For those of you who like to cook and bake, what types of flours do you use? Do you make your own?
I use almond, coconut and flaxseed, and sometimes quinoa and have just ordered oat.
I’m curious if it’s possible to make something like green pea flour by grinding up dehydrated green peas. Or hemp seeds, or sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds. Or any other low-carb or semi-low carb foods.
I use mainly almond flour. flax meal in the past. can’t do coconut flour, spikes me. couldn’t do oat flour. I can’t seem to eat many peas or beans so pea flour don’t think it would work…Today I made banana bread with almond flour and agave. Even though bananas are pretty high in sugar, I can eat a small piece of bread and be ok. Trying to eat 15 grams of carbs or less per meal.
Have a look at i-herb.com. They have really big range of alternative flours. They give good service in my experience.
I mainly bake with almond flour, though not terribly often for me as I don’t typically eat baked goods, but for my children who are gluten free and whose foods I want to be more nutritious than just grains.
At the moment I am eating around 50 grams of carbs per day. But I need to find flours that are not based on nuts (almond and coconut) because I like bringing sandwiches in my lunch, but there are days I work out in schools and they are often nut-free environments. Happened to me last week, poor planning on my part, I went to a school and lunch rolled around and I was like, oh shoot. My lunch was nut butter and jam on nut flour bread, almond yogurt and granola that was mostly made of nuts, a packet of cashews, and a hard-boiled egg. So I went mostly without eating (ate the egg but left the rest). Unfortunately, coconuts are considered “nuts” as far as allergies are concerned, even though they are technically a fruit. I also have two good friends who are allergic to nuts, and it would be nice to be able to share things with them and eat around them. So, this is part of my motivation in looking for some new flours, as well as just wanting to experiment and see what works and what I can create.
a really super low carb bread is this one. It is made with psyillium husk and egg white. You can also add flax seed. It looks and has the texture of bread! I have to make some… I love it sliced and toasted with avocado on top!
Thanks! I’ll check this out. I’ve heard of psyillium husk and was looking for it today at Whole Foods, but I couldn’t find it (sadly couldn’t find the almond cream cheese spread someone else recommended, either). I’m sure Amazon will have some that I can order.
You might be able to buy the psyillium husk even in the supermarket (I’m not in the US but can get it in the supermarket here - they sell it as health drink - and you can get unflavoured), else maybe a chemist as they sell it as a treatment / preventative for constipation as well.
I actually got mine from I-herb. I got the NOW foods brand. Comes in a good sized bag. Ordering from iherb you’d probably have it delivered in just a couple of days.
[ I am in no way associated with iherb, but I’ve been getting supplements and supplies from them for a good few years now].