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Gluten-Free Oats?


Photo of oat flowers (avena sativa) by Andreas Trepte

Are oats gluten-free? For someone with Celiac Disease who can't tollerate wheat gluten (almost 1% of the population), this is an important question. Adi Lucas posted this sweet comment and great question under my recipe for Spiced Pineapple Oat Cookies:

"Hello Patty and thanks for the wonderful recipe. I´m always trying to improve my stash of healthy recipes and this one works great for me! I love oats as it goes fine with the small amount of carbs I include on my daily diet. My question is the following: I have heard that oats are forbidden for celiac disease and as I have a good friend with this problem, I´d like to know what kind of oats you use in this recipe so I can tell her about it. Thanks."

Patty's Pumpkin Pudding Pie

They say that the smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven is an aphrodisiac. They also say that it's good to bake one while you're having having an open-house to sell your home - chances of scoring are higher. I bake them often in the fall and winter, as they're the perfect seasonal dish (winter squash is one of the few vegetables that will keep for months), and they're supremely delicious.

Most days, I prefer making variations of this pumpkin pudding to a traditional pumpkin pie. Why? Because it's healthier (no refined ingredients or empty calories), quicker and easier to make - and I'm more into the filling than the crust. Here's my quintessential recipe: Patty's Pumpkin Pudding

Like a clafouti, this pudding makes it's own "crust" and is sliceable when cooled down. Beautifully spiced and rich, it can be embellished with a layer of crunchy caramelized nuts. This is an easy and flexible recipe where you can play with the ingredients and their proportions - so have some warm sexy winter baking fun!

ps - here are some tips on how-to take a classic pumpkin pie recipe and make it healthier - without compromising flavour: Hi there pumpkin pie!

Green Ginger Pineapple Smoothie

This is my new favorite uber-healthy morning smoothie:
Green Ginger Pineapple Smoothie

Here are the things I love about it:
- full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals
- made with enzyme-rich pineapple and easy to digest
- great for detox, candida, and alkaline diets
- full of fiber
- quick and easy to make
- refreshing, revitalizing, and delicious!

Candida, Xylitol, & Spiced Pineapple Oat Cookies

I was recently on a moderate version of the candida diet (a.k.a anti-candida diet). It's a particularly difficult diet, as you need to "starve the yeast" (candida) in your system by NOT eating sugar (refined, natural, sweet fruits...), yeast, refined flours (including starches), mushrooms, fermented food (tofu, cocoa, tea), vitamins/supplements with yeast (like most B vitamins), most dairy, alcohol, vinegar (except apple cider vinegar), nuts/seeds (because they often have mold on them)... The hardest part for me was not eating nuts!

caffeine, supplements, teflon, & fortune cookies

7 Food Hacks to Stay Alert Without Caffeine
The low-down: 4-5 meals/day, low-glycemic foods before bed, fruit on an empty stomach, less meat, more water, whole grains, a low-glycemic snack between lunch and dinner.

How to Find Pure Products in a Sea of Supplements
Thorough write-up on which natural health products are pure and healthy: vitamins, oils, herbs, teas, grains...

Chemical Used in Non-Stick Cookware Continues to Prove Its Toxicity
Avoid teflon and toxic "telomers used to make the stain and grease repellent coatings for fast food containers, apparel, and carpeting... Alternative food storage and cooking source suggestions include glassware, stoneware, and enamel coated cast iron."

Giant Chocolate Fortune Cookies
Very fun recipe!

Spicy Mayan Brownies

I came up with these super-rich fudgy spicy brownies a while back to satisfy my craving for chocolate and spice. Having a sweet spot for all things Mayan, I composed these using some traditional Mayan flavours: chocolate, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, anise, chilli, vanilla - yum! I also incorporated the healthy meso-American super-grain quinoa (I used red quinoa) as well as flax seeds - I don't think flax is Mayan, but it allowed me to avoid eggs in this recipe. I soaked my seeds to germinate/sprout them: super healthy and easier to puree. Though the high amount of cocoa, sprouted seeds, and spices would qualify these gluten-free vegan treats as healthy, the sucanat and butter (coconut oil works here for the vegan or dairy-free diets) bump these into the supremely rich and tasty side of healthy. I love these brownies + they are now officially my sweet-heart's new favorite brownies :-)

Recipe: Spicy Mayan Brownies

Festive Candied Peel


Two beautiful large organic navel oranges inspired me to make these superb candied peels~

Recipe: Candied Orange Peel

These turned out beautifully. Eating one little piece is a great pick-me-up. You can also dip these in dark chocolate (trés sophistiqué!) or use as a premium ingredient in another recipe...

Cinnamon Creamsicle Smoothie

Recipe: Cinnamon Creamsicle Smoothie

I love this smoothie. We drink them often in the fall and winter. It's like a festive creamsicle in a glass - without the cream, sugar, food coloring...
Carrot juice is what makes it extra tasty and extra healthy (note to people with kids: you can't taste the carrot juice!). I happen to LOVE carrots and the vitamin A boost they give :-)
 

Tiny recipes on Twitter

Maureen from San Francisco came up with the great idea of posting super tiny condensed recipes to Twitter like:

Chocolate Cake: melt c choc/6T butter; +5T h2o&flour&cocoa.
Beat silky 8T sugar/2egg. Fold all in sml grsd pan. 40m@350F in 2nd pan hot h2o.

Brilliant :-)

Banana Booty Bars

These are my new favorite bars!

Recipe: Banana Booty Bars

The Booty: Naturally sweet, chewy, packed with oats, fruit, fiber, a
hint of spice, dark chocolate and a walnut crunch. These vegan treats
are quick and easy to make and are great for people on special diets -
great for your booty too ;-)

I initially made these as cookies. The excellent flavour and wholesome ingredients were all there, but the cookie format wasn't the greatest (+ more time consuming!)... After deciding on the bar format (and tweaking the ingredients) everything came together deliciously. These are super for a quick breakfast or snack + a great way to use up those over-ripe bananas!