Chances are if you're not gluten free yourself, you know someone who is. Among our group of friends, more and more people seem to have an intolerance for gluten. If you are one of those people, then you know how hard it can be to find something to eat! My brother went through a period where he had to cut gluten out of his diet entirely. I remember the slim pickings available in fast food drive thrus; sometimes there were no gluten free options at all! Yes, you can always eat fruits and veggies, but if you are gluten intolerant you most likely still enjoy hamburgers, cookies and the occasional piece of cake. So what are the options for a diverse gluten-free diet?
Here is a nifty gluten free conversion chart for flour measurements. Substitutes for wheat flour can be more pricey, but buying flour alternatives in bulk can help reduce the cost. Friends who successfully make delicious gluten free baked goods have spent time practicing and tweaking recipes to accommodate gluten free flour substitutes. Companies are starting to offer ready-to-mix gluten free cake mixes and cookie dough. Blends by Orly offers a wide range of gluten free flours for making desserts, breads, and even pizza dough!
Experiment with your own gluten free flour mixes using this conversion chart. You can make all of the things that you love; bread, pizza dough, breading for fried chicken, cookies, cake, cupcakes, brownies and more using gluten-free flour. All that you have to do is replace the wheat flour in your recipe with a combination of rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch and xantham gum. With a little practice, you can soon become a gluten free connoisseur!
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Blends by Orly makes it possible to easily bake goodies you can enjoy even if you are gluten intolerant. Their blends are formulated for making different baked goods and dough consistencies. Blends by Orly flour mixes include Paris, Tuscany, London, Manhattan and Sydney. See our full Blends by Orly review here.
With this gluten free conversion chart, you could easily make our Pumpkin Coconut Muffins using a gluten free flour mixture. Just substitute the 1 3/4 cup wheat flour for the appropriate measurements of rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch and xantham gum to make delicious gluten free muffins.
If you don't feel like baking everything you eat, you can always wrap your hamburger in a piece of lettuce, make delicious homemade Thai lettuce wraps, or fry up a batch of kale chips to replace potato chips.
What are your family's favorite homemade gluten free baked goods? We'd love to hear your gluten free baking tips shared in the comments.