The Flu Bug has invaded our house this week. Although I've tried my very best to ward it off, it seems we've all been hit. So, things are a little behind, but I wanted to share with you a couple of items that I am loving in the kitchen.
Almond Flour. I love this stuff. I've been able to bake so many different recipes using almond flour. I recommend this one to start, because it's a smaller amount for you to try if you are just getting started with higher protein, no starch/no grain baking. One of my favorite websites where I've discovered some great Almond Flour recipes is Elana's Pantry http://www.elanaspantry.com/ I do end up changing most recipes, since I don't use grapeseed oil or much agave nectar (anymore) but even with that, her recipes have worked well for me.
Next, my newest favorite flour - Coconut flour....although I don't recommend this is you don't like coconut. It's not strong AT ALL, but it does give what you're baking/cooking a hint of coconut. I love coconut, so this isn't a problem for me, and neither of the guys has commented on tasting coconut. It's more that I can smell a hint of it when I'm measuring it out for the recipe. It produces a lighter texture than the almond flour, so I like it better for certain things. Coconut flour is HIGHLY absorbant, so you need to make sure you are using coconut flour recipes. Two of my favorite go-to sites for recipes are
The Spunky Coconut http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/
and Coconut Mama http://thecoconutmama.blogspot.com/
I made a coconut flour recipe this morning - Banana Caramel Sticky Buns. They were given two thumbs up by both of my guys, and the little guy ate TWO! They are so full of good stuff for him, so I was excited about this! The original recipe can be found here: http://grainfreefoodie.blogspot.com/2009/04/banana-caramel-sticky-buns.html , but a little later, I'll be posting my version....because of course, there is no way I can make a recipe as written!
Enjoy today - Love your families - Be Blessed.
OH - AND if anyone can tell me how to make these sites automatically link from this post, I would love to know that secret!