“Free-From” Baking Blend

Living in Gluten FREEdom for 7 years now, this month, I feel very much for all the allergy families as they navigate their new lifestyles.

In my Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle Journey, I have watched those with allergies struggle with baking blends, and I took the most consistent allergens and went to work on a replacement.

This is my gift to you, Lovely Ladies! A blend that is FREE of gluten, wheat, nuts, coconut, dairy, mammal free, nightshades, oats, grains, eggs, egg whites and corn! It will even fit into a vegetarian lifestyle.

We all deserve safe baked goods, and this is my 7 year “Celiac-Aversary” present to you from the Treehouse!

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Free From Baking Blend. Life in the Treehouse.

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Ingredients:

Method:

Mix all ingredients together, and store in an airtight container.

1/4 Cup of this recipe is fuel pull, if using the exact brands that I have linked, otherwise it will fall into a light S, per serving, on the Trim Healthy Plan

***I have been able to use this blend in all Trim Healthy Plan compatible baking that calls for their branded baking blend, along with recipes from other bloggers who create recipes compatible with THM***

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Gluten Free Sourdough Waffles

If you have spent anytime around my blog, or my social media, you will see that I am so in love with my Gluten Free Sourdough creations….Thanks to “Brice” my Gluten Free Sourdough Starter!

I was looking for a way to use the starter in more recipes, and I came across several recipes for waffles, but they all had off-plan flours. If you know anything about gluten free flours, then you know that whole grain flour does not product a very fluffy final product, and waffles are supposed to be fluffy, right?

I am starting to love a good challenge, regarding our limitations around food, and this was one that I wanted to get done. Not just because I miss waffles, but also because They can make a good substitute for slices of bread…you know, sometimes you just need a good sandwich!

Here is what I came up with…..

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Ingredients:

Overnight Sponge-

Other ingredients-

Method:

Mix up the Overnight sponge. Cover with a light cloth and leave overnight on the counter.

The next day add all your ingredients, except glucomannan and psyllium because both will need to be mixed immediately and completely to avoid clumping. Add those two, and mix with a whisk as you add them slowly.

I used a mini waffle maker like this one, and about 3 Tablespoons of the batter was just right for my machine to handle without a mess.

This recipe falls into an E setting on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, and I would recommend about 3 mini waffles as a serving. These also freeze well, and do not come out dry.

If you are looking to create a Gluten Free Sourdough Starter, please join the waiting list for my next workshop here!

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Gluten Free Sourdough Flat Bread

This flat bread, is the most versatile recipe I have found with my sourdough adventures!

You need a sandwich?…it’s got you!

You want pizza?…it’s got you!

Crackers anyone?…it’s got you!

You have to use that discard, or you will have to throw it out?…It’s got you!

Otherwise, this recipe needs no large introductions, because it is so yummy, after many years of bread like products, you’re going to be so amazed at what you could use it for!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup mature Sourdough starter or discard, If you do not currently have a mature Gluten Free Starter I may have some available for purchase here.
  • 2-3 teaspoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Mineral Salt
  • Dash of Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder, we buy most of our spices through here.
  • 1 teaspoon Psyllium Husk
  • Up to 1/4 Cup water to thin the mixture

Method:

Mix everything except water, getting all the lumps out (I’m looking at you psyllium husk!). Let the mixture sit for at least 10 minutes to allow the psyllium husk to fully activate. Then, add the water 1 tablespoon at a time, up to 4 tablespoons (1/4 Cup) until it is thin enough to pour onto a pan or a griddle….like a pancake.

Pro tip: a silicone basting brush is very helpful to even out the flatbreads after you pour them onto the heated surface to cook. This is my favorite tool for cooking gluten free tortillas too.

Cook until the top looks dry and you can easily get your spatula under the flat bread, and flip to cook for a few minutes on the other side.

Fridge or Freezer?

Yes, and Yes! This flatbread does well for 3-5 days in the fridge, making sure it is completely cool prior to storing so that it will not stick to the other flatbreads. It also, freezes well with no discernable dryness, to myself or my family, that comes with many other gluten free bread-like products after time in the freezer.

Is your flat bread sticking?

This is typical of gluten free dough and batter in general. For this recipe I would suggest a ceramic or non stick pan of some kind. I find my ceramic griddle to be very effective, and I do not spray anything on it at all. If it sticks for me, I give it a few more minutes and try again. If it still sticks, it likely had residue cook on from the last flat bread and I try to scrape the area better before I cook another one there.

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Low-Carb Egg Cream

My very first job was in an Old-Fashioned Soda shop. I worked there for 4 years, and I knew the recipes like the back of my hand.

One that I did not make very often, but had to explain to customers a lot, was the “New York Egg Cream.” My short description was always, “A fizzy chocolate milk.”

I was looking for a way to use some seltzer that was open in my fridge, but I wanted a flavor other than plain water, and the idea that maybe I could make this sugar-laden drink from my first job into something healthy and delicious came into my mind.

I also wanted to make it dairy free and a fuel pull on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, because I’m extra like that!

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Ingredients:

Method:

  • Add all ingredients, except seltzer, to a blender.
  • Blend well. Taste and adjust sweetener because you won’t be able to stir much once you add the seltzer.
  • In a large glass, there will be foam so get a bigger one than you think you need, pour the contents of the blender.
  • Add your seltzer slowly, and lightly mix the contents together with a spoon. Enjoy!

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Goodie Bowl

I got the bones for this recipe from a blog, “Counting All Joy”, that used to be around when I began following the Trim Healthy Plan to feed my family but seems to have been shut down now, so I adapted it from memory.

We were gluten free and dairy free at that time, so anything I found that could possibly fit the restrictions we had, and felt like dessert, we were going to try it!

As the phonetic sound of the name implies…this is a “Good E” meal or snack on this plan…I know, funny name right, I thought so too?

It seems sad to call it a recipe when it’s just a pour or two here and then throw in a spoon, but I must share this!

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This is a single serve, no special ingredients meal. It is very important that you use FROZEN fruit or it will ruin the effect of this simple meal, in my opinion.

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce

1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries

1 Teaspoon Nuts or Seeds

Mix it all together and let the berries get a little melty, and you have something that feels like dessert, and is extremely fast to prepare for one person, or 8 in my house….

I do add a Collagen or Gelatin Tea to this if it is intended as my meal because it is very light on protein. My kids have it with full fat peanut butter drizzled on top as a crossover.

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Green Bean Goulash – THM E

This recipe was something I created, and made a lot, as a tween.  I come from a family of 7, so I knew how to feed a crowd on a dime from the beginning.  In my childhood home it was made with venison burger hunted by my Dad, white Minute Rice, and Soy Sauce.  Now, I have had to change a few things to fit our current eating style.

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#1 – Make it Gluten Free!

I have to read labels to check the green beans for cross contamination.  So far, the #10 (101 ounce) cans from Walmart are our cheapest safe option.  We go through between 4 to 6 of these a month for our family of 8 for varios meals.

Then, I had to ditch the soy sauce and replace it with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.  You could change this to either Coconut Aminos or Tamari.

It seriously took more time to figure all that out than it does to cook it or to eat it!

#2 – Make it work for the Trim Healthy Mama Plan

There are two different fuels in the body that are used for energy.  Fats and Carbs.  Obviously, we’re working with a Carb source here, rice!

White rice is not recommended for those looking to release weight in THM, just young children and those at goal weight, so I replaced the white minute rice with brown rice.  Yes, you could use the brown Minute rice here, but it is cheaper for my family to use the slow cooking kind.

I also subbed out the venison burger because we have not had plentiful sources yet, which could easily be used in this fuel type because of its lean properties, for either extra rinsed regular ground meat or at least 96% lean ground.  I am not picky at all about ground meats in my cooking, and so I use anything I have on hand.

There, you have it.  A recipe that is simple, frugal, gluten free, and THM compliant.  It actually fits all allergy types too because it is egg, nut, tree nut, dairy, shellfish, sugar free and gluten free! It is Soy free if you used liquid aminos!

Green Bean Goulash – THM E

Servings: 6-8          Print

Time: 1 hour (if you have to cook the rice), 20 minutes if you don’t

Ingredients:

2 Pounds extra lean ground meat

8 cups brown rice, cooked

1 – #10 Can green beans (101 ounces), drained

1/2 Cup gluten free soy sauce alternative

1/2 Cup nutritional yeast

1 large onion, diced

Pepper, garlic, Onion Powder to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon and go from there)

Directions:

Cook your rice according to package instructions.

I cook approximately 2 Cups of dry brown rice for this recipe.  In a skillet, at least 12 inches or a stock pot of some kind, brown all your ground meat.

If using at least 96% lean ground meat you do not need to rinse it, if you are not then rinse in the pan under very hot water for at least 5 minutes to release additional fat and drain off the water.  Return to the stove and set on medium-low heat.

Add diced onions, cooked rice, and green beans.  Soy sauce alternative, and other seasonings and heat through. Adjust seasonings to taste.

*Note: the picture has corn in my mix, I added 1 Cup of corn for the entire pan there to use some in my freezer.  I would not add more than that, or leave it out entirely to keep the Carb count within E meal territory.

For growing children: Add a fat of some kind to their meal.  I add coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or butter to my kids’ bowls. I just drizzle it on and mix it up.

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