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Is Buckwheat a Seed or a Grain?

Is Buckwheat a Seed or a Grain?

Buckwheat is a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel and despite having the word "wheat" in its name, has nothing all all to do with wheat.  It is gluten-free and an excellent source of magnesium, manganese, copper and fibre.   Buckwheat is also called a...

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Is Quinoa a Seed or a Grain?

Is Quinoa a Seed or a Grain?

At least once a week, I get an email from someone saying something like "hey, isn't quinoa a grain?" or "my doctor told me quinoa was a grain". Quinoa is the seed of the Chenopodium or Goosefoot plant. Its frequently called a grain because it is used and cooked like...

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Make your own Baking Powder

Make your own Baking Powder

Most baking powder contains grains as a mixer/filler so the recipes on grain free living combines sodium bicarbonate (also called baking soda) with cream of tarter to make a grain-free/filler free version. Just use 1/2 tsp bicarb and 1 tsp cream of tarter to each cup...

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Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake

This is based on a traditional italian recipe with a few personal adjustments.  It is surprisingly light  and easy to eat. Ingredients Zest of 2 lemons 125g sugar 150g desiccated coconut (note to American's: UNSWEETENED, fine ground dried coconut, texture of...

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Failsafe Banana Bread

Failsafe Banana Bread

This is a buckwheat flour recipe just perfect for anyone who hates the taste of buckwheat.  It tastes amazing, and you could give this to your fussiest eater, including "normal" wheat-eaters and they will love it too.  Its healthy enough to have for breakfast toasted...

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Nourishing Traditions

This book is my ultimate bible.  Its not grain-free but contains many grain-free recipes and invaluable information for anyone wanting to optimise a gluten or grain-free lifestyle.  Tips include: How to soak and dry nuts to produce "crispy nuts" - it neutralises the...

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Coconut Cures

Just reading this very interesting book by Bruce Fife.  Coconut flour and oil are a great substitution for grain-based baking just based on flavour alone.  This book explains succinctly why it is not to be avoided as a saturated fat, and its amazing health benefits....

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Instant Quinoa Baby Cereal

This recipe needs a powerful/good quality grinder/food processor.  I use and love a thermomix. Step 1. Cook quinoa. In a thermomix its roughly 900g of water to about 100 to 200g of quinoa in the basket, 16 mins, speed 4, 100 deg. In a saucepan its double of amount of...

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Fruit and Nut Clusters Grain Free Vegan

Fruit and Nut Clusters Grain Free Vegan

Our good friend Joanne, who is on the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) and who also cannot eat eggs was very excited to find this recipe from the Nuilife Coconut Oil company.  She brought us a sample to try and they are DELICIOUS.  These will especially appeal to...

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