Bondi Baker Clean Cooking
As a very uncool, undercover book nerd, one of the things I love to do is research delicous gluten free subsitutes to use for baking. In the list below you will find ingredients such as delicous coconut oil, mouthwatering maple syrup and sweet-as-can-be honey. BB xxxx
Gluten Free Flours to Love
There are so many to choose from here! Replace wheat with coconut flour, soghum flour, rice flour, gluten free oat flour or nutty almond meal. Heavier products such as quinoa, cornmeal and buckwheat tend to contain more protein, so always check the recipe to make sure you don't end up with a sad looking cake or slice.
I absolutely love a bit of butter, but for those who prefer a leaner substitute look no further than beautiful coconut oil or super healthy olive oil. There is a multitude of associated benefits for your skin and hair and they add a delicous flavour and texture to baking. I tend to use coconut for sweeter cakes and olive oil for savoury baking. Another gluten free favourite is ghee which is a popular fat in Indian and Ayurvedic cooking and creamy like butter.
Sweet Substitutes for Sugar
Show me some honey and I'll show you a smile! There are some amazing substitutes to sugar and all of them are far superior to using toxic products such as artificial sweetners. Try 2/3 of a cup of honey to replace 1 cup of sugar or use some beautiful maple syrup or agave. Just be careful when baking crisp cookies as honey or agave can leave the texture a little bit chewy!
Maintaining the Magic of Moisture and Flavour
One of the things about baking gluten free is the texture and flavour can sometimes seem a little bit bland. This is where ingredients such as coconut, banana, dates, applesauce, chocolate chips, finely chopped fruit and nuts, honey, agave and vanilla become super important. Food is such a yummy part of life and being healthy should not mean having to sacrifice flavour. Be generous with yourself, experiment and have fun!