gram chickpea flourThe popularity of gluten free foods and gluten free flour for baking continues to rise. Chickpea flour, the result of grinding garbanzo beans, is one such flour that appeals not only to those who eat gluten free, but also those avoiding grains.

A July 2015 poll found that at least 1 in 5 Americans include gluten free foods in their diet. 

arrowroot flour in a bowlIn recent years, a surge of options has emerged for those looking for alternatives to grain based flours and thickeners, particularly those made with wheat or GMO corn. Once expensive and hard to find, dozens of gluten free flours are now easily sourced. Of the numerous choices available, arrowroot is among the most popular due to its versatility and impressive nutritional profile.

gluten free banana bread with butter Gluten free banana bread is the latest breakfast craze around our house. Over the years, I’ve made banana bread and banana muffins more ways than I can count.

Usually, I use einkorn flour, but other times I’ve used coconut flour or almond flour to mix things up and add variety.

healthy gluten free flourOne of the biggest problems with gluten free flour brands from the healthfood store is that they are loaded with refined starch – nearly half the weight in fact! Such mixes cannot be considered healthy.

This starch is usually not resistant starch either – the kind that benefits gut health by nourishing beneficial gut microbes and a balanced intestinal microbiota.

yellow rice topped with peasAuthentic and very delicious yellow rice cooked in gelatin and mineral rich chicken broth instead of water is a great way to get more of this digestion enhancing (and wrinkle reducing) superfood into your family’s diet.

Just to give you some idea, people on the GAPS Diet (book) who are healing their gut to reverse autoimmune disease incorporate a small cup of homemade broth with every single meal.

homemade gluten free flour cookies on glass trayA growing number of people are having problems tolerating gluten, a complex and difficult to digest plant protein. If you find this hard to believe, check out your local healthfood store. An entire aisle in one in my community is devoted to products made with gluten free flour! A growing number of people are also interested in learning how to make gluten free flour.

gluten free teffI first tasted the delicious, gluten free grain known as teff shortly after my husband and I were married. We met after work at an Ethiopian restaurant that we’d been wanting to try for quite some time. My husband was born and lived his early years in Uganda, and he was eager to introduce me to some of the flavors of his home continent.