An answer to prayer...
The handsome young man you see on the right of this picture is my oldest son. When he was young, he was diagnosed with low functioning autism. Because he seemed to be in physical pain – but was unable to communicate, despite intensive speech and other therapies – and because he seemed to be growing physically sicker each day, I asked our pediatrician to help find out what could be causing his symptoms.
Our doctor, having just come from a class about this ‘interesting new thing called celiac disease,’ suggested that perhaps gluten intolerance was the issue behind his health problems. Sure enough, testing revealed that he was suffering from celiac disease – and a very bad case of it, too!
We immediately put him on a gluten free diet and saw a huge improvement in his health. And then a miracle happened – at 6 weeks into a gluten free diet, he said his first full sentence! – “Mommy, I love you.” Needless to say, we were shocked, and delighted to have this bonus.
Fast forward ten years, and a strict adherence to a gluten free diet has helped my oldest live a healthy life as a celiac and (along with adherence to a strict dietary protocol (no gluten, dairy, or food color) and lots of therapies) to function at his best as a person with autism.
But that isn’t the whole story…
In 2004, my second child – that mischeivous young man on the left – began to exhibit signs of gluten intolerance. By this point our doctor knew what to do, so his intolerance was caught before there were further complications.
Six months later, I found out where all those Silly genes were coming from and began to heal, myself.
With three people diagnosed with celiac, it made sense for the whole family to eat gluten free, and with that much gluten free food being consumed, it was only logical that Something Would Have to Be Done.
I started baking my own breads and goodies, using the information and recipes available at the time. Now, this was back in 2006, and there really wasn’t anything out there.It was all rice cakes and recipes that didn’t work, and I was fed up with not getting fed.
I wanted a flour that would work in my mom’s old recipes, look right, and taste right. I know it’s hard to believe – but there wasn’t anything like a cup for cup flour available at the time, and I didn’t even know if it was possible! One late night, I threw up a desperate and very sincere prayer to the Almighty and went to bed. That night I had a dream.
In it, I was mixing up a formula for a new kind of flour. Waking up, I took this idea – this formula – and literally ran down to the kitchen, concocted the flour mix, and made my mom’s famous apple pie.
I finally had a cup for cup flour! A friend liked it so much she offered to buy it. A friend of the friend asked if she could buy it, too, and I figured “why not?”. Soon word spread that “Naomi Poe’s Better Batter” was for sale, and the company’s been growing ever since!
We’re still a small, family owned, mom-run company, and I’m still having a blast helping other families like mine – with multiple food allergies (and with kids with multiple food allergies!) – find their groove again.
You have a story, too. If Better Batter’s been a part of it, I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a note, any time, and thanks for making my family business a trusted part of your family’s baking.
At Better Batter, we believe that you should eat freely.
We believe that everyone should eat real-tasting food, using regular recipes, at reasonable prices.
We’re committed to developing and marketing the very best in gluten and allergen free products, and we pledge to do everything we can to meet your dietary needs in an affordable manner.
We’re constantly looking for ways to save you money and to put products into your hands that make sense. When you buy Better Batter products, you’re not going to find allergens, sub-par ingredients, hidden costs (like the need to add your own xanthan gum or fat) or chintzy portion sizes – when you order our products, you’ll get a full sized product that will be good enough to feed anyone without apology.
At Better Batter, we believe that we should give freely
What would it profit us to gain a fortune and lose our souls?
We donate at least 10% of our net profits to social and charitable causes.
We encourage our employees and customers to present us with a wide range of causes to support to partner with us in finding ways to make a lasting impact in this world. We give particular weight to causes that promote our values of providing for and protecting the poor, widowed, orphaned, or oppressed.
Better Batter leaderships’ core faith and value system motivate everything we do. At Better Batter we prioritize three key areas of giving:
1) Orphans, Widows, the Poor and the Oppressed
We are passionate about changing the world and we believe strategic partnerships with key organizations can help us feed, clothe, educate, and support the destitute and those with no voice.
We currently support Worldvision’s water projects and plan to increase our giving and partnership with them as we mature as a company, to include other key areas of need.
We are partnered with The Burma Project, a prototype solar power project, through Need organization, which enables students within an extremely isolated environment to have access to technology and electricity in order to learn critical skills to teach their villages sustainable, economically supportive farming practices.
We also partner with Blair Hope for families to provide financial aid to foster care families to allow their families to provide childhood experiences beyond simple food and clothing – things the government programs don’t provide funds for – such as family trips or christmas gifts, and to provide financial aid for those wishing to adopt U.S. children but unable to afford the fees.
2) Our Autism Community
Because of our founder’s personal family history, we are particularly focused on autism – allowing those in the autism community to advocate for the health care needs and social acceptance of their own community’s condition is something that we are increasingly passionate about. We are partnered with the Autism Self Advocacy Network for financial support.
We also give Financial Aid Assistance to those with autism through our Financial Aid program.
3) Our Celiac Community
We currently support local and national support groups, such as the GIG and CSA, gluten free food banks, and volunteer led gluten free fundraisers through direct financial contributions and donations of products as well as provide direct financial aid for those on fixed/low income who may have celiac.
Our Commitment To You…
Here at Better Batter, you’ll find someone to listen, help finding the resources and products you need.
Feel free to contact us at any time with questions, suggestion, or new recipe requests. We look forward to hearing from you.
Naomi and the Staff