Gut Health

Sweet Onion Rosemary Focaccia Bread

It seems a lot of people are dabbling with the idea of going gluten free, and I fully support that! The reasons for giving up gluten vary from person to person. Some people exhibit a physical reaction to gluten like gas, bloating , diarrhea, constipation, vomiting and more. Still others exhibit lesser known symptoms including depression, respiratory problems, headaches, fatigue, joint and muscle pains to name only a few. There are over 250 symptoms associated with gluten ranging from bowel issues to mental health. So whatever your reason, giving up gluten doesn’t mean you have to give up all the things you love. Thankfully there are plenty of flour substitutes and tricks that make it possible to enjoy your favorite foods and baked goods. I still enjoy all of the things I did before like muffins, cookies, pancakes, pizza and even breads like this Sweet Onion Rosemary Focaccia Bread!

This bread pairs beautifully with a warm soup and roasted vegetables for a simple and rustic dinner.

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Sweet Onion & Rosemary Focaccia Bread

  • 1c Sorghum Flour
  • 1c Oat Flour
  • 1 1/2c non-dairy milk (plus 1T apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/2c sauted onion
  • 1/2c applesauce
  • 2T baking powder
  • 2t rosemary; or 1T fresh rosemary
  • 1t garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1t cumin, garlic powder, or whatever seasonings you’d like
  • 1T coconut oil (optional)
  • *stevia to sweeten, 2 packs or 1/16 organic uncut stevia
  • Fresh rosemary for garnish

*maple syrup or honey could also work.

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line with parchment or lightly grease a 9X9″ baking pan (though I’m sure an 8×8″ would work as well).

In a large mixing bowl, sift together all of your dry ingredients, except rosemary and onions. Pour in non dairy milk, applesauce, coconut oil, and .sweetener. Next mix in the onion and rosemary until it’s well combined.

Pour batter into your prepared baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. When finished, remove from oven (carefully!) and let cool before slicing!

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Healing Turmeric Frosting

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Spices have been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine to predominantly for their anti­inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They are gut biome healing powerhouses, and some are pretty tasty, too! turmeric

The antioxidant properties of spices have the ability to stop those free radicals that damage cells and lead to inflammation. Turmeric is definitely one of those life-enhancing spices that you should stock in your cupboard at all times.

How is Turmeric life-enhancing? Well, not only is it a brilliant color (thanks curcumin), but Turmeric is also an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, wonder spice! Turmeric has been used to treat everything from allergies, arthritis and diabetes, to autoimmune diseases, liver disease and even Alzheimer’s… mic drop. (right?).

But seriously, fill your home with spices and herbs because ounce for ounce, herbs and spices are extremely potent compared to other foods. Adding just a few spices and herbs to your food, especially desserts, can amp-up the antioxidant power of your meal in a delicious way. That’s why I used Turmeric in this deliciously healthy and healing Turmeric Frosting!

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Healing Turmeric Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1c soaked cashews (soak 2­4 hours)
  • 1/2 Nectarine (fresh or frozen, about 4­5 slices)
  • 1/3c coconut water or non­dairy milk ; add more to get the frosting consistency you like!
  • 1/2­ 1t Turmeric (Turmeric may be a flavor you want to get used to before you go big)
  • *optional stevia or 2T maple syrup to sweeten

Directions:

Using a food processor.. process your ingredients until creamy... that’s it. Simple, right? A simple, delicious, and brain­boosting frosting you can make in minutes.

Bonus! – Turmeric is especially great for people dealing with any sort of pain (think knee pains and arthritis), inflammation or high cholesterol. Again, Turmeric is a life­ enhancer, providing long ­term protection to your mind and body!