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Gluten Free Almond Butter Bars

Gluten Free Almond Butter Bars

Almond Butter Bars This recipe is Gluten Free, Wheat Free and Yeast Free  Serving Size:  Serve 6+ Cooking Time:  35 minutes + Cooling INGREDIENTS 1Tbsp butter 20 Marshmallows 2Tbsp almond butter 3 cups GF puffed rice cereal ½ cup sliced almonds, chopped ½ cup dark […]

Gluten Free White Bread Rolls

Gluten Free White Bread Rolls

Gluten Free White Bread Rolls This recipe is gluten-free. Serving size: 24 small rolls= Cooking time: 1 hour Ingredients 4 Eggs 4 Tbsp vegetable oil 60g Caster sugar 1 Tbsp xanthan gum 85g potato flour 480g white rice flour, plus extra for dusting 250g arrowroot […]

Paleo Herb & Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia Bread Recipe

Paleo Herb & Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia Bread Recipe

This recipe is gluten-free, wheat-free (grain free) and yeast-free. Also if you omit the cheese it can be dairy free.

Serving size: 12
Cooking Time:  1hr

Ingredients

5 eggs
200 grams Creamed Coconut
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ Tbsp. dried basil (an Italian herb blend and/or rosemary would be delicious too)
2 tsp. garlic powder (to taste)
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
5 sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, sliced.
½ tsp. Sea Salt
¾ tsp. baking soda

I used the Niulife creamed coconut which is 100% pure organic coconut flesh.  You can find it in most health food stores.  Please note: – This creamed coconut is different to the coconut cream or milk you buy in the supermarket in a tin, the reason is that it contains the fiber from coconuts too, which is key to making this recipe come out properly.

Method

Soften creamed coconut by placing packet in a bowl of warm water. Work with your hands to create a pourable consistency.

Preheat oven to 170C and lightly grease a 9″ round cake pan.

Add eggs, melted coconut oil, creamed coconut, sea salt and baking soda to a blender. Blend until very smooth with no lumps

Pour batter into a medium mixing bowl and fold in herbs and parmesan cheese (if using).

Pour into greased pan. Top with sliced sun-dried tomatoes and a little extra parmesan cheese, if using.

Transfer to oven and bake 40-45 minutes until golden brown and firm.
General Tips

Serve with a dipping oil made with high quality extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic and herbs, to taste.
You can play with this recipe – adding different herbs etc to suit your taste

Flourless choc-nut cake

Flourless choc-nut cake

This recipe is gluten-free, wheat-free and yeast-free. Serving size: Serves 10 or more Cooking time: 2+ hours INGREDIENTS ½ cup (50g) cocoa powder ½ cup (125ml) hot water 1½ cups (330g) firmly packed brown sugar 220g unsalted butter, chopped coarsely 200g dark eating chocolate, chopped coarsely 1½ […]

Delicious Banana & Date Mini Muffins

Delicious Banana & Date Mini Muffins

Delicious Banana & Date Mini Muffins This recipe is gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy free and yeast-free. Serving size: Makes approx 72 mini muffins Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes Note:  For those that prefer dairy you have the option instead of rice milk you can use […]

Conditions related to Coeliac Disease

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is a blistering skin condition related to coeliac disease, however it is much rarer.  It is characterised by extremely itchy bumps and blisters which arise on normal reddened skin and is most often found on the scalp, shoulders, buttocks, elbows and knees.  Like coeliac disease, it involves antibodies and intolerance to gluten.  There is a genetic disposition for this disease and it often affects more males than females.  Diagnosis involves examining the skin for immunoglobulin A (IgA) and if found, normal testing for coeliac disease is used to confirm the condition.  It too is controlled by following a complete gluten free diet.

 

Lactose Intolerance and the Association with Coeliac Disease

Lactose is broken down by an enzyme called lactase, which is found in the lining of the small intestine.  When the lining is damaged it does not make enough lactase so lactose intolerance can occur.  However, once a gluten-free diet is introduced the small intestine is allowed to heal and the normal breakdown of lactose returns.  Therefore, lactose intolerance is usually a temporary problem.  It is important that a discussion with a dietician or nutritionist takes place before eliminating lactose from a diet.  Note this is only the association of lactose intolerance with coeliac disease and may not apply to all individuals.

Non-Coeliac Gluten Intolerance & Wheat Allergy

Non-Coeliac Gluten Intolerance There are people out there who receive a genuine negative test result for coeliac disease and symptoms are still experienced, these people may be suffering from Non-Coeliac Gluten Intolerance.  As it shares many of the characteristics of coeliac disease such as bowel […]