Gluten gives elasticity to dough helping it to rise and to keep its shape. It is found in many staple foods in the Western diet. It is a protein composite, found in wheat and other grains, including barley, rye and other foods that are processed.
Gluten is not naturally occurring in corn, rice, or oats, but may be cross-contaminated by facilities that also process wheat, barley, or rye products.
What is gluten sensitivity?
Gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance cause a spectrum of disorders, including celiac disease and wheat allergy, in which gluten has an adverse effect on the body. Symptoms include bloating, abdominal discomfort or pain, diarrhea, muscular disturbances and bone or joint pain. It can also cause other unexpected symptoms such as headaches and vertigo, among many others.
Of the many people who can suffer gluten sensitivity can be those who are Autistic or suffer with Asperger’s and IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome).
If you do suffer with the allergy to gluten, but love and crave your sweet desserts, than I have the dessert for you; Almond Flour Honey Cake.
Here is what you will need…
For the Cake
1 ½ cups whole almonds, toasted (see Tip below)
4 large eggs, at room temperature, separated*
½ cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
And not shown but needed for the topping is
4 tbsp. honey
¼ cup sliced almonds