Gluten Free Primer #1 Almond Joy Muffins

Gluten What!!
I am sure most of you out there have a friend or relative who cannot eat gluten.
This first post is about why some people need to avoid gluten.

I am hoping this will clear things up for you so that you can feel confidant inviting your gluten free friends over for dinner and not feel scared or deprived (and let me tell you, they will appreciate your efforts oh so much).

Why?  Many people have reactions to gluten,  it can range from gut problems to headaches to body pain and any number of other things.  Some people have a disease called Celiac Sprue, these people can get very sick from even eating the tiniest bit of gluten.  This is something that can be tested by a blood test (not always accurate) or an intestinal biopsy (more accurate).  The hardest thing is that to be tested accurately you must be eating a significant amount of gluten for it to show up in your body.  This is difficult, when it makes you feel poorly the last thing you want to do is eat large quantities of gluten!

Others have less severe reactions but over time can feel pretty rotten if they eat too much.
Many people will feel better on a gluten free diet (or perhaps free of something else – dairy, soy, nuts just to name a few common culprits).  Even if you do not have an allergy or disease affected by gluten many of us will still have some level of inflammatory reaction to it.  If you are having strange health issues, a food elimination plan may be beneficial in tracking down the food that doesn’t love you so much (with the help of your lovely neighborhood health/nutrition coach).

Either way, mild intolerance or Celiac or allergy, this is something that affects a fairly large portion of our society.

Nowadays there are tons of gluten free products out there to buy, but that can be costly, and they are not always the healthiest choices.  Lucky for you all of my recipes are gluten free!!!  Did you notice?

Stay tuned for my next post and I will demystify the specific grains that have gluten and those that don’t.  In the meantime here is another tasty recipe for you!
Almond Joy Muffins!
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbls vanilla
3 eggs
1/4 cup cocoa powder (you could add a few choc. chips if you feel the need!)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1 T melted coconut oil or other oil
Mix it all up and bake in lined muffin tins at 300 for 20-25 minutes

Easy as that!  These really do taste like almond joy bars! 

dump everything in (if you have a stand up mixer)  if mixing by hand do the wet ingredients first then add the dry
put in cups and into the oven
mmmmmm!  hey good lookin!
this is Trader Joe’s almond meal – great price and great almond meal.
soooooo good – not too sweet – add more honey if you like and smile!


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