Archive for April 11th, 2011

Gratituesday: Happy Birthday Bella!

Last week my baby turned four.  Four!  Where has the time gone?  This “surprise” child has been such a blessing.  She is sweet and lovable.  She gives the best bear hugs.  She is LOUD!  She is by far my most demanding child but her ability to cope with the constant pain and itching of severe eczema amazes me.  Her acceptance and discipline of her allergy free diet inspires me.  She is growing up.  She asked “Mommy, since I am not a baby anymore can we get a new one?”  Little does she know, she is still my baby and will always be my baby.  Happy Birthday Bella!

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How to make oat flour in the blender

Welcome $5 Dinner readers!  I’m so glad you stopped by.  Real Food, Allergy Free features recipes that are free of the “top eight” or eight most common food allergens.  All our recipes are egg, dairy, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish free.  For more allergy-friendly snack ideas like Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins click here.

I love oats!  They are high in fiber and protein.  They are proven to help lower cholesterol and fight heart disease.  They are extremely versatile.  We enjoy them as a traditional porridge, granola, granola bars, pancakes, waffles, cakes, muffins and other baked goods.  I love how baked goods stay moist with oat flour.

Baking with oat flour can be really affordable if you make your own.  All you need is a blender.  Just toss some rolled oats (aka oatmeal)  in the blender and blend until you have flour.  Easy as pie!  It takes about 2 ¾ cups oats to make 2 cups of flour.

Note: Many people who cannot tolerate wheat cannot tolerate oats.  Oats are technically gluten free but some people still react.  The jury is still out on why.  If you have issues with gluten it is recommended that you purchase certified gluten free oats or avoid oats all together.  We are blessed to be able to tolerate most oats.

Photo courtesy of suavehouse113.