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I first discovered I was gluten intolerant aged 19 and I’m not going to lie, I was pretty distraught at the time.
No more bread! No more pasta! No more CAKE! What the heck was I gonna eat with my mid-afternoon cuppa if I couldn’t have cake!
The outlook was bleak…
But what I quickly realised shortly after my diagnosis was that being gluten-free doesn’t mean an end to your favourite foods as there’s plenty of great ‘free-from’ alternatives on the market.
Meaning that bread, pasta and most importantly cake can still be on the menu!
When I was first diagnosed the market place was fairly limited, but over the years it’s rapidly expanded. Supermarkets now have whole sections dedicated the free-from products and we’re even seeing gluten free restaurants pop up across the country!
One of my preferred gluten-free brands is Deliciously Alchemy and I’m delighted to be invited to work with them as they’ve just launched the UK’s only gluten and dairy free instant porridge pots and oats sachets in addition to their wide range of high quality bread and baking mixes and breakfast products.
Like myself, Emma was pretty unimpressed by the variety of gluten free produce available when she was first diagnosed so she set out to change that.
Giving up her job as computer games producer, she headed back to uni, studied nutrition and marketing and then Delicious Alchemy was born. What an inspiration.
Although I had to give up gluten for health reasons, more and more people are starting to voluntarily quit gluten too.
In fact the gluten-free food market has boomed so much in the past couple of years, it is now thought to be worth £200m plus.
There are so many advantages to cutting gluten from your diet. Since following a low-GI diet, I’ve never felt better – both physically and mentally.
Who’d have thought getting rid of the ‘Frankenwheat’ would have such a profound affect on my mood.
Research shows that there are clear correlations between giving up wheat and mental wellbeing! I’ve found I’m much more productive, have better mental clarity and am less prone to mood swings.
Back to the physical benefits, and saying adios to wheat can also boost energy levels, help with digestion, help with diabetes and heart disease, boost your immune system and aid weight loss. Since giving up wheat I’ve also noticed I get far fewer migraines.
So if you’re going gluten-free, which products should you be avoiding? Of course there are the main culprits such as bread, pasta and sweet treats, but it’s also lurking in a few other foods that may surprise you, such as beer, soy sauce and sausages.
You can check out a full list of what foods you can avoid and those which you can embrace here.
Now, did I mention that I like cake…? Well Delicious Alchemy’s baking and bread mixes are off the chain good!
In fact so much so, I always make sure my cupboards are well stocked with their baking products. They’re super simple to make, so perfect for those days when you want fuss-free baking with all the great taste!
We were sent a hamper of gluten free goodies to review below and we were so impressed!
Here in the Broadbent household we have a penchant for brownies, in fact I may even go so far to describe myself as a connoisseur and I have to say that the Deliciously Alchemy Brownie Mix is one of the best I’ve tried.
So soft and gooey and full of flavour!
As well as being gluten free, the brownie mix is dairy free too, whilst all their products are GM free too.
We also had a go at baking the Deliciously Alchemy Bread too! So simple and just as good as any loaf you’d buy in a bakery!
Check out the recipes below:
To make 12 brownies, you will need:
- 400g Delicious Alchemy Gluten & Dairy Free Chocolate Brownie Mix
- 100g unsalted butter or dairy free alternative
- 2 large eggs
Preheat the oven to 180c /160c fan. Line a 20cm (8 inch) square tin with greaseproof paper, leaving in an inch of the paper to overhang.
Add the Delicious Alchemy Chocolate Brownie Mix to a bowl. Melt in the butter and stir into the brownie mix. When it starts to form a light batter, lightly beat the eggs and add to the mix and stir well. Pour the batter into the tin, smooth the top.
Bake for 18 – 22 minute. Remove from oven and leave to cool
I like to enjoy mine slightly warm still so they’re super gooey in the centre! Perfect with a refreshing cup of fresh mint tea.
Check out our recipe video too:
We made our bread in the oven, but the mix is also suitable for bread making machines too! It’s so simple to make, all you need is:
- 1 x 340g Delicious Alchemy White Bread Mix
2 tbsp (15g) sunflower oil
325ml of tepid water
Lightly grease a 1lb 15cm x 10cm x 7cm bread tin. There’s no need to pre-heat the oven as this mix cooks from cold. Add the mix to a bowl and pour in the oil and water. Mix it all together.
Its better to use a food mixer as the batter can become very thick, so unless you have arms like Arnie you may struggle with a normal spoon.
Turn the mixer to medium speed and beat for 90 seconds. Scrape down the sides and base of the bowl and mix for a further 90 seconds.
Transfer the dough into the tin. It will be quite thick, so press down well and fill the tin right to the rim.
Loosely cover the tin with lightly oiled cling film. Leave to prove in a warm place for 40 minutes and then add to a COLD oven.
Then turn to 190C or 165C for fan-assisted ovens, and bake for 90 minutes. Only remove when it has a nice golden top. Leave to cool on a tray before serving.
And here is the bread video Peter and I, made!
How would you like to try making your own bread and baking mixes or breakfast products too?
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