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Gluten free

I made pumpkin pie with a bit of a difference last night. I can’t say it was a success, but I’m pleased that I gave it a go. Really trying to eat healthily but at the same time enjoy different foods. I have been gluten free for going on a year now. I am not coeliac and I have never even been diagnosed as gluten intolerant, but I decided to give it a try after talking with a friend who had tried it with good results. There is no doubt about it, since I have given it up I feel healthier, nothing like as much bloating, all the pain I had in my joints i.e knees, fingers, thumbs and toes has gone and I have far less headaches. Good reasons to carry on! I think a lot of people think that being gluten free is, in itself, a healthy way to eat. That is not necessarily the case. You can buy pretty much all the same ‘rubbish’ gluten free but because it is free of gluten, it generally has much more sugar, which is defeating the whole object for me. I want to have a healthier lifestyle in general. I found having the GF versions of bread was helpful for the first few months as I absolutely loved anything remotely bready! Crumpets, muffins,pitta, croissant etc the only thing I have carried on having at times are the GF crumpets – scrummy.
Anyhow back to the pumpkin pie! So for the base I decided to use coconut flour, which I have never used before. For the filling I bought a tin of ready to use pumpkin and followed the recipe for the pie filling. I did tweak it a bit as it called for 6oz sugar which I just find excessive. I used half the amount and it tasted good to me. There is also butter, eggs and evaporated milk in the recipe. Not the healthiest, but I do think if you are having a healthy diet generally a bit of butter etc does you no harm. I also used low fat evaporated milk. So the upshot was that Mr H was not overly keen. I loved the filling and I loved the crust but honestly the 2 didn’t work together 😔 I will have another go with plain pastry made from a basic GF flour. I will also try the coconut flour again but with a different filling. I will let you know how I get on.
If any of you have some good GF recipes or advice re GF eating or indeed other kinds of recipes that you want to share, please do, would love to hear from you ❤️

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