I’ve been scouring the web for gluten-free or easily-modified recipes the last several weeks, and there are some good things out there. As I’ve been acquiring supplies and looking for food to make, I realized rather than trying to make a clean break with the unhealthy eating habits I have, I’ve been trying to replicate them as closely as possible. I’m also rebelling against the diagnosis (like one does so often) and am trying to have my gluten-free-but-still-tasty cake and eat it, too.

For example, currently in my oven is a brownie pudding. The recipe called for regular flour, but I’m trying a 1:1 replacement with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour and 1/8 teaspoon of xanthan gum. I think I got a little too much gum, but we’ll see how it all goes.

Here’s the thing, though; I don’t need that brownie pudding. We all know I could stand to do without it. But the other thing is this: It is in my nature to want things I’ve been told I can’t have. If something is my decision, my call, I’m much more okay with something that isn’t. I realize some of this is simple human nature for many of us. We like control. Some of us, on the other hand, are perfectly fine accepting things we can’t have, and I so admire them. I aspire to be like them.

Not there yet.

Throughout the day, I’ve been cobbling together a post about the systematic chemical removal I’ve been working on. It’s taking more time than I thought, what with the gathering of the links and the being at work and what have you. I hope to have it up later tonight, but I’m so very sleepy. Tomorrow, for sure.

For now, I shall perch, vulture-like, over the oven – waiting for the brownie pudding. That I shouldn’t have.

And that hopefully won’t taste like ass.

[One hour later] Remember when I wrote about being healthier and not approximating my old eating habits? Yeah, forget about all that. I just pulled the brownie pudding out of the oven. It is amazing. Goodbye, forever…

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6 responses to Approximating

  1. Sounds yummy!
    One of my favorite food bloggers (vegetarian) has a “gluten free” tag. I’m sure you can find something yummy there that is also good for you. Even the recipes that aren’t gluten free often have suggestions in the headnotes or comments for making them so.

  2. Peter

    I don’t bake. Ever. I’m way good at the eating part however and I’ve happily played guinea pig for a few of my friends who are celiac or gluten intolerant like myself.

    The concensus seems to be brown rice flour mixed with buckwheat flour for the tasty part and it doesn’t fall apart as easily as plain brown rice flour stuff does.

    Baking times are different for gluten free stuff, eh?

  3. Very interesting series of posts.

  4. Hey there! We’re a gluten-free family over here (my son is the allergic one, but I’m sensitive too). Pamela’s baking mix is the BEST one (better than Bob’s Red Mill) and it makes the most fabulous pancakes, muffins, and quick breads. And Pamela’s also has a vanilla cake mix that you can use to make sugar cut-out cookies. And may I recommend the best gluten free cookbook that I’ve found? It’s called “You Won’t Believe It’s Gluten Free” by Robin Ryberg. Most gluten free cookbooks are just a series of recipes, but hers is an actual reference book and it’s the book I wish I had found in the very beginning. It doesn’t just tell you how to make cookies, but it gives you five different ways to make each recipe based on different flour types and why they work, how to make adjustments, etc… A fabulous book! It’s a long process to get used to living gluten-free, but before you know it you’ll be a pro (and you won’t even miss the gluten). 🙂

  5. p.s. If you have a bread machine, Pamela’s bread mix is really good, too.

  6. Elle Clark

    One bakery (yes bakery) in East Lansing does offer a variety of gluten free products. Crackers, cakes, breads, cookies Oh My! It’s called a piece o cake. The website is: If you look under gluten free they also have some links to resources. We all want something sweet sometime and I have had their stuff and it is good. They are really beautiful cake artists too! Just thought you might want to know!

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