Gluten free

Hi there, It’s been a while since I wrote. I nearly forgot about you, wordpress! Lots if things have been changing. But here are some of my “yay! it worked!” finds related to nurturing two young children – gluten free.

May 2014

quinoa banana bread — worked well with substitution of soymilk for the dairy. i also didn’t have coconut oil on hand so used earth balance and canola oil. Baked one loaf in my glass pan in the toaster oven. Kids and adults ate it up!

Play dough

you wouldn’t guess but it’s wheat flour based. But you can make some gluten free at home, and it really was easy.

Option 1: ( the one I used with great results)

Easiest Gluten-Free Play Dough from the Celiac Disease Foundation– (


Here is a photo of my dough!

Option 2:

Gluten free (cooked) playdough

You will need

  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • Food coloring

First, take all of your ingredients except the food coloring and mix them in a large pot over low heat.

Keep stirring as the mixture turns from liquidy……to pasty……to a thick ball of playdough.

Grab your food coloring and a piece of parchment paper. Let the playdough sit until it’s cool enough to handle.

Once the playdough is cool, roll it out into a log.Divide it into four equal parts (or however many colors you have). Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to each piece. Squish the playdough until the color is worked all the way through.

Option 3:


  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Food coloring, if desired

Mix ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until it forms a ball. Cool completely before storing in a sealable plastic bag.

This one works nicely, but the color is more of a pale cream. If you don’t need to make white, it should work fine.

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