Here’s a list of my favorite kitchen items and many of the ingredients I use here on the blog.
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Made from blanched almonds, this flour is great for muffins, cakes, and breads. Some of my favorite almond flour based recipes include:
High in protein, this gluten-free grain is great in stews, cereals, and porridge. Some of my favorite ways to use amaranth include:
This baking powder is gluten-free and a great staple for any kitchen.
Remember to use double the baking soda than what the recipe calls for when using this baking soda replacement.
Cacao nibs make the perfect snack… and also go really great in:
Raw Cacao Powder
Once you go raw, you’ll never go back! This stuff is so chocolatey and amazing, you’ll wonder how you ever handled eating the store-bought, dutch processed stuff.
Carob is a great chocolate alternative for those who are sensitive to the caffeine in cocoa, or are interested in trying a more alkaline product. My favorite carob chip recipes are:
Chia seeds are tasteless bundles of omega 3s. Grind them and use them in place of eggs, add them to cereal, or breads. Some of my favorite recipes using chia seeds include:
Coconut is to coconut butter as peanuts are to peanut butter. Coconut butter is just mashed up coconut meat and it’s SO good. One of my favorite ways to use it is in:
A little coconut flour goes a long way in fact, for every 1 oz of coconut flour you need at least 1 egg added to the recipe! Some of my favorite recipes using this fun and healthy ingredient are:
My love of loves. I couldn’t live a day without my coconut oil, even when I was in India! Practically every recipe on the blog has coconut oil, so I cannot possibly pick a favorite.
Date sugar acts as a great replacement for palm sugar and is a bit less expensive to boot! The great thing about Chatfield’s date sugar is that it’s gluten-free which is very rare among date sugars. Normally they add oat fiber or flour to help the granules from sticking together.
A great addition to cooked grains, pulses, or added to seed/nut pates, salads, or enjoyed as a salty snack.
Only the best store-bought pasta sauce you can get your paws on. It also doubles as a fantastic pizza sauce!
I like to keep flax seed on hand at all times. Whole is best, then ground fresh using a coffee grinder if using for flax eggs. Some of my favorite flax based recipes include:
Hemp seeds are a great portable, high protein snack and go good sprinkled on just about anything. From veggies, fruit salads, stir fries, sandwiches, and even puddings!
I like adding Herbamare to practically everything. It adds such a great flavor to sauces, dressings, and spreads!
Himalayan Rock Salt
High in minerals and low in toxins, Himalayan rock salt is a great and healthy alternative to table salt.
Every kitchen needs a bag of these. They make for a great snack, or could be added to one of these recipes:
Millet is a gluten-free seed cultivated in East Asia and makes for a great warm breakfast, salad topper, or addition to burgers instead of breadcrumbs. Use in:
Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast with a nutty cheesy flavor, and is high in B vitamins. Best sprinkled on popcorn, garlic bread, and pasta sauce. Some of my favorite recipes include:
A great alternative to refined sugar, palm sugar is lower in GI meaning it wont affect your blood sugar as much. Use in recipes like:
Quinoa is a high protein gluten-free seed with a somewhat nutty flavor. It cooks in just 12-15 minutes and is a great addition to salads, cereals, and casseroles in place of rice. Try in:
A fantastic substitute to oats or breadcrumbs in meatballs, casseroles, cookies and other baked goods. My favorite recipes using these amazing flakes:
Also known as unpasteurized honey and surprisingly popular at your local grocery store, this honey’s nutritional benefits are still in tact! Some of my favorite recipes using honey:
Lundberg rice is organic, low cost, and delicious! Some of my favorite rice dishes include:
Rolled Oats (uncontaminated)
Uncontaminated oats are safe for celiacs to eat, so long as they’re not sensitive to oats themselves. Some of my favorite oat recipes:
Stevia is about 300 times sweeter than sugar and is used as a replacement for sweeteners in many diabetic-safe recipes. Some of my favorite ways to use stevia include:
So many people are allergic to peanuts these days, including me. Sunflower butter acts as a great replacement for peanut butter, late night snack, or spread on a thick piece of toast! Or, try it out in these recipes:
A kitchen just isn’t complete without vanilla extract. I add it to practically everything! Make sure to watch for gluten containing vanilla.
Vegan Chocolate Chips
Enjoy life has a full line of gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan chocolate products. These little mini chips are great for:
My ultimate favorite alternative sweetener! Xyltiol aids in digestion, healthy gums and teeth, and doesn’t have an odd aftertaste. Some of my favorite recipes using xylitol include: