I’ve died. Or I’m living in a dream. Can someone please pinch me?
This is real. These soft, chewy, pliable, grain free tortilla shells happened and I’m not even dreaming it. Oh that very thing that you thought for sure you couldn’t live without when giving up wheat. Well have I got news for you. They are back and extremely comparable to your regular ole’ highly processed, inflammatory causing shell ->WAS THAT OKAY TO SAY?<-
Quesadillas, tostadas, breakfast burritos, enchiladas, slathered in goat cheese, plain you know all of the completely amazing and mouth watering things you can do with a soft, delicious grain free tortilla shell. Perfect for picnics, a quick breakfast or even your dinner casserole, we all need a good shell in our lives and I can’t stress this enough after three years of being without. It was bad enough that my kids didn’t even know what they were called. They just referred to them as “those weird pancakes” because they were round. Sheltered I know.
But seriously, MAJOR WITHDRAWAL is what happened up in here. And you know the drill, when you restrict and withdrawal you always end with a binge….my confession, I binged, like majorly this week on these darn shells. Seriously, the warmth, straight from the skillet, it gets you every stinkin’ time. It would be a completely embarrassing number and definitely not one that I recommend, but it happened and I’m not ashamed.
Luckily I got things in control enough to develop some seriously delish recipes coming up. But in the meantime, you have to make this. The key is the flour you use, and this recipe uses cassava flour. I know this is going to get some of you because unfortunately you can’t buy it at any regular old grocery store. This is an order online kind of thing and no, I didn’t even see it on Amazon. But that is what is cool about this, you are supporting a small business, with an awesome product and an awesome company. Period.
Cassava flour is the un-bleached, unprocessed form of tapioca flour. Basically it is the “whole” form of tapioca and because of this it provides the closest consistency to wheat flour than anything I’ve found. Their website even states that in most cases it can be subbed as a 1:1 ratio in any of your favorite recipes. No weird and confusing conversions. Now I say that lightly as they do weigh differently meaning that you would need to swap it for a 1:1 ratio in terms of weight, not cups. And I just made it confusing when I promised it wasn’t. ->FAIL<- But regardless, you’re smiling right? Because I am!
Completely nut and gluten-free, less-gummy than traditional starches and creates more of a “fluffy” product. You must check them out on their website and then purchase some to see the beauty for yourself. Amazing. Every.single.time. No messy batter, no eggs, just five ingredients, parchment paper, a rolling pin and a frying pan to heat. Good enough.
As a final note, while these grain free tortilla shells are amazing and delicious, the cassava flour is still a “grain” and lacks in nutrients compared to our vegetables, healthy fats and proteins. With that said, please don’t be me and binge. It isn’t worth it folks, these are to be used as a treat, not as a staple. And go ahead throw it in my face, EAT YOUR WORDS ALEXA. Okay, I got it folks…
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- ½ cup + 1 Tbsp warm water
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup Otto's Cassava Flour
- ¼ cup flaxmeal
- Mix together cassava flour, flaxmeal and salt in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, melt coconut oil and add ½ cup warm water.
- Add mixture to dry ingredients and mix well. You may have to knead with hands adding additional water if needed.
- Separate dough into two, and those into four or five balls (should be the size of golf balls).
- Place ball between two sheets of parchment paper and roll until thin. It should just be thin enough remove from parchment paper and place on pan. (If it begins to separate or you cannot remove it, ball dough up again and do not roll as thin).
- Add tortilla to a hot pan and cook 1-2 min per side.
- Remove and let cool.
- Use or store in the refrigerator, warming before each use.