Gluten-Free Recipes Without Special Ingredients: 3 Cookbooks to Check Out
For the millions of people suffering from celiac disease or some other form of gluten intolerance, gluten-free and grain-free cookbooks can be a real help in the kitchen. Unfortunately, however, many of these cookbooks feature recipes that require special ingredients such as xanthan gum or a specific brand of gluten-free flour mix. Finding these special ingredients in grocery stores may turn out to be a challenge, especially if you live in a small town, and even if you manage to find them, they may take a toll on your wallet. The good news is that there are also a number of cookbooks that feature gluten-free recipes that call for no special ingredients. Instead, these cookbooks use simple gluten-free flours such as almond flour, coconut flour and buckwheat flour, and in case a binder is needed, they typically use eggs (or a mixture containing flaxseed and water, which is often used as a substitute for eggs in vegan recipes for baked goods).
Below, we take a look at three books you should definitely check out if you are interested in learning how to make gluten-free meals and treats without special ingredients. All of the books included below are available as a paperback, and some of them are also available as a Kindle e-book for Amazon customers.
Easy Recipes for Gluten-Free, Lightly-Sweetened Treats Featuring Almond FlourThe Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook
In The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, wellness expert and recipe developer Elena Amsterdam provides 99 gluten-free recipes that use almond flour instead of special gluten-free flour mixes. Her focus is on family-friendly classics – such as muffins, pancakes, pies, cakes and burgers – which she then adapts to almond flour. While this book also features a number of recipes for savory entrees, most of the book is dedicated to gluten-free baking and lightly-sweetened desserts.
Coconut Flour Cookbook Featuring Plenty of Gluten-Free and Grain-Free RecipesThe Healthy Coconut Flour Cookbook
In The Healthy Coconut Flour Cookbook, Erica Kerwien serves up a collection of more than 100 recipes that use plain coconut flour and other natural gluten-free flours, such as almond flour. Her health-licious recipes include everything from savory bites and breads to cakes, muffins and cookies. Kerwien likes natural sweeteners, particularly honey and maple syrup, so make sure you have these all-natural sweeteners in your pantry if you are planning on buying this cookbook. This cookbook is also well-suited for people with special dietary requirements as each recipe comes with a handy icon bar which tells the reader if the recipe is (or can be made) gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free or low-sugar.
400 Pages Filled with Gluten-Free Recipes That Require No Special IngredientsAgainst the Grain
After having no success using popular pre-packaged gluten-free flour mixes, Nancy Cain, the mother of a celiac child, started experimenting with all-natural gluten-free ingredients, which eventually led to the launch of Against the Grain Gourmet, a line of gluten-free breads and pizzas available at supermarkets and natural food stores. In 2015, Clarkson Potter published Cain's debut cookbook, Against the Grain. In this 400-page grain-free cookbook, she provides 200 gluten-free recipes that require no xanthan gum or other special ingredients. Instead, she only uses natural ingredients such as buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, and ripe fruits and vegetables.
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