DIY Gluten Free creations

Gluten free products are available just about everywhere now and thankfully they are improving all the time. For a number of years there all that was available for coeliacs was little white spongy loaves of gluten free bread that left you thinking, ‘Yes this is gluten free, but is it healthy?!’ Making your own gluten free products at home is easier than you might think and a whole lot tastier and you can be happy in the knowledge that you know exactly what is going in! Here are some interesting recipes to try out:

Breads

There are fantastic recipes out there now for gluten free bread options. A bit of trial and error is required to find your perfect one. Two really easy breads to make, that taste great are ‘Your new wheat free bread’ from Susan Jan White’s Extra Virgin Kitchen Cookbook and ‘Superfoods bread’ from Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward. Both are just bung-everything-in-a-bowl recipes making them so fast to make. The wheat-free is made flat in a swissroll tin and the other is more a dense little loaf, both freeze perfectly and taste fantastic

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Cakes

Many cakes recipes can easily be altered by simply swapping the flour out and replacing with gluten free flour. You can play around with all your old favourites this way. Also some lovely cakes can be made using ground almonds in place of flour. Our favourite is Rachel Allen’s Divine Rich Chocolate Cake (google it!) and the name describes it well, decadent!!!

Pancakes

The quickest handiest pancakes can be made simply with a mashed banana and 1 egg, or if you prefer you can throw in a small handful of oats too. Blend together, so handy in the Nutribullet or similar. Throw in a couple of blueberries if you wish and fry like normal small pancakes

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Wraps

Very handy wraps can be made with egg and either courgette or kale. Simply blend the egg and the veg of your choice, salt, pepper and herbs and fry like a big crepe/pancake. Makes a great light wrap that you can fill with your favourite fillings!

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Noodles

With a cheap spiraliser gadget, tasty noodles can be made using courgette or sweet potato. These are available very reasonably in most kitchen shops or online. The ‘noodles’ make a great low carb alternative to pasta and taste so good. Kids love them too!

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Pizza Base

Cauliflower pizza is such a handy grain free alternative. Simply blitz half a head of cauliflower in a blender until it is consistency of rice. Then fry off in a little oil for a few mins. Add 1 egg and a cup of cheese (parmesan & mozzarella), oregano, salt and pepper. Put mixture onto a greased baking sheet and flatten out with damp hands into a circle. Bake 15-20 mins at 180c/200c. Top as you like, add a little cheese and more oregano and a drizzle of oil and then pop under the grill to heat through.

 

Treats

Oaty shortbread biscuits are very simple with ingredients of just GF oats, ground almonds, honey & butter (or nut butter).

 

Choc Truffle balls are so tasty and so quick to make just by mixing cocoa, nut butter, coconut oil, ground almonds and forming into balls.

Deliciously Ella’s flapjack recipe is fantastic, so quick and so tasty. Put 2 mashed bananas, 6 tbsp almond butter, 6 tbsp maple syrup and 4 tbsp coconut oil, melt and mix. Add in 3 mugs of oats. Into a tray and bake for 15-20 mins at 180c/200c. Perfect!

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