Tonight I decided to make gluten-free brownies.
Although I am an idiot an used butter instead of olive oil, so they aren’t really dairy-free. GAH! Too many things to remember! I will make these with olive oil next time and then post the recipe again.
I got frustrated the other day when I realized that you needed xanthan gum to bake most things with GF flour (realized right after I had left Whole Foods without it). So I found a few brownie recipes online that DIDN’T call for xanthan gum and put them all together to create this. I can’t believe one of my experiments worked for once!
Gluten-free Coconut Brownies (no need for xanthan gum)
1/2 cup butter (or you could use 2/3 cup olive oil) – you could cut down slightly on either one of these and I’m sure it would still be good
1 cup granulated sugar – I used organic
1 tsp GF vanilla extract
scant 1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup gluten-free flour – I used Bob’s Red Mill GF all-purpose baking flour
2/3 cup shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 and bake for 25 minutes. Very good!
I was very pleased with how the Red Mill GF all-purpose flour tasted and worked in this recipe. It is made out of a blend of flours from potatoes, sorghum, garbanzo beans, fava beans, and tapioca.
I have to say, cutting out dairy has been easy. I will see how I feel tomorrow after eating the butter, but for the most part, it seems like small amounts of dairy IN things doesn’t affect me as much as eating cheese or drinking a glass of milk. This week I am making the full transition to gluten-free and it’s going to be really tough. It is so much more limiting and we don’t have all the supplies here yet. I’m sure once I figure it out, it won’t be that bad, but at first it is a hard transition. I did have a turkey sandwich on GF bread from Udi’s for dinner.
Doctor visit was an epic fail. As usual, I left in tears of frustration (kind of stormed out this time actually). She did confirm that my arm thing is more of a muscle problem than a nerve problem. But I already knew that and it was still a waste of $30. I am going to try icing tonight, heat in the morning, and then try to swim again.
I have a good new plan for my non-swim days. Allow myself to bike for 10 minutes, although it hurts a little bit, then just go jump in the pool and move around and just chill in there. When I get home, I shower and it feels like my normal routine so I don’t feel so ‘off’. That is what I did today and it REALLY helped! Then I went on lots of little mini-walks around the school today too. If my arm hurts too much in the morning I will do this again.