Saturday, June 22, 2019

Bacon and Blueberries - Gluten-Free

Blueberry muffins and bacon - one of my favorite breakfasts. Muffins made with Otto's Cassava flour (made out of the yucca plant) Gluten free (yes, blood work revealed that gluten was NOT my friend) high in fiber and calcium and light as a feather (bought on Amazon) They do NOT taste "gluten-free" with that sometimes course texture gluten-free gets. They do tend to use a bit more liquid than when working with regular flour so here is the recipe. Otto's website has a bunch of great recipes (seriously, try the copycat Chick Fila chicken strips).

Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, or ghee, softened
2 egg yolks
1 and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 and 1/2 cups Otto's Naturals - Cassava Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup to 1 cup full-fat coconut milk or regular milk
1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice
3/4 cup dry fresh blueberries
2 egg whites, beaten to stiff peaks 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 C for my Canadian friend). Prepare a muffin pan with liners.

In a small bowl, combine milk and vinegar. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter, until fluffy. Add in the egg yolks and mix thoroughly. Set the egg whites aside
Stir in lemon juice and zest.

In a separate bowl, combine Otto's Naturals - Cassava flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Slowly add milk mixture and flour mixture to the large bowl of ingredients. When mixed, stir in berries.

Beat the egg whites and gently fold in. Fill muffin pan and bake for about 15-18 minutes.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Fluffy AND Gluten Free

Folks, I'm really loving my Otto's gluten/nut/soy free Cassava flour (I can't do  the popular gluten-free almond flour as almonds are on my "hit list" from my IBS blood sensitivity test.)  Casssava also has 12 grams of fiber per cup and more calcium and B vitamins than regular flour.

They taste just like my regular fluffy pancakes, it just took a slight tweak to the recipe.

Otto's is made out of the yucca plant (excluding the peel) and acts just like regular flour in most recipes, just lacking the gluten and it doesn't have that artificial taste of most commercial "gluten-free" products. I've tried other brands and Otto's just simply can't be beaten.
In a large bowl mix:
1 cup Otto's cassava flour (I bought mine on Amazon)
1 tsp. no sodium baking soda (Hains)
1/2 teaspoon low sodium salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon sugar.

In another bowl mix:
1/2 cup goat milk yogurt
1/2 cup spring water or goat milk
1 splash of vanilla
1 large egg (whisked)

then slowly stream in 2 Tablespoons melted butter.

Mix wet ingredients into dry.  Stirring until combined.

You want the batter to be slightly thicker than cake batter, but less thick than brownie batter.  I ended up adding an additional l/4 cup water.

Using a small measuring cup to place batter on the oiled griddle, cook the pancakes on a slightly lower heat than regular pancakes cooking until browned on both sides. Keep them fairly small (about 4-5 inches across).  Makes 10-12. Served with Kerrygold butter and pure maple syrup.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Gluten Free with Cassava Flour

Since a blood test determined I was gluten sensitive and I found that typical wheat products trigger my IBS I've been playing around with a number of gluten-free recipes and mixes.  All were pretty good but they did not taste the same way as using regular white flour. Plus I'm also sensitive to almonds so the popular gluten-free almond flour was out and my husband HATES coconut so that is out as well if we're both going to eat it.

Then I found Otto's  Cassava Flour.  It's gluten free, nut free, grain, and soy free, and it works just like flour in most recipes.   I have tried other brands but NONE were as smooth and mellow tasting as Otto's.

It's made out of the yucca plant which has been around for centuries and that use the entire root (minus the peel) to make the flour, they don't just extract the starch and add xanthan gum or fillers.  An added benefit - a cup of flour has 12 grams of fiber and calcium that wheat doesn't have!

I made my Swedish waffles with it this morning and my husband did not recognize that it was "gluten-free" (he can normally tell.).  He just said "new recipe?  These are really good!"

Gluten Free Swedish Waffles

In bowl mix 1 cup Otto Cassava Flour
1 tsp. sodium free baking powder
1/2 tsp. low sodium salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 Tablespoon sugar

In another bowl whisk (adding the butter in slowly)
1 cup milk - room temperature
splash of vanilla,
1 egg - room temperature
2 Tablespoons melted butter (NOTE:  f you are watching your fat you can reduce to 1 Tablespoon and just use a little extra non-stick spray on the waffle iron - they will taste the same).

Mix wet and dry.  The Cassava flour requires a bit more stirring than regular flour to get a smooth texture.  Place 1/3 cup batter in a Swedish waffle iron and cook until done.

Monday, May 6, 2019

What I've Learned About Aging and Healthy Eating

It was the early 60's.  My Brother won the barbecue in a contest.  For the photo op it was raining and the potato was raw.  But I think we nailed the photo!

1. My goal for 2019 was to lose 10 pounds. Only have 14 to go.
2. I ate salad for dinner. Mostly croutons & tomatoes. Really just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce. And cheese. FINE, it was a pizza.  I ate a pizza, are you happy now ?
3. How to  prepare Tofu:
Throw it in the trash
Grill some meat, chicken or fish
4. I just did a week's worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.
5. I don't mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet food supply in 3 hours and 20 minutes.
6. A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.
7. Kids today don't know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through the shag carpet to change the TV channel.
8. Remember back when we were kids and every time it was five below zero outside they closed school? Yeah, Me neither.
9. I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented. I forgot where I was going with this.
10. I love being over 60, I learn something new every day and forget something old.
11. November 4, 2018, marked the end of Daylight Saving Time. Hope you didn't forget to set your bathroom scale back 10 pounds on Saturday night.
12. Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
13.  Things I've learned from social media:  I followed a diet - it didn't follow me back, so I unfollowed it.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Young Living Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix - A Review

I tried the new Young Living Gluten Free Pancake and waffle mix.

A review. My husband and I both loved the taste, and my tummy loved the gluten-free (though I do pretty good with Einkorn anything in moderation). It's made out of gluten-free oat flour, arrowroot flour, garbanzo bean flour, sorghum flour, and amaranth flour.  It has no leavening like some "Bisquick" type products so follow the recipes on the box to add salt, baking, powder, sugar, baking soda, etc. Note:  all three recipes are on the box.
Some tips.  We started with a batch of pancakes following the directions on the box exactly, using avocado oil instead of canola oil. They turned out a bit dry in taste and were VERY crumbly, several breaking apart when flipping. I think this was due to using avocado oil instead of coconut oil or butter and making the pancake too big. The second batch I used butter instead of oil, added an extra dash of vanilla, and made them much smaller (slightly bigger than "silver dollar" size - about 3 inches in diameter). A very tasty success!

We both loved the batter cooked in a Swedish waffle iron but you have to spray non stick spray after every one or they WILL stick and come apart. Also, remember to add the sugar to the egg whites as you whip instead of with the dry ingredients for a fluffier batter.
Don't forget to check the side of the box - there is a recipe for crepes that's really good.

We would definitely purchase again, but trust me on the tips. (To purchase Young Living products either as a retail customer or as a member click on the link on my sidebar to go to their website).