About Me

Welcome to my blog - my ramblings about trying to find healthy, affordable gluten free food in St. John's, NL.
Despite being gluten free, I love to try new products and am always interested to hear about new places to eat.
I try to help the environment and purchase organic products where possible.

Enjoy :)

Friday, 29 November 2013

Udi's French Baguettes Review

Udi's is always introducing new gluten free products to the market. Their baguettes are relatively new to Canada, and I've only seen them at Real Food Market in St. John's. These come in a package of two and you just cook from frozen.

In addition to being gluten free, they are also nut, soy and dairy free. They do however contain eggs. The bread is really simply to make - pop it in the oven for 10 minutes on 400 or until crispy, and you are good to go.

I thought the bread tasted pretty good, but I'm not dying to go back for more. The bread was tasty, and a pretty good chew factor, and wasn't hard as a rock, but I didn't think there was anything spectacular about it.

Overall, the ingredients are not too bad - I've listed them below from the Udi's website. The cultured corn syrup solids and the fumaric acid are a bit iffy - but they are towards the end of the list, so that's good!

These are best if you have 2 or more people to share with - I could only eat 1/2 the loaf and it wasn't super tasty left over.

WATER, BROWN RICE FLOUR, TAPIOCA STARCH, POTATO STARCH, EGG WHITES, MODIFIED TAPIOCA STARCH, NON-GMO CANOLA OIL, RICE BRAN, YEAST, XANTHAN GUM, SALT, DRIED CANE SYRUP, CULTURED CORN SYRUP SOLIDS AND CITRIC ACID (NATURAL MOLD INHIBITOR), LACTIC ACID, ENZYMES, FUMARIC ACID



Thursday, 21 November 2013

Coconut Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are so awesome! You can't tell they are gluten free at all and are moist and chewy. I adapted the recipe from The Complete Gluten Free Whole Grains Cookbook. The original recipe called for a LOT of sugar and honey on top of that. While I do have a sweet tooth, you can easily cut out most of the sugar and it tastes just fine :) I also used organic cranberries I purchased at bulk barn - as you can see from the picture below - they were quite plump! The cookies had good height and depth!

 This recipe makes about 48 cookies so you could easily half it if needed.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease or line a pan with parchment paper

Ingredients: 
1 cup sorghum flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup of honey
2 cups gluten free rolled oats
1 cup unsweentened coconut flakes
1/2 cup (or more) of dried cranberries

1. In a bowl, combine sorghum and coconut flours, cornstarch, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt.
2. In a separate bowl (I used the Kitchen Aid), beat butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add eggs, vanilla and honey, scraping sides of the bowl as necessary. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until smooth. Stir in oats, coconut, and cranberries.
3. Drop dough (1 tbsp) on baking sheet.
4. Bake for 12 minutes (or until brown). Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Almond Flour Pancakes

Now that I'm making my own "milk" from almonds, I have lots of almond flour kicking around :) Last week I made almond flour pancakes. These were super simple and really yummy! I usually just make a few large ones and cut them in half as opposed to making a bunch of smaller ones - but it's totally your choice!

The resulting pancakes are light and fluffy and have a slight nutty taste from the almond flour.

Also, for convenience, I used the food processor to blend everything together and it makes for easy pouring into the pan!

Ingredients: 

1.5 cups of almond flour
3 eggs (or "flax egg")
1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
Optional: fruit of choice (I used blueberries) 

Mix almond flour, eggs and milk together until well blended. Add fruit.

Cook 1-2 minutes per side depending on your pancake size.

I freeze these and they work out wonderful!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Home made Granola

I love granola - and making your own is super easy and delicious! Plus, it's cheaper than purchasing already made.

This recipe is VERY versatile, and you can pretty much ad lib any dried fruits or nuts you like. If using delicate dried fruits like raisins, add them about half way through the cooking process so they don't burn :)

Ingredients: 
3 cups of gluten free oats (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1 cup of shredded coconut
1 cup of chopped nuts (I used almonds)
1 cup of dried fruit (I used cranberries)
2 tsp of cinnamon
2 tsp of vanilla extract
6 Tbsp of unsalted butter
1 Tbsp of pure maple syrup
1/2 cup of honey


Instructions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees and line a pan with parchment paper
2. Mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl - oats, coconut, nuts, dried fruit and cinnamon
3. Heat butter and honey (in saucepan or microwave) until mixed. Add in vanilla and maple syrup.
4. Pour the liquid ingredients in with the dry and mix until coated.
5. Spread mixture in even layer on baking sheet and bake for 50-60 minutes (or until you have reached desired crispiness)

You can keep for 2 weeks in a sealed container - if it lasts that long! I had 2 containers full as shown in the picture.