Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Teacher Tuesday: Gluten Free Baking with Laura Madden






















Hello Honeyville fans and welcome to a new feature we've added to the Cookin Cousin's blog: Teacher Tuesday. Every second Tuesday of each month we'll introduce you to one of the amazing instructors that teach at our retail store locations. You'll get a personal introduction from the instructor, find out which store they teach at and when they'll be teaching, learn what their baking specialties are, and get a personal recipe written just for Honeyville fans. Today we'll hear from Laura Madden, an instructor that teaches gluten free baking techniques and recipes at our Chandler, AZ store.

Laura Madden

Hello Honeyville fans! I'm Laura Madden, a cooking instructor at the Honeyville Farms Chandler, AZ store. I specialize in gluten free, grain free cooking and LOVE to teach people to connect with their food by cooking it themselves. This, I believe, is a missing piece to experiencing optimal health and lasting weight loss! I'm also a holistic lifestyle coach and personal trainer and love to teach fitness and yoga classes as well.

My mission includes helping people connect to their food and lose weight without counting calories or scales and includes 3 things: Eat, Play, Move! Over the past few years I encountered a number of health situations, which formed my eating philosophy today. Just eat real food! If your great, great grandparents weren't eating it, chances are, our livers won't like it! Personally, I follow a gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free diet that consists of delicious whole foods, unprocessed or packaged foods, and loaded with natures candy, such as produce, nuts, and humanely raised meats. I try to eat as close to what nature intended as possible.

Now that you know a little bit more about me, here is a look at one of my favorite gluten free, grain free recipes, Peanut Butter Crackers. Enjoy!

Gluten Free, Grain Free Peanut Butter Crackers

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour
1/4 cup Honeyville Powdered Peanut Butter
1 Egg
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt

Directions:
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Stir wet ingredients into dry mixture until thoroughly combined. If dough appears too dry and crumbling add additional water by the tablespoon. Roll the dough into a ball and press between 2 sheets of parchment paper to 1/8 inch thickness. Remove top piece of parchment paper. Transfer the bottom piece with rolled out dough onto baking sheet. Cut dough into 2-inch squares with knife or pizza cutter. Bake 12-15 minutes, until lightly golden. Let crackers cool before serving.

These crackers are a simple and delicious snack for any member of the family. Not only that, but their good for you too!

Check out some of the classes I'll be teaching this month at the Honeyville Farms store in Chandler, AZ:

Thursday, Feb. 14 - 10 a.m. - Spaghetti Squash with Sauce
Thursday, Feb. 21 - 10 a.m. - Blueberry Pancakes
Thursday, Feb. 28 - 10 a.m. - Peanut Butter Crackers and Chocolate Bark

I look forward to connecting with you in person and sharing tips and motivation to gain control of your diet and your health. You can contact me through my blog, Laura Madden.Lifestyle, or stop by any of my classes here at Honeyville Farms. Every class is a fun and inspiring experience with lots of learning and tasting! Thanks, and I can't wait to see you in class!

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