Nov
27

Here is the situation: (maybe this happened to you on Thanksgiving) You’re preparing to bake, you know that you have most ingredients on hand like the sugar, vanilla extract, and flour, but you need to run to the grocery for a few things like pecans and pumpkin puree. (follow me?) You get to the store and you begin to question yourself, “DO I have flour at home or did I use it all up….. I can’t remember so I’ll buy another bag…” You get home to find out that you have not one, but two bags of flour on-hand, both bags open, both bags taking up space…… 

I HATE having open bags of flour and sugar and “stuff” hanging around…. ESPECIALLY when there are duplicates. I just don’t have space for that kind of mess. PLUS, there are different types of flour that can’t be combined. Sigh. The struggle.

DIY Quinoa Flour

I recently learned how to make my own flour, IT’S SO EASY. I learned how to make flour from gluten-free items like oats, quinoa, and nuts which are all ingredients I keep on-hand. In this blog post, I’m going to explain how to make flour from quinoa, but the process is very similar for oats and nuts.

A few things that excite me:
Making quinoa flour is much more cost-effective than buying quinoa flour.
I no longer have to keep bags and bags of flour on-hand, now I can make my own flours, as needed, with the ingredients I already have on-hand.

DIY Quinoa Flour

Quinoa flour is made by grinding quinoa seeds in to a fine powder or flour. It looks and feels like all-purpose flour and can be used in a variety of different baking recipes including muffins, breads, cookies, pies, and crisps, among others. It can also be used in soups, stews, and gravies as a thickening agent or added to smoothies as a protein boost.

Quinoa Flour: DIY
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups organic quinoa
  • clean coffee grinder
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Rinse the quinoa through a fine mesh sieve for about 1 minute and then dry the quinoa as much as possible.
  3. On an ungreased, rimmed baking sheet, bake the quinoa at 350F for 12-15 minutes until dry, slightly golden and fragrant then cool completely.
  4. Put about ¼ cup of the quinoa seeds in to the coffee grinder, and pulse to grind the quinoa. Shake the grinder every few pulses to ensure an even grind.
  5. Repeat this process until all of the quinoa is finely ground.
DIY Quinoa Flour

What you need to know about Quinoa Flour:  

  • It is important to rinse your quinoa to remove the naturally occurring chemical, saponin that is found on the external seed coating of the quinoa. Removing the saponin will prevent a bitter taste.
  • I prefer to use TruRoots Quinoa because of their organic and sustainable farming initiatives, the beautiful packaging, and I find the flavor and quality of their products superior to others.
  • Quinoa has a distinct nutty, earthy flavor which makes it perfect for recipes with bold flavors // think molasses, cocoa, nuts, strong spices, and autumnal flavors.
  • Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, high in protein, low carb, and nutritious.
  • Unlike many gluten-free flours, you do not need to add xanthin or guar gum to make quinoa “work” in recipes. (win!)
  • Be sure to use a clean coffee grinder to make quinoa flour, I would recommend having a coffee grinder just for grinding flours and spices, separate from the grinder you have for coffee. Using a food processor or blender is not effective in making flours. Coffee grinders can be inexpensive to purchase, you can find them for under $20.

Love

Crista


Aug
27

natural food grocery store
On my most recent trip to Peoria, IL, I was extremely excited to find Naturally Yours Grocery, a locally owned health food store. They have the LARGEST selection of kombucha I have ever seen, I went kombucha crazy!!!!!! For those of you who know me know that I have a slight obsession…..

If you have never heard of kombucha or you are not really sure what it is, check out this article:
What is Kombucha (and is it really good for you)?

kombucha
The LIVE Soda brand is fun because they are flavored to taste like popular soda flavors. Culture Cola & Revive Rootbeer are the flavors I chose to buy – can someone say Root Beer Float??

kombucha
I never knew that Celestial Seasonings started making Kombucha, why wouldn’t they? I’m intrigued because I’ve never seen it before, but it isn’t my favorite and I probably won’t buy it again. Can you say “made from concentrate“?

kombucha
Maybe I haven’t said enough about the amount of excitement I feel when I get to sip on a type of kombucha I’ve never tried. Kombucha is the kind of drink that requires an acquired taste. Once you’ve acquired and enjoy the taste, it becomes a delicacy that can be enjoyed on a daily basis. It becomes part of your routine, part of who you are. Kombucha, with it’s live cultures and alkaline PH can instantly improve your mood and well-being.

Reed’s Kombucha, I like because of the flavor. They’ve got many flavors to choose from and they are all delicious. Pomegranate Ginger, Lemon Ginger Raspberry, Cabernet Grape are a few examples of the flavors offered by Reed’s, they sound tasty right? Well, they are.

kombucha
High Country Kombucha, fresh brewed in in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
I’d never heard of it until now.
Maybe I’ll find more of it on my trip to Boulder next month?

kombucha

Synergy Kombucha: tried and true.
This brand of kombucha is the most common in kombucha drinks and was my gateway in to drinking kombucha. I’ve been drinking it for years and am just recently discovering different brands on the market (see above).
My favorite flavors are Strawberry Serenity and Guava Goddess.

What are your favorite kombucha drinks?
Have you ever tried making it on your own?? ((That’s my next step))
I think my all-time favorite kombucha drink is the buchi water that I had at Wild Cow in Nashville.

Love

Crista