Can Gluten-Free Be Healthy? The Choice Is Yours

Give millet flour a try; it's gluten-free but also light and buttery so works well in baked goods like scones.

Related To:

scones

Since my son Isaiah was diagnosed with gluten and dairy intolerances more than five years ago, I’ve learned to adapt my kitchen—especially for baking. After all, it was just six years ago that I was lifting 50 pounds bags of gluten- full unbleached white pastry flour at my old bakery in Brooklyn.

Now, if you look in my pantry, you’ll see dozens of gluten-free flours like rice flour, almond flour, sorghum flour, sweet rice flour, quinoa flour, mesquite flour, chestnut flour, corn flour, oat flour, coconut flour and, possibly my new all-around favorite, millet flour.

What’s so good about millet? It’s corn-like in flavor and light in texture, but the real surprise is that it’s almost buttery. This works beautifully in scones, especially when made with strawberries. The great thing about the scone recipe below is that it can be as healthy as you want it to be.

Here are some easy swaps:
nbsp;

INSTEAD OF: White rice flour TRY: Brown rice flour or sorghum flour

INSTEAD OF: White sugar  TRY: Coconut palm sugar

INSTEAD OF: Butter  TRY: Coconut oil or nondairy buttery sticks

INSTEAD OF: Whipping cream TRY: Coconut milk
Strawberries-and-Cream Scones

This recipe was developed by Silvana Nardone and reprinted with permission from the just-released cookbook, Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Cooking (Wiley, $20). Use your family’s favorite berries, such as raspberries or blueberries, in place of the strawberries. If you can’t find millet flour at your local supermarket, use almond flour or increase the white rice flour to 1¼ cups.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 10 scones
1 cup white rice flour
½ cup tapioca flour
¼ cup millet flour
¼ cup potato starch
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces
½ cup chopped fresh strawberries
1¼ cups whipping cream

Heat the oven to 375°F. Line a cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix the white rice flour, tapioca flour, millet flour, potato starch, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt and 2 tablespoons sugar with a whisk. Cut in the butter until coarse crumbs form. Add the strawberries; stir gently to coat with the crumb mixture. Stir in 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons whipping cream, mixing just until combined.

Onto the cookie sheet, drop the dough by ¼ cupfuls about 2 inches apart. Brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons whipping cream; sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and puffed. Remove to a cooling rack. Serve warm.

Silvana Nardone is a food lifestyle expert, magazine editor and motivational speaker. She is the editor-in-chief of the all-digital, gluten-free magazine, Easy Eats. Silvana is also the author of Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free amp; Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals and publisher of Silvana’s Kitchen, a blog that takes the guesswork out of how to feed a family with food allergies. Previously, she was the founding editor-in-chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray.

Next Up

Kraft Mac & Cheese Microwaveable Cups Now Come Gluten-Free

You don’t have to miss the flavor of that nostalgic blue box.

6 Dairy-Free Breakfasts That Are Perfect for Weekday Mornings

You don’t need milk for these quick-fix breakfasts.

Why Cacao Butter Should Be Your Valentine

Chocolate-dipped strawberries are so passé. Cozy up to these cacao-based desserts instead.

The 3 Best Gluten-Free Flours for Baking and Cooking

We tested different brands in a variety of recipes to find the best (and most versatile) gluten-free flours.

How to Make Gluten-Free Gravy

All you need to thicken this Thanksgiving staple without flour are instant potato flakes.

How to Substitute Gluten Free Flour for Regular Flour

Tips and tricks for achieving perfect results, every time.

7 Satisfying Snacks That Are Gluten- and Dairy-Free

Trust us — you’ll want to stock up on these.

What Is Xanthan Gum?

You’ve seen it in gluten-free baking recipes, and maybe the back of an ice cream carton.

These Are 5 Super-Satisfying Breakfast Foods to Keep You Fuller, Longer

It’s no secret that breakfast is important. Last until lunch by eating more of these five satiating breakfast foods.

Healthy Muffin Recipes That Don't Skimp on Flavor

Yes, good-for-you muffins exist! Easily make them at home, or use these expert tips on how to choose store-bought muffins so they'll fit into your healthy eating plan.