Sunday, October 18, 2015

Otto's Cassava Flour

I'm always trying out new ways to bake, and replace breads in our household. I figure because there is so much of it available everywhere, why not maintain balance and take a break from carbo-loading on refined starches whenever possible? I came across Otto's Cassava Flour on Instagram, enticed by the promise of something tasty and able to emulate the standard white flour without grains, or nuts. Cassava (yuca) is a root vegetable that is full of magnesium, copper, vitamin C and folate which all have numerous health benefits.

Bombay Tacos recipe here

Sunday is a great day to try new recipes and to also snoop in the fridge for any leftovers to make a quick meal. So here we have Bombay Tacos, using leftover dal and aloo gobi, spicy carrot greens chutney, and chopped lettuce and jalapeño, wrapped in delicious delicious cassava flour tortillas, The recipe can be found on the back of the package by Fork & Beans, and are super easy to make. These tacos looked so good, my son immediately devoured two of them!... even though he had originally said he didn't want one! ;) And no one even noticed that these were gluten free.

When I first discovered this flour, it was through a post on Instagram by @goeatyourbeets, who hooked me with the claim of having made the best glutenfree chocolate chip cookie, so I had to try! Fortunately, I had all the ingredients, so I adapted the recipe to be vegan, with Earth Balance, instead of butter, and almond milk instead of the egg, and 1 tablespoon of psyllium husk. The cookies were definitely a hit!

I also tried baking muffins with the cassava flour. These are Apple Cardamom muffins which were tasty, but a little on the dense side. I used a chia seed "egg" instead of real eggs, so there wasn't that fluffiness. Still a work in progress, but I will keep you posted! :)

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