Healthy gluten-free, sugar-free and low-carb baking and cooking requires alternatives to your standard bleached flour and white sugar. While some of these healthy alternatives you can make yourself, like coconut milk and almond flour, others you may be able to find at your local health food store or even grocery store. And still others you can only source online. All of the products I recommend, I have used in my own kitchen with much success. I have preferred brands for most of the ingredients I cook and bake with, selecting high quality brands that are organic and non-GMO. I am not paid to endorse any of these brands.
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There a few different options for recipes that call for Almond Flour. Blanched and Unblanched. Blanched almond flour is made by soaking the almonds, removing the skin and grinding into a flour. Unblanched almond flour is made from almonds, with the skins intact. I have used both blanched and unblanched almond flour over the years, although, these days I make my own. If you aren't up to that task, these are the brands I have used with success.
Unblanched Almond Flour
NOW Almond Flour, Unblanched
Along with almond flour, I also use other alternative healthy flours that are gluten-free and low-carb.
Bob’s Red Mill Hazelnut Meal/Flour
Bob's Red Mill Golden Organic Flaxseed Meal
As an healthy alternative to corn starch, gluten-free and low-carb “gums” can be used as a thickener as well as a binder in baking.
is an herb that is anywhere from 50 to 450 times sweeter than sugar. It has a long history of use in South America in the treatment of diabetes and reducing blood glucose levels. The extract can be used in cooking and baking and as a sweetener for coffee and tea. Stevia is calorie-free, carb-free, sugar-free and does not increase blood sugar. There are many stevia options on the market, however, they are not all the same in quality or in sweetness. For more information about stevia check out my
Guide to Stevia
NuNaturals No Carbs Blend Packets
NuNaturals Pure Liquid Clear Stevia
NuNaturals Pure Liquid Vanilla Stevia
NuNaturals Pure White Stevia Extract Powder
Sweet Leaf Stevia Products
is a sugar alcohol that is naturally occurring in fibrous fruits and vegetables. It is extracted from both birch as well as corn. It is roughly as sweet as sugar. Xylitol is widely recognized as a dental cavity fighter. The body does not require insulin to metabolize xylitol.
Erythritol is another sugar alcohol that is naturally occurring in some fruits and other foods like wine and cheese. It is about 70% as sweet as sugar and combines well with stevia to provide the bulk needed in baking. Erythritol has no impact on blood glucose or insulin levels.
Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk