Gluten Free Quinoa Applesauce Bread

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and it is hard for many people to digest.  Wheat is heavily subsidized, and promoted by the government in things like the food pyramid and it is pretty much everywhere. Breakfast cereals, cookies, cakes and crackers–and of course most bread. Growing up, we always ate whole wheat bread as my Father insisted on it.  However,  I know I feel much better these days when I avoid gluten. I feel bloated and it seems that it does not support an ideal weight. It often “stuffs me up” making it hard to breath.  Sensitivities also include constipation, or gas. Other related problems are allergies, celiac disease, brain fog, chronic indigestion and candida.  If you think you have a sensitivity–take notice of how you feel when you eat products that contain wheat, rye or barley.  Sometimes they occur immediately–sometimes not so immediate.  A good test is to remove all wheat and gluten products.  Rice pasta, and Oat bread–made with OAT FLOUR are available as substitutes, but you must read labels!  Other alternatives include gluten-free grains such as amaranth, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, sorghum and teff. –Oh and be careful of those well meaning waiters who offer you a basket of bread upon sitting down at your favorite restaurant–not only is it tempting and hard to resist but it is easy to eat the very gluten you’ve been so good not to eat at home!

Gluten free and a wonderful easy homemade treat!

Gluten free and a wonderful easy homemade treat!

Quinoa Applesauce Cake

1 ¾ cups quinoa flour

1 cup currents

½ cup chopped pecans

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. aluminum-free baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

½ cup unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

1 large organic egg

2 cups unsweetened, organic applesauce

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Sprinkle ¼ cup of the flour over the currants and nuts and set aside.  Blend the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cloves with the remaining quinoa flour.  Separately mix together butter, sugar and the egg.  Combine all ingredients, adding the fruit and nuts at the end.  Spoon into a prepared 8 x 8 cake pan. (Or three small loaf pans work great also.) Bake or 40 to 45 minutes or until the cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  The small loaf pans require 27-32 minutes.

This cake is not as sweet as banana bread and is great for those who are sensitive to gluten.  The currents and pecans give it a wonderful interesting addition.


Be Well,


What’s New For Breakfast? Eat This Not That–for Healthy Weight Loss!

If you want to lose weight fast, switch from simple to complex carbohydrate choices. Guess which one these breakfast cereals are?

These fall-winter breakfast choices support good energy and healthy ideal weight!

As the seasons change, I get in the mood for “something” different. My innate senses signaling me to feed my hunger with more satisfying warming foods? Perhaps. So, I am going to give you a cutting edge secret–cook quinoa* for breakfast; pronounced KEEN-wah. I put plums on mine. (recipes to follow) I love the taste. I love that it is quick. And, I love that it “sticks to my ribs” as my Dad used to say. That translates to, I am not starving hungry in an hour! Quinoa also has the highest nutritional profile and cooks the fastest of all grains.  It has been grown and consumed for about 8,000 years on the high plains of the Andes Mountains in South America!

Now, if you have to run, scroll down and grab the delicious plum topping to go with your Quinoa.   If you’re the scholarly-type read on. I always like to know the why!

Whole grains are an excellent source of nutrition, as they contain essential enzymes, iron, dietary fiber, vitamin E, and B-complex vitamins. They have been part of our history and a central part of our diet since early civilization. And, unlike highly processed cereals made by Post and Kellogg’s, the body absorbs whole grains SLOWLY, and they provide us sustained, high quality energy, at a steady rate for many hours; not so with the overly processed cereals which enter the bloodstream almost immediately! Unfortunately, this over-processing causes a rapid rise in the glucose levels in the body–and a sugar rush–followed by a crash which always sends me running for something else to eat. 😦 You too?
Some years ago, in a personal ah-ha moment I was reading the latest best seller on diets and nutrition. The author pointed out that my beloved Grape-Nuts were no better than eating a candy bar for breakfast. WHAT??? I never ate them again, but understood why I was famished shortly after eating my “healthy”breakfast. Post had over-processed all the goodness nature had intended. And, if you are concerned about maintaining your ideal weight, or want to lose a few pounds, eating these over processed cereals that have been damaged and deprived of their natural properties lead to weight gain. ” Simple sugars can lead to weight gain because our cells do not require large amounts of glucose at one time, and extra sugar is stored as fat.” (that includes bagels with cream cheese and muffins too.)

So, cook once–eat twice. Cooked grains keep very well. You can make a big batch on Sunday and eat them all week. And, when we make a connection that healthy, whole foods really make you feel better and lose weight– it becomes a win-win!  The choice is always yours!

Breakfast Quinoa Porridge

½ cup quinoa porridge, served with 2 halves of Poached Plums and 1/3 cup plum poaching liquid

Poached Plums

Only mildly sweetened with natural juice, this is a good fruit to have with porridge in the morning, along with some of the poaching liquid to moisten the cereal.


5 ripe purple plums or 10 prune plums

1 cup pear nectar

  1. Rinse the plums will and dry.  With a small sharp knife, cut the plums in half.  Remove the pits.
  2. Place the plum halves and pear nectar in a medium saucepan. Ass additional water, if needed, to cover.  Bring to a simmer and cook just until the plums soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Serve warm, at room temperature, or slightly chilled.

–source: The Swiss secret to optimal health

Be Well,


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