Grass Roots Bakery Gluten-Free Pizza Base Mix

Grass Roots Bakery Gluten-Free Pizza Base made by The Fat Foodie

A while ago I was contacted by FODMarket to see if I would like to choose some of their low FODMAP products to taste test. I jumped at the chance and one of the items I asked for was their gluten-free pizza base mix that’s made by Grass Roots Bakery.

Grass Roots Bakery Organic Gluten-Free Pizza Base Mix

(I should note that aside from getting the free product I have no affiliate links with FODMarket and they’re not paying me to promote this product either.)

I made homemade pizzas last night using this pizza base mix and I’m not kidding, they were incredible! Even my pizza-loving, non-gluten-free eating step-son thought it was a ‘normal’ gluten pizza!

Although the taste of the pizza base dough itself is very nice and has the flavour of a standard pizza dough, I think its real strength lies in the texture of it because it manages to replicate the soft elasticity of gluten dough. This gives the pizza the real ‘chewy’ texture you expect from a quality dough and means that it doesn’t have the grainy texture that so many gluten-free pizza bases do.

Hand on heart, this is without doubt the best gluten-free pizza base I’ve ever eaten (including my own homemade dough made with gluten-free flour).

Since eating it my scientist brain has been wondering if it’s the blend of potato, tapioca and quinoa flour that makes it so light or whether they use more xanthan gum than I normally do, which would make it more pliable. Whatever the ratios, I’d pay good money to own the specific recipe they use!

Speaking of money, at present the Grass Roots Bakery Gluten-Free Pizza mix costs £3.99 from FODMarket which in my eyes is an absolute steal because it makes six 6″ pizza bases or three 12″ bases. That’s good value in my book for such a good quality product!

At the time of writing this review I’ve got the Grass Roots Bakery Gluten-Free White Bread Mix from FODMarket in my breadmaker and I’ll let you know my thoughts on it as soon as I can. I can’t wait to taste it!

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Fody Foods Competition!

Fody Foods Dark Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt Bars

Some time ago Fody Foods contacted me to see if I’d like to try their new Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt snack bars and I quickly took them up on the offer. However, they most generously also gifted me a whole box of their bars, so that I could offer them as a competition prize for UK readers on my Facebook page!

I’m really excited to offer you a chance to win a whole box of Fody Foods’ new Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt snack bars!

I’ve tasted them and I think they’re out of this world. I’ll be honest, I’m not a massive fan of the whole sea salt and chocolate combination, but I really like it in these because they’re not overly salted. In fact, I think the levels of sweet to salty are just right.

I also love the fact that they’re packed full of almonds, peanuts and walnuts because the high protein content of the bars keeps hunger at bay for ages! They’ve been tested by Monash and one bar is certified as a low FODMAP serving.

If you live in the UK and you’d like a chance to win this box of
Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt snack bars just head over to my Facebook page and like and share the competition post. The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday the 3rd of March 2019.

Terms and conditions:

Competition only open to UK entrants.

No cash alternative to prize.

No responsibility is taken for the consumption of the bars. Note that the bars are listed as containing: Nuts – almonds, peanuts and walnuts; Soya; May contain Milk; Egg and other Tree Nuts. See picture below for full ingredients list.

Entrants must successfully like and share The Fat Foodie competition post on Facebook within the allocated timeframe. If these conditions are not met their entry is deemed invalid.

Ingredients listing for bars.

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Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes (serves 2-4)

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes by The Fat Foodie

I created this recipe for Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes because, as I mentioned in my last blog post, at the end of last year FODMarket UK (https://fodmarket.co.uk/) offered to gift me some low FODMAP products in exchange for reviewing them on my website and one of the products I decided to ask for was a box of buckwheat flour, which they’ve recently begun to stock in their online shop.

(I should add that I’m not being paid for reviewing this product and I don’t have an affiliate link for this product with FODMarket either.)

Clearspring Organic Buckwheat Flour

For all that its name contains the word ‘wheat’, it’s actually a gluten-free grain which has a whole range of uses in the culinary world. I’ve wanted to try cooking with buckwheat for quite some time, not because it’s gluten-free, but because it is renowned for its naturally nutty taste and I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

The recipe I list below makes four generously-sized buckwheat pancakes which can either serve two people or four. I served my partner and I two each for breakfast though and we both agreed that one was quite sufficient, especially when served with fruit on top.

The blueberry buckwheat pancakes are a bit drier than a standard gluten-free pancake, but they’re infused with a delicious nuttiness throughout which complements the syrup and fruit you choose to serve with them. Quite frankly, we enjoyed every mouthful!

You can buy this buckwheat flour from https://fodmarket.co.uk/ and they offer a flat delivery fee of £3.49 or free delivery with orders over £50. Personally, I think that’s pretty reasonable especially if you were going to be stocking up your cupboards to ensure you’re all set to embrace the low FODMAP diet. If you do go ahead and buy this buckwheat flour (or you make these buckwheat pancakes) I’d love to know what you think!

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes by The Fat Foodie

Ingredients:

50g blueberries

200g buckwheat flour

2 tbsps white sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 eggs (or 1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 2 tbsps of water for half an hour)

150ml lactose-free milk (or non-dairy)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp butter (or non-dairy) and 1 tbsp vegetable oil (for frying)

Method:

Simply place all of your ingredients (except the butter and oil) into a large jug and whisk together until fully combined.

Place a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add the butter and oil. (The inclusion of the oil stops the butter from burning.)

Once the butter has melted add a quarter of the pancake mixture into the centre of the frying pan and allow it to cook until lots of bubbles have formed on the top.

Gently, but quickly, flip the pancake over and cook until both sides are golden brown. Repeat with the rest of the pancake mix until you’ve used it all up.

Serve with maple syrup (50g/2 tbsps per person is a low FODMAP serving) or golden syrup (7g/1 tsp per person is a low FODMAP serving) and low FODMAP fruit, such as oranges, satsumas, grapes or up to 150g of kiwi fruit per person. (As always, check low FODMAP serving sizes with the Monash app.)

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FODMarket’s Balti Kit

Beef Balti by The Fat Foodie

I made this slow cooked Beef Balti because towards the end of last year I was contacted by https://fodmarket.co.uk/ to see if I would like to test a few of their low FODMAP products and review them on the blog. Obviously I was thrilled to be given the opportunity, so I jumped at the chance to request a Curry On Balti curry kit, a box of buckwheat flour, a gluten-free white loaf bread mix, and a gluten-free pizza base mix. They generously sent me these products and I couldn’t resist making the Beef Balti the following day!

In case you don’t know, a balti is an Indian curry which is said to originate from Birmingham and it can be made with any meat or seafood you fancy. Most baltis are generally cooked quite quickly in the style of a stir-fry, but I always think that beef responds well to being slow cooked, so I decided to let mine putter away in my slow cooker throughout the day.

This Curry On Balti kit from https://fodmarket.co.uk/ is low FODMAP, thanks to the absence of any onion or garlic, and is made from a blend of Sea Salt, Turmeric, Paprika, Ginger, Coriander, Chilli, Fenugreek Leaves, Cumin, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, and Cloves.

You might expect me to give a glowing review of this balti mix because I received the kit for free, but please believe me when I say without bias that this is probably one of the most authentic (and delicious) pre-blended spice kits I’ve ever cooked with. It has just the right levels of each spice it contains and is in no way overpowering. I thought the heat level was just right too, but you can add a bit more fresh or dried chilli to yours, if you like. Equally, you could serve some lactose-free natural yoghurt on the side to dampen the mild heat it contains too.

(I should also add that I’m not being paid for reviewing this product and I don’t have an affiliate link for this product with FODMarket either.)

I’d also like to mention that I loved the fact that the Curry On Balti kit is supplied with FODMAP-specific instructions which enable you to make your curry with FODMAP-safe levels of ingredients, such as tinned chopped tomatoes and chopped bell peppers.

If you’re in the market for really tasty spice mixes which are healthy and have no added ‘nasties’, such as preservatives, colours or flavourings, but are also delightfully low FODMAP then I would highly recommend these Curry On kits. (They also sell Jalfrezi, Korma, Tikka Masala and Pakora kits too.) As I’ve said, you can buy them from https://fodmarket.co.uk/ and they offer a flat delivery fee of £3.49 or free delivery with orders over £50. I think that’s pretty reasonable. If you do go ahead and buy yourself some I’d love to know what you think!

If you’d like some more low FODMAP curry recipes then why not try my recipes for:

Beef Keema: https://thefatfoodie.co.uk/2018/10/31/beef-keema-serves-4-6/

Saag Paneer: https://thefatfoodie.co.uk/2018/11/28/saag-paneer-serves-4/

Vietnamese Vegetable Curry: https://thefatfoodie.co.uk/2018/07/12/vietnamese-vegetable-curry-serve-4-6/

or Lamb Rendang: https://thefatfoodie.co.uk/2018/04/18/lamb-rendang-serves-6/

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