Gluten Free chats/recipes

Hi all,

As lots on here have found that going gluten free helps their thyroid condition so it was suggested that a gluten free section be set up for general chat and to swap recipes etc and the lovely Louise has now done this.

So come on ladies (and gents) any interesting gluten free hints/tips/recipes (or just moans) can now be posted in our very own section.

Moggie x

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  • p.s. You'll find it on the right hand side of this post under "Browse by category".

    Moggie x

  • Gluten free Soda bread recipe. as promised.

    450gm Gluten free flour (I use Wellfoods)

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    6 heaped teaspoons gluten free baking powder (I use Tesco own brand)

    3 heaped tablespoons of low fat, plain, live yoghurt

    Up to 300ml or half pint tepid water

    Plus...either some sun flower seed...sesame seeds (see later)

    Preheat the oven to 200c 400f Gas Mark 6 (adjust for fans)

    Sift the flour into large bowl, mix in the salt, baking powder and then the yoghurt. Bring the mixture together using most of the water..its easier with hands.

    Sprinkle the dough with enough g/f flour of your choice to be able to knead it into an oval. Should be a smooth dough, slightly on the soft side.

    I divide the dough into two...and flavour one part with a generous squirt of tomato puree (from the tube)..and a handful of chopped herbs..(fresh in the summer if I have some) or dried in winter. Leave the other plain or...

    brush the top with a little water..and sprinkle with the sesame seed..or sunflower seeds

    Bake in centre of the oven 30-35 mins. Cool on wire tray.

    What I have found is that thie beauty doesnt keep. So I slice it when its almost cold..and wrap slices in cling film..and freeze like that. It also tends to disappear fast. Wonderful with some robust cheese...and home grown tomatoes...

    Have fun...

    Just because I am Coelaic doesnt mean I can't have good food.....

    Apricot

  • Thanks.

    Moggie x

  • Thank you Louise, I'd love to go gluten free ( I am trying hard) not because I have to but because I think it is better for you - I am just so weak though and realise I have eaten something without thinking about it :-(

    Liz x

  • Thank you I am always looking for gluten free breads that are edible, will give it a go.It's surprising how many have this problem. Would love to hear about any other recipes that are recommended x

  • Try this very recent question as it has two bread recipes that I posted.

    healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...

    Moggie x

  • can you tell me how gluten free helps please I will try anything to get it under control. thanks x

  • An awful lot of experts say its the gut going wrong that causes thyroid illness. Give me a little while and I'll link you some articles. I have got all my four grandchildren staying this weekend so am a bit busy, plus most of the links I want are on my works computer but I will get back to you as soon as I can.

    Here is one to be going on with

    mindbodygreen.com/0-7482/10...

    Moggie x

  • Try this for starters - it explains what I said in my previous answers anout gluten issues coming before thyroid issues.

    Gluten allergies can manifest in adults through a number of physical and mental symptoms. These symptoms will range in severity and frequency from person to person and may include vomiting, abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea, obesity or emaciation, skin rashes, headaches and generally poor health. Because people with a gluten allergy, such as celiac disease, suffer damage to their intestines, they also struggle to absorb the minerals, calories and nutrients from food. This can cause anemia, bone degeneration, fatigue and even some cancers. Furthermore, a gluten allergy causes the body to produce an autoimmune response to the presence of gluten. This means that the body produces antibodies to attack the gluten protein. These antibodies also attack the body's own tissues. This can result in thyroid issues, and can also affect behavior and brain functioning, causing conditions such as depression.

    Moggie x

  • Sorry to sound nitpicky but just for clarity, coeliac isn't an allergy, it's an autoimmune disease, so while an allergic reaction can be immediate and severe, cd can be symptom-free in the short term and can cause very serious health problems over time, like cancer. :-)

  • Another of those links I promised you.

    healingpartnership.com/arti...

    Moggie x

  • Oh wow thanks for the info will check it out x

  • I'm struggling to eat any grain but rice. I'm looking for ideas to replace the need for something solid like bread. (GF and vegetarian,)

  • Did you see the banana bread recipies? If not they are linked in the one of the answers I gave in this thread near the top - its a healthunlocked link. If not get back to me tomorrow as I have quite a few links on my works computer.

    Moggie x

  • Hi Moggie,did you mean the banana bread with coconut flour? Has anyone tried this?

  • I have two big bags of coconut flour to use up so I must have a look. Usually I make this banana bread with quinoa flour: dovesfarm.co.uk/recipes/ban...

  • Quina flour,something else I haven't heard of.

  • Thanks for this link - I made my first gluten free loaf yesterday using Dove's Farm white bread flour - looks lovely tastes fine but the flour has potato in it and the recipe needs milk - two ingredients on my avoid list - banana bread might be an alternative.

  • Thanks for that - the more recipes the better and I'd never heard of quinoa flour either.

    Moggie x

  • If you look at the link you will find that someone (sorry cant remember her name) was going to try is almost straight away - maybe you could ask her. My friend makes it regularly and says its lovely. She has to stop her non coeliac family eating it.

    Moggie x

  • Hi there. I was diagnosed with coeliac disease 13 years before being diagnosed hypothyroid. My auto immune reaction has destroyed my thyroid function. I wonder what could come next. Has anyone else had a similar experience?

  • I think most of us Hashi's people would find that it is the stomach problems that has caused the thyroid problems - I know I am a great believer in this - but to get the doctors to admit/agree is another matter. I endo sent me to a gastro and I think he knows the score but didn't want to say.

    Moggie x

  • I think I will be making my own bread, I just ventured into a supermarket after seeing gluten free bread at £2.50 online. ,,What a shock,,that Price was a Small loaf 400 g,

    In actual fact if it was full size that would make it £5 ..... This is totally Outrageous, no wonder they sell it in small loafs, they must be joking

  • Yep - total rip off and they don't taste nice. I think the art of gluten free eating is to make everything yourself from scratch. Good luck with the bread.

    Moggie x

  • Hi all

    I have been gluten free for several months now and have been trying various recipes. I am disappointed with the taste and texture of gluten free pre-made foods. They are full of fats and sugars to hide the taste - extra calories!!!!

    I like dove farm brown bread flour with sunflower seed. It is a bit like German rye bread.

    My biggest 'find' is xanthum gum. It's acts as the elasticity of gluten. Without the harmful effects on our body! It can be used for all flour recipes and to thicken sauces and gravy.

    I have made some delicious mince pies. The following recipe makes 24 mince pies.

    Cook for 10-15 mins on gas 6 or 200c

    3oz trex

    5oz butter

    4oz corn flour

    4oz rice flour

    8oz plain gluten free flour

    1teaspoon xanthum gum ( 1tsp per 16oz flour mixture )

    Water to bind into soft dough

    Mincemeat for filling

    This combination makes the pastry light with shortbread texture but not crumbly or falling apart. They taste like normal mince pies. Even my husband likes them and can't tell the difference!

    Merry Christmas everyone x

  • Thanks so much for that - lets hope it's picked up in time by the gluten free brigade.

    Why don't you do a new post with this recipe so that people still have a chance to make them before Christmas with a heading of "Gluten Free Mince Pies" or something similar - I'm sure there are a few members that would appreciate it.

    Merry Christmas to you to.

    Moggie x

  • hallo! I've been having this for brekkie....glutenfree and delicious!

    mash a ripe banana into one or two beaten eggs,drop a ladleful into a hot frying pan for yummy drop scone style pancakes....i like mine with blueberries and a wee spot of agave nectar or honey...mmmmmmmmmmm

  • Sounds so good! I hate bananas once they get too ripe, which they inevitably do, so will try this. I never find eggs are filling on their own either so this might be a good solution all round. .....with a little naughty maple syrup for me!

  • hi sandi....the riper the banana the sweeter the pancake I guess..a light spray of oil helps too if your pan is a bit temperamental - the first time I tried these I just couldnt get my head round them...pancakes - with no flour- who knew! :)

  • I make these too. Absolutely delicious. I can recommend this :-)

  • and for a savoury bite in minutes try these...

    Easy Peasy Much Cheapness Cumin Flatbreads

    MIX 275g/9.5 oz GF plain flour with 225ml/8 floz natural yoghurt and a generous teaspoon of cumin seeds, and a pinch of salt.Form dough into a ball on a floured surface.

    SPLIT into 8.

    ROLL each portion into a thin circle. COOK in a hot dry pan for 1-2 mins.

    These are fab with dips and stews, or just as an alternative to very expensive GF breads etc !!

    Also make great pizza bases ..cook first, add toppings and pop under grill for a few minutes.

  • Thank you.

    Moggie x

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