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The Gluten Free Guru

Implementing a gluten free diet is super difficult. Nearly everything contains the protein, and it’s a big change from your average everyday diet. I have a horrible intolerance to it. Rather than giving you a graphic play by play, I will say that it isn’t pretty and can be awfully painful. I think it goes without saying, but I am always looking for different alternatives so that I can stay totally gluten free.

One of my favorite alternatives is oat flour, but wow is it expensive to buy continuously! Even when trying to buy in bulk, it didn’t save much money. Overall, being on a gluten free diet is pretty expensive unless you are constantly rotating the same few things to eat, which is so boring. Plus, I really like my baked goods.

I found out that I had a preference for oat flour, so I decided to research how I could make it myself. I don’t know why I expected it to be complicated, but it wasn’t at all! It turned out that all I had to do was take oats and put them in the food processor and just turn it on until it reached a flour-like consistency. 

I did a search for other parts for my Cuisinart food processor and discovered KitchenWorksUSA. They sell actual Cuisinart DLC-7 parts made by Cuisinart. I picked up some extra blades and a dough blade since I was sure I’d be using it sometime in the near future as I knew this one was going to get quite a bit of use out of it.

It ended up being so much cheaper to make the oat flour myself with my Cuisinart food processor, and I was totally shocked by it. I had to try not to think about all the money I threw away on this stuff at the store, but I’m definitely glad I figured it out. It’s really a shame that things are so much more expensive for people who are on special diets, yet the basic old all purpose flour is so cheap. That’s why I try to share my ideas with anyone I know who is also gluten intolerant.

I will say that oat flour is not the right substitute for everything. But it works for many of my favorites, like pancakes, waffles, muffins, banana bread, and certain types of cakes. I enjoy the consistency of it, while I know some people don’t. It does seem a bit more grainy.

I do make flour blends for different things, but it’s a little more specific with measuring it out. I make a nice blend for pizza dough. The cool thing is that I make the flour blend in the food processor, and I can also make the actual pizza dough in it with my dough blades. That makes all the work on the flour blend well worth it. 

Although being totally gluten free is a challenge at (most) times,, I’ve found ways to make it easier and more inexpensive which is a huge deal. It’s not easy having a specific diet, and especially not when you can hardly afford it. That’s why I’m so glad my Cuisinart food processor makes it possible to make this work for me.

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