Warm and crunchy on the outside and soft and delightfully seasoned on the inside, in short, the perfect breadsticks. Keep reading and I’ll show you how to make your own, in just a few easy steps.
There have been a lot of recent attention on gluten, and too much information can be very confusing. Allow me to simplify it for you!
What is gluten?
Gluten refers to the proteins found in wheat endosperm. Gluten affects the elasticity of dough, which in turn affects the chewiness of baked products.
“True gluten” is sometimes defined as being specific to wheat, however it is also found in other grains — including rye, barley and various crossbreeds, because they also contain similar protein particles.
Why do we use gluten?
It binds our food (makes it stick together). It also makes things thicker.
Gluten Sensitivity vs. Gluten Residue
Once in the not too distant past, it was believed that only those of us who couldn’t tolerate gluten, needed to refrain from it. It is now only beginning to be understood that it is in their over consumption that all of our bodies have a reaction. Gluten can leave behind a residue, when we over consume it, some of it remains in our intestines. So, even those of us who can tolerate gluten, can benefit from trying some gluten- free alternatives (at least some of the time).
Interested in reducing your usage, going gluten-free or perhaps an intense cleanse?
Cleanse: Look up gluten-free cleanses. You’ll see 24 hour up to to 30 day cleanses! A month, now that’s an intense and thorough way to remove gluten residue from your body!
If you’re considering a first cleanse, may I suggest from experience to start with short one, perhaps a 24 hour one before attempting longer more arduous ones.
Going Gluten-Free: The most difficult of the three options, but simply a necessity for some of us. If this is your path, let’s be honest, it’s not going to be easy, especially at first, but there are so many options. Read and study all you can. There is so much important information out there!
As I’ve learned from experience, your desired foods change as you make healthier choices. About a year an ago I used to consume much more processed food. As I have incorporated healthier and now gluten-free items into my diet, I have noticed that my food cravings have changed. I now actually enjoy healthier foods!
Reducing your Usage: The easiest of the three and also the choice I have made. In my journey to lower my reliance on gluten I have found that by setting small achievable goals has built up my self-esteem which then enabled me to set larger goals. Setting small achievable goals will enable you in a year’s time (for example) achieve and sustain some major life changes!
Don’t forget the Rosemary-
Not only does rosemary add a punch of flavor, but critical vitamins as well. It’s full of vitamins A and C, and has a substantial amount of iron. It helps the blood vessels and also boosts immunity. In addition, rosemary contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system and increasing circulation.
By simply trying some delicious breadsticks you’ll be be benefiting your body in amazing ways!
Perfect Gluten Free Rosemary Breadsticks Recipe
2 cups gluten free flour (I used a rice blend)
2 tablespoons raw agave
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ cups water
1 teaspoon finely cut rosemary
½ teaspoon sea salt
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees
2. Mix Ingredients.
3. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet
4. Use a plastic bag with a corner cut off to squeeze the mixture onto the sheet in uniform rows about and inch thick and four inches long.
5. Bake 15 minutes only slightly brown. If in doubt, it’s better to remove from the oven. I’ve tried this recipe several times, gluten–free baked items will be denser and become very hard if over cooked.
*Suggestion- try them with a cup of olive oil as a dip!
Why not give these a try, even if you’re not sure about the role of gluten in your life. All of the ingredients are natural and good for you. However, they taste so good that you may forget yourself and simply fall in love with them for their piney slightly sweet flavor.
More vegan bread recipes: Cinnamon Raisin Almond Bread
Also by Alex: How to Make Herb Infusions
Photo: Alex Kudukis