Saturday, July 3, 2010

forget the flour.

For a while I've wondered if I would feel better if I cut glutens from my diet.

No, I'm not allergic to wheat and no, I don't have Celiac's or anything. Just done a tiny bit of research and really do believe that as a culture, we might over consume glutens.

Anyway..... back to the reason for this blog post. Last night D and I were heading to some friends' house to hang out. I decided I'd whip together a desert we could all share. Then I remembered my friend doesn't eat gluten (but her kids do). Shooooot! I really had to think for a minute if there was something I could make that we could all eat and enjoy. Fortunately I had a bag of Red Mill Gluten Free Flour sitting on the shelf in my pantry!

With a quick internet search I discovered Gluten-Free Girl's blog! I took her recipe for gluten free blueberry muffins, and used it as a guideline for my.......

Gluten Free Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins!
I used this recipe as a guideline, Blueberry Muffins with Lemon Zest, by Gluten-Free Girl.

Instead of her flour suggestions, I used 1 cup white rice flour and 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour. There was no yogurt in my fridge so I used 1 1/4 cups sour cream mixed with 1/4 cup milk. Instead of blueberries, I added 1 cup fresh raspberries and about 1 cup chocolate chips.

The truth is I could give up glutens if all gluten free foods tasted as good as these muffins! 3 out of 4 kids approved and my gluten-free mama friend was happy too! As far as the 4th kid.... well I promised that cute little blondie chocolate chip cookies. She specifically asked if I would make them with "real flour." But of course!


Melissa said...

Some things are really great gluten free, you could certainly get used to eating that way. I did it for 2 1/2 years because it seemed to really be bothering me (just IBS, not Celiac disease or anything). There are a whole lot of things though that just suck! Most breads. I had forgotten just how good real bread is. A sandwich was something I always took for granted. It's just not the same GF. But I have some great recipes so let me know if you ever need anything! I'm SO happy not to be GF anymore though. The Gluten-Free Girl was a great resource. I liked the Baking Beauties as well for GF recipes.

BrattyDan said...

Oh Melissa! I'm not going gluten free. I just think I need to make it a more conscious thought when I do consume glutens. My friend, who I made the muffins for, doesn't eat gluten anymore and she has started feeling much better.

I didn't know that you were back to eating wheat.

Kelley said...

Mmm, I love baking too much to go gluten-free. But these muffins look pretty awesome!

Jessica / Lola Vintage Clothing said...

One of my best friends is gluten free and so when we eat together I'm always discovering how yummy living that way could actually be. Keep us posted if you DO decide to go gluten free for a while. I'd love to hear about if it makes a noticeable difference to how you feel.

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