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Gluten-Free Girl Can Make Flour

Faces of health.

Faces of health.

Shauna Ahern, I keep sort of forgetting about her, created a kickstarter a while back asking for $79,000 to make “the first grain-free flour blend on the market”. Well for those of you interested, she made her goal.

Thanks to the generous support of everyone here, we not only met our goal for this Kickstarter but also exceeded it by 17%! The Gluten-Free Girl Flour Blends will be on the market soon.

The gluten free panhandlers raised $92,612 which, according to my calculations, should finance about 11 bags of flour on a store shelf sometime next year. Of course even 5 bags would make the venture at least as successful as her eating tour.




  1. supplements we take for granite

    "Faces of health." Gave me the LOLs.

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    • amm

      Me too. Still laughing

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      • xo sherry

        Seriously. How old and/or photoshopped is the "About Us" photo on her site? I wouldn't have recognized either of them.

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    • caffiend

      Yeah, not exactly a ringing endorsement for the gluten-free lifestyle. Makes me want to eat a loaf of whole wheat bread.

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    • I should be meal planning

      Oh my god, she looks like shit.

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      • Jan74

        But she eats an entire ham as a light snack on a ferry ride! So health. Much gluten-free. Such paleo. Wow.

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    • Laura

      Yeah, she genuinely looks unwell in this picture. I know her diet is speshul and all, but I hope she's getting the right nutrients at least...

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      • succubus

        She looks sick and he's all "omg wtf am I latched to please anyone please alright alright wait just smile (deep breath) am I smiling?"

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    • Presidential Spoons

      I really wish I could get "Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean" out of my head. But, alas, I can't.

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    • flour power

      Looking for your flour?

      http://gomiblog.com/forums/food-bloggers/gluten-free-girl

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  2. BusinessBeans

    Woah. Having never read her blog, and in the interest of being kind, I'll just say…that's not…exactly what I might have pictured...

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    • newfiegirl

      I was thinking the exact same thing when I saw the picture.

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    • disappointing selfie

      Phew, I'm glad I'm not the only one who looked at that pic and thought, "huh." I try hard to avoid snarking on people's natural looks, but I was picturing someone slightly different.

      Also, a little off-topic, but why do women who are clearly adults use the word "girl" to describe themselves? There are so many other ways to describe a person who is female, and using "girl" as the default often doesn't really fit.

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    • meagain

      The red runny nose trail on her upper lip doesn't make you crave baked goodness?

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  3. Pumpkin Spice Scented Feminine Products

    Wait...what? I've seen grain-free flour blends in stores like Whole Foods. How would this be the first?

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    • K_Swizz

      Apparently the bag of almond flour in my pantry is imaginary.

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      • Beaner

        and the coconut flour in mine...

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      • MyLittleChallengerSplosion

        not to mention flax flour, bean flour, rice flour etc. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if the gluteen free flour market is saturated.

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    • can jump good

      Namaste, King Arthur, Bob's Red Mill all make great user friendly blends...

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      • Albie Quirky

        King Arthur and Bob's have grains in (rice). But yeah, she's just a big liar.

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        • the-hills-gif-lauren-like-like-like.gif

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        • can jump good

          Sorry for the mistake. We're only toying with GF sensitivities at our house. Mancat complains of inflammation.

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        • Expat A.Broad

          Yes, apparently the people with imaginary gluten intolerances who gave her almost 100 grand (WTF!) do not have the power to Google.

          Perhaps if they would eat some wheat now and then their brain fog would clear up.

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    • Maplegrrl

      I work in just a regular grocery store and we sell it.

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      • semi ho

        Gluten free flour: not just for Les Cruesets anymore.

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    • Jan74

      Dude, I live in Brazil and the f**king crappy supermarket near my house has Gluten-Free Bread Mix - corn flour with potato starch and oats. So I don't get how she is "first" either.

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      • The Missus

        eh...PP got the claim a little wrong. The Aherns' claim is that they are making the only GUM-free gluten-free flour blend on the market. I think. I don't know if they made any claims at all about the grain-free version they are offering sometime in the distant future.

        Shauna also claims it's the most nutritious blend on the market. She may have changed the wording on that later to 'one of the most nutritious'. Whatever. Most of what comes out of her mouth is questionable.

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  4. Waddle in the Woods

    UGH, that screenshot! It's so perfect, by which I mean terrible. I keep silently begging the cameraman to zoom out for Dog's sake! But he won't... he won't... *sob*

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    • Nutella Enchiladas

      Your comment makes me think of that scene in Tootsie, when Tootsie's on the set of the soap opera, and the cameraman receives instructions to zoom in on her face. About three people in the production wing simultaneously yell "Not too close!"

      And I'll just leave this here, because it's just about all I found when I went searching for that scene. (It's the "reveal scene," fyi.)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smTXkhM6v-Y

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  5. EisenhowerTunnel

    Google "grain free flour mix", and lo-and-behold, there are a ton of free recipes. Just a bunch, Many with accompanying recipes, comments and suggestions.

    The first link is to GFGirl, but no recipe, because why give it away when you can cash in to the tune of $92,612.00

    But the next entry and the next and so on are there and they are free for the taking. If you have an even marginally well-stocked grocery store or access to Amazon, or to online stores, you can be making any of them today or within a few days at the most if things need to be shipped to you.

    Inexpensive, fast, easy, tasty, and you can make them with your own hands in moments. Hint: Bob's Red Mill brand is your ingredient friend!

    Bon Appétit!

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    • kittyhow

      Yes but you see Shauna has repeatedly explained that they are doing this to help all of us who are too sad, too fat, too lazy and too dumb to make a blend for ourselves. Yes.

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      • sad, fat, lazy & dumb

        If I'm too sad, fat, lazy and dumb to make my own flour blend I'm also probably too sad, fat, lazy & dumb to mix my flour blend with eggs and bake a loaf of bread.

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  6. supplements we take for granite

    Wait.... If I'm reading this right, the way they "developed" this flour was to take 3 flours - already manufactured - and then blend them together, slap their name on it and call it their own. Is this really what we call "developing a product"? Taking someone else's product and blending them together? And they needed $92,000 for this? Wut???

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    • "Is this really what we call "developing a product"?"

      Nope. This is what we call "blogging."

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      • supplements we take for granite

        Welp in that case, I got all kinds of shit I'm going to "develop." I am going to take Blue Bell brand Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry ice cream and put them together. I'm going to call them Supplements We Take For Granite's Proprietary Super Awesome Ice Cream Blend (TM). Also, this blend is proprietary, so nobody even bother to ask for the recipe. Pls send $92,000, thanks in advance.

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        • Nadines Eye Patch

          How do I know I can trust you? Please send pictures of haphazardly arranged food on stained, chipped serving dishes sitting on a child-sized plastic table covered in dirt.

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          • Cantstandit

            HA!!! OMG...too funny!!!

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        • Ummm, no pdf's of your recipes? I'm not sure I can donate till I at least have a promise of pdf's.

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        • kittyhow

          Just don't use the word Neopolitan in there and you're golden.

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        • Bitches Be Cry

          Don't forget the description of it with words like

          we breathe. this ice cream, this small vat of delicious ice. turned into a beautiful composite of flavor.

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          • meagain

            yes. fierce gatherings. ineffable gloaming. good meats. healthy fats. newborn mudras. unlocked car stolen from hotel parking lot. raise money for widow to fly to paris for a month. broken iPad thanksgiving app never updated.

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          • Feral Chicken

            Yesly breathing. Yes.

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            • Bitches Be Cry

              yesly, yesly, our yeses joined together, one voice. one breath. yes.

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    • Drooling Pavlovian Bitch

      To be fair, this is still significantly more work than many other Kickstarters, which consist of buying a product on Alibaba and pretending that it's a new invention.

      http://www.dailydot.com/business/panda-kickstarter-watch-alibaba/

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  7. Grown by politically correct Amish lesbians

    I'm confused about this. There IS grain-free flour on the market. Is she meaning a product similar to Barney Butter, the first almond butter made in a peanut-free facility, that this will be the first grain-free flour blend made in a 100% grain-free production facility of something? I could see the flour BLEND part being significant but she's so vague... Who gave her $79,000?

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    • Cat Ladies Detective Agency

      Cecily Kellogg, also a picture of health, donated to the kickstarter because you know how careful she is about her diet.

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    • Pumpkin Spice Scented Feminine Products

      It's ridiculously vague. Why would anyone donate money for such a poorly sketched out project? And why aren't those people donating money to me for being alive?

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  8. Madonna of the Gourd

    Or, you know, there's good ol' Robin Hood (gluten free, even!): http://www.robinhood.ca/Products/Nutri-Flour-Blend/Nutri-Flour-Blend-Gluten-Free

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    • Albie Quirky

      Rice is the main ingredient, though. Again, not wking these morons, but the reason they raised the money is because grain-free and gluten-free are not the same, and people* are too damn lazy to weigh coconut and almond and cassava flours every time they want to make pancakes for little Ashleigh who can't have rice or corn.

      *Me. I am the people who are too damn lazy.

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      • Semi Ho

        Bob's Red Mill sells 100% ground almonds--you can even buy it online.
        You can make stuff without cassava or whatever that shit is, and it comes out delicious.
        PM me and I'll tell you where to send the $$.

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  9. The Darling of the So-Called City Fathers

    YES, I've been waiting for this to become front-page material. The Kickstarter rewards she provided are ridiculous ($50 for ONE BAG of flour and a PDF of ten recipes that are probably reprints of old blog entries) and I'm waiting in yesly glee for the shitstorm that happens when she can't send them all out in time.

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    • She hasn't even started on the pdf of recipes, has she? I mean you'd think that's something you'd want done beforehand.

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      • allegedly

        As soon as she gets the app that came out LAST Thanksgiving fixed.....

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    • Betty Cruikshank

      Another GFG-thread hamcat gleeful that this couple's Griftstarter campaign finally floated to the front page! We're all just counting down the days before Shauna's first vague apology for not fulfilling her rewards. "Did I say I'd provide you with a gluten-free pumpkin pie THIS Thanksgiving? I meant Thanksgiving 2015. Sorry."

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      • Clipart Spider on My Tortilla

        Thanksgiving Eve. Shauna sitting in a parking lot in Seattle, waiting 5 WHOLE MINUTES for her Kickstarter pie-buyers to show up, then racing back to the ferry dock in a huff. Later she writes a scathing Tweet about punctuality.

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    • #stickavibeinureye

      Will these recipes be proofread? Or will they be missing key ingredients?

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  10. hoe made garlic rolls

    Why don't they just get a small business loan from a bank? Is this seriously the way people are using crowd sourced funding? Kickstarter is such a joke.

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    • hoe made garlic rolls

      Contribute $2,500 or more and your price is "An exclusive gluten-free baking class in your own home, taught by Shauna and Danny. (Cost of transporting and accommodating Shauna and Danny is additional.)"

      Additional cost of transportation, seriously? I'm flummoxed this couple is successful. Who is contributing to this campaign?

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    • Albie Quirky

      They can't get a small business loan because they're idiots with a poorly thought out business plan. "Won a James Beard Award for specialty cookbook" goes a lot farther with suckers on Kickstarter than it does with a loan officer.

      Also, you have to pay loans back.

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    • Amanda Hugginkiss

      You have to pay back a loan, silly goose!

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      • English Butcher Shop

        there is zero accountability here. she just got $92000 (!) and even if she burns some bridges by not giving rewards in a timely or good-quality manner she still has that fat wad of free money.

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    • Fondles Sourdough

      In order to get a decent loan, you have to have a good to excellent credit rating, an excellent employment history, a history of ownership (like a home), a fully outlined business plan that can answer any questions that anyone can think of as well as have statistics and surveys and such backing up claims that there is a need for such a product, a flush savings account, a steady income, a way to pay back the loan whether or not the business succeeds, etc.

      All unyesly, unjoyful details like that. Incidentally, all things that the Aherns lack. Danny has not worked in nearly 3 years. Shauna hasn't worked since before she was knocked up with Lucy. Their history in the food world has been a bust for the most part: Kitchen Studio, the Martha Stewart f**k-up, the buggy as f**k Thanksgiving app that has yet to be updated, recipes that do not work, the Epicurious debacle, etc. They're in their mid-50s with two kids and don't own a home. They're in massive amounts of debt. They never plan out anything; they just received $92K and are flailing about with details that should have been done before even making the Kickstarter.

      Their successes have been the epitome of white privilege in action.

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      • hoe made garlic rolls

        Interesting. FWIW, I was asking because the assumption would be they cannot get a loan. But thanks for adding in all those details above; now I'm truly flummoxed they were able to raise so much $$

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    • meagain

      I'm sure there is NO business plan, something you would need before a bank would offer a loan. Mere days before the Kickstarter began, Danny Tweeted to some almond board asking about the price of a pound of almonds. That's the kind of detail that if unchecked, could easily derail their plans for the grain-free mix.

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    • pupcakesandpuggybutts

      Because you have to have a business plan to get a small biz loan. Theirs would fail SWOT right out of the gate since there are already several GF flours on the market.

      Plus you need to be unyesly and pay back loans.

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  11. Such Disposable Income Much Daycare

    "Faces of health"

    DEAD

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    • slack-jawed

      Fatheth of health.

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      • ativan annie

        Not to be a WK or anything, but I'm pretty sure being a mouth breather is
        healthy. You get way more oxygen than people who keep their mouths closed on a regular basis.

        tumblr_mi6im4DnSl1s2dwgho1_500.gif

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        • All Cats Everything

          Lol. No, that is not true.

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  12. "BusinessWoman's Special", a short play.

    The lights go up on a woman reading about someone getting 92K worth of money for what she's sure already exists.

    Woman:

    *Goes to Google*

    *Types in 'gluten free flour'*

    *Looks at 15,800,000 results*

    *thinks...*

    *Goes to Kickstarter*

    *Starts my 'Dairy Free Milk' campaign, because why should having multiple iterations of a product already out there stop my dreams of skrilla, dammit?*

    *Waits for said skrilla to come pouring in*.

    The End.

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    • Jan74

      You forgot to say Dairy Free Milk MIX, silly. Yes, you can buy coconut milk, soy milk, rice milk, and almond milk, but can you buy them all mixed together? NO!
      Someone should really send you $92,000 so you can start selling that.

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  13. grass-fed gelatin

    Jesus Christ, I was just doing the shopping, and I saw at least 4 different grain-free flour blends just sitting there in the baking aisle. I have no need of such things, but seriously, they're available.

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    • Albie Quirky

      Really? I've yet to encounter a gluten-free flour blend that doesn't have rice or corn. Can you let me know the store where you saw this?

      I will never ever buy these jerks' flour, because I wouldn't trust them to fall off a log, but a premixed grain-free flour blend would actually be useful in my life occasionally (so lazy, so many relatives with allergies).

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      • I'm not sure if you're looking for a flour blend or just gluten free flour, but you might want to check out Doves Farm products. They're out of the UK, and a lot of my friends use their products, they might be of some help.

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        • Albie Quirky

          Thanks for the pointer! Always good to know about gluten-free resources.

          "Grain-free" is a subset of "gluten-free"; most gluten-free flours are based on rice and/or corn and/or oats. Some people can't (or choose not to) eat grain products, so they use nut, coconut, and tuber flours.

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          • grass-fed gelatin

            OK, whoops, must be me mixing up grain-free and gluten-free, but yes, I'm in the UK, and it was Doves Farm stuff. That said, there were a shitload of non-grain flours (coconut, cassava, etc.) in the shop as well. The gluten-free blends were Doves Farms. (And if their gluten-free blends are as good as their glutenful blends, they're probably excellent.

            Apologies for any dashed hopes!

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          • Jan74

            You know for stuff like pancakes, you can just use potato starch. No need for a mix.

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      • The McFeely Rainbow Experiment

        If you go to Amazon and search for "paleo flour" or "paleo baking mix," you can find quite a few. For some reason, if you use "paleo" instead of "grain free," you get a ton more hits.

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        • Albie Quirky

          Good tip, thanks!

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          • Try 'Civilized Caveman', he'll probably have a bunch of non-grain bread product leads for you as well (I totally forgot that Paleo people would probably have non-grain stuff!).

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