In today’s food and nutrition world, gluten intolerance and sensitivities are a frequent topic of conversation. Restaurants and home cooks alike are looking for ways to reduce the amount of gluten on menus and Maria Speck’s book Simply Ancient Grains: Fresh and Flavorful Whole Grain Recipes for Living Well provides ideas from the simple to the creative.
Anyone who has known me for very long knows that I’m not much of a morning person. I wish I was! I always think one day when I’m a “real grown up” mornings will be easier, I will savor them, and pop out of bed with a smile on my face. Until then, I am always looking for a good way to have a nutritious and filling breakfast before work. To be honest, most days I’m eating a granola bar in the car!
The whole book is fun to flip through because of the gorgeous photography, creative recipes, and great tips Sarah weaves throughout. One really helpful section called “Stocking the Pantry” covers everything from different flours, beans v. legumes, and sweeteners. At the top of each recipe, there are little markers denoting if the recipe is vegan, gluten-free, or takes extra planning. The recipes is also divided by season and type of food: mornings, small measures (drinks and appetizers), mains, and sweets. The breakfast bar recipe is in the Early Summer section and I’m already excited to try Roasted Parsnips with Pomegranate Glaze and Za’atar this winter!
These bars are gluten free and vegan! Instead of flour, Sarah substitutes white beans. Did you know that you can substitute beans for flour?! Very cool and it makes me feel extra healthy. They also have coconut oil, honey, pumpkin seeds, raisins and dried apricots, making them a seriously delicious breakfast.
These bars have definitely made my morning routine better. I can’t wait to try more recipes from My New Roots!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.