Dear Friends,

As we enjoy the Summer season, and the greatest pleasures in life are the simple ones. Life does not need to be complex and chaotic.

This Summer don’t waste your money on extravagant gifts for others. Give the simple gift of love, and trust that will mean more to them than anything you could buy at a store.I wish you the best and hope you find this newsletter informative & enlightening.

Have a great June!

Love and appreciation,


In a world distraught with so much confusion and chaos, we deeply need an inner sense of calm and balance. Without peace of mind we have only a sense of insecurity. Open your mind to align with the peace within you.


Peace is defined as the freedom from disturbance, quiet and tranquility. Balance is defined as the stability of oneʼs mind or feelings. Peace is needed for true balance. Balance is the offspring of peace. If you have not created peace both within your mind and heart there will be very little balance. We are always striving to find balance in our daily lives. The fast pace acceleration of work and family life can be very stressful. The moment we begin to neglect ourselves we lose stability. True balance comes from completely honoring ones truth while attending to all our obligations. This means we are staying true to ourselves and still being responsible. This is the only way to authentically create peace and balance in life.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

Mother Teresa 


Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins

Serves: 16 mini donuts

Dry Ingredients

  • 1½ c. Cara’s All-Purpose Flour Blend
  • ½ tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ c. nondairy milk
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ tsp. Ener-G egg replacer + 2 Tbsp. warm water, mixed until frothy (or use egg sub of choice for 1 egg)
  • ¼ c. vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Maple Icing:

  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • ¼ c. coconut oil, melted (used refined for no coconut flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. hot water
  • ½ c. peanuts, chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a mini donut pan.
  2. In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients together until fully combined. Make a well in the center of the bowl and add all the remainder of wet ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until just incorporated and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Stir again briefly.
  3. Place the donut batter into a large plastic baggie. Cut the corner of one side to use as an opening. Pour out the batter into the pan. Drop the pan onto the counter approx. 3 times to make the dough intact. The batter should fill up to about ⅔ of the circle and will rise just above the pan.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes. Allow to slightly cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes and then cool on a wire rack.
  5. Mix the icing ingredients together (omit peanuts) until a nice, thick paste is formed. Once the donuts are cooled, dip the tops into the icing and then immediately into the chopped peanuts. Allow to set.

Creating your very own all-purpose flour blend makes baking an easier and less expensive task in your gluten-free kitchen. I started creating my own blend almost a year ago and have been more pleased with my baking outcomes than a pre-bought blend. It took some time for me to realize which flours I enjoyed the taste of more than others (I personally found that I do not like garbanzo bean flour) and which ones gives the type of texture I liked. The whole point is to play around in the kitchen. Experiment! See what you like.


Today, I surrender to the presence and power of peace within me.

Today, I have no fear in my life.

Today, I will not be overburdened with too much activity.  I keep things simple.


Make a committed effort to create balance by honoring yourself in all decisions and interactions. Be sure to honor yourself while always expressing respect and honor to others. Seek to live with the truth in every moment knowing that the truth will give you a sense of peace and balance. Lastly seek to understand that peace and balance can be maintained and even in times of hectic work demands or family trials. Under all circumstances seek to create balance by honoring and behaving from a place of truth.


We don’t need much to be happy. We just need to know that our lives have meaning and purpose.

Join me in 
TOKYO, JAPANWednesday, June 6th – Tuesday, June 26th




What I have found the works well is a 2:1 ratio of a blend between 2 medium flours and 2 different starches.  I really like how sorghum flour gives a nice texture to my baked goods and brown rice, I find, is a flavor that I personally enjoy. I also like adding a splash (think 1/4 c. total) of teff flour into the mix to give just a slight bit denser, beautiful whole-wheat look. For a more comprehensive guide to gluten-free flours and which are heavy, medium, and light flours, check out my Gluten Free Guide.

Cara’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend
Makes 6 cups


  • 3 c. brown rice flour (I use Authentic Foods’ Superfine Brown Rice flour).
  • 3 c. Sorghum flour (Authentic Foods)
  • 1 1/2 c. potato starch
  • 1 1/2 c. arrowroot powder


1. Spoon out flours into a measuring cup and level off with a knife.
2. Place into a gallon-size ziploc baggie. Seal tightly and shake well.
3. Pour into a container that seals nicely.