulcerative colitis, visit their website here.
If you would like the opportunity to try VSL#3, visit their Facebook page and enter to win the VSL#3 Gastro-Nomical Giveaway. The prize includes a cookware set worth $300 from Sur la Table, a leather recipe book filled with custom recipe cards from VSL#3 featuring 12 family-friendly recipes created by registered dietician and author Patsy Catsos, along with a copy of her latest book Flavor without FODMAPs Cookbook: Love the Food that Loves You Back as well as a $50 gift card to stock up on VSL#3.
VSL#3® products must be refrigerated to maintain potency and is available at your local pharmacy. Look for VSL#3® in the probiotic aisle of your local drug store and bring the card to the pharmacist as it is kept behind the pharmacy counter in the refrigerator.
This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. VSL#3 is a medical food and must be used under medical supervision.