Showing posts with label blends of gluten free flours. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blends of gluten free flours. Show all posts

Monday, October 29, 2018

A Gluten Free, Allergy Free Fall

When thinking of Fall, I really start to think about all the years I remember going to bonfires with our family and friends... hotdog roasts over an open fire...toasted marshmallows and S'mores... hot chocolate...and pumpkin pie! My mom made some really good pumpkin pie...and as a teenager, I could make a mean apple pie myself. (Actually, one of my pies sold at a fundraiser auction for $75 when I was 13! Crazy? I thought so, too.)
Well, a lot of these cool memories are over for me because of my allergies. But what about my gluten sensitive children? Will they ever experience these kind of memory making traditions? Will my son with a corn allergy ever get to taste a marshmallow? These are just a few of questions that run through my mind this time of year.
The key to success in this area is hard work and creativity! Many traditional recipes can be reproduced into a gluten free copies! Yes, they may have a slightly different texture, but it can be done. :) Fortunately, for those who are just avoiding gluten there are many premixed flour that work beautifully as substitutes.
For those of us with food allergies as well as gluten sensitivity, substituting is a little more complicated. Mixing your own flours becomes a necessity. Potato starch, tapioca starch, and freshly milled brown rice flour is my go to for legume free, corn free, nut free, gluten free, and gum free flour.
Do you have a favorite flour mix that you use as a substitute? Do you buy it pre-mixed, or mix it yourself? What is your favorite fall recipe? We would love to hear from you! (And it would be a chance for you to show off your gluten free skills!)
Have a Happy, Healthy, Gluten Free day!
~Gluten Free Em~

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What grains/flours are gluten free?

When I was first going gluten free, my biggest question was what kind of flours are naturally gluten free?
The answer is detailed. But I will assure you, there are a lot of choices out there. Some are delicious, some are not.

Almond Flour
Amaranth Flour
Arrowroot Starch
Brown Rice Flour
Buckwheat Flour
Chickpea Flour
Coconut Flour
Cornmeal/Corn Flour
Fava Bean Flour
Millet Flour
Navy Bean Flour
Oat Flour (If particular labeled and certified GF)
Peanut Flour
Potato Flour
Potato Starch
Quinoa Flour
Sorghum Flour
Soy Flour
Sweet Rice Flour
Tapioca Flour
White Rice Flour
And any seeds that are naturally gluten free that you want to grind into meal...I use pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and have in the past used sunflower seeds.

This is not a comprehensive list...other flours may be out there particularly in other cultures that I am not aware of.

So which ones work the best? I have found that a combination of flours works best. I like to mix potato starch, tapioca starch, almond meal, and white and brown rice. These have proven to be the best combination for me in the past. Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix is a great combination of these with their own signature buttermilk solids and xanthan gum added. (Check them out here.) If you have a corn allergy like me, this probably won't work because of the xanthan gum being derived from corn. I used to use it before I developed the corn allergy, and it was phenomenal!
There are many different mixes on the market today that I have yet to try because of the xanthan gum. Most of the Bob's Red Mill mixes I've tried and they were good. (Check them out here.) Just be sure that you call and make sure that it is processed in a gluten free facility if your sensitivity is severe.
Check this out from America's Test Kitchen
Do you have a favorite flour or blend of flours that you would like to share with us? Comment and let us know!!!! We would love to hear from you!
Have a Happy, Healthy, Gluten Free Day!
~Gluten Free Em~