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Gluten-Free Cooking for the Holidays

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Many people have become more aware of all of the ways that gluten can cause damage to your body. Gluten is especially harmful for those that suffer from Celiac’s disease. This disease doesn’t allow people to properly absorb gluten into their body. While only a small percentage of the population suffer from Celiac's disease, the popularity of a gluten-free diet has attracted many companies to make gluten-free products. In light of the holidays coming up, you may want to make gluten-free recipes in order to accommodate your guests. There are some very healthy flour alternatives out there that don’t include any type of gluten. These flours are actually much more nutritious than the regular all-purpose flour.

When making baked goods, use this blend to substitute for one cup of wheat or all-purpose flour when you are making baked goods for gluten-free alternatives:

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  • All-purpose alternative flour mix
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch/flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch or potato starch

This blend mimics the texture of wheat flour, allowing you to make more dependable and stable baked goods, similar to the ones that you are used to eating. Read up on alternative flours that is best for the type of baked goods that you are making. For example, oat flour and sorghum flour are good for baking goods that needs to rise, such as cakes, breads, and biscuits. Buckwheat is great for pancakes and flat breads, but this nutritious grain can be used in combination with a rising flour to produce a light and fluffy baked treat.

To make your holiday baking somewhat easier, we have compiled some flour suggestions for each type of holiday good that you plan to make this year.

  • For cookies, a common holiday treat, oats, coconut, and almond flour are all options to consider.
  • For biscuits, you will want to consider cornstarch, brown or white rice flour, and potato flour.
  • Stuffing can be made with cornstarch, corn flour, almond flour, and coconut flour.

If you find all of these flours confusing to keep straight, don’t worry. Luckily, since gluten-free eating is so popular right now, many companies are making gluten-free pre-made mixes such as those available from Bisquick, Betty Crocker, and Pillsbury. This will allow you to easily make baked goods without fretting about the ratio of starch to a certain type of flour. 

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Making food for the holidays can be very stressful, especially if your guests have a certain preference. For gluten-free cooking, using these flour alternatives can help with your cooking easier than ever. By making gluten-free recipes you can ensure that your guests are comfortable and that their attention is focused on having fun during your event, rather than what foods they should avoid. Your cooking knowledge will gain some valuable points and seeing the satisfaction of people's reactions to your cooking will be quite rewarding!


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