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Bulk Barn - Ontario

06 January 2012 - 10:30 AM

For a recent family lunch, a cousin of mine went to bulk barn, saw some gluten free all purpose flour and decided "oh, I'll make Becky some gluten free bread for our lunch!". Which she was going to go home and make in her bread maker, where she makes her regular bread every day! (I have since educated her on cross contamination from bread machines)

But then she emailed me and said that her bread maker's user guide suggested that she would need some xanthan gum, so she went back to the Bulk Barn and saw the price of it and said "nope, Becky can make her own bread!" So, she gave me the bag of bulk gluten free all purpose flour. Which I am deathly afraid of! I have avoided the Bulk Barn entirely since my diagnosis!

Has anyone used the gluten-free bulk products from the Bulk Barn and been ok? Or should I just give it to someone who isn't afraid of it? (plus, I'm also a low-carber, so not only does the cross contamination issue scare me, but the carb count of these flours is frightening!)

gluten-free Oat Flour Flax Bread

18 October 2011 - 06:30 AM

Ok, inspired by This topic here originally posted by MerrillC1977 I did some tweaking and came up with a very lovely "artisan" type bread that I'm quite proud of :) This is great if you can tolerate oats, which have not been a problem for me. (I've been gluten-free since Dec. 2009) I bought Bob's Red Mill gluten-free oats, and ground them myself in a coffee grinder to make flour. It's sooooooooo much less expensive that way! It was $6.99 for nearly a kilo of oats, and it made enough flour that I can make quite a lot of bread!

* 1 Tbsp. yeast
* 1 Tbsp. Sugar (I used coconut sugar)
* 1 cups warm water
* 1 3/4 cups of Gluten-Free oat flour
* 1 cup of flax meal (I used Webber's from CostCo)
* 2 tbsp chia seeds (1 to make a "chia egg" 1 to add to dry ingredients)
* 2 tsp. xanthan gum
* 1 tsp. salt
* 2 large eggs
* 3 tbsp water
* 1 Tbsp. oil
* 1 tsp. Lemon juice


1. in a "pinch bowl" or measuring cup, put 1 tbsp of chia seeds, with 3 tbsp of water, and let sit for about 15 minutes until it is "gummy" (this is a "chia egg")

2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the yeast and sugar, and then add the water while gently stirring. Let this mixture sit while you mix the rest of the ingredients bubbles and foam should form if the yeast is good.

3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the oat flour, flax meal, 1 tbsp chia seeds, xanthan gum and salt; mix well.

4. In a third bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, chia egg, and lemon juice until its all a bit frothy.

5. By this point the yeast mixture should be foamy, so you can pour the two liquid mixtures into the flour mixture.

6. Blend the dough with the regular stand mixer attachment for about 4 minutes on a low/medium speed, scraping down the sides once or twice.

7. Scoop the dough into a greased loaf pan. (Using a spatula sprayed with cooking spray helps this process along greatly - the dough will be sticky). Allow it to rise in a warmed oven for 1 hour. (while you're mixing the dough, turn your oven on to 400F for one or 2 minutes, then turn it off). Mine didn't rise very high at all, only a little above the pan, but after it was baked, it turned out nice and soft on the inside. Perfect :)

8. Bake at 375 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

This was really nice after it cooled a while and just sliced with some butter on it. It's a nice dark colour, with a bit of a nutty flavour from the flax. It's also high in fiber, and healthy Omega 3s from the flax and chia. If you're looking for something less carbby than store-bought gluten-free bread, this'll certainly do it!

Many many thanks to MerrillC for the inspiration! I couldn't have done it without you! :D

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No Idea What's Going On Now

24 July 2011 - 04:40 PM

I was diagnosed Celiac in Dec. 2009, and went gluten free at that very moment. I've been glutened only twice since, and I don't cheat, I won't even eat anything that the label says "may contain" because I have such a severely painful gut reaction.

Last May I moved back to Canada (Whitby ON) from the US and it took me a while to find a doctor. I've been off balance for several months, I went and had my thyroid levels tested and Grave's antibodies because I thought it had recurred (been in remission since 2007). Thyroid levels and anti-bodies showed no signs of Grave's.

The occasional off balance got worse and increased to CONSTANT very loud ringing in my ears (which had been intermittent since an AC/DC concert in 1984 ;)) and extreme CONSTANT vertigo. Also exhaustion, muscle weakness, brain fog, and other not so fun things like loss of concentration which led to loss of job :(

This past Thursday I saw an ENT who says I'm a "special case" and he doesn't know what's wrong with me. He only found some minor hearing loss in my right ear, but nothing else he could see to explain the ringing and vertigo. So he's sending me to another specialist at Toronto General Hospital and goodness knows how long that will take to get that appointment! I'm going to guess a minimum of 8 weeks, and then they'll want to do an MRI that I'll have to wait even longer for.

So I'm trying to think of what else is falling apart now. Is it my ear drums, or my brain? Or both? I know neurological disorders are common with celiacs. I figure I had it pretty much my whole life, but wasn't diagnosed until I was 42, so the damage to my body is likely quite a lot. I've also had fibromyalgia since 1988 and I had Grave's disease for several years before it was dx'd and treated.

I know I'm not accidently being glutened, because I have had no symptoms. Seriously, if I get glutened I double over in pain within 20 minutes of injesting it. I've had nothing in a year. The past few days I've been so dizzy and exhausted I can't stand up straight, and walking my dogs has been a chore to say the least! This heat has not helped either.

And no, I'm not dehydrated. I drink between 2 and 3 litres of water every day.

Anybody else have similar symptoms and maybe some suggestions I can take to the specialist to be quicker for a dx? I don't even know what his specialty is, they're jus sending me there because they don't know what to do with me here. Story of my life, as I'm sure you're all too well aware of yourselves! :blink:

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