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We are gluten free and I am trying to limit our sugar intake. Trouble is I want to make cookies and muffins and granola bars but it is really hard to find recipes, and ones that work at that. I would love to have a really healthy cookie, with little sugar. any ideas? any recipes would be enormously appreciated. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Ooh, what a good idea, Bellasmum. I'm sorry I don't have any recipes to offer you, but wanted to say that I'd be very interesting in finding similar recipes.<br><br>
Although, I did have a thought. Maybe you could use rice or potato flour? I'm not sure what other flours don't have gluten, or are at least lower in gluten than wheat. Hmm, maybe barley, though that probably still has gluten.<br><br>
As far as sweeteners, have you tried stevia? I've yet to try it myself, but have heard good things about it. I think there might have been a stevia thread on this board recently; you could do a search (if you haven't read it already!). Also, if you're not cutting out sugar completely, you could use fruit juice to sweeten baked goods...it's probably better than regular white sugar! Or maybe you could use something like molasses.<br><br>
BTW, are you looking for vegan recipes, or can you use milk, butter, etc.?<br><br>
Hope this helps a little! I hope we get some recipes soon!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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hi icxcnika! actually we do use rice flour and mix in with tapioca flour, bean flour, soy flour...there's actually a lot of flours out there that are gluten free, it's just that they usually need xantham gum and guar gum to make the product stick together. Barley flour has lots of gluten in it actually.<br><br>
I haven't used stevia yet, but would like to try it. The fruit juice is a good idea. we usually use cane sugar, or molasses or maple syrup.<br><br>
and yes we are vegan.<br><br>
hope to get some recipes too!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
take care.
 

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I originally posted this recipe on another thread, & it's definately gluten free & no refined sugar.<br><br>
Vegan fudge<br><br>
1-1/4 cups maple syrup or fruit concentrate (you could probably use any liquid sweetener you want)<br>
1 cup peanut butter, sesame tahini or nut butter<br>
1 to 1-1/4 cup sifted carob powder (you could substitute cocoa, but the carob is yummy in this recipe)<br>
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder<br>
1-2 teaspoons vanilla<br>
optional-1/2 to 1 cup sesame seeds, shedded coconut or chopped nuts, or anything you think would be good in fudge<br>
optional-8 to 14 drops peppermint extract, or to taste<br><br>
Heat sweetener & "butter" until they soften & mix readily<br>
Take off heat & add everthing else (but save some of the nuts/coconut if you're using it to put on top)<br>
press into a 9" or 10" pie plate, pressing extra topping on top<br>
chill-will keep in the fridge for 3 months<br><br>
Note<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/neg.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="negative"> listed the last two ingredients as optional cause I never had them around when I made this recipe, & it came out fine without them-you could use a crunchy nut butter too. Also, you can pretty much use any size pan, it just may be taller or shorter depending on the size you choose.<br><br>
I also came across this link <a href="http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedF...3775/snack.html" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedF...3775/snack.html</a><br>
Has vegan recipes, but I've not looked at any of them closely, don't know whether they'll meet your needs.
 

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I have this cookbook- Allergy Cooking with Ease by Nicolette Dumke. It has many recipes for baked goods. I haven't cooked from it yet- but it has a large variety.
 

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thanks for your replies! mmmm, that fudge sounds yummy, I am definitely going to try that one.
 
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