Saturday, November 3, 2012

Gluten Free Goodness!

Gluten free living has paid off with our health- my gut feels better, the kids' hives and eczema have cleared up and Brock lost 20 pounds *eye roll*- but sometimes there are traditional foods that you just can't seem to replicate with a gluten free version. A lot of those foods fall into the category of breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls, French Toast, Waffles and Pancakes, to be specific.

After a lot of hogging down carbs bread testing, I have discovered that Great Harvest makes hands down THE BEST gluten less bread for not just french toast, but just eating (it doesn't even need to be TOASTED). It does contain dairy - fyi.
Check out their Dillon gluten less bread ... I couldn't find a link online for it, but both Ft. Collins, CO locations make it.

Because yeast frightens me, I have steered clear from attempting the cinnamon rolls and continue to pathetically drool over the pictures of The Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls. Instead, I have been playing around with the less daunting task of pancakes. Over the last two years, I have altered many homemade pancake recipes to make them gluten free while attempting to maintain the correct texture. I think I finally hit the jackpot this morning.

Brock and I typically go through the week eating and serving extravagant things like toast, oatmeal and cereal for breakfast. Every once in a while, we join up in effort to make one of those delicious, heavy breakfasts that are super enjoyable to eat, make the entire house reek of bacon and make you want to nap as soon as the kitchen in cleaned up. We did that today (but both of us have a TON of work to do- so NO NAPS FOR YOU!) If do say so myself, it was fabulous! Please make and share with your loved ones.... if you are serving people that you don't particularly like, just email me and I will send you all of my failed recipes. *smiley face*

Brock and Johi's Saturday "Sunday Brunch"

The Best Gluten Free Pancakes- EVAH (in my humble opinion).

1 3/4 cups of Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Xanthan Gum
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

2 large eggs
2 cups of "buttermilk" (2 cups of vanilla coconut milk with 1 T apple cider vinegar- gently stir and let sit for a few minutes)

1/4 cup of melted butter

Combine the first six ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together eggs and buttermilk and gently stir into flour mixture. Fold in butter. Do not over mix batter.

Cook on a 350 degree griddle until bubbles form and burst in top of batter and bottom is golden brown.

Serve with real maple syrup, Wright's bacon, fried eggs, orange juice, coffee and LOVE.

Happy Saturday, mah people!

Peace and Love, Johi


  1. Johi these look good! I have been using a recipe that is a higher protein pancake that is pretty good...
    you can use almond flour (or old fashioned oatmeal if you are of the "gluten free side that will say pure oatmeal contains trace amounts of a less reactive gluten) The batter will also keep for several days in the fridge.
    It is kind of a random recipe butin a blender you just put several eggs (or egg whites if you are egg phobic) some greek yogurt or you can use cottage cheese, a scoop of vanilla protein powder, start with a 1/2 cup of oatmeal or almond flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.
    Blend well, it will be thin batter, but if you want it thicker adjust the dry stuff. Really good cooked in coconut oil.

    1. Ooooo, I'll have to try your recipe! We don't seem to have an issue with oats so I'll use those. Yours seems way healthier than mine... hmmm. :)

  2. your pancakes look devine. Just made the millet, buckwheat, sweet potato waffles yesterday with buttermilk and they were so crispy, light and delish. Dont forget, buckwheat is superb for pancakes and requires no extra ingredients like xanthum gum....just put it in your buttermilk the night before and blend it in the morning, then they are flourless as well!!

    1. Yum. I need to come for a visit so you can make these for me.

  3. Can't read this....too much food....too hungry....

    Signed, Still has to lose 8 pounds to fit into her bridesmaid dress

    1. Oh, well then let me tell you that pancakes suck. They don't even taste good. :)