Some of my baking recipes are about to change in the next while – I’m going to start focusing on gluten-free baking, in accordance with a gluten-free dietary experiment I’m participating in. Normally, people associate gluten free with celiac disease (which I don’t have) but I suspect wheat is doing ‘something weird’ to me.
- Gluten is in EVERYTHING. Well, a lot of things….. like shampoo, After Eight mints, cheese and soy sauce. Fortunately, I don’t buy a lot of pre-packaged food. Or ingest shampoo.
- I haven’t experienced hypoglycemia symptoms for a few days; or cravings. I feel satiated after eating a brown rice wrap or toast.
- Brown rice bread slices are really small and could easily be mistaken for a child’s play-kitchen accessory, but they’re surprisingly dense and filling. I think I like it more than wheat bread. But not the price. I definitely won’t be eating it every day.
- Crazy Cakes (in Lethbridge) make delicious, moist gluten free cupcakes. Court and I treat ourselves to a cupcake or donut every couple weeks, so it’s nice to have a g-free option.
I love the coconut almond flavour, which inspired me to create my own version:
Jo’s Friendly Bar (hahaha)
Makes about 8-10 bars
Note: I made granola and bars with this recipe
Preheat oven to 325F and lightly spray a 9×9 baking dish
In a bowl, combine:
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup raw, chopped almonds
1 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp millet
1/3 cup dried fruit (use no sugar added fruit. I used mulberries)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup agave or honey – if you’re making granola. For bars, use 1/2 cup
Stir until evenly combined and firmly press into baking dish. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
If you haven’t tried mulberries, you should! I found a golden variety at Bulk Barn, and purchased them because they were the only unsweetened dried fruit (besides raisins or dates) I could find. They’re chewy like a raisin, but taste like honey. I add them to oatmeal, cereal, yogurt and salads.
Mulberries are high in vitamins A, C and E; rich in iron and minerals – potassium, maganese and magnesium. They also contain complex B vitamins which can help the body metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
Tip: when purchasing ‘nutrition’ or granola bars: Select a brand with the least amount of ingredients (ideally five or less) and avoid bars with unrecognizable ingredients. Be mindful of the calorie count – most are intended to be a meal replacement, or snack.
Some of my favourites:
Super Bars (available at Nutters)
For granola bars, Kashi.