Otto’s Cassava Flour Review

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EXCITING NEWS FOR AUSTRALIA!!! We have teamed up with Australian distributor Pantry Innovations and are now an affiliate with them which means you can buy Otto’s Cassava Flour directly from Making Natural the Norm! I have placed the links on both the top AND bottom of each page in order for you to easily do so. I am also happy to send my affiliate link to anyone via email, etc. My hope is that everyone who has food allergies/sensitivities or who must eat an elimination diet to control disease or who simply wants to improve their own health knows about Otto’s Cassava Flour and has the chance to try it out for themselves and fall in love with it just like Trent and I have.

Sooooo…..let’s get straight to the point. What is it?

Otto’s Cassava Flour is a gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free flour with the taste and texture of wheat flour! There really is no way to tell the difference. The best part is that it subs 1:1 in recipes…how easy is that?! I must say that it literally has the SAME TASTE AND TEXTURE as regular flour! Take that coconut flour and almond meal/flour!

Cassava is a root vegetable grown in over 90 countries and is a staple food for people across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It also goes by the name yuca. It is a whole food; the entire root minus the peel. It is the whole root; peeled, dried, and ground.

Why Otto’s Cassava Flour?

Other cassava flours begin as cassava peeled by hand and fermented in the sun. Fermentation is not a bad thing, but it adds a considerably sour flavor and smell to the flour. Sun drying is impossible to regulate and leads to varying levels of humidity in the flour that can then lead to mold. The smell and taste of sun-dried cassava flour is often described as “sour”, “fermented”, or “musty”.  Not so of Otto’s Cassava Flour. It is thoroughly peeled, dried, and ground into wonderfully consistent, delicious flour that you can count on cup after cup. It is completely unique from the traditionally milled cassava flours on the market.

Is cassava flour the same as tapioca flour/starch?

No. Tapioca is the bleached and extracted starch of the cassava root. Otto’s Cassava Flour is a whole food! Again, it is the whole root; peeled, dried, and ground. Otto’s Cassava Flour and tapioca flour/starch have very different actions in both baking and your digestive system.

The words of myself – We were so so SO happy to try out Otto’s Cassava Flour. We made tortillas first and were entirely blown away by how it seemed as if we were eating an actual wheat tortilla! I was very concerned about how my tummy would react after consuming and I am thrilled to report that I had NO bloating or upset stomach AT ALL. This in and of itself has me dancing around with pure joy. If you are anything like me, consuming coconut flour or almond meal/flour must be done in very small quantities or I feel very sick which is no fun. Try it out for yourself and I can guarantee you will agree it is a pantry staple.

The words of my husband – We were lucky enough to receive a free bag of Otto’s Cassava Flour to try and experiment with and have been cooking with it ever since. We have even stocked up with more bags! Wraps, tortillas, and two amazing chicken rolls later we have decided we have a new must-have ingredient! The flour was very easy to cook with and is very easy to fold or shape into a wrap or into a pie crust, pizza crust, you name it. I can also see bread coming back into my life. I am not quite sure how I would describe the taste. I can only say it has a mild flavor with no after taste but the flour is as filling as any other flour and really can be substituted in any recipe.

Ordering through the links on my website Making Natural the Norm is only for Australian residents. If you live in the United States and want to order you can do so from the following website (also a great place for anyone to go to get some recipes and more info): www.ottosnaturals.com

Be sure to let me know what you think of Otto’s Cassava Flour if you decide to order through my website and support me in my blogging efforts 😉

So you lucky Australians… in all of the excitement I am going to be doing a GIVEAWAY!!!

Be sure to check Facebook and/or Instagram within this coming week to enter to win 1 free bag of Otto’s Cassava Flour as well as a surprise! 🙂

Brittany


Brittany Talks – Journey to Find Health

Hi there,

I thought that it might help me to try to talk about my health journey in addition to writing it down which I have done so in my About section of this blog. The more we can share our stories and connect with others, the less alienated we feel.

 

Whew! To put into words my experiences was a lot harder than I had expected. Note all of the ummms. Sometimes I wonder if the past decade of my life wasn’t as stressful as it was if I would not be in the health situation I am in now. My father got very ill once I graduated high school when I was age 18 and had to be on kidney dialysis. I started college. I watched as my father got closer and closer to death. I got married at age 21. I will never forget how feeble and weak my father was as he walked me down the aisle at my wedding. He died when I was 22. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree at age 23. I filed for divorce later that year at age 23 after only 2.5 years of marriage. Right before turning 24 I was in a car accident that totaled my car. My depression was at its worst from ages 23-26. At ages 24-26 my mother had multiple surgeries on her heart because it is failing. At age 26 I finally booked my first appointment with a functional medicine doctor and ended up completely changing my diet and lifestyle practically overnight. At age 26 I met the love of my life Trent. At age 27 we got married. I am now 28.

I strongly believe that in a lot of health cases, stress and traumatic events can in and of itself send our bodies into a debilitating state which is what happened to me. Add that to a lifestyle with minimal sleep and poor dietary choices and a recipe for disaster gets brewing.

I am in a certain sense grateful for my past and what it has taught me. I now take pretty darn good care of myself as far as what I eat and drink. I am mindful of how many hours of sleep I am getting each night. I do try not to be a stress maniac but that is probably my biggest battle. It really did take me hitting rock bottom in order for me to wake up and realize that I needed to listen to my body and find real help. My husband’s health has improved as well as he takes on this journey with me. Bless him. And if we one day find ourselves with children I have a much better understanding of what is healthy and what is not in which I can pass that knowledge onto them.

All is never lost if we keep hope alive. Though there may be moments or even years with nonexistent faith in a better day ahead whatever your circumstance, those who keep fighting in retrospect say that the fight was worth it. I am one of those people.

The motto of the past decade of my life is this: If you let Him, God will turn your messes into masterpieces.

Brittany