I learned to use arrowroot flour during my Ayurvedic training back in the early 90’s. It is an excellent gluten free thickener for things like chicken pot pie and helps make bread and cakes light and fluffy.
Wikipedia defines shortening as any fat that is solid at room temperature. Some fats are better than others, though, and when it comes to gluten-free baking, I prefer Spectrum organic vegetable shortening.
You may remember chia seeds from when they were popularized by the chia pet of the 1970’s. However, even though these pets are no longer in style, chia seeds are now back in vogue, this time in a culinary context.
What is xylitol? It is a natural sweetener derived from birch bark (I do not use xylitol derived from corn). Xylitol is often used in gum. This gluten free ingredient can also be used in cooking and baking.
I use cacao powder in everything from gluten free cookies to cakes to brownies. High in antioxidants, It is one of my favorite gluten free ingredients. If you like chocolate check out my cacao powder recipes.