Baked goods… pastries, cakes, brownies, doughnuts, muffins… make me a happy girl.
When I realized that wheat, sugar, and dairy increased the swelling in my joints and the pain in my body I will admit to you that I grieved the loss of those delicious treats. It’s not easy to bake without flour, milk, or sugar. But, that’s when the creativity began. I researched and experimented, and I learned that I could still enjoy all of these things that I loved, I simply had to the tweak recipes and ingredients and make them work for me.
I believe that everyone has the wonderful freedom to decide for themselves what diet works for them, and for me sticking to any one way of eating, 100% of the time, doesn't seem necessary or useful. I am able to handle small amounts of gluten in my diet so do still eat wheat products but I am very careful about limiting the amount. Usually my gluten consumption comes in the form of a small slice of indulgence when there is a celebratory birthday cake within my reach! The rest of the time I focus on the flours that are easier on my system.
Almond flour is quite versatile, naturally grain free, and is full of protein and healthy fat. You can also find this flour labeled as “almond meal”. The almond meal can be used just as the almond flour but will have more texture. Although almond meal is great for use as coatings on chicken and in heartier bread, you may want to look for the finer milled almond flour if you’re concerned about the chunkier texture when baking.
Tends to be drier and absorbs moisture more than any of the other flours, so it can be a bit tricky to work with sometimes. Still, it is an excellent option for certain baked goods and is my first choice when making tortillas or flat breads. Coconut flour is high in fiber and one of the better options if you are looking for a wheat free, low carb, option.
We make our own oat flour by grinding rolled oats (or old fashioned oats) in our little bullet blender for a few seconds. Super easy! This is my go to flour when I am craving brownies. Plus, this flour has lots of good-for-you fiber.