What About Bread?

Posted on July 6, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Food - Wheat free bread 1           Food - Wheat free bread 2

Since having read Dr. William Davis’ book, Wheat Belly, I have shunned wheat.  I buy his argument that wheat has been so drastically altered in the past 50 years that it has become virtual poison to the human body.  Dr. Davis goes really far, however, suggesting that pretty much all grains and even fruit need to be severely restricted.  Well, I don’t have diabetes or heart disease and so I’m not going to worry about gluten per se, like that found in buckwheat and rye.  But bread is a hard one to get without any wheat.  The gluten free bread in the store is filled with rice flour, tapioca starch, and potato starch all ingredients which are definitely more harmful than helpful to the human body.

So, I put together this really easy recipe I found using almond flour and coconut flour.  It is really close to the recipe in Dr. Davis’ book, Wheat Belly Cookbook.   I didn’t really believe that it would be very bread-like, but I must say it made a delicious bread!  It has much more flavor than traditional wheat bread.  The loaf didn’t get very tall so next time I’m going to slice it lengthwise to get pieces that are more like the usual size of a piece of bread, or else I’m going to try to double the recipe.  Also, next time I’m going to fiddle with the flours, using some corn, millet and oat flours and also possibly some fresh chopped rosemary which I love in bread.  I will report on my progress.

If you try this and find ways to improve it let me know please!

Wheatless Bread

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1 1/4 Cups Almond Flour
1/4 Cup Ground Chia Seeds or Flaxseeds
5 Eggs
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

(This recipe makes a smaller loaf of bread, in order to have larger pieces of bread you may want to double the recipe or cut loaf lengthwise)

Instructions:

1. Blend all dry ingredients in bowl and all wet ingredients in separate bowl.
2. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
3. Plop into a greased 7.5 “x 3.5″ loaf pan and smooth the top.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes.
5. Let cool before slicing.

Adapted from Healthextremist.com

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Pancakes Sans Wheat?!

Posted on June 22, 2013. Filed under: Breakfast Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , |

Food - Wheatless Pancakes

So here I am on the first Saturday of trying to eat a diet without any wheat.  It is a challenge because fun breakfast food traditionally uses a lot of wheat.  Think:  French toast, pancakes, waffles, bagels, pastries.  For today I thought I would try my traditional easy pancake recipe with substitutions for flour to see what would happen and voilà!  They turned out pretty good!  See my previous post to hear more about Wheat Belly by William Davis M.D.  and the reasons to lose the wheat.

Pancakes, Simple (Wheatless in parenthesis)

1.5 C. flour (.5 C. coconut flour, .5 C. buckwheat flour, .25 C. ground pecans, .25 C. corn flour)

3 t. baking powder

.5 t. salt

1 T. white sugar (coconut sugar)

1.25 C. milk (1.5 C. watered down organic cream – about 1/2 C. cream and all the rest water)

1 egg

3 T. melted butter (2 T. coconut oil/1 T. butter melted together)

Yep, I couldn’t help messing with some of the other ingredients, coconut sugar is better for you, I was out of milk, coconut oil is so good for you, so why not, but you certainly wouldn’t have to make these changes if you wanted to try this.  I also have done this recipe with almond milk made from almond butter and water, so feel free to switch out anything you want!

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