Strange Bread-fellows

udis-gluten-free-products.jpgStrange bedfellows result when so many stars of stage, screen and TV gather to rub egos at the Sundance Film Festival. One bond rarely formed during Sundance, however, is gluten. All of Park City, Utah, seemed to eschew the stuff this year, including those seen just moments before downing their third frosty Stella Artois, the official beer of Sundance.

The Denver-based Udi’s Gluten Free Table pop-up café was a runaway hit January 18-20, with celebrities including Julianne Moore, Mario Lopez, Jane Lynch, Mekhi Phifer, Brie Larson and Jennifer Coolidge filed in to get their glutenless grub on. They sampled flatbreads, soups, hamburgers, grilled cheeses and desserts, as well as Udi’s muffins, granola, cookies and breads (

My Park City-dwelling friends Lizy and Jeff shared with me their own gluten-free pancake recipe (below), which is utterly delicious whether you’re truly gluten averse or not at all.


Mash 1 very ripe banana “to oblivion.” Add 1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter and combine well. Add cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg and a capful of vanilla extract to-taste. Add 1 large egg. Mix to a batter-like consistency. Over medium heat, melt coconut oil on a nonstick griddle and pour silver dollar-size disks of batter. As with traditional pancakes, small bubbles will form throughout, indicating one side is done. Flip and cook on the other side until golden-brown. In a saucepan, warm pure maple syrup and—if you aren’t also avoiding alcohol—add a little Crown Royal Maple Finish whisky.

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