Have I got a cook book to tell you about. I was sent Without Grain by Hayley Ryczek, blogger extraordinaire at Health Starts in the Kitchen, to review. I fell in love with the book as soon as I started flipping through the pages. And not only am I lucky, but you are, too, because I have been granted permission to share Hayley’s recipe for Crispy Beglain Waffles with you. Plus, one lucky Southern Kissed reader will with a copy of this fabulous cookbook, too!
Notice the full name of the book – Without Grain: 100 Delicious Recipes for Eating a Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free Diet. While it does not state that it is a Paleo cookbook, most of the recipes are Paleo- and Primal-friendly. Some of the recipes do call for butter, half-and-half, cream cheese and cane sugar which disqualifies them from being Paleo.
Without Grain is a collection of 100 recipes of items that are traditionally made using gluten, from the obvious such as bread to dishes where it is not-so-obvious, such as soups.
The recipes use real ingredients, most of which I have in my kitchen already. That’s a big plus to me. I teeter between Paleo, gluten-free, and full on gluten-filled treats, so I already have a wide variety of ingredients in my pantry. For those switching from the Standard American Diet (SAD), Hayley offers practical advice on making the switch to a grain-free diet.
Hayley covers grain-free basics and includes information on how to use common ingredients in grain-free baking. The Afterword in the back of the book is a short section on “The Without Grain Lifestyle.” It includes tips on holidays, dining out, and allergy-free substitutions.
Homemade Cinnamon Crunch Cereal
As you can see by the pictures in this post, I have already tried a few of the recipes and here is what I have to say about them:
Crispy Belgian Waffle – AWESOME! It does come out crispy and reheats well in a toaster. Not light in calories, but it does deliver as a great waffle. I was able to make 5 large waffles with my waffle iron. I like to take 2 quarters and use them to make a waffle breakfast sandwich.
Fudgy Brownies – these lived up to the name of fudgy. Great for people like me who like their brownies rich and decadent. If you like cake-ish brownies, then this recipe would not be for you.
Cinnamon Rolls – Overall a pretty good recipe. I like that icing is made from cream cheese and powdered sugar. (That’s one area where Paleo recipes fail, in my opinion.) When I made it, the batter seemed to be too thin, so I added additional almond flour and some coconut flour to help it become more doughy.
Homemade Cinnamon Crunch Cereal – The batter for this recipe is also pretty fluid, but it still works. Instead of scoring the dough before baking per the directions, I scored it after it had baked for 10 minutes. All-in-all, it’s a great recipe for a grain-free cereal. I have already made it twice and will make it many more times in the future.
There are so many recipes that I still want to make, among them: No-Corn Corndog, New York-Style Pizza, Cabbage Rolls in Tomato Sauce, Cheese “It” Crackers, Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Greek Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce. And that is just for starters.
Below is the recipe for Crispy Belgian Waffles – just a sample for you to see how good eating without grain can be.
Crispy Belgian Waffles From Without Grain
- 2 cups blanched almond flour
- 1 cup tapioca starch
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup cooking fat melted
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, starch, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a smaller bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, fat, lemon juice, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix gently until combined. It is okay if there are a few lumps.
Scoop or pour one-quarter of the batter into the hot waffle iron and close the lid. Cook the waffles according to the manufacturer's instructions. For extra-crispy waffles, extend the cooking time in the waffle maker until the desired level of crispiness is achieved. Serve immediately or cool on a wire rack (so they stay crisp).
Recipe NotesRecipe from Without Grain: 100 Delicious Recipes for Eating a Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Wheat Free Diet, copyright 2015, published by Fair Winds Press. Recipe posted with permission.
Breakfast Sandwich using Crispy Belgian Waffles
Look for Without Grain: 100 Delicious Recipes for Eating a Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free Diet at your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.
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