Grain Free is good for everyone! People eat gluten free due to celiac or for those who have wheat intolerance. However, gluten free still contains processed sugar, preservatives and many grains that are not good for the body. Grains can cause inflammation in the digestive tract which can lead to celiac, Crohns/Colitis and other autoimmune disease.
Because we use nut flours, our baked goods are loaded with protein and healthy fats. They will likely give you loads of energy throughout the day and we hope you will look and feel great!
Squirrel & The Bee features grainless (gluten-free), refined-sugar-free, and no or low dairy products. We serve muffins, granola, cookies, and frozen desserts (i.e., low or no lactose ice cream in a variety of flavors), along with more savory items like soups and salads.
Owner and professional pastry chef Michelle Retik, of Short Hills, NJ, began exclusively cooking with nut flours and local honey in 2012 after experiencing little success with traditional medical treatment for Ulcerative Colitis. Michelle switched to a restrictive dietary regimen that eliminated all grains, refined sugars and most dairy and immediately began experiencing relief in her symptoms. She is now completely symptom free. Word spread of her baked goods and Michelle soon found demand for her specialty pastry treats for others both on and off the restrictive diets.
“This is my lemonade. I was faced with an unfortunate diagnosis and was able to turn it into something that not only helps me but many others as well. I’m able to pursue my passion, help others, and feel great every day.” -Michelle Retik
What goes in…
Adding nuts into your daily diet is good for heart health and provides healthy fats, calcium and other nutrients that are great for your body. We use a combination of nuts including almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews and macadamias in our baked goods for taste and nutrition. Go Nuts and Enjoy!
Squirrel & The Bee uses local honey to help sweeten our treats. This keeps food miles down and helps the beekeeper to cover the costs of beekeeping. Local honey complies with all food standards requirements but is not mistreated to give it a long shelf life. It tastes quite different to foreign supermarket honey and has a flavour that reflects local flora.
Yes, we use grass-fed butter! Why?
Butter is almost completely casein and lactose-free. The least problematic macronutrient in dairy is the fat. This means that since butter is mostly fat, most people can tolerate it even if they have a sensitivity to dairy. And grass-fed butter is a healthy fat!