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Wheat Free Cookies

Yum, yum, Wheat free Banana Oatmeal Coconut Cookies!

Ok, so it’s been a while since I posted anything about my wheat free diet, but after the successful cookie recipe I just did, I felt compelled to share it with the world (Even if the world means 2 people, including my husband & I…LOL!)

So here it is. It’s a modified recipe from the one given by my friend WaiLing to me. This cookie recipe is great to use up that last sad banana ripen away in your kitchen.

Wheat Free Modified Wilma’s Banana Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Ingredients

 1 Mashed Banana

1tsp Vainilla extact

3/4 cup of Brown Sugar or Demerara sugar

1 Egg; beaten

1/2 cup of melted Butter

1 cup of Gluten Free All purpose Baking Flour ( I used the Bob’s Red Mill brand)

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1 tbsp of Tapioca powder

1/2 cup of shredded Coconut

2 cups of Oatmeal

Chocolate chips to taste

Almonds are also optional

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl mix together the banana, vainilla, sugar, egg & butter. Set aside

Mix together flour, baking soda, and tapioca. Then mix in coconut and oatmeal. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just moistened. Then add chocolate chips.

Drop spoonful of batter on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes until cookie starts to brown.

Get cookies on a cooling cookie rack.

Voila! Enjoy ;)

See, for me a successful wheat free recipe or no gluten recipe, is that one in which you can’t tell by the taste or the texture that there is no wheat flour or that you used a substitute. This wheat free cookie recipe achieved just that. You would never know there is no wheat flour in it ;)

 

Day # ? of my wheat free diet

You might want to know how is my “wheat free diet” going… Well, first of all, at this point I’m not counting the days any more. I have been really good and really naughty.

Really good because for the most part I have managed to avoid wheat. I have made quite a bit of substitutions in my day to day life and I have found new products that have made my life easier.

Having said so, when my girlfriend brought my favorite pie for dessert yesterday I made the conscious decision of… having it. She brought  strawberry-rhubarb pie from one of my fav bakeries: Savory Island Pie Co. in West Vancouver.

Although I had just but a fraction of what the rest of my family had, I truly enjoyed it but once I finished, I didn’t feel the need of having any more of it. 

I have found now that although the lack of wheat hasn’t helped much with my eczema, (yet), it has helped me with other health issues like being with less sniffles in general. I’m sure the fact that toasts are not my first choice when reaching for a snack has helped as well. I find myself making better food choices.

I have also to report that I made my first no wheat bread. I used the glutino mix which has rice flour, potato starch and guar gum. I added eggs, yeast, and milk. The result, a delicious every day type of bread. The texture is similar to corn bread and the taste delicious.

So,  a happy camper with none to very little wheat in my life, I will keep on telling you how my experiment goes, hopefully in a weekly bases. I promise to post recipes or meal ideas as well.

For now, I leave you with a picture of my bread.

Wheat-Free-Bread

 

Day 5, 6, 7,8,9,10,11 of my No Wheat Diet

I know what you thought… You thought I had failed! Well, no actually, I’m happy to report I’m right on track and the path seems now easier and less traumatic.

DAY 5

Breakfast: coffee & scrambled eggs

Lunch: I have some Organic Brown Rice pasta with veggies. It is really tasty.As I’m finishing my lunch I can’t help get excited about dinner at our friends. They are Chilean, so the meal will be a typical Chilean meal.

Dinner: We are received by two very hungry hostess. Meal starts with devil eggs and avocado. Then we follow with Charquicán. Lucky for me, Charquicán is made with no wheat flour. It’s a kind of beef stew with stewing beef, squash, lima beans, carrots, onions, garlic & corn. It was truly delicious and it was served together with a very yummy salad with lots and lots of lemon on it and a wiener.

It was time for dessert and our hosts had a choice of “Pan de Pascua” which is similar to a Paneton and a mango mousse. I opted for the mango mousse and separated the few pieces with dough on it. I committed a crime ripping the dessert apart but I prevailed and didn’t have any wheat… Instead I compensated with an extra glass of wine LOL! :)

DAY 6

Breakfast: Granola with yogurt

Lunch:  @ the ski hill. Woooohooooo! I order a chili…. and it was not too good I have to admit. I had a chocolate bar as well, nuts and bocadillo for energy ;)

Dinner: Our neighbours came over for appies & drinks. I made nachos with salsa, guacamole, strawberries, we have cheese and they have crackers;)

Another successful day!

From Sunday through Thursday has been all a blur. I can’t remember what I ate each day, all I know is I am still going strong and haven’t eaten any wheat!!!

I’ve been meaning to finish these draft but life has come in between my good wishes and priorities have taken over.Here is a summary of DAYS 7 through 11.

Chinease Hot Pot

On Monday we went for Chinese hot pot and that was fun. A new dinning experience and I must say, one we all enjoyed a lot. Every table has one or two induction elements. You decide a base for the broths you will simmer your food into. Then you add all kind of fixings to the broths. Beef, lamb, dumpligs, veggies, etc.

You are given an assortment of ingredients to make your own sauce, depending on your preferences.

Then you just dig in, and scoop whatever you want to eat into your bowl and put a little bit (or not) of the sauce you just prepared.

As a result, everyone eats what they want and everyone is happy !!

Chilean-Empanada-with-Tomato-Onion-SaladOn Wednesday I almost have Chilean Empanadas. My brother in law was in town so I warmed up some empanadas and tossed an tomato-onion salad. As we sat at the table and I’m about to bite into it, my husband (bless his heart) stops me by saying: Are you eating wheat? I dropped the Empanada on the spot and decide to disect it , eating just the inside. An empanada has “pino” inside. The “pino” is a mix of ground beef, onions, eggs, raisins and an olive. That and a sizable serving of salad did the trick ;) That was close though…

I haven’t had any wheat (to the best of my knowledge) and I have decided now to buy some wheat free flour. I will attempt to make some bread and baked goods, which I have to admit, I’ve been missing… although, odd enough, not craving.

The hardest meal to get around without grabbing a piece of bread, has been lunch. With us being so used to just eat a sandwich, that has been a bit challenging. I usually end up having left overs from dinner, and that tends to work fine.

Lots of nuts and other healthy bits in between keep me in check.

 

 

Day Four of my self imposed NO WHEAT FLOUR Diet

DAY FOUR

I had a lazy start  of the day. Luckily it all got better once my girlfriend texted me to meet up for coffee & a walk.

Breakfast: I scrambled an egg and have a glass of juice. No coffee this morning since I’m going to treat myself to a latte from my fav coffee shop: Moja

We head sown to Moja with my girlfriend order a couple of lattes and I suggest she tries my all time favorite croissant ( yes, the same one my husband brought me yesterday). She is trying not to make me feel bad about eating wheat in front of me, but surprisingly enough, today I just don’t feel like I need to have it at all.

We sat down, had our lattes, got caught up on holiday stuff . She had half of her almond-pistachio croissant (Saving the left over for later), and leaving it right in front of me for a long while… Funny enough it didn’t bother me at all and we kept talking like nothing. I didn’t even thought much about it! Extra pat on my back!! Pat, pat, double PAT!

Lunch time was easy! I just warmed up left overs from the days before. I mixed the quinoa-shrimp-peas curry meal with rice & chicken, warmed it up and had a great meal!!!

I have now finished taken down all of the Christmas Decorations. They are safely stored now in boxes until next December. The bare tree is still standing up, but that is my husband’s job, so eventually it will be taken away from my line of vision and the house won’t smell like fresh pine tree anymore. That, I’ll miss!

Day 4 of my No wheat DietDinner: On my way back from my walk with my friend I had bought some bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon.

I set it up on the grill and in the mean time start warming up the same mix I had for lunch. I also steamed some green beans. Once they are done I drizzled some toasted sesame seed oil on them and a pinch of salt. We all had water and as a dessert treat I enjoyed few cranberries.

Oh,I forgot to mentioned, I was super proud of myself today. I found a Ferrero chocolate laying down on the kitchen counter. Ferreros are my favorite chocolates! I unwrapped it and place it in my mouth but as I’m about to take a bite I thought about the crunchy part inside the nut covered chocolate and got suspicious about it. I popped it out of my mouth, headed for the computer and goggled “Ferrero Chocolates Ingredients”. Sure enough, wheat is one of the ingredients. Bye, bye, Ferrero…So long!

As I get rid of it I start wondering if my husband didn’t left it lying down for me to find it and “accidentally” eat it. Hmmm, very odd….

Day Tree of my self imposed NO WHEAT FLOUR Diet

DAY THREE

Here we are, it’s day three and I feel good, tana, tana, nana… !

For Breakfast I have scramble eggs and coffee. I keep on working hard so by the time lunch comes around I haven’t even been snacking… that much! I decided to go for a healthy lunch and go for a simple salad with spinach, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. I whip a vinaigrette with olive oil & balsamic vinegar… Mmmmm tastes good. My husband comes home and hands me a treat he got for me… I take a bite only to realize that he’s been Chicky… It is my favorite Thomas Hass pistachio-almond croissant…That’s actually mean… really mean! I stay strong and don’t eat any more… He laughs at me and tells me he won’t tell anyone if I eat it all, he even warms it up for me (NO, no, this is horrible, smells soooo good) Ok, another bite…. I’m so tempted… (Mainly ’cause I think nobody is reading this blog…. yet, so no harm done) Instead I turn around and grab few more chocolate covered cranberries.

OOOMMMMM Life is good! It’s ok, I can do this!!! Let’s start taking the tree ornaments down, why not!

I go pick up my son from school, take him to his piano lesson, drop him off at home & go off to do my Spanish lesson. We talked about her favorite foods and she tells me she loves quinoa which give me the perfect idea for dinner ! :)

No wheat dinner - Quinoa-Shrimp-Peas on  curry sauce

 

Dinner: I make quinoa and mix it with shrimp & peas prepared on a curry sauce (Butter, garlic, curry powder and whipping cream)

On the side I make a salad with Spinach, tomatoes, yellow peppers and carrots. Just as lunch.

I go off to my girlfriend’s house and indulge on some good wine & conversation! I love Louise ;)

End of Day 3. Successful despite the croissant incident.