Life Hacks

Friday

A Gluten Free Oat Alternative

Have you tried Certified Gluten Free Oats?
I have and unfortunately I cannot tolerate them. I was surprised by how fast I reacted. It really hit me like a ton of bricks.....3 days of lethargy and un-wellness.

If you can't tolerate GF Oats or do not want to take the risk, I have an alternative. A safe and satisfying one. When I bake cookies, I add Quinoa Flakes (Ancient Harvest Quinoa to be exact) to the recipe. Add as much or as little as you like and you will be awed with the texture. Just like a real oatmeal cookie, minus the unruly side effects.


There is a whole world of recipes that you can add these neat little flakes to. All it takes is creativity and  a little a lot of patience. 


Here is some inspiration for adding Quinoa Flakes to recipes:

  • Cookies
  • Muffins
  • Yogurt
  • Apple Pie
  • Fruit and Nut Bars
  • Crusting Meat
  • Crab Cakes
  • Burgers
  • Stuffing

Wednesday

Gluten Free Play-Doh

Play-Doh brings back fond memories of being a child. Both the homemade and store bought kind made their way to my creative little hands. There's something so free spirited about Play-Doh. You can create virtually anything....as long as you have the imagination. The best part is how much fun people of all ages can have together with something as simple as this.


Here is a fun little recipe for Gluten Free Play-Doh. It's simple, quick and easily stored. Place it in a pretty jar wrapped in cellophane and attach some cookie cutters with a ribbon to make a great gift.


(check labels to make sure ingredients are GF)
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Food coloring or a package of Kool-Aid (not only does the Kool-Aid add colour, but it creates a nice aroma for the Play Doh too!
Directions:
Mix ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until it forms a ball. Cool completely before placing in an air tight container. Store in refrigerator.




Non Cook Method
1/4 Cup Salt
1 Cup GF Flour
1/4 Cup Water





Play-Doh accessories to keep on hand:
Small rolling pins
Plastic cookie cutters of varying shapes
Muffin tins for shaping
Safety scissors & dull plastic knives
Popsicle sticks
A spray bottle to moisten any Doh that is drying 

Look around your local Dollar Store for these and other fun possibilities




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This policy is valid from 23 February 2013

This is a personal blog written and edited by me. All opinions are that of my own. I am not a healthcare professional or an expert. All information presented in this blog is purely that of my own experience and or opinion. Please consult a medical professional before making any changes to your diet.

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