|Things are crazy here right now and I can't seem to concentrate on anything in particular. I am trying to prioritize and right now it is not on me. All of my focus has been on the illustrator's diet and trying to educate myself as much as possible on the gluten free diet. There is so much information out there with warnings of things that may be contaminated with gluten. There are also hidden sources of gluten that you have to be aware of. I can't tell you how many times in the past week I have called a manufacturer while I was in the store to make sure the product is clean! Luckily, we are getting the hang of it and starting to learn our way around the grocery store. I will tell you that I have also learned that companies are starting to label things "gluten free". This is so helpful!!! I wish it was that easy to find things labeled "dairy free"! Maybe one day we will live in a world of great food labeling!
I have a friend that brought me some left over samples of Barney Butter. I have never tried it before now even thought I have seen other bloggers writing about how great it is. I started making my own nut butters and I really just have not seen it in the stores. The first thing I noticed on the packaging...it said "gluten free". You would not believe how happy that made me. Now, I know what you are thinking, why wouldn't it be, but let me tell you...they sneak gluten into everything. So, I love to see those words on a label! My first taste of it was on a sweet potato. Oh my gosh, that was so good! Barney Butter is slightly sweet and melted into the baked sweet potato to make this super creamy luscious treat!
On to baking adventures...I have been learning a lot about gluten free flours lately. I am still timid when it comes to playing with them too much. I hate wasting money so, I am starting with things that are a little more basic. The first flour I played with is buckwheat. I was honestly blown away with the texture and flavor that buckwheat gave these muffins! The illustrator said that he could not even tell that they did not have wheat in them! That made me so happy because this is going to be my base recipe to work with in the future. These were fat free and stayed nice and fluffy for days!
The illustrator really liked them with a smear of peanut butter on them. Next time...Barney Butter!
Labels: gluten free, muffins, quick bread