Grains, starchy vegetables, sugar, and artificial sweeteners are not part of my bariatric diet! But they sure are central to a traditional Thanksgiving menu. So for many years I missed out on pumpkin pie, rolls, and tea breads. But nowadays I serve a sumptuous grain-free Thanksgiving.
That’s because I learned about nut flours! Wonderful baked goods can be made grain-free and bariatric-friendly for an occasional treat or break from the ordinary! At the risk of sounding dramatic, it was life changing. Finally, I could have my cake and eat it, too!
Grain-free Thanksgiving Baking
Kelly Brozyna is one of my favorite grain-free bakers. Her recipes produce bakery items so similar to conventional wheat/dairy/sugar versions that no one will feel deprived. Kelly developed these recipes for her family who were suffering from celiac disease, gluten intolerance, ADD and autism, but the recipes are perfect for patients maintaining long-term weight loss from obesity surgery.
Best-of-all, Kelly Brozyna’s grain-free Thanksgiving recipes are innovative and easy! Here are a few of my breakfast bakery favorites for the morning:
Who doesn’t love a tasty grain-free pumpkin tea bread? Double the recipe and freeze the loaves inside a one-gallon freezer bag. It’s quick and easy to slice off a piece in the morning (slice a thick piece and then halve that), lightly warm it in the microwave, smear it with a little Greek yogurt cheese and serve alongside breakfast turkey sausage.
Gluten-free crepes are wonderful and packed with protein. I prefer mine made perfect for the bariatric diet by filling it with savory meat and veggies and served with a side of fresh seasonal fruit. My favorite filling is chicken, brie, and asparagus!
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are everyone’s favorite. All you need is a great cup of hot organic coffee and viola! Breakfast is served.
And my family loves grain-free Pumpkin Spice Granola packed with nutrient-dense walnuts and chia seeds. I serve this over Steamboat Yogurt made using nut milk, and top it with fresh berries – viola! The yogurt recipe can be found in Kelly’s cookbook The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts.
As for the pumpkin pie, which I eat after dinner but I won’t fault you for having a small slice at breakfast, I am sure to try Kelly’s Vegan Pumpkin Pie. But don’t overdo it at Thanksgiving as has been my custom in the past before weight loss surgery. Instead, cuddle up next to someone special and spoon together (that is to say, share a slice of pie)!
More Grain-free Baking
More grain-free Thanksgiving recipes from Kelly Brozyna can be found on The Spunky Coconut blog and in her two cookbooks:
•The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts illustrated cookbook offers 80 innovative gluten-free and casein-free recipes, including 50 which are egg-free.
•The Spunky Coconut Cookbook: Gluten Free, Casein Free, Sugar Free offers 115 recipes, including 30+ raw-inspired recipes, free of gluten, dairy, sugar, peanut, corn and soy, and artificial sweeteners.
Inspired by raw food, Kelly Brozyna incorporates nut milks and natural alternatives to sugar to create delicious grain-free cake, pie, ice cream, bread, cookies, and breakfast. I hope you will enjoy Kelly’s grain-free baked goods as much as I do!
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