Grain free bakes from against all grain cook book

I had a go at making two grain free bakes from Danielle Walkers book Against all grain, this was Danielle’s first book from 2013 . The book is packed full of delicious bakes and meals that are grain free

I needed to use up some ripe bananas and I spotted Danielle’s Allergy free breakfast cookies. Made using apple sauce, dates, coconut flour, coconut raisins and bananas I knew they would taste good.

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The recipe was easy to follow in fact I just popped it on in the food processor and made a perfect cookie dough.

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I expected them to be quite firm but theses cookies I thought were more like the texture and taste of a date bar or raw paleo bar, a soft cookie . Saying this I still really liked them and preferred them to shop bought bars and would definitely make the again. They freeze well so I froze in bags of two for those moments when you are desperate for a sweet treat. they would make a good quick breakfast on the go. Here is the recipe Allergy free Breakfast cookies

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Secondly I made the world-famous sandwich bread   ( this recipe took Danielle’s blog global )

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With a very strange list of ingredients I did have my doubts . Eggs, cashew butter,honey, almond milk , coconut flour etc didn’t sound much like a bread recipe but I thought it was worth a go. The recipe used apple cider vinegar but as I’m yeast free and avoid vinegar I guessed lemon juice would do the trick and fortunately it worked well.

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I was so pleased with the result. The bread tasted very nice with a springy texture. It was time consuming to make and quite messy with lots of washing up. But well worth the effort. Very different from a regular gluten filled loaf but still suitable to make a sandwich or toast the slices are quite small but it does the job well .

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For me, having a bread I can slice and make sandwiches yet still stay grain free is amazing!

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Danielle was diagnosed with ulcerated colitis , like Crohn’s disease this is an inflammatory bowel disease. She is on a grain free diet to improve her health and control the disease. Danielle hasn’t had a flair up since 2011. She is now following a Paleo diet and staying well and free from IBD symptoms . Story’s like this encourage me to continue grain free.

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You can follow Danielle on Twitter  @againstallgrain

Her website is packed full of recipes and inspiration –  againstallgrain.com

The book is available on Amazon for £21.24

Book 2 – Against all grain meals made simple is available too

3rd book – Against all grain Celebrations will be released on September 27th

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In search of the best grain free and yeast free bread

After looking through lots of grain free recipe books this morning I came across a new bread recipe to try in cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate diet by Erica Kerwien. @comfybelly

Simple Sandwich bread

Using just almond butter, eggs, honey, almond flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. I produced a small loaf

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This loaf tasted surprisingly light, it has a strong flavour but quite pleasant. Would definitely make this again.

 

Recently I had a go at making a basic focaccia style loaf from a recipe in Wheat Belly cookbook by William Davis, MD this loaf used chickpea flour, ground golden flaxseeds, almond flour,baking power and egg whites.

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It was delicious sliced thinly toasted with melted cheese but was quite heavy and dense to eat by itself. made very good fried bread using bacon fat Yum!

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There is also a good recipe in the Gluten- Free Almond Flour cookbook by Elana Amsterdam called Olive Rosemary Bread, again a small loaf but very nice .

 

If like me you are trying to avoid all grains, these recipe books are well worth a look at. Most are inexpensive and available online.

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I would love to hear about any recipes for grain free and yeast free bread you have tried and enjoyed. Grain free cook book recommendations would be very welcome too.