Gluten-free business idea for mums

Cooking is an essential part of most mums’ lives – we’re either doing it or paying someone else to do it. Some mothers don’t like this daily routine and others women discover new talents and reach incredible heights in culinary art. Besides pampering your family members, this skill may be applied to increase a family’s budget; you can use your skills to start a food-based business.

Baking might not sound revolutionary, and it isn’t, but in business finding something unique is often the way to get big. That’s where baking gluten-free treats at home comes into it – it really is not for those who keep to the beaten path. Let’s see why.

Do you know enough about gluten?

Before launching gluten-free bakery out of your home, you need to know all about gluten itself and diseases caused by this protein. Gluten makes dough elastic and ensures chewiness. These are one of the reasons why we like donuts, bread and other products. Gluten, that is the protein contained in wheat, rye and barley, may be dangerous for people suffering gluten allergy, the Celiac disease and gluten intolerance. The symptoms include chronic diarrhea, loss of weight and appetite and abdominal distention. Gluten gets gut inflamed and causes all the above symptoms.

Is there a demand?

Another step is to evaluate demand. If you have family members, friends, neighbors, colleges you used to work or friends from social networks and dating sites such as uk.cupid.com, who are gluten free, that is a good customer base. Besides, people who follow trends are another target group. Now avoiding gluten is on trend. As a matter of curiosity, the Celiac disease afflicts one person in every thousand. This health problem can hardly be named small. According to other resources, bodies of only 30% of the population generate antibodies fighting gluten. These numbers show how many people need a special diet having no place for gluten and future opportunities to develop your home business.

Can you bake safely in your home?

Self-contamination is a real challenge. All the ingredients, utensils, surface should have no contact with gluten, even a tiny drop or a crumble. It is the gold rule to be observed strictly. Otherwise, the food contacted with gluten will seriously damage the health of a person suffering the Celiac disease or gluten allergy.

A recipe to try

Let this recipe will inspire you to start your business. You’ll need:

  • An oven
  • A mixer
  • A loaf tin (900g/2lb)
  • A parchment

Ingredients

  • 140 butter
  • 200 sugar
  • 250g carrots
  • 140g sultanas
  • 2 eggs
  • 50g chopped nuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 200 g gluten-free self-raising four
  1. Heat and oven up to 180C/160C fan/gas 4
  2. Line a loaf tin with parchment
  3. Grease it with some amount of butter.
  4. Beat butter and sugar to get a creamy mixture
  5. Grate carrots and add them to butter and sugar
  6. Stir in the eggs and sultanas
  7. Chop nuts and mix them with cinnamon, gluten free baking powder and gluten free self- raising powder.
  8. Mix everything well
  9. Tip the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 minutes. Once it is ready, take out a tin, cool for a quarter of an hour and remove a carrot cake.

Be ready that some other great business ideas may come to your mind while cooking this carrot cake!

Written by Joycellyn Akuffo

Founder and editor of www.motherswhowork.co.uk, a mother of two wonderful children, wife, entrepreneur (check out www.geekschool.co.uk) and journalist.

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