Gluten Free Pancake Recipe

One of my favorite breakfast foods is pancakes. Since going gluten free, I’ve had pancakes less often than usual. For awhile, we were buying Pamela’s Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix but it got to be too expensive. I just couldn’t justify adding that into our food budget. I had to come up with some recipes that would be gluten free using items we normally had on hand. I have an awesome gluten free pancake recipe that has been tested and endorsed by those who are not even gluten free!

Gluten Free Pancake Recipe

(serves at least 2 people)

-2 cups ground oats (you can use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats for gluten free oats)
-2 cups plain yogurt or full fat milk
-2 eggs
-2 Tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
-1/2 teaspoon of salt
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 Tablespoon of sugar

1.  Mix the ground oats and yogurt or milk.

2. Add the eggs, butter, salt, baking soda, and sugar.  I make sure to let this mixture sit for about 20 minutes so the baking soda will make the pancakes fluffier.

3. Add butter to your cast iron skillet or griddle and cook the pancakes over medium heat.  You don’t want to have the heat too high- these pancakes take a little longer to cook than regular pancakes and are a little thicker.  I check the bottoms of mine to see when they are ready to flip.

4. Enjoy!

Notes: If you have Celiac Disease or are serving someone that has it, please use gluten free oats.  Oats are naturally gluten free but generally have gluten cross contamination during processing.  I grind my oats in the coffee grinder.

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Gluten Free Recipes on a Budget

About four months ago, I decided to go gluten free to see if it would help with my fertility problems.  I’ve learned quite a few things while being gluten free.  For one, it’s a lot more complicated than eating a the Standard American Diet (SAD).  Secondly, it can be a lot more expensive!  I’ve found quite a few ways to be gluten free on a budget, and I am hoping that my tips can help someone else who already is (or has been thinking about becoming) gluten free.  I am sure that the longer I’m gluten free, the easier it will become.  With that said, here are some tips for being gluten free on a budget.

1. Cook from scratch.  So many prepackaged foods contain weird things like gluten, soy, and corn.  I try to avoid all three of those things, and you’d be amazed at the weird things that corn is in (those little packets at the bottom of the meat package- those contain corn!).  Cooking from scratch will not only ensure that you aren’t eating any gluten, but it will also help save you money because prepackaged foods are expensive!

2. Don’t buy gluten free packaged items.  It seems like so many companies are now labeling their items as gluten free to be able to market themselves to Celiac people.  While I think it’s awesome that more and more companies are looking to cater to the gluten intolerant, I also think that they are trying to just make more money by throwing the label on the package.  Of course, sometimes you might just have to buy a package of gluten free cookies because you don’t have time to make your own.  Overall, it’s much better for you to avoid gluten free packaged foods.

3. Eat more raw veggies and drink more water.  Raw veggies can help keep you full and will help you feel better.  Water helps your body detoxify and keep things moving.  Don’t drink bottled water so you don’t have the extra added expense.  Buy a filter like the PUR Faucet Mount Filter to help keep your water yummy and cheap!

4. Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS Diet) are gluten free.  Search for recipes that are suitable for that diet.

5. Meat and veggies are gluten free.  When in doubt, you can make a meal with some meat from the freezer and a can (or even frozen) veggies.

6. Eat more beans, rice, and lentils.  Beans, rice, and lentils are all cheap and good for you.  When buying rice in bulk though, keep in mind that brown rice does not keep as long as white rice.  Brown rice is better for your health, but if you’re buying rice at Costco, go for the white because it will last longer.  We get a 25 pound bag of Jasmine rice from Costco. Vegetarian chili is a great meal that’s easy to be gluten free.

Going gluten free can help many different ailments.  I know personally it’s helped me, so maybe it can help you!  My budget really hasn’t taken a huge hit, and for that I am thankful!

Do you have tips for being gluten free on a budget?

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No Poo Questions and Update

If you haven’t started to no poo your hair, you may want to consider doing it to save your body from chemicals and help keep cash in your wallet.  If you tried it once and it didn’t work for you, hopefully the no poo tips I’m going to go over today will help you make the transition easier.  There are a lot of questions that I get about going no poo, so I thought I’d address them here.

No poo for long hair

Before showering, use a boar bristle brush to brush your hair from your scalp to the ends. A natural bristle hairbrush will distribute the natural oils from your hair.  With long hair, you may need to use more baking soda and water mixture.  Doubling the recipe should work.

No Poo for Dry Hair

Cut back on the amount of baking soda you are using to wash your hair if your hair becomes dry.  You also may need to rinse with more of the apple cider vinegar conditioner.  Use a little coconut oil or even joboba oil on the ends of your hair to help combat static and the dryness.

White Residue in Hair

You’re using too much baking soda and it’s drying out your scalp and building up there.  Follow the original recipe for a few days and try to let your hair go at least two days between washings. You may need to do a deep conditioning treatment with the all natural conditioner.

Dandruff with No Poo

When you get dandruff, you may need to use some white vinegar and water to help your hair.  Use equal parts of vinegar and water, and run over your hair before doing the no poo routine.  This should help reduce dandruff.  You can also add some sea salt to a water mixture and use that to gently scrub your scalp and help exfoliate it.

The vinegar stinks!

If you can’t stand the smell of the vinegar, try adding some sticks of cinnamon to the apple cider vinegar and let it sit for a few days.  If you want other scented apple cider vinegar, you can use other herbs to make a vinegar infusion.  You could add hair conditioning herbs for a double benefit!

Herbs for Hair

Chamomile: Good for blonde hair.  The flowers help lighten the hair’s color.

Henna: Natural red hair dye.  I’ve used henna in the past with great results.  Be very careful when using it, because it can stain your bath tub!

Lemon: Helps strip hair of build up and lightens hair naturally.  Juice a lemon and add the juice to some warm water.  Use like the apple cider vinegar rinse after the no poo routine.

Stinging Nettles: Helps prevent dandruff in hair and also helps condition the hair.  I buy stinging nettles in bulk from my health food store.

Witch Hazel: Good for oily hair, and acts as an astringent (for your face as well!).  You can find witch hazel in the pharmacy section of the grocery store.

Have you tried No Poo?

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