Saturday, October 24, 2009

More fun with grain free baking! (dairy-free too!)

As mentioned in the previous post, I'm experimenting with coconut and almond flours, attempting to replace all of the other gluten-free flours that I've become accustomed to using. Here is a very nice drop biscuit recipe (casein-free cousin to the garlic cheese biscuits) which uses both almond and coconut flours, as well as a bit of flax meal; my husband says they taste very much like Bisquick biscuits, only better.

I like the flavor and the texture of the almond-coconut flour combo.....I will continue to experiment! :)

(updated 10/26/09 and again on 11/26/09)

4 eggs
1/4 C coconut oil, melted
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 C coconut flour
1/4 C almond flour**
1 1/2 T flax meal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1-2 T agave syrup (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and coconut oil (and agave if using) thoroughly. Combine the salt, coconut and almond flours, flax meal and baking powder in a separate bowl, then stir into the egg-oil mixture, blending well.

Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for approximately 16-20 minutes (start checking them around 16 minutes), until beginning to develop golden-brown spots on tops. Makes 8 biscuits.

**Note: I am following Elana Amsterdam's suggestion and using ONLY finely ground blanched almond flour. Some almond flours on the market simply are not fine enough to give a good texture to baked goods. For example, Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour just doesn't work. The flour that I'm currently using is Honeyville's Blanched Almond Flour.

Another recipe I made recently was Elana's Chocolate Chip Brownies; I followed her recipe exactly, so you can click on the link above as I don't plan to publish her recipe here. :)

My family LOVED them! As you can see from the pictures, they look like luscious and decadent chocolate treats....but they are actually very healthy compared to most brownies out there.


villagemama said...

This recipe is so fantastic!! I added some homade herbamare salt mix that I make , as well as some chopped green onion. I was a little unsure... Your blogpost was one of the few that showed up for grain free bicuits when I searched. They cooked up so lightweight. The smell was so divine and the taste was so close to the flavour of my childhood biscuit favourite! The rest of the family is still only gluten free but decided to have these grain free biscuits instead! A winner all around. Thank you so much! It really is a huge difference for me to find a recipe that I love like this.

JoAnn said...

villagemama, thank you for sharing your experience with the recipe! I'm so glad they turned out well and that your family enjoyed them...going grain free is challenging but little things like biscuits can really help!


oldsoul said...

omg, that looks so good, i'm going to try it!