Putting together meals without wheat or carbs is not as hard as I thought, but finding "snack" foods that satisfy that craving for a carb-like nosh is a little trickier. I've tried one recipe from Wheat Belly and my #1 accidentally stumbled onto a second. #1 is trying to eat less white flour, less carbs but I'm not encouraging her to go all in on the plan. We have many friends who eat gluten free by choice and I can vouch for their health. This makes me okay with her making smart choices in regards to gluten-free foods.
Here are the first true "recipes" I've made on this plan.
Wheat Belly's Pumpkin Spice Muffins (used coconut milk and omitted the walnuts)
2 cups ground almond meal "flour"
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
or top with 3 raw pecan halves1/4 cup ground flaxseed "flour"
3/4 cup splenda or stevia
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice mixture or 1 tsp allspice, 1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 can (14 or 15 oz) unsweetened pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sour cream or coconut or almond milk
1/4 cup walnut oil, melted coconut oil (I used this), or extra-light olive oil
Preheat oven to 325F, grease 12 cup muffin tin or use muffin liners. Stir together dry ingredients in large bowl. Separately combine wet ingredients and oil. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake until toothpick comes out dry, recipe says 45 minutes, I would say more like 1 hour.
Made as I did omitting walnuts and just topping with a couple of pecans, the nutrient info for one muffin is: 200 cals; 16 g fat; 7 g carbs. These are great warmed or toasted with cream cheese for breakfast or a snack.
Second recipe is the sugar-free version of a gluten-free Peanut Butter cookie. We used 3/4 cup Splenda in place of sugar and omitted the chocolate chips. We used Archer Farms All-Natural Organic crunchy peanut butter.
Using our version the nutrition information for one cookie is: 75 calories; 1.3 g carbs; 6 g fat
And they are great, I must say. Maybe its a couple of days with no white sugar and no white flour but I liked these as well as any traditional peanut butter cookie I've had, my grandmother's recipe excluded.