Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gluten-Free Minneapolis

(Gluten-free bread fresh from the ovens of Cooqi Bakery)

I live in such an awesome city for real food lovers. Minneapolis is filled to the brim with beautiful food co-ops, bustling farmer's markets, real fishmongers, an old-fashioned butcher shop specializing in pastured meats, the best cheese shop this side of the Mississippi, and a gluten-free bakery in seemingly every corner of the city.

I am going gluten-free [also mostly grain-free too, just to take things up a notch;)]in this new year and am constantly on the lookout for new gluten-free finds when I'm out gathering food. My #1 go-to spot for gluten-free baked goods is Madwoman Bakery. Many of the treats you'll find here are low-carb, and everything they make lists net carbs per serving. The Parmesan and almond flour flat-breads are perfect for making mini-pizzas, and are grain-free to boot. I also love their lemon-poppy seed tea cakes which are made using ghee, a traditional, nourishing fat.

I recently shopped at Cooqi Bakery, which is over the bridge in St. Paul. I tried a perfectly gooey chocolate chip cookie and a took home a loaf of their "Ellie" sandwich bread. Unfortunately, Cooqi does use canola oil in their breads, but overall I liked this little bakery and the ingredient list for most of their foods.

One place that has a surprisingly ample selection of gluten-free (and fabulous!) baked goods is the Wedge Co-op. There is this crazy good Pistachio Apricot Cake, an almond-coconut-chocolate torte that is divine, and even some freshly house-made gluten-free bread.

If you don't live in Minneapolis, or you prefer to DIY, I loved the looks of these gluten-free recipes:

Cottage Cheese Muffins- I'd use all almond flour here, an extra egg and full-fat cottage cheese.

Smoked Paprika Chicken Wrapped in Bacon - I think you all know how I feel about bacon...

mayonaise-dipped zucchini fried in breadcrumbs- I made this using Glutino bread crumbs but you could also use almond flour.

Almost every recipe at Liveable Low Carb looks like it's worth trying and they are all grain-free!

Sardine Fritters- it may sound weird but they look delish!

What is your favorite resource for gluten-free or grain-free eating where you live? Do you bake gluten/grain-free?

I am sharing this post with Cheeseslave's Real Food Wednesday, come see what other food bloggers are cooking up this week!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the links! I'm verrrry interested in those sesame crackers on Liveable Low Carb. I've been a little obsessed with having liver on crackers after bike rides lately.