If you’re allergy free or even just gluten free, you know it’s difficult to find a good loaf of bread, and even more difficult to MAKE one. When you take all the allergens we avoid in this series into account, it’s nearly impossible to find a loaf of bread. There’s either eggs or corn or soy in almost every loaf of gluten free bread. Corn was the hardest to avoid. Corn isn’t widely acknowledged as an allergen and not marked on labels as an allergen. What makes it even harder is many things, such as maltodextrin or xanthan gum, are made with corn.
BUT… I FOUND ONE!
It took me awhile, but I found a brand of bread that is free of all the allergens for this series. The company FOOD FOR LIFE makes a type of vegan, gluten-free, yeast free, rice flour bread that’s free from the above allergens. Make sure you get the yeast free brand, as the regular gluten free bread from FOOD FOR LIFE contains corn (xanthan gum) and chia. AND, the multi-seed version has flax. I haven’t personally tried these breads, but for those with allergies, it’s a possibility. If you have tried it, I’d love to hear a review of what you thought.
These yeast free loaves contain agar-agar, an extract from sea weed. Agar can be used as a substitute for gelatin, and is widely used in the vegan community. It is well known for its thickening and gelling properties. One Green Planet had this to say about Agar Powder:
“Agar has no calories, no sugar, no carbs, and no fat. It is free from soy, corn, gluten, yeast, wheat, starch, milk, egg, and preservatives. It is a good source of fiber, calcium, and iron.
Agar is said to help digestion and help detoxify the body by acting as a mild laxative. It absorbs bile and is believed to help the body dissolve more cholesterol. It passes through the digestive system quickly and inhibits the body from storing excess fat. Other health benefits associated with agar are inflammation reduction and improved respiration.”
If you’d like to learn more about Agar-Agar, follow this link to One Green Planet.
As a reminder here are the allergens
we avoid on Allergy-Free Fridays:
So, you might be asking why I was trying so hard to find a loaf of bread for this article. WELL, you can’t make PANZANELLA SALAD without it! Here is this delightful recipe!
Gluten-Free Grilled Panzanella Salad
By: Cybele Pascal
1 small garlic clove, crushed
½ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning bread
freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
2 lbs ripe tomatoes of varying colors and sizes
8 oz (6-8 slices) gluten-free allergy-friendly white bread
1 large garlic clove, cut in half
2 tbsp drained capers
½ cup chopped fresh basil (or parsley)
For the complete recipe and instructions
follow the link below:
God bless! Namaste!