Paleo Baking Essential Ingredients

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BAKING HeaderLast week we discussed the pros and cons of indulging in a bit of paleo baking (read our post here), however today we wanted to break down what kind of ingredients you may want to have on hand, should you wish to get baking at home.

Paleo baking can feel like an entirely foreign subject, filled with ingredients you never knew existed. Some are pretty hard to find, so often we shop online (somewhere like iHerb) for specialty ingredients.

Flours (to substitute wheat flour) to try:

  • Almond flour/ almond meal (available as ground almonds from the bulk section)
  • Coconut flour
  • Cashew flour
  • Tapioca flour

Replacement sweeteners:

  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut sugar
  • Date syrup
  • Dates
  • Fruit juices
  • Green leaf stevia (avoid processed, white powdered versions like Natvia or Truvia)

(note: Agave and Agave syrup are not paleo)

Other ingredients:

  • 100% Cocoa powder
  • Nut butter like almond, cashew, sunflower seed
  • Dessicated coconut
  • Coconut flakes
  • Baking Soda
  • Eggs
  • Coconut milk
  • Almond milk
  • Salt/ Sea Salt
  • Fresh, dried or frozen fruits
  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Vanilla bean pods
  • Vanilla extract
  • Other flavoured extracts – peppermint, almond, hazelnut, orange

Remember that baking is all about the chemistry – weights and measurements do matter! So when making paleo treats, remember that your regular baking rules may no longer apply. Some quick tips:

  • Don’t switch flours unless the recipe says you can – coconut flour is especially notorious for messing recipes up if you try to swap it for a nut flour
  • Don’t assume you can use the same temperatures as regular baking – many nut flours burn easily and need a much lower temperature

Have you tried paleo baking?

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