The feel good Larder is stocked full of a variety of goodies and we like to consider the nutritional content of the ingredients we put in our products. The best thing about baking gluten free is that it opens up a world of different flours and a variety of ingredients.
Some of the products below are just a few of the delights we put into our lovely creations.
Nuts and seeds
Seeds – These are a nutritional power house packed full of beneficial proteins, vitamins and minerals. They will keep your heart healthy and your digestion regular.
Nuts – Are a great source of protein and they contain healthy monounsaturated fat. I use ground almonds a lot in our bakes and it gives that bake its lovely moistness.
There is a range of different flours in our products to make for that great bake. Below is just some of the flours we use and why.
Potato starch – helps lighten a bake
Ground linseed – full of essential fats, omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Helps bind a mixture.
Tapioca starch – It is a great binder to a bake
Sorghum flour – Is a nutritious flour. Sorghum is a good source of calcium, iron and vit B. Adds a great flavour and texture to a bake.
Ground almonds – As mentioned above, gives that bake it moistness.
Rice flour – great combined with other flours in a bake.
Please note: In a lot of mainstream gluten free products xantham gum is used to aid with binding a bake which is what gluten does. I do not use xantham gum in my products as it a highly processed product and it can affect people for example causing stomach cramps.
Fruit and veg
Berries – These are full of vitamins and antioxidants. I use both fresh and frozen berries.
Citrus fruits – Rich in vitamin C as well as containing potassium and fibre. The skin on a citrus fruit especially oranges is full of phytonutrients which help prevent high blood pressure and heart disease.
Orchard fruits – Are an excellent source of energy and provides valuable fibre and antioxidants. Apples are one of the healthiest fruits as they are low in sugar and can help reduce cholesterol.
Vegetables – There are so many wonderful vegetables out there, all containing countless nutritional benefits with valuable fibre, vitamins and minerals
Spices and Pluses
Spices – Not only do they add flavour and interest to food, they also stimulate appetite and do have medicinal properties. Cinnamon for example is a great natural sweetener to a bake and can help lower blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Grains, legumes, pulses – Pulses are packed full of protein, vitamins, low in fat and cause the slow release of sugar into the blood stream. One grain we love to use is Quinoa, there is a lot of goodness packed into this small little grain. Why? Because it contains all 8 essential amino acids, it is energizing and best of all it is gluten free.