Posts Tagged ‘wheat free’

Flaxseed Meal Focaccia Bread Recipe

I recently went to the Seashore Celiacs’ gluten free picnic with a bunch of gluten free friends, and as last year, it was absolutely incredible! There were TONS of vendors who supplied free samples of their products, including Enjoy Life, Bakery on Main, Food by George, Schär, Utz, Wegmans, and loads more. On top of that, everyone who attended brought a dish they made along with an index card with the ingredients so that no one had to be afraid of eating something they were allergic to. I was in heaven. I brought a gluten free poundcake that’s my own recipe, adjusted from PaleOMG’s recipe, and I’ll share that with you in another post.

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Some people were generous enough to share their recipes with the whole gathering, printing out copies to be handed out to whoever was interested. I picked up a copy of someone’s gluten free flaxseed focaccia bread recipe, and unfortunately it didn’t give their information, so I can’t credit them here. However, if you wrote this recipe for the gluten free picnic, comment below to let me know!


Gluten Free Flaxseed Focaccia

2 cups flaxseed meal (golden is best – I used Bob’s Red Mill)IMG_1608
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs sugar or preferred substitute
5 beaten eggs
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup olive oil

Preheat oven to 350, prepare pan with oiled parchment paper or silicone mat (I just put oil on the pan). Mix dry ingredients with whisk or mixer, add web ingredients and combine well.

At this point you can add any ingredients to make it a sweet or savory bread. Cinnamon, nuts, or raisins can make a good bread for breakfast.

Sauteed garlic, fresh rosemary (I used 15 needles of cut-up fresh rosemary for a light taste), olives, or roasted peppers can be added to make it savory. Put roasted pepper in paper towel first to absorb excess moisture.

Pour batter into pan. Spread with wet spoon or spatula so it doesn’t stick. Spread from middle to prevent mounding.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes, check with toothpick; it’s done when then toothpick comes out dry.


Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think of it!



Gluten Free Ginnybakes Ginnyminis Butter Crisp Love Cookies

Health Values: Gluten free, non-GMO, organic

Mini cookies are always fun and so easy to eat when you’re on the go, and I’ve always loved butter cookies, so I was very interested to try gluten free Ginnybakes Ginnyminis Butter Crisp Love Cookies.


I got all set up with my cup of tea and my little bowl of cookies for an afternoon treat. I was very glad I had the tea, because these cookies are extremely hard – and I love crunchy things. But these were harder than most cookies, so dunking in warm tea was the perfect solution. It got them to the perfect level of crunch.

Ginnybakes Butter Crisp Cookies

The flavor is good, but not great. The second ingredient is organic butter, and that taste definitely came through prominently. A little too prominently, actually, because between that and too much sweetness, I didn’t get that well-blended cookie flavor; it was more like butter and sugar battling it out for dominance.

If you like sugary buttery butter cookies, then you may like these. Personally, I prefer cookies (and any baked goods) where the flavors blend and I’m not overwhelmed by sweetness.

These mini cookies (about the size of a quarter but very thick) come 6 to a bag and six bags to a box for about $6.49 (prices vary). I’m glad I tried them, but they’re just not for me.


Gluten Free The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas

Health Values: certified gluten free, non-GMO

I’ve always loved roasted chickpeas, so I was thrilled to find The Good Bean’s non-GMO and gluten free roasted chickpeas with sea salt!

Non-GMO is just as important to me as gluten free, so this was a real find. The only ingredients are chickpeas, safflower oil, coarse salt, and Vitamin E.

The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas

The health benefits include healthy fiber and plant proteins; the other benefits include amazing crunch and a light touch of salt that’s just enough to add flavor without overdoing it or being a typical salted snack.

The Good Bean also offers roasted chickpeas with flavors including chocolate, cracked pepper, mesquite BBQ, sweet cinnamon and more. Personally, I don’t go in for lots of added flavor, so I’ll be sticking with the simple sea salt version. But it will definitely become a staple in my snack pantry!


Mary’s Organic Crackers Gluten Free Everything Pretzels

Health values: organic, gluten free, whole grain, non-gmo, soy free, vegan

A  non-gluten free friend, who doesn’t really worry about organics or ingredients, looked at all the wonderful health values listed above and asked me, “With so many things missing, how could there be any flavor?”

Well, let me tell you, these organic snacks are ALL flavor. It’s not about what’s missing, it’s about what’s included in the recipe.

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After tasting the first piece of these “everything pretzels”, I devoured the snack-size bag and immediately put a full-size bag on my shopping list. Mary created a flavor party with these, and I loved every crunchy bite.

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All the flavors – onion, garlic, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and more – come together and create a flavor explosion, which also makes for a very satisfying treat. This is conscious eating at its best.

I’ve included a photo of the ingredient list because I know there can be sensitivies and allergies to anything.

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The only thing I’d caution you about is that even though these are called “pretzels”, they’re really not – they’re more of a cracker shaped into sticks. They don’t have any pretzel taste to them, and if you’ve ever had any “Mary’s Gone Crackers” crackers, you’ll recognize the base. But don’t let that deter you, these are wonderful, fun to eat, and you can even dip them in mustard!


New Baking Livestream on Twitter!

Exciting news! I’m now doing livestream baking on Twitter! That means I tweet while I bake and take pictures of what I’m making, including any mistakes I make. I also give you the recipe, adjusting along the way as I go. Here’s an example (click for a bigger pic!):

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Follow me @livingwheatfree. I’ll tell you what time I’m baking, what I’m baking, and where you can find the recipe. Lots of pictures!

Suggest what I should livestream bake or cook next on Twitter or in the comments! Can’t wait to hear your comments and suggestions!


Gluten Free Deep River Snacks Sweet Maui Onion Potato Chips

Health Values: gluten free, nut free, trans fat free, preservative free

This was the first time I’ve tried any Deep River Snacks product, and I was pleasantly surprised. These Sweet Maui Onion Kettle Cooked Potato Chips have that wonderful combination of sweetness and saltiness that make snack foods so addictive.

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The chips were light and crisp and I really enjoyed the sweet onion taste, but there was a bit too much saltiness for my taste.

Deep River uses non-GMO potatoes and non-GMO sunflower oil, but the rest of the ingredients are neither non-GMO nor organic. The sodium count in a small one-ounce bag is 280mg, which is unnecessarily high. The chips would benefit from less salt, which would allow more of that sweet onion flavor to come through.

All-in-all these were a nice taste treat.


Gluten Free Larabar Key Lime Pie Bar

Health Values: Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, non-GMO, vegan, wheat free

What a difference between the Larabar Key Lime Pie and Coconut Cream Pie bars! Our taste-test of the Coconut Cream Pie bar was so disappointing that we tried this bar with some degree of caution and hesitation.

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No need – this bar was absolutely scrumptious. This is what we expected from a company with so many different products on the market.

The texture was perfect – not too chewy, not too sticky, and not at all dry. And it tasted just like coconut key lime pie; both flavors were prominent yet well blended in every bite.

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I’d definitely recommend this bar to anyone who enjoys a good key lime pie – it’s just an added bonus that it’s gluten free.


Gluten Free Andean Dream Cocoa Orange Quinoa Cookies

Health Values: Gluten free, no trans fats, cholesterol free, milk free, corn free, egg free, soy free, nut free, peanut free

This was a sample I got at a gluten-free picnic, so the picture you see isn’t representative of the actual package you’d find in a store.

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I checked out the Andean Dream website for more information, and I discovered that they also make pastas and soups. Click on any of the cookie images and you’ll get the ingredient and nutrition statement. Their products are made with organic Royal  Quinoa, which is only grown in the Bolivian Andes and is ” rich in high quality proteins, vitamins and minerals, and all eight amino acids essential for nutrition”.

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When I first broke the cookie, it produced a lot of tiny crumbs, so I expected it to be dry. I was happily surprised – it wasn’t. It was wonderfully crispy and the flavor was a perfect balance of cocoa and orange. This is a real treat that stands well on its own and also goes perfectly with a cup of tea or a glass of almond milk.

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The website allows you to order their cookies directly from them and also has links to two other online sites where you can buy them, but it doesn’t mention any stores where they’re carried. I’ll be checking around in places like Whole Foods and Wegmans for them, because I definitely want to buy a package and try some of their other flavors.


Gluten Free Lundberg Sea Salt Rice Chips

Health Values: Gluten free, wheat free, organic grains, vegan, non-GMO

Light, crisp, and flavorful, these rice chips have become one of my favorite go-to snacks.

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With just enough sea salt to satisfy that salty snack craving (but not so much as to make you blow up on water afterwards), these chips didn’t fill me up or make me feel bloated. What they did do was fulfill my love of light, crunchy snacks without guilt.

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The thing that made these a cut above was the touch of nuttiness provided by the organic sesame seeds baked into each chip.

I’d prefer it if they didn’t contain high oleic safflower/sunflower oil or caramel color, but for taste and snacky-goodness, they rate five thumbs up with me.


Gluten Free Larabar Blueberry Muffin Bar

Health Values: Gluten free, dairy free, non-GMO, vegan, soy free

If I had to choose one word to describe Larabars in general, that would be “inconsistent”. Incredibly inconsistent. We’ve tried all of their bars now, and they’ve ranged from excellent to barely average to literally inedible. I just don’t get it.

Anyway, the Blueberry Muffin bar ranked down there in the pits, just slightly above the horribly inedible Coconut Cream Pie bar. What a shame, because blueberries are my favorite fruit, so I was excited to try this bar.

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Frankly, it tasted like Swiss cheese. My friend and I tried it together, and through downturned, disappointed mouths we both said, “Swiss cheese” at the same moment. This Larabar joined the Coconut Cream Pie in the garbage. We couldn’t even eat it.

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I don’t understand why this company is so hugely inconsistent with their snack bars. It’s one thing for a food product not to be to a person’s liking, but it’s another thing altogether for it to be just plain bad tasting. Other companies are consistent, so what’s going on in Larabar HQ?

No “okays” on this loser. Not even one thumbs up.


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