Cassava flour is a great option for many baked goods and makes for the best paleo wrap recipe. For people who deal with food intolerances, cassava seems to be a winner. It is gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and nut-free.
It does take time to get used to a non-wheat-based flour if that is what you are used to. They are not the same product, so they will not be the same.
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What is Cassava?
Cassava is a tuber root vegetable. It has brown exterior skin and is white inside. I started noticing it at the grocery store. I had been buying cassava flour and chips for awhile because they are gluten free, but I did not notice it in the produce aisle.
It is a high calorie vegetable that has been used for centuries. It grows well in tropical areas and is considered the most drought resistant crops to grow. No wonder it is big in South America and places like Thailand and Vietnam.
It seems to have many names, yuca, manioc or tapioca to name a few. It took me awhile to figure out they were all the same thing. Live and learn right? We don’t know until we know.
Why Try Something New?
People get into comparison paralyses and stick to wheat products because that is what they grew up eating. It is for those who are okay trying something new, not for those who want the same thing.
As someone who has celiac and other food intolerances, I am always trying new things. This is how I came up with the gluten free wrap recipe.
It has given me more of an appreciation for tastes and textures. As you get away from processed foods, you start to enjoy the taste of real food.
What do I mean by real food?
I mean either meat, vegetables, or fruit. I do have a few processed items that I use for snacks and sauces, but I make sure that the ingredient list is short, and I like all of the ingredients. I know I said do not compare, but I have to a little bit…
…If I pick up a bag of chips that I used to eat, there were so many ingredients in them. Now, the brands that I choose have 3 to 5 ingredients and they are all-natural food items. No added colours or additives.
I don’t mean to sound like a food snob. BUT I have had such an improvement in my health from eating well, that I cannot go back to what I was like.
I have poor genes, what can I say?
I have autoimmune diseases and I need to live a life that reflects that. A HUGE positive thing about this aha-moment for me was that transitioning to nutritious and non-inflammatory foods make a lot of sense.
Have you heard of cassava chips? They are delicious!
You Are What You eat.
If I am packing a picnic or lunch for a long day, I always turn to these yummy paleo wraps. I add whatever I have in the fridge and I have a filling and delicious meal that I can eat anywhere. It is nice when you do not need a fork.
The Best Paleo Wrap Recipe
- Tortilla press (optional)
- 1.5 cups cassava flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 cup olive oil (or avocado oil)
- 1/2 cup warm water
- Whisk together the cassava flour, salt, and garlic powder.
- Add your oil and water and knead until well combined. Slowly add the water and mix well, then add some more water until the consistency is doughy.
- Roll your dough into equally sized balls.
- Grab some parchment paper and put on the counter. Put one of the balls on the paper and add another piece of parchment paper onto and roll the ball until it is the desired shape. You will want the dough to be approximately 1/8 inch thick. If you have a tortilla press, then use it to get perfectly shaped wraps. If not, don't worry, they can be any shape.
- Heat a dry skillet over medium-high heat and cook your wraps (or tortillas) for 1-2 minutes per side. Flip them when they start bubbling.
Frequently Asked Questions
Get your questions answered about cassava.
What is Cassava Flour?
Cassava flour is produced from cassava, also known as, yuca and manioc. It is a very starchy tuber that makes delicious breads, muffins, and sweets.
It is pretty darn exciting that it is gluten-free, paleo, dairy -free, grain -free, vegan, nut-free and paleo as well!
You cannot beat the allergy-friendly plus side of cassava flour.
It is high in calories and carbohydrates.
What is Yuca?
As I mentioned above, yuca is a synonym for cassava or manioc.
It must be because there are many regions that grow and rely on cassava as a main crop that multiple names came to be.
I for one, use the name cassava, because I think more people recognize that name.
Is Cassava Good for You?
Cassava is a great gluten-free flour option and I use it when baking a lot. It is good when you need calories and nice tasting treat 😊.
There are some concerns with the toxic level of the raw root, but after perfectly cooking it, there is no poison left. And once it is ground into flour, there are no concerns with toxins.
In comparison to other tubers, like a sweet potato, cassava is not the winner. Sweet potato is filled with more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.