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Craving Holiday Delights: Gluten Free?

Hello readers,

Holidays are one time of the year very hard to follow a gluten free lifestyle but stick to it!! Even if you’re not Celiac or intolerant, wheat/gluten can do more things than just intestinal upset. Theres many treats and cakes out there to make thats GF and friends won’t even know! Example: Bobs Red Mill chocolate chip cookies…can’t even tell! Anyways.

This a Cranberry Lemon Loaf w/ coconut glaze . The base recipe was followed by Against All Grain but then was tweaked a little bit to add some other textures in besides all the almond fl0ur. I tried one of her breads before but it came out having a soggy texture. Almost spongy sounding when palpated.  Not sure if thats the egg or the different flours? Either way, I used some quinoa flour/flakes and coconut flour to give it something different.

Below is her recipe if you want to follow it exact:

Ingredients

2½ cups blanched almond flour

¾ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

¼ teaspoon sea salt

½ cup honey

1/3 cup palm shortening, or unsalted butter – room temp

4 large eggs – room temp

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup chopped cranberries, fresh or frozen

 Glaze

¼ cup raw cashews

4 teaspoons coconut milk

3 teaspoons expeller pressed coconut oil, melted

3 teaspoons water

2 teaspoons honey, liquid

2 teaspoons lemon juice                                     

I used reconstituted dried cranberries (organic).  I did not add cashews nor the water to the glaze. Made it thicker. Also, I did just shy of 2 C almond flour and filled the rest of the recipe with equal parts quinoa and coconut, probably equal to 2 2/3 C flours total.

Hint:  Her site also said to add wet ingredients into blender 1st, then dry atop (not berries), then blend 25sec-50sec until very smooth. I was careful to not over blend. Some flours can create a gluten of sorts if over -blended!

It had that spongy texture, but not nearly as bad. Its not dry like bread but different than cake. It was good! Festive looking with the glaze atop and loose berries around the plate and on the loaf.

Please, if you can, try to use free range, organic eggs, other organic ingredients (berries, vanilla, flour, etc), raw honey, and organic butter. High quality ingredients yield a high quality product!

Enjoy!

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