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Bakery provides jobs for people on autism spectrum

A local bakery won big by receiving a “golden ticket” from Walmart and plans to provide more jobs to the severely underemployed autism community.

The BeeFree Gluten-Free Bakery was one of only two small businesses in Indiana awarded a “golden ticket” from Walmart’s ninth annual Open Call event, which has guaranteed them a deal with Sam’s Club stores in January 2023. 

Jennifer  Wiese, founder and CEO of BeeFree, Inc., joined us Thursday on “Life.Style.Live!” to discuss creating Warrior Mix for her son Auggy, recipes for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins, providing jobs for people with autism and more!

BeeFree was born when Wiese could not find gluten-free snacks for her eldest son, Auggy, who has autism. After discovering that the estimated unemployment range for people with autism is 85%, Jennifer has been on a mission to support the autism community through employment. With this unique opportunity on the horizon, BeeFree is expecting to expand its bakery by dedicating more job openings to people with autism

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins (makes 24 mini muffins)

Recipe adapted from Gluten Free Palate

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose gluten free flour – or oat flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar or monk fruit 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 eggs or flax eggs (2 TBSP ground flaxmeal and 4 TBSP water)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 2 TBSP melted butter
  • 2 TBSP sugar or coconut sugar 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Warrior Mix bits and pieces

Instructions:

1. preheat oven 350- coat mini muffin tins with coconut oil
2. mix together all dry ingredients and whisk to combine
3. add the wet ingredients to the above and stir until combined
4. use a mini ice cream scoop to fill the muffin tin 
5. sprinkle with the topping
6. bake 24-28 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
7. store in airtight container and enjoy within 4 days or freeze for later.

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