New to gluten free or dairy free living in Adelaide? I have done just the perfect research for your shopping needs. A one-stop grocery shop at Foodland Norwood can sort out your health feeds and allergy-friendly treats.

Here's what I found out about shopping gluten free and dairy free food shopping at Foodland, Norwood!

FOODLAND, NORWOOD
This is roughly the layout of Foodland Norwood supermarket in Norwood, in the western suburb of Adelaide. I will skip the obvious, such as fruits and veggies and meat sections, and go right into the belly of the store to explain what you might find in each aisle. 

1. Gluten-Free Breads

IGA has a good range of gluten-free breads. None of them homebrand. To date, there are breads and rolls from well-known brands such as: Schar, Genius, Lifestyle, Countrylife, Abbot's Bakery, Helga's and Burgen's. You can also find gf torillas and wraps as well as meringues and a few packaged gf treats here. 

Favorite products: Schar GF Multi-grain bread loaves, and Burgen's GF breads in Sunflower and Chia Seed

2. Alternative Sweeteners 
In this section, you can find maple syrup, rice malt syrup, golden syrup, molasses, stevia, coconut nectar, agave, coconut sugar and similarly sugar alternatives.

Favorite products: coconut sugar, maple syrup and rice malt syrup. 

Personally, I think dates can also go into this aisle, simply because I use dates a lot to make raw treats. You can find the recipe for this raw, paleo peanut butter chocolate bar here. 

3. Cereal, Porridges & Breakfast Goods

One thing I like about Foodland is its inclusion of small independent food manufacturers and imported goods. There are so many good products out there that you don't see in bigger chain supermarkets. Coming to Foodland, you get a much better perspective of  the wide range of GF products available in Australia. 

In this aisle, you can find lots of GF cereals and porridges from brands such as Orgran, Freedom FoodsWeet-Bix, Kellog's, Kez's, Forage, Carmen's, Byron Bay, Lowan's, Goodies and Grain and Nature's Path. 


Favorite products: Nature's Path Envirokidz gorilla munch cereal, Lowan's brown rice flakes, Bob's Red Mill gf oats and Kez's Kitchen Almond Crunch Cereal.


4. Crackers, Rice Cakes & Sweets

This aisle has your morning tea and avro munchies covered. There are all kinds of savory rice crackers, crispy corn or rice cakes which are just perfect snack on. For the sweet-toothed, there's a dedicated GF sweets section at the end where you can find gf and df cookies, yoyo's and fruit-filled bars. 

Favorite products: Peckish brown rice crackers, soy and linseed Corn Thins, Orgran's Animal Vanilla Cookies, Orgran's fruit-filled bars and Leda's chocolate chip cookies. 

5. GF Flours & Baking Supplies
Complete your GF pantry with baking supplies from this aisle. This aisle contains a huge rage of GF flours, both the blended-type and pure GF-grain flours, such as quinoa, coconut, lentil, buckwheat and rice flours. You can also find dairy-free baking chocolate, dried fruits and nuts, nut meals, vanilla extract, shredded coconut, yeast, sugar, baking powder and baking soda here. There are also prepackaged baking mixes for GF cakes and breads. 

Favorite productsSweet William Dairy Free White Chocolate, Easy Chef Lucky Almond Meal, shredded coconut and rice flour and Mckenzie's GF Baking Powder.

6. Canned Beans, Pickles, Olives & Spices

IGA has a good range of dried pulses, canned beans, pickled vegetables and spices. Though these products might not be labeled GF, you can be pretty sure that they are. It's just beans, after all.

Beans and pulses are excellent sources of protein, fibre and nutritious as can be. I always have a few cans in the pantry for whenever I feel like an easy and healthy salad. 


Favorite products: butter beans, kidney beans, lentils, sun-dried tomatoes and olives.



Orgran Buckwheat Pasta
GF, DF, Rice & Corn Free!
7. The GF Pasta Aisle
Can you believe that IGA Foodland has nearly an entire aisle just for gluten free pasta?! I couldn't believe my eyes. Similarly to how I felt about the cereal section, there are simply so many more brands of gf pasta than I expected. Most I have never tried.

Some of the brands found here: Orgran, Buon Appetito, Casalare, Barilla, San Remo, Perfecto, I Sea Pasta and Willunga Pasta

I recommend eating 100% whole grain pasta varieties that contain high fibre content. Give brown rice pastas and lentil pasta and buckwheat pasta a try! 


Favorite productsOrgran's Wholegrain Buckwheat Pasta, Barilla's GF pastas are very good too. 




8. Healthy Fat Section
A healthy, balanced pantry should include a variety of cooking oils and health fats. Here's a guide from America's Wholefoods Market that provides information on different cooking oils; their health benefits, uses and cooking points.  

I love coconut oil. I use it more than evoo (that's extra virgin olive oil). I also have brown rice oil at home for stir-fry needs. 

Favorite products: Absolute Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Raw & Cold Pressed), Cocomi Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Raw & Cold Pressed). 


9 & 10 Dairy-Free Yogurts and Ice Creams

I love coconut yogurts and dairy-free ice creams. But I have them rarely because I can't afford them. Such is my lot in life. (sigh)



Regardless, I venture down this aisle each time with the hope that one of the products would be on sale. Score!

Here are the different brands you can find for dairy-free yogurts and dairy-free ice creams:

*Dairy-free yogurt: Coyo, Born Cultured, Kingland, Soylife, Nudie and PureFree. 


Dairy-free ice cream: Zebra Dreams, Over the Moo, Gelista, Cocofrio, So Delicious, Tofutti, Luna and Larry's and Adelaide's own Live a Little


Favorite productsPureFree Organic Coconut Yogurt Natual & Unsweetened, Born Cultured Natural Coconut Yogurt, Live a Little Gelato.


11 & 12 The Golden 'Maisle'

I dub this the 'Golden Mile' of gluten free shopping. It has a large freezer section of frozen gluten-free goods, such as gluten-free pastry shells, croissants, breads, burritos, chicken fingers, lasagna, savoury and sweet pies, pizzas and cakes.

While is this far from the wholefood approach to gluten free eating, it just makes my eyes light up to see all types of food- the ones you probably thought you couldn't have again- available now in gluten free option, such as sausage rolls and savoury pies. 
No more time wasting on making GF pastry from scratch!



On the right hand side of the Golden Maisle is a cold fridge display with many many dairy-free items. These include dairy-free spreads, flaxseed oils, vegan mayonnaise and vegan cheese. It's simply the best.


Favorite products: Pressed Purity Organic Flaxseed Oil and Nuttelux dairy-free spread. 

13.  Nuts & Seeds
This entire section is for packaged dried nuts and seeds. Perfect for snacking. Look for raw, unsalted nuts for making raw desserts!

14. Tofu, Falafel, Smoked Salmon and Such
This cold display fridge section has your convenience in mind. Here you can find gluten-free falafels, tofu, smoked salmon, smoked trout and similar half-wholefood-half-lightly-processed food items. 

Take care to read the ingredients of vegan faux-meat items, such as vegan meat patties and sausages. Many of them contain wheat! 


Favorite products: all kinds of tofu, Yumi's Falafel and smoked salmon. 


15. Picnic/ Gift Hamper Gourmet Goodies/Deli
Foodland has a small section of gourmet goodies that are perfect for your picnic needs or gift hamper for someone special. In this area, you can find beautifully packaged chocolates, hot cocoa mixes, biscuits, raw protein bars, vegan treats and a whole bunch of Loving Earth products. 

Do tell me you know Loving Earth! 


Take a number at the Deli Department and order raw desserts. Yes, some time ago, a space in the Deli Dept. opened up for RAW, GF, VEGAN DESSERTS. The usual suspects are Blueberry Cheesecake, Ferroro Rocher, Snickers, Cherry Ripe and Salted Caramel. 

Favorite products: anything by Loving Earth and any kind of raw protein bars. 


16. Bulk Food Bins

This south-west corner contains bulk food bins. You can find South Australian-grown almonds and walnuts, raw nuts and seeds, toasted nuts and seeds, mixed savoury nuts, confectionary. 

There is no label that has details of the ingredients, so be cautious when shopping for spicy and savoury nuts and rice crackers, because they might have gluten in them!

17. Discount Food
I hardly ever leave the store without stopping by this section. Have you heard of it? A discounted food bin is located on the top left corner of the store. Generally, it's a messy shelve of soon-end of date products. The range is far and plenty; and you can find gluten free breads, chips, baking mixes and even coconut yogurts at half price. Its contents vary, and that's part of the fun. You never know what treasures you'd find!

That sums up a tour of Foodland, Norwood supermarket for gluten-free and dairy-free, allergy-friendly grocery shopping. As you can see, this is such a HUGE supermarket; there are at least 17 different locations within the supermarket to find gluten-free and dairy-free food. I hope you can your way around this supermarket now and be able to locate your favorite food with little hassle!



*About dairy-free yogurts: I like unsweetened, full fat coconut yogurt with no modified starches in them. I feel modified starches are added to dairy-free yogurts to give them texture. I think they taste synthetic. When it comes to dairy-free yogurts, choose whole, pure milk-free alternative, probiotic strains and with least number of additives as possible!
When it comes to a new diet or exercise, a lifestyle change is easier done when taken in small practical steps. It has to make sense to your normal habits and thus can be better integrated into your existing lifestyle.

This concept applies if you want to do a 100% turn-around to a gluten-free diet.

Going from wheat-eating to a complete gluten free lifestyle is not as complicated as you think. You only have to start by making small, simple and pragmatic changes to what you are currently doing.

The key to beginning a gluten-free diet is to take a wholefoods approach. This means eating a balanced diet of fruits, veggies, proteins and grains. Simple. There's no tricks to it.

You see, you probably have been eating gluten-free unknowingly for a big chunk of your life. Remember those sunday roasts? Grilled steak, skewered veggies? Tacos? Stews and soups? Risottos and baked fish? Omelettes, porridges, smoothies?

There are a LOT of food and home-cooked meals which are gluten-free by default. You probably have had some experience of cooking gluten-free food before. This means you likely won't have to make drastic changes to the food that you eat in order to be gluten-free. You can simply eat more of the same food you already enjoy.

It's common for people, upon hearing or deciding that they should go GF, to run to the store first thing and buy gluten-free alternatives to everything- bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, chips, crackers, pies, pastries, cereal, protein bars, flatbreads and biscuits.

I feel this method can backfire in two ways. First, it's costly. Gluten-free products have a mark-up of at least 30-50% compared to the same wheat-based ones. It can make you feel pretty guilty about spending that extra money. Secondly, processed gluten-free food don't nearly taste as good as its wheat-based counterpart. Anyone who's not gluten-free can tell you that gluten-free bread or gluten-free pasta just don't taste the same. The overall picture shows a pretty rotten deal of you trying something new for your health but ending up spending a premium on a whole bunch of new products that just don't taste as nice as the ones you had before. When your first encounter to gluten-free diet is bad, it can hardly be a surprise if you don't stick to your new gluten-free diet.

By taking a wholefoods approach to changing your diet around, you can see that it is much simpler and more sustainable in the long run. Moreoever, wholesome, home-cooked, gluten-free meals are tastier (and healthier) than processed gluten-free food.

Vegetable and bean minestrone. Easy to cook and naturally gluten-free!
If you are new to the gluten-free diet, I recommend starting with the basics: eat the type of food you already eat which are traditionally prepared gluten-free.

For instance, you can have for...

Breakfast: poached eggs, fried eggs, omelettes, smoothies, porridges, yogurt with fruits, frittatas, hashbrowns, bacon, smoked salmon, baked beans and protein shakes
Lunch: salads, sushi, soups, veggies and dips and sandwich with gluten-free bread.
Dinner: grilled meat, stuffed baked potatoes, baked yams, thai curries with rice, indian curries, pad thai, pho, a roast with veggies, risottos, meat stews, nachos, tacos, chicken noodle soup, bean chili, minestrone, roast chicken, lamb cutlets, bolognese, stir-fry, burgers, zoodles, baked stuffed capsicums, grilled fish and salads. Keep the left-overs for next day's lunch!

With minimal modifications, such as getting GF varieties of bread and pasta, you can continue to enjoy whatever it is you like eating while following a gluten-free diet successfully.

The wholefoods approach to eating gluten-free is the best way to begin your gluten-free journey. Not to mention, a sustainable one. Once you start, soon you'll realise how easy it is to go 100% gluten-free.

This peanut butter chocolate slice is raw, vegan, paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free. It is so easy to make!



What I love about this recipe is that it uses freshly grounded peanut butter, which I get from a health food shop in Adelaide Central Market

This health food shop, House of Health, sells raw ingredients in bulk. You can get various grains, pulses, flours and edible colours sold by the gram. 

One of the best part about this shop is its nut grinder machine, where you get a container and grind your own nut butter. There are three options for the coarseness of your grind: smooth, medium and crunchy. After you fill your container, the staff weighs it and you only pay for the amount you get.

The prices are better than buying a jar of peanut butter at the supermarket. But more importantly, the health value of a 100% nut butter that is oil-free, sugar-free and salt-free can not be overstated!

Enjoy. X




Raw, Paleo Peanut Butter Chocolate Slice
by NellyBelly



Base
1 cup raw buckwheat groats
1 scoop 180 Nutrition Superfood Protein (Vegan Chocolate)*
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/3 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoon rice malt syrup

Filling
1 cup dates, soaked**
250g sugar free, smooth 100% peanut butter
pinch of himalayan salt, optional

Top
1/4 cup raw mixed nuts, chopped
Dairy free white chocolate (Sweet William brand), melted
Coconut chocolate sauce (Pureharvest brand)

Directions
1) In a food processor, pulse buckwheat groats until coarse flour form. Blend in Superfood protein and cacao powder. Add melted coconut oil and rice malt syrup. Mix well and pour into a Tupperware container lined with saran wrap. Press down evenly to form base.
2) Using the food processor again, blend all the ingredients for filling until smooth. Pour onto the base and spread evenly. Freeze for 1 hour until solid.
3) When the base is solid, take it out and spread mixed nut topping and chocolate sauce on top.

Serves 6.

*No worries if you don't have it. You can increase buckwheat groats by 1 tablespoon. 
**Soak dried dates until soften and drain of liquid before use.


St. Petersburg, a city built by the Tsar, is nothing short of awe and splendor.

Imagine Vienna combined with Paris, Hungary and a little bit of Venice. It is a city rich with art, cosmopolitan, culture and history mashed with colorful odds and curios, relics of its ethnic diversity.


It was my first visit to this city, and I didn't know what to expect. After all, it has been made so exclusive by its government for so many years and hardly anyone I know has been. Truth to be told, the application process for the tourist visa left me feeling a bit dismayed with the country and its bureaucracy at first. So it was with complete surprise that I fell in absolute fascination with the city soon after a few days of being there.

Russia is a stunning country and St. Petersburg is its heart and soul. I visited St. Petersburg for 5 nights/6 days, and I just loved walking around and feeling unreal about the experience the entire time.

Dostoevsky St. The famous author lived here, and his statue overlooks the avenue.
If you are into arts, neo-classical architecture,  dense and incredible history, then St. Petersburg might be just the place for you.

Here are my top 7 reasons why you should put St. Petersburg onto of your bucketlist today:

1) Cityscape and Architecture
Empire, Baroque, Neoclassical and Romanticist- style architecture make up St. Petersburg's landscape. The feel is a 18th-19th century European city, where you can easily imagine women in ballgowns and horse carriages parading down the street.




Walk around and you might notice the similarity of architecture to another European city. You might not be wrong in suspecting the same architect or design plan behind the works.

When St. Petersburg was being built, Peter the Great hired architects to build his palaces, mansions, churches, and playhouses after some of  his favorite infrastructures across Western Europe. It is because of this and the fact that foreign influences are restricted, St. Petersburg has much more of an Old World European vibe compared to another major European city.


2) The Hermitage and Priceless Art
Catherine the Great was an avid collector of arts, and her museum is the BEST in the world. Honestly, I feel with any museums I'd find something interesting in a collection with a success rate of 100:1. At the Hermitage, my interest and engagement with its collection improved up to 10:1.


Not only were the pieces of art beautiful, the physical characters of the galleries themselves, room after room, were absolutely stunning.

3) Kunstkamera Natural Museum of Human Curiosities and Rarities
Peter the Great was a collector of fine arts and a self-professed nautical junkie. He was also a collector of 'fantastic'  things. This museum houses his vast collection of "scientific findings." These include, and not limited to, baby fetuses in jars, pickled animals, two-headed beasts, more corpses and dissection of things and much much more.

It's popular with tourists and is especially a great attraction for children. Think of it as a grotesque fun-house and imagine the hours of entertainment you will have!

For people with lesser appetite, head next door to the Zoological Museum. It's got an extensive and an excellent collection of taxidermied animals, including the only WOOLY MAMMOTH in the world.

4) The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
This building is commonly mistaken for Moscow's Saint Basil's Cathedral, and you can see why. It's got that unique onion-bulbs-of-domes that we have long associated Moscow with. Upon closer inspection however, you will see many artistic differences between the Church and Saint Basil's.


The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is located on the second inner ring of the city, right on the banks of the Griboyedov Channel. The view from the main street, Nevsky Avenue, is positively arresting. You can't help but gravitate towards it.


As this is one of the top tourist sights, you can imagine the hustle and bustle surrounding the Church. The embankment is lined with restaurants, cafes, gift shops, colorful vendors and buskers. It's a really fun and energetic place, and you nearly forget the troubled history of the split blood.

5) World Class Ballet and Live Theatres
Once in a while, you've got to hang up your jeans and Merrill boots and experience something classé. What better place than St. Petersburg, cultural capital of Russia!

Like you wouldn't miss the opera house in Vienna, you couldn't possibly leave St. Petersburg without seeing one of its world class ballet recitals.

The concept of formal ballet training and academy for performance art was born in St. Petersburg. Russia's best ballet companies would be so lucky to perform at the Mariinsky Theatre, one the oldest and most prominent theatres in the world.

Tickets average $60-$100pp and what you get out of it is priceless.

6) The Underground
Public transit in St. Petersburg is impeachable. The underground runs on schedule like 99.9% of the time. Seriously, there's actually a timer at the platform counting up to 90 seconds.

Predictably, at each 90 sec, you feel the floor tremor as a tank of a train come hurtling down the tunnel. It is FAST and really super aggressive. It's a tad scary too the way the door clangs shut so hurriedly. It's a mechanic door, and there is no sensor to save your straggling friend.

It is soviet-era efficiency and pragmatism, and you feel it all the way down to the rough fibers and dimpled-plastic benches.


In contrast to the ironclad metro, the upper -level interiors of the train stations can be positively exquisite. The decoration can be likened to a palace or museum, where there are  marble statues, bronze sculptures and murals made from mosaics.

Each metro station has a theme, and it is possible to take a guided tour to visit the most beautiful metro stations in the world.

It's a quintessential Russian experience to ride the metro in St. Petersburg. Do it!

7) Popular Culture
St. Petersburg has a modern side, and this shouldn't come as a surprise. It's got upmarket malls and chic restaurants, hipster soviet-era themed cafes and self-time bars.

What's a self-time bar, you ask? It's a bar where you pay a fee for the amount of time that you spent in the place. When you first check-in with reception, you are given a card with a barcode on it. It logs in the minutes and hours you stayed in the bar.

A self-time bar like this can have many rooms, each with different functions happening. One could be a board game room, another could have live-music and one big chill-out space with 'nearly' wholesale price drinks to boot.

The reason why I say nearly is because I didn't completely understand the Russian guy. All I know is that the drinks and food are discounted heavily, because you pay for your time being there.

The view from Commode onto Nevsky Ave. 
The one I went to is Commode. Getting to this place can be a bit cryptic, and you have to be buzzed in. So, at the very least, learn how to say 'Spasiba!'

A pair of ancient sphinx from Egypt sits at the northshore quay. They are 3500 years old. 
St. Petersburg is really one of the most fascinating travel destinations in the 21st century. The extra planning and details going into making a trip like this possible are completely worth it.

Go before everything changes!

Me, in front of the Hermitage. FYI, there is no air conditioning in the museum, so wear light clothes! 

I kid you not when I say I made three batches of waffles in one sitting. All due to the ease of my new favorite kitchen appliance, a Breville Waffle Maker, and a waffle recipe that I developed. It is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and vegan! Brilliant right?! 


Previously, I had been making waffles with eggs and think they're just fine. But I didn't want to stop there. This is such a good and adaptable recipe, I sensed there was room for alternatives. Through my batch testings, I found that silken tofu makes for an excellent replacement for eggs in this recipe.

Blended silken tofu has a consistency that helps with the batter structure and effectively replaces eggs. One clear bonus to this alternative is that it makes the waffles vegan-friendly. I turned out perfectly heart-shaped waffles one after another, and as you can imagine, my enthusiasm soared.

Gluten free, vegan waffles with coconut yogurt and blueberry sauce +NellyBelly in Melbourne 


I made a third batch of waffles for pure indulgence. I love the look of a neatly stacked, beautifully-cooked waffles- crisp and butter gold, piled on high. It took a lot of self-control to stop myself from pecking at the waffles while cooking. Look how gorgeous they turned out! 


Do you have a waffle iron?

Please DO give  this a go. I know you will simply love this recipe. Not to mention the healthy goodness of a protein boost from the clean and healthy vegan protein powder maker, 180 Nutrition

Enjoy! X.
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Superfood Protein Gluten Free, Vegan Waffles by NellyBelly

Ingredients:
1 2/3 cup self-rising gluten-free flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup silken tofu
3/4 cup light soymilk or almond milk 
3 tablespoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
Water as required*

Directions:
1. Sift flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl. Whisk in Superfood Protein. Mix until well blended.
2. In a blender or food processor, blend silken tofu, soymilk and lemon juice until smooth.
3. Add wet ingredients into dry. Whisk in melted coconut oil. Mix well until the batter is smooth. 
4. When the waffle iron is ready, pour 1/2 cup of batter per waffle and spread evenly across. Cook 3 minutes or until desired crispness.

Makes 6 Waffles.

*As the batter sits, it gets thicker. Add a tablespoon of water to the batter when required to lighten the batter. 

Notes + Inspiration
Skip the maple syrup. Top waffles with berries and yogurt for a refreshing and guilt-free treat. 
Enjoy with PB & J. 
Don't have silken tofu? Replace the liquid portion (tofu, almond milk, lemon juice) with a mixture of 1 1/2 cup yogurt with 1/2 cup milk. Or simply 2 cups Buttermilk.
Don't have Buttermilk? Make your own! Mix 1 3/4 cup milk with 1/4 cup lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Let stand 5 minutes to curdle before use.
Freeze to keep leftovers and enjoy waffles for future use.

Who is 180 Nutrition?! Read my blog post on these Aussome Aussie Vegan Protein Powders HERE
Want more from 180 Nutrition??? Visit Their Webpage >>> 180 Nutrition 


Sometimes, inspiration hits you and you can't stop at one thing. This week, I baked these muffins three times. Two batches of jumbo muffins and one batch of mini-ones which yielded a total of 48 muffins! I have been stuffing my face quite righteously.


These glorious little ones are Apple Cinnamon Muffins. They are gluten free, dairy free, and have NO ADDED FATS. Let's right. No Fats, such as oil, butter nor margarine were used. Instead, I chose a healthier alternative: Apple Sauce!


Apple sauce behaves in the same way as oil in this recipe. It emulsifies and stabilizes the baked goods. Even without added fats, these muffins remain light, moist and fluffy.


Another good thing about this recipe is that it has a half cup of LSA mix. LSA stands for
Linseed, Sunflower and Almond. This mealy mix of grounded wholefoods is naturally rich in fibre and essential fatty acids. The addition of a wholemeal ingredient like LSA ensures the tasty muffin bites are fibre-conscious. 




I having nothing against fats and oil. In fact, I am a proponent of the inclusion of healthy fats and oil as part of a balance diet. Finding apple sauce as a suitable substitute for oil in the muffin recipe was out of pure curiosity; I like to experiment with alternatives in my baking and cooking. And when the result is just as amazing and yummy, why not have the diversity?

Hope you will take to baking with apple sauce after trying this one out! Enjoy. 
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Apple Cinnamon Gluten-Free Muffins by NellyBelly

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
1/2 cup LSA
1/3 cup raw sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 apple, chopped (at least 1 cup)
1/2 cup Apple sauce
1/2 cup Soymilk 
2 eggs

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 175C or 350F. Grease muffin pan.
2. In a big bowl, mix together gluten-free flour, LSA, raw sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon.
3. Add apple chunks to dry mix and blend well in flour mixture.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk apple sauce and soymilk until well blended. Add two large eggs. Whisk thoroughly. 
5. Add wet to dry ingredients, mix until just combined.

6. Scoop batter into muffin pan and bake for 13-15min for mini-muffins, 18-23min for normal size to jumbo muffins. 

Makes 12 standard sized muffins or 6 jumbo muffins
Local food markets are the best for discovering niche food and artisan products. Wholey Day’s Flour Market was no exception, and it was to my delight in finding No Grainer- Australia’s first commercially-available paleo bread, made in Melbourne no less- and meeting the dynamic sister duo, Jo and Sally Godfrey, behind the World's Best Grain-Free Paleo Bread.


For years, Jo and Sally have self-navigated a diet appropriate for their health conditions; Jo, being a coeliac, and Sally, having diabetes and dairy-intolerance. You can imagine the level of their concentration and efforts when it comes to sourcing the ‘right’ food.

Jo and Sally's personal journey with gluten-free, dairy-free, and diabetic-friendly diet led to a sizable research and experimental cooking. In November 2015, they successfully developed a grain-free, yeast-free paleo bread that is perfectly artisanal and tasty as can be!

No Grainer paleo breads are:

✓ Grain-free
✓ Free of pseudo-grains and modified starches
✓ Dairy-free
✓ Yeast free
✓ Preservative free
 Low carb
Local & Organic ingredients


Not to mention, a bread slicer’s dream! No Grainer bread loafs slice up beautifully- the bread doesn’t crumb and each slice stays firm and intact when you take a bread knife through it.


No Grainer breads come in: Classic Almond Loaf, Mixed Seed Loaf, and Date, Raisin & Walnut Loaf. Also available are Pizza-bases, Sweet Scrolls and Grain-Free Cookies.

The Classic Almond Loaf has a smooth and medium-firm texture. It springs to the touch, while not being porous. The Mixed Seed Loaf is liberally seeded with organic pumpkin seed and organic sesame seeds, which when toasted, a nice aroma develops.

Jo and Sally bake their bread the day before market morning, and you can expect No Grainer loafs to arrive very fresh. Being preservative free, the breads are best kept in the fridge.

No Grainer breads taste great! I love the texture of healthy seeds. 
One more thing that I like about No Grainer is learning that the company engages in environmentally sustainable practices. The almond meal they use is from Australian-grown almonds. Organic ingredients come from wholesaler Terra Madre Organics in Northcote. Further, as their paleo bread uses organic egg whites only, No Grainer partners with Billy Van Creamy Ice Creamery- whereby an exchange of egg yolks for egg whites ensure that no part of an organic egg is wasted.

It is very clever and resourceful of them. And in turn, we indirectly support another local business. Just think, the more No Grainer breads we eat, the more ice cream gets made! 

No Grainer Cranberry and Chocolate Grain-Free Cookies are chewy, moist and delicious!!! Also- dairy-free chocolate is from Loving Earth. Raw Chocolate.
Finally, I like No Grainer for their products and, especially, for their people. Jo and Sally are truly lovely folks. They are genuine, bright and sparky, excellent to talk to about food intolerance, and their enthusiasm working on No Grainer is positively awesome.

Good food, good people, good energy. Now that's what I am talking about!


You can find No Grainer breads at specialty food stores. To find a stockist near you, visit No Grainer here.
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