Gluten. Free. Two words I’m sure everyone has see pop up over the past couple of years. Is it healthier? Should you be doing? Is it all a sham? No matter what you believe, for some people gluten is a huge problem. Celiac disease, a condition affecting 1 in every 133 Canadians, is an autoimmune disorder in which the wheat protein gluten prompts the body to attack the villi in the small intestine. (Canadian Celiac Association, 2017) This leads to the poor absorption of essential vitamins and minerals. Continued ingestion of gluten products may result in severe illness, and even death, in those suffering from the disorder. So, what does that mean for you? Well, unless you have been diagnosed by a doctor as having celiac, gluten is completely safe for you to eat. Some people argue that it is unnatural for humans to ingest wheat products, and they suggest that we would be healthier if we avoided foods containing gluten. I think personally think that that’s a load of bull. Out of all things humans do that s “unnatural”, I think eating a slice of bread falls pretty low on the list. That being said, I think it’s important to make gluten free options available for those who truly need them. Furthermore, if you feel better leaving gluten off your plate even if you have not been diagnosed, continue to do what makes you feel best. After all, food should make you happy. I love experimenting with food, so trying to make tasty meals with ingredient restrictions is a challenge I am up for. All diets can be delicious if you take the time to get creative! This recipe uses simple, clean ingredients that are readily available. With no added sugar, this naturally sweetened breakfast will be sure to fill you up without weighing you down. Feel free to get creative with the toppings, experimenting with whatever you had on hand.
1 large ripe banana
1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 a cup of gluten free oat flour
1/2 tsp of baking powder
Coconut oil for the pan
- In a bowl mash the bananas with the vanilla. Add in 1 egg.
- Add in the oat flour and cinnamon.
- Stir to combine, but make sure not to over mix.In a pan over medium heat melt the coconut oil and add batter.
- Top with anything you like! I’m a fan of natural peanut butter, hemp hearts and bee pollen.
- Celiac Disease Foundation. (2017). What is Celiac Diseas?. Retrieved from https://celiac.org/celiac-disease/understanding-celiac-disease-2/what-is-celiac-disease/