Thursday, August 16, 2012

Options for the Gluten Free Lifestyle



To gluten or not to gluten? Many ask this question everyday when it comes to their diet. There are many reasons why one would choose gluten free products, ranging from wheat allergens, sensitivity to gluten, celiac disease, diabetes, or even just health and diet preferences. But for many, the question isn’t why to go gluten free. Rather, it is what options are out there that meet a gluten free lifestyle. Here at Honeyville, the gluten free possibilities are endless!

Today we’re going to take a closer look at three of our most popular gluten free products and some of the best ways to use them in your daily cooking. We’ve also got a fantastic recipe from Chef Tess that we’ve included at the bottom.

Honeyville Almond Flour



This is by far our most popular and perhaps most versatile gluten-free product. This high protein flour is full of dietary fiber and can be used in nearly any cooking recipe that calls for regular flour. Whether it is cookies, cakes, breads, muffins, pancakes, puddings, our even soup, you’ll never run out of new ways to use it!  With  two options to choose from, you can pick between blanched (no almond skins) or natural (almond skins included) versions. The shelf life for Honeyville AlmondFlour is only 3 to 6 months, but it can be easily frozen or refrigerated for storage purposes. This, by far, should be a staple in every gluten free kitchen and household.

Honeyville Organic Coconut Flour



Not to be outdone by its gluten free cousin Almond Flour, HoneyvilleOrganic Coconut Flour packs in plenty of health and cooking benefits in one gluten free product. Coconut flour is a low-carb, high protein flour full of dietary fiber and just as versatile as almond flour. Use it in your cakes, breads, cookies, muffins, and any recipe you’d use flour in. Combine it with other coconut flavored options to enhance flavor and texture. And remember, just like Almond Flour, Coconut Flour has a short shelf life of 3 to 6 months, so keep it refrigerated or frozen to extend its shelf life.

Honeyville Fine Rice Flour



Though not as popular as its gluten free friends, Honeyville FineRice Flour can also be substituted in any recipe that calls for flour. To see its best results, use it in recipes for pastas, chips, and even breakfast cereals. But what Fine Rice Flour lacks in versatility it makes up for in storage abilities. With a shelf life of 1 year in a sealed bag, you can rest assured that your Fine Rice Flour will be around for all your cooking needs.

Almond Flour Cookie Recipe



Now that we’ve talked about some of the great gluten free products we have here at Honeyville, let’s get to the goodies! Check out this amazing recipe from Chef Tess below and view a video tutorial for her Gluten-Free Almond Flour Sugar-Free Cookies! Enjoy!
Ingredients:
2 c HoneyvilleBlanched Almond Flour
1 c HoneyvilleGranular Erythritol (natural sugar alcohol)
1 egg
½ tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. Baking Powder


Directions:
Mix together all ingredients. Scoop by rounded tablespoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Dough will be thick. Flatten slightly with a lightly moistened hand. Bake 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow cookies to cool 5 minutes on the pan before removing to a cooling rack. Yields 18 cookies.

What are some of your favorite gluten-free recipes?

4 comments:

reinashay said...

I'm open to using coconut flour as a gluten-free alternative, but I don't like the taste of shredded coconut. Does the coconut flour impart a strong coconut taste to what it is used in?

Cookin' Cousins said...

Hi Reinashay,

Our Coconut Flour is very delicious and typically has a very subtle, light hint of coconut flavor when you bake with it, but it's no where near the coconut flavor you get with shredded coconut, and the texture is similar to Almond flour.

HappyCruiser said...

What can you substitute for the Honeyville Granular Erythritol? Regular sugar?

Cookin' Cousins said...

Hi HappyCruiser. Yes, you can substitute regular sugar for granular erythritol. They are both similar in texture and consistency.