Review: Bob Red Mill’s Coconut Flour

Amazon is a beautiful thing at the time of trying to find crazy flour and gluten free and organic and vegan ingredients. I keep a shelf well stock at home of flours, gluten free soy sauces and almond milk.

This flour was fantastic to work with…the smell as you first drop it in the bowl is quite delightful. I almost wanted to eat it raw!

So what can you do with coconut flour? (By the way, you can buy it here: click for flour!)

For starters, awesome pie crusts, like in this Dark Cherry Mini Tarts recipe.

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I’ve also found a few more online I’m looking forward to testing soon:

Yes. I will buy it again!

Dark Cherry Mini Tarts

Cupcakes and sliders move over! Mini-tarts are the new delicious thing hitting the town. Think about them as mini pies you can enjoy guiltless… and gluten free and fodmap free.

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This recipe was adapted from the Coconut Mama, and I think it could really work as a quiche too. In terms of the crust, you’ll find tons of crusts that are gluten free around the web…but as much as I’ve tried  with coconut oil, it was the real butter that did the trick.

I used frozen cherries, but you can use whatever is in season these days…blueberries, strawberries, you name it. The meringue is time consuming, but worth it if you have guests to impress, or you want to sound like a sophisticated chef. “Meringue-ing” is not a verb yet, but one day…maybe.

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Ok. Here it goes…

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, Melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour – click here for link
  • 1-3 tablespoons sugar (to taste)

For the filling:

  • 3 cups of cherries or other fruit
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • almond extract
  • 1/4 cup of orange juice

For the meringue:

  • 2 egg white
  • 4 tablespoons suga
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Set the oven to 425 degrees and grease a muffin or cupcake pan. In a bowl, beat the butter for the crust, the eggs, and the rest of the ingredients until you form a ball (it should not be too sticky, or too crumbly). Carefully divide it with a spoon or your fingers and form pie crusts in each cupcake hole. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on cooling rack.

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For the filling, in medium to high heat, drop the cherries or the other fruit until they start juicing…soon it will come to a boil. (Around 15 minutes). Add the sugar and mix with a wooden spoon continuously. Add the almond extract and the orange juice, cover and simmer in low until most of the liquid is consume and the mix is thick (slightly thicker than jam). Cool.

Finally, for the meringue, set the broiler in the oven. Beat the egg whites in high until they form peaks. Add the sugar and vanilla essence carefully, and beat in slow until the meringue thickens and you can pipe it.

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On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, carefully set the pie crusts, fill them with the cherry filling and pipe the meringue. Then, paying a lot of attention, toast the meringue in the oven (don’t let it burn!). Remove from the oven and cool.

Enjoy with tea, cappuccino and good friends.

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Have It Your Way: Cornbread Cupcakes

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I am from Argentina, and usually fascinated (and craving) American breakfast and brunch staples. If you’ve poked around here, you probably noticed too many waffles and pancakes! Today, I decided to cheat on those and go straight for the gold: cornbread.

For this recipe, you need Glutino’s Cornbread Mix, which is incredibly fodmap friendly: just corn and rice flour pretty much. Xoxo Glutino!

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Ingredients:
As with any cupcake, you can pretty much add and have fun with whatever suits your mood. It was kind of a long day at work today, so hello bacon for me!
1/2 package of Glutino Cornbread Mix
1/2 cup of original Almond Milk
1/2 beaten egg
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1/8 cup of sugar
3 strips of bacon (fried to the goodness and crispiness of your choice)
1/2 cup of cubed cheese
3 egg whites
fresh basil
Diced tomatoes
Salt and Pepper

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Start by heating the oven to 425 degrees. I usually snack on cheese and rice crackers at this point. In a medium-sized bowl, mix well the first 5 ingredients. In or around this time pan fry the strips of bacon. Tip: use low to medium size heat for perfect crispiness. Remember the bacon will continue to cook in the oven, so I always keep it a little bit undercooked.

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Use a cupcake pan and fill in each of the cups up to 1/2 of the size with the mix. Put in the oven for 5 minutes.

Get cutting and dice the rest of the ingredients, which you will add on top of the muffins as they get into minute 6.

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Put the muffins with the toppings back into the oven for another 15 minutes.

Eat.
Enjoy
Pray as needed.

Cherry almond and chocolate gluten-free whoopie pies from cake mix

Go whoo-hoo with this easy and simple recipe for gluten-free whoopies… From a cake mix! Chocolate batter perfectly complements the velvety sweetness of the cherry almond butter frosting. For the batter: A vanilla gluten-free cake mix (remember to check for … Continue reading

Wonderful waffles you can eat!

You will have breakfast at every meal with Namaste Waffle and Pancake Mix. With very few ingredients, and just a waffle maker and one mixing bowl, you will have an amazing breakfast staple on your table- and under 20 minutes.

For the basic waffle, mix in a bowl 1 cup of the packaged mix, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon on oil and 1/2 cup of water. You can replace the water by rice, almond milk or regular milk. You can replace the egg for flax seeds (read instructions on the back). Be sure to add vanilla extract and at least 1 tablespoon of sugar.

Use 100% maple syrup and some sliced strawberries and serve warm!

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Low fodmap pizza in a pinch

One of the toughest things to give up is gluten – especially if you are a pizza enthusiast and the cheese and bread combo makes your mouth water.

If you can tolerate some cheese, Bob Red Mills Pizza Crust is easy, breezy and delicious. And it might pass by “real pizza” if you and your dinner guests are slightly distracted!

Buy it at Amazon or at your local organic grocery store. The pizza takes around 20 to 30 minutes to make from beginning to end. Follow the instructions in the back – I like to add fresh mozzarella, provolone cheese and some Parmesan. Then, salt and pepper, fresh basil and cherry tomatoes with tons of oregano. The trick? Do the cheeses first and everything else second. The basil will burn quickly, so only add it 2-3 minutes before he pizza is about done.

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Awesome beers that won’t upset your tummy

Though most experts will allow one or two glasses of wine or beer, I’d much rather go gluten-free all the way.

They say a good idea could come from anywhere- and so does a good tip for delicious beer that is less likely to bother you! Men’s Fitness Magazine Best Gluten-Free Beers has a nice selection of favorites.

Many of them are at Whole Foods or Fresh Market. My favorite one? Greens and New Planet.

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Best Bread for Low FODMAP peeps: Udi’s White Sandwich Bread Loaf

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This almost tastes “normal.” Ouch- sorry… I had to say it! Finally a bread we can eat and don’t pay “consequences” later. It also only has 70 calories per slice, which is perfect. I’ve found it in the regular supermarkets. Whole Foods has been very hit or miss for this product, and of course, you can order it from their own website or from Amazon.com, too.

I typically have two slices as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. Or in the morning, for breakfast. Here’s a recipe you can check out.

Udi’s – White Sandwich Bread Loaf at Amazon.com

Udi’s Gluten Free Bread: Official Website

“Lots of Fresh Herbs” Breakfast Open Sandwich (GF and Low Fodmap!)

I confess: I love breakfast food for dinner… And lunchtime sometimes too! Though I miss the goodness of the egg yolks, it is my pleasure to share the newly-found live for fresh herbs. The below is one of my go-tos as it takes almost no time to make and you have the crunch of the toast, and juiciness of the turkey bacon, and the explosion of just-picked, and super fresh parsley, and basil.
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Calories: 250 (add +120 to add some olive oil or garlic-infused oil to the toast; or +80 for a slice of cheese!)

Servings: 1

Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

    • 2 slices of turkey bacon
    • 2 egg whites
    • Cream of Tartar (for extra-fluffy egg whites!)
    • Salt and Pepper to taste
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
    • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
    • Chopped cherry tomatoes (around 5)
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives (if you were missing onions… this is a big solve!)
    • 2 slices of Udi’s – White Sandwich Bread Loaf (one of the best things you can have in your pantry; GF and low FODMAP. Click here to see my Udi’s review)

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  • Additionals: infused oils for dipping (garlic, basil, you choose); Swiss, feta or any other cheese.

Preparation:

Thoroughly cook the 2 slices of turkey bacon in a pan until desired level of crispness. Put away the bacon to cut and crumble while you saute the tomatoes, the parsley, chives and basil… right on the same pan. As they are cooking, separate the egg whites and in a small bowl, add the salt, pepper and a 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar. Beat well with a fork. When the tomatoes start to soften (around 5 minutes in low to medium heat), lower the heat to low and add the beaten egg whites. Keep a close eye on the egg whites: you want to make sure there’s not too much browning going on… After they are thoroughly cooked, grab and carefully place on top of each piece of toast. You can sprinkle some olive oil here, or Parmesan cheese, too!

Question for you…what do you miss the most about the LOW FODMAP diet?