Gluten is a vital protein to wheat. But many people without knowing it are allergic to it. Those who are bothered by gluten can suffer from digestive problems, skin problems, and even depression, too name a few.
There are alternative flours that do not contain gluten, and if you make them a part of your diet, they could help to improve your health.
Watch the video to learn what these alternatives are. After the video we have provided a gluten free recipe: Tropical Carrot Cake.
Here is what you will need for the featured recipe:
1/2 tsp powdered ginger root
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp Xanthan Gum
Xanthan gum can be a little spendy so you can substitute it for any starch, like arrow root, corn, or tapioca. The xanthan gum or any one of these starches are needed to replace the gluten. The starch or xanthan gum holds the flours together.
Next, coat a 7 x 4 inch glass baking pan with butter and sugar, set aside.
Next, in a large bowl mix together eggs, sugars, oil, yogurt and vanilla. Add flour mixture slowly until just blended. With a large spatula, stir in carrots, pineapple, coconut, and nuts. Pour batter into baking pan ½ inch from top. Any extra batter can be used to make cupcakes (it should make 7).
Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Bake cupcakes for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Remove cake from pan.
For the frosting combine 1/3 cup cream cheese, 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons almond milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat together until smooth. Frost cake when completely cooled. Save aside a small amount of frosting and mix half with food grade orange coloring and the other half with food grade green coloring. Add frosting to a cake piper and pipe onto cake to form carrots and leaves with respective colors.
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