Our Family’s Gluten-Free Journey

After my two older daughters were diagnosed with gluten intolerance I had hoped that a good enzyme supplement would solve the problem. As a ghostwriter, PLR content provider, and homeschooling mom I’m pretty busy and the thought of going gluten-free was a bit daunting. And though the enzymes helped, I soon realized they weren’t the answer I’d hoped they’d be and that going gluten free was the only way to truly restore the health of my kids.

When I began searching in earnest for gluten free recipes I stumbled upon the website The Gluten Free Girl and The Chef by Shauna James Ahern. Her site was a godsend! Shauna helped me understand alternative flours and starches and how the right combinations of the two could closely-mimic standard wheat flour. I created her gluten free whole grain flour and her gluten free all-purpose flour in bulk for quick, easy use. (Scroll down her page to get the recipes.)

Our family fell in love with her Gluten-Free Whole Grain Muffins. I regularly toss whatever fruit or berries we have on hand into the mix and then I pour the entire mixture into a loaf pan. It takes twice as long to cook that way, but it’s a breakfast staple in our home. We also enjoy Shauna’s Gluten-Free Pie Dough recipe. We’ve use it to make sweet and savory pies as well as quiche. And my kids absolutely love her Gluten-Free Corn Dogs recipe.

As you can see we love Shauna and her website. And her books are fantastic too! So last Friday when I opened The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam I was shocked to see that she only uses almond flour! That’s it! In Elana’s recipes there are no special alternative flour mixes and no gums. I was really struck by the simplicity of the recipes with most having about six ingredients or less.

I was so excited by Elana’s recipes that I immediately recommended her book to my list. Tomorrow I’m planning on making her Chocolate Chip Scones. Her website is called Elana’s Pantry but only her book has the scone recipe. I’ll let you know how they turn out. And, if you try some of Elana’s or Shauna’s recipes, be sure to leave a comment letting the rest of us know how they worked for you.

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2 Responses to Our Family’s Gluten-Free Journey

  1. I don’t get this. “ And though the enzymes helped,
    I soon realized they weren’t the answer I’d hoped
    they’d be and that going gluten free was the only
    way to truly restore the health of my kids.
    ” Could you please enlighten me on this?

    dog microchipping

    • Tiffiney Cowan says:

      Hi Microchips for Dogs! Thank you for stopping by! :)

      With regards to your question, sometimes when people have a food intolerance, taking a digestive enzyme can be enough to solve the problem. Digestive enzymes often are taken in capsule form with meals. If this doesn’t work – as it didn’t in our case, then the best course of action is to remove the offending food(s). For us this meant removing all gluten from our diet.

      I hope that helps clear things up for you. :)

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