Some gluten-free baking ideas

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Many people are turning to gluten-free foods because they feel better when eating them. Many others choose this type of diet because they have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that’s triggered by the ingestion of gluten (a protein found in wheat).

Traditionally, flours or meals made from various types of nuts or seeds have been used for baking “gluten-free”, but these tend to produce heavy/dense results due to their lack of gluten. So how can one mimic traditional flour? The answer lies in combining several different types of commercially available gluten-free flours…

i.e.: rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch and fava bean flour rather than just using one type at a time…

For gluten-free baking, the use of eggs is also important… A general rule for using eggs in gluten-free baking is to add 1/2 teaspoon of xantham gum per egg used. Xantham gum is a plant product that acts as a binder and also helps mimic some of the properties found in gluten. Follow Your Heart makes an organic variety of it. We have had good results with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour. It contains fava bean flour which gives it a rich, buttery taste. It has been reported to be especially good for cookies, brownies and muffins.

For those who don’t want to buy ready-made flours or mixes, there are recipes available that use a combination of various gluten-free flours. There are also some good cookbooks on the market which focus specifically on gluten-free baking. In order to make sure that your baked goods turn out well, it is important to follow the recipes closely, as slight variations can result in disaster!

When adopting a traditional recipe to be gluten-free, remember that xantham gum is not always necessary. Sometimes just using different types of flours will do the trick. However, if you are trying a recipe for the first time, it might be a good idea to add the xantham gum just in case.

gluten-free baking takes some practice, but with a bit of experimentation, you’ll be able to make some delicious treats that everyone can enjoy!

What are the benefits of gluten-free baking?

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There are many benefits to following a gluten-free diet. Here are some of the most common ones:

1. Gluten-free diets can help with weight loss.

2. Gluten-free diets can help improve digestion.

3. Gluten-free diets can help improve energy levels.

4. Gluten-free diets can help improve skin conditions.

5. Gluten-free diets can help improve joint health.

Are there any risks associated with a gluten-free diet?

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There are a few risks associated with following a gluten-free diet, but they are relatively minor. Here are the most common ones:

1. People who follow a gluten-free diet for extended periods of time may not get enough vitamins and minerals, which could lead to other health problems.

2. People who follow a gluten-free diet long term may end up eating too much sugar or fat when they eliminate foods that contain gluten, which could result in weight gain or unhealthy conditions like diabetes or heart disease.

3. Following a gluten-free diet wastes money on expensive specialty food items that you do not need to buy, such as packaged gluten-free pizza dough.

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