As a nurse, recovery from a gluten exposure is not naturally intuitive. Proper care of any stomach bug, stomach issue, et cetera, includes these steps: Bowel rest –> clear liquids –> full liquids –> BRAT diet. If you’ve heard of the BRAT diet, for the celiac… it’s an expensive one — if you focus on the T in Brat. The T is often the easiest for non-celiacs. BRAT breaks down to: Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. These are high starchy foods that are more readily digestible in an angry environment. “If you’re nauseated, try saltines!” Where the heck do you get saltines without hitting every single grocery store looking for them? Gluten free saltines? Medically, we don’t think about our recovering celiacs when we think BRAT diet.
During this pregnancy, I’ve craved starches. Bread, pizza (basically bread with toppings on it), potatoes, and rice. So it seems even more natural that, after being exposed to gluten on Monday, that I would just crave starches. Unfortunately, the last few the mornings – I’m not tolerating food. Bread, however? As a nurse, I know that’s a go to… so when I started craving bread last night I decided I was going to do something about it — and not run to the store to do so.
We’ve started keeping Pamela’s Bread Mix in the house. My husband has always been the bread maker in the house – he’s a better baker. I’m learning. Pamela’s makes it so that I can make bread. I can make rolls. I can make pizza… and I can add to it and it still comes out awesome. The only caveat? If you do what we do and buy the big bag, you need to make sure to pick up some GF yeast packets too.
Here’s my honey adapted Pamela’s Sweet Bread Recipe. Gluten free recovery food.
- 3 1/2 cups of Pamela's Bread Mix
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup sugar (I used 1/2 a cup)
- 1 yeast packet
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 milk
- 3/4 cup warm water
- Extra Ingredients: Honey
- Combine all the ingredients into a stand mixer. Mix on high for 3 minutes.
- Lightly grease a bread pan.
- Let dough rest for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Bake for 60 minutes.
- My alterations for the Honey bread: Prior to placing into the oven, drizzle honey all over the bread. I kept it in stripe patterns but make sure it's well covered.
- At the 30 minute baking mark, I pulled the bread out and cut a strip down the center and filled it with honey the whole length. The honey creates a beautiful brown color and adds just enough sweetness.
- I also did not use a bread pan: I used a baking pan and built up for more of a artisan loaf. You would have seen that from the pictures if I hadn't gotten into the bread beforehand....
What do you eat when you’re recovering?