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Grain Free Flatbread

The original recipe that I’m using comes from http://thecoconutmama.com/2012/01/grain-free-flat-bread/.  I am experimenting with various flours, and mine may not always be grain free, but for now, this recipe is grain free.

I was intrigued with the idea of making one bun at a time.  Anyone who has eaten gluten-free knows that baked products are best fresh.  But I can’t make just one… I usually quadruple the recipe to make a whopping four buns!

I LOVE the short list of ingredients.  If you’re like me, and spend most of your grocery-shopping time reading ingredients, you know that you ought to be given a degree at the end of many lists just for successfully pronouncing all the ingredients.  What is all that stuff!! If I can’t pronounce it, I don’t think I want to eat it!!

I love how quick this is.  No kneading, no rising.  I can decide we need buns and have them in less than ½ hour.

We like coconut in this house.  There is a coconut taste to these buns.  I haven’t tried them with NO coconut flour, but I have tried them with half coconut flour and half quinoa flour.  I have also added a few herbs to make it more savory.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix coconut flour, sea salt, and baking powder together until combined. Add egg and melted coconut oil and mix well. Let better sit for a few minutes to allow the flour to absorb the liquid. Put half the batter on parchment-lined baking pan and use a spatula to spread batter into a circle the size of a bun. Repeat using the rest of the batter. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Note: The Coconut Mama suggests that you can replace 1/2 Tbsp of coconut flour with 1 Tbsp of almond flour.  I haven’t tried that, but did replace 1/2 Tbsp of coconut flour with quinoa flour this morning, with good results.

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Breakfast on the Run

Banana Smoothie

I froze a bunch of fresh bananas recently to try out an ‘ice cream’ recipe from a cookbook I received at a Christmas gift exchange. The cookbook is one produced here in Manitoba and is called Naturally Homemade, written by Judy Zemliak. Although not a ‘gluten free’ cookbook, she has many gf recipes in the book, and I’ve bookmarked many pages to try in the future.

So now I have a lot of frozen bananas, and haven’t had a chance to try the non-ice-cream ice cream on my ice-cream-loving hubby. So instead, I tried it for my morning smoothie. Yum! I have seen many variations of this, and chose ingredients that I had on hand. Make your own variation. I didn’t find I needed any sugar at all – the level of sweetness was perfect for a breakfast smoothie.

I added a couple of tablespoons of unsweetened apple sauce, a few shakes of cinnamon, 1/2 to 3/4 cup of milk (I’ve used almond milk, soya milk and regular milk – choose your favorite) and a frozen banana cut into chunks. My blender is old, so it prefers the bananas cut in smaller chunks, but I didn’t find it hard to do this even though they were frozen. Blend. Enjoy.