As a trained pastry chef/baker/cake artist, I have worked my way around a kitchen, fell in love with flour, sugar, and butter, and the beautiful combination they create when blended, but I have also had the downfalls of those ingredients. The late night cravings, the painful inflammation from an autoimmune disease, and the weight. OH THE WEIGHT!
Last week, I created a quick glimpse into CLEAN baking by teaching my Facebook community about alternative ingredients, ones with less processing, more nutrition, and overall better outcomes for health. (to see that information, click here to join!!) The list below is THE LIST of ingredients that I believe will make EVERY cookie, cake, treat, or dessert a BETTER option (let’s face it, dessert is NOT healthy, but it can be more nutritionally-sound ♥). This post is meant to give you some solid resources to go to, you can take the list and turn it into your local grocery store list, that is up to you!!
Everything listed below is either a brand I LOVE, or something I USE daily in my cooking/baking. I have not listed anything by brands that I have not personally tried and appreciate their quality of product!!
Date Sugar: http://amzn.to/2BGblfY
Liquid Stevia: http://amzn.to/2AXieg9
Pure Maple Syrup: http://amzn.to/2B6xRT7
Raw, Local Honey: (find at local market) or this is one I have tried: http://amzn.to/2AWN2xw
All-Purpose Gluten-free flour: http://amzn.to/2iYc2xE
Paleo Flour blend: http://amzn.to/2iw4eio
Almond Flour: http://amzn.to/2nyXAgR
Coconut Flour: http://amzn.to/2BFVcr1
Casava Flour: http://amzn.to/2kr5He9
Coconut Oil: http://amzn.to/2iw6CWo
Almond Butter: http://amzn.to/2j0H2Nu (make sure it is UNSWEETENED with only almonds as your ingredient!!)
MCT Oil: http://amzn.to/2ksMlp8
Alternative milks: http://amzn.to/2nxbW16
Sugar-free chocolate chips: http://amzn.to/2AyF3pK
Collagen Peptides: http://amzn.to/2zT7taP
Protein Powder: http://bit.ly/proteinnicky
Unsweetened Flake Coconut: http://amzn.to/2nBKfnV
Thrive Market: http://thrv.me/nickyandspice – RECEIVE 25% off your first order!! This is WHERE I get MY FOOD!! I am obsessed with Thrive Market!! They are about 10-20% cheaper than local health food stores and have MANY different options!!
Amazon: I always find my favorite cookbooks on Amazon!! I am a Prime-junkie!! I also love to listen to Audible on my phone to learn more while cooking!!
Listen to Audible (a great way to LEARN more about your health) – first book is FREE!! http://amzn.to/2iuRmsU