Almond Chocolate Chip Biscotti

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Almond Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Gluten free, Lactose free, FODMAP-friendly—and can also be made eggless

Source: Life coach and GF chef Karen Ore

Prep time: 2 hours 30 mins

GF chef and life coach Karen Ore gave me this recipe, which is another gem from her test kitchen. My webmaster and I, plus a friend, tested these one evening while watching most of Downton Abbey Season #3 on DVD. These wonderful biscotti took some of the sting out of the fictional tragedies. If you have friends coming for a movie evening, a double batch of biscotti is likely to disappear before your friends go home. Two batches fit comfortably on a single cookie sheet, too.

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Light Brown Yeast Bread

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Light Brown Yeast Bread

Gluten-free, Lactose-free, FODMAP-friendly, low sugar

Prep time: 2 hours

Why do I bother baking gluten-free bread, when there are good GF breads on the market? They all seem to include ingredients I’m avoiding—brown rice, honey, molasses, cornstarch, etc. Here’s a new recipe with just half a teaspoon of sugar per loaf.

I did try a wonderful GF bread mix called “Timtana Light Brown,” made by Montana Gluten Free Processors. However, apparently I’m allergic to timothy grain (SO unfair) as well as brown rice. Their method suggested some steps that I was able to modify for my own flour blend. Result: the best brown-rice-free, GF bread recipe I’ve found. I still think the crust is a little biscuit-ish, but I can slice it for sandwiches without having to apologize for the texture. It’s tender and stretchy. Like … you know … bread.

If you can find “Timtana Light Brown” bread mix, give it a try. If not, or if you find you can’t digest timothy either, here’s my version.

By the way, you’ll want to use a stand mixer. This recipe calls for a lot of beating.

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Almond-Oat Muffins

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Almond-Oat Muffins

Gluten-free, Lactose-free, FODMAP-friendly

Yield: 12-18 muffins

I could almost live on these. The inspiration was a Specific Carbohydrate Diet recipe in Elaine Gottschall’s groundbreaking book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle—but this version is modified with low-FODMAP ingredients. I generally bake a double batch, since these freeze so well. These are my lembas for traveling (fellow Tolkien fans will understand). I generally pack two for each day I’ll be gone, and then I know I won’t starve even if the only restaurant food I can find is a plain chicken breast. Or … an almond-oat muffin and a cup of tea can tide me over until I find other safe food.

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