I always recommend a grain-free lifestyle to my patients and social media followers.
Now, you might be wondering why I have recipes for baked goods. Is it possible to whip up some bread, cake, and cookies without using any grain-based flour?
Well, if you just had that thought, get ready to be surprised and amazed! You don’t have to give up bread and other baked goods just because you’ve adopted a healthy lifestyle. For me, healthy baking is grain-free baking.
Healthy Baking: The Grain-Free Flours We Use
In the world of healthy baking, the two most common flours we use are coconut flour and almond flour. Both alternatives are even better than conventional, grain-based flours.
Coconut flour is high in protein and nourishing fats. It also reduces the glycemic load of baked goods containing sweeteners. Almond flour is gluten-free and low in carbohydrates. It is also rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. It promotes heart health and lowers cholesterol.
6 Delicious Healthy Baking Recipes You Can Use Right Away
Want to dip your toe into the world of healthy baking? You can try these scrumptious grain-free recipes. Click on the name of the baked treat you want to go to the recipe:
1) Sea Salt Chocolate Zucchini Bread
When zucchini is plentiful and cheap, it’s a good time to make some zucchini bread. Zucchini isn’t just a good alternative to pasta; it’s also a great ingredient for bread-making. Zucchini is both low-calorie and nutritious. It only has 17 calories per 100 grams. It is rich in B vitamins, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and flavonoid antioxidants among others. So go ahead and make a batch of this delicious, nutritious, and easy-to-make bread! Get the recipe here.
2) Italian Focaccia Bread
This bread will make you go, “Molto buono!” It’s made with flaxseed, which is rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is essential for metabolism and cell function. Not only does it taste great; it is also very healthy! It makes a lot of sense to try it! Get the recipe here.
3) Chewy Molasses Cookies
Do you have a longing for some chewy, home-baked cookies? Here’s a healthy, but yummy option! Aside from being delicious, these cookies are grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. It doesn’t have any weird-sounding artificial sweeteners, and it’s made with both almond flour and coconut flour. It can’t get any healthier! Get the recipe here.
4) Lemon Bars
When life throws lemons your way, this is the perfect treat to make! Seriously, if you have an abundance of lemons, this baked treat is something you can indulge in…without guilt. Lemons have tons of health benefits such as helping you balance your body’s pH levels, improving your digestion, and preventing cancer. Get the recipe here.
5) Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies
I have yet to meet a person who hates chocolate chip cookies. This treat is one of the hardest to give up when you’ve made a decision to live a healthy lifestyle. Well, the good news is, you don’t really have to give it up! Just make a batch of this delicious, “healthified” version of the classic treat. You can use monk fruit extract as sweetener, but if you can’t get a hold of some, you can simply use stevia. And yes, the recipe doesn’t call for flour! Cookies made without flour can be mind-boggling for some. Get the recipe here.
6) Healthy Curry Chicken Wraps
Okay, this healthy treat is not baked. But if you’re in the mood for some wraps, corn and wheat flour-based tortillas are the deal-breaker. Luckily, there’s a healthy and delicious substitute for these grain-based wraps — collard greens. This leafy green is a cruciferous vegetable. It is rich in vitamin C. They lower your cholesterol. They also contain glucosinolates, which helps your body fight inflammatory toxins and lower your risk for cancer. Get the recipe here.
If you thought that you can’t make baked goodies without grain-based flour, I think by now you’ve changed your mind. The only thing left for you to do is try these recipes! You’ll be glad you did.