This recipe essentially creates a roux, which can be used to thicken any soup or sauce. If you would prefer to make it using dairy-based products simply use butter for the Smart Balance and heavy cream or half and half for the coconut milk portions.
Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Chowder Base
This amount is suitable to thicken about a quart of soup. Add more or less ingredients proportionately to adjust for larger or small batch sizes.
- 1/4 cup Smart Balance or other dairy-free butter alternative
- 1/2 - 2/3 cup Mehl's Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour use more for a thicker chowder
- 1 (13-14 ounce) can coconut milk not the coconut milk that comes in a milk like container. This coconut milk has the natural coconut fats still
Place the Smart Balance and the coconut milk into a sauce pan and heat until the Smart Balance is fully melted.
Add the Mehl’s Gluten-Free Premium Flour and whisk in until there are no lumps.
Turn heat up and keep stirring until the entire mixture just starts to boil.
Set aside for later use.
If you would prefer to make it using dairy-based products simply use butter for the Smart Balance and milk, heavy cream, or half and half for the coconut milk portions.