National Gluten-Free Day!
Happy National Gluten Free Day!
I’m sure you don’t really care, but today is National Gluten Free Day! I always get the question about what it means to be gluten free or what gluten is. It’s a pretty trendy thing now-a-days, but a lot of people have severe allergies and sensitivities surrounding gluten. If you want to read more about my gluten and digestive story- follow the link to my blog post all about it!
So basically gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, barley, rye, oats, etc. So cereal, breads, pizza, pasta- that all contains gluten. (Unless indicated gluten free but that’s different) With someone who has a sensitivity or allergy, like celiac, gluten destroys the lining in the small intestine and keeps other nutrients from being absorbed in the gut. Most people will have digestive distress or stomach aches that could show signs of gluten intolerance, but there are so many other symptoms that could show as well- headaches, rashes, irregular bowels the list could literally go on.
Some foods that are confused on whether or not they are gluten-free include arrowroot, amaranth, corn, flax and millet. These are considered naturally gluten-free but, most people with gluten sensitivities or allergies still tend to stay away from these and other gluten-free “grains.”
I’ve been fully gluten free for about two years now, and although I still have my digestive issues, it’s nothing compared to before I went fully gluten free.
Some of my favorite gluten-free brands are:
-Angie's Boom Chicka Pop
To see a more extensive list of gluten-free brands- click the link to the Celiac Foundation website.
So in honor of National Gluten Free Day- pancakes. I have created a pancake recipe that’ll make you wish you were gluten free (if you’re not). These are super easy to make- one bowl and little hassle. Plus, so many health benefits, as I’ve added hemp seeds!
Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes
1 cup of almond flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup of cinnamon/coconut sugar mix
1 tbsp honey
½ cup gluten free oats
1 tsp hemp seeds
-additional hemp seeds
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together. Depending on consistency, add in more flour to thicken or add in a few splashes of water to thin out the batter.
Place about a Tbsp of ghee into a pan on low to medium heat and let melt. Take a cookie scoop and place your batter onto the pan with your desired size of the pancake.
Flip the pancakes once you see the middle of the cakes begin to bubble.
Once done, top your pancakes with whatever you desire! Drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy!