We wanted to go over some of the ingredients that we have been using in our recipes as well as provide you all with some substitutes.
Now many of these ingredients may be new to you or yes a little more expensive than SUGAR. But the health benefits out weight all that : ) We are fortunate enough that with our bakery we get to play around with these ingredients. So if you ever get the chance to play around with these ingredients we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
At the end of the post we provide where you can get all these goodies!
Ingredient and substitution lesson with the twins:
grab a paper and pen
Here we go-
Full of lauric acid, provides energy for the body, good fat, great for the metabolism and thyroid.
Common use: baking, cooking, face, smoothies, sauces, puddings, sports drinks, bars, any desserts
Substitutes: olive oil, soy butter (if you can tolerate soy), ghee (for non-vegans), palm oil
Low-glycemic sugar, lower in calories then most sweeteners, taste like molasses and caramel, can improve digestive health due to containing prebiotic (which is the food for the good bacteria)
** yacon also comes in powder form
** it does have an unique flavor so it may take a few times to get used to the flavor although we LOVE IT!
Common use: replace honey or maple syrup, or any liquid sweetener (we like to use it more than agave because it has more health benefits than agave), add it to anything that you want a little bit more sweetness like smoothies, puddings, any desserts, fruit, sauces, dressings, nut milks
Substitutes: maple syrup, molasses, dark or light agave, honey
Low-glycemic sugar substitute, rich maple-like flavor, full of vitamins and minerals like beta caratone, niacin, calcium and iron
Common use: great in ice creams, yogurts, desserts, smoothies, puddings, pies, nut milks
Substitutes: maca powder, yacon powder, stevia (though will have to alter the ratio in recipes), nut flour, coconut flour, rice protein powder or hemp protein (though will need to add some other sweetness to the recipes)
Rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals, increases energy, can help with endurance, supports the immune system and adrenal function (helps with stress) and we just love the flavor!! Gives things a malted flavor : )
Common use: desserts, pudding, smoothies, yogurt, ice cream, nut milks
Substitutes: lucuma, yacon powder, nut flour, coconut flour, rice protein and hemp powder (these will alter the taste and texture)
* we have discussed maca here before
Zero- glycemic level, zero calorie, can improve digestion, excellent choice for those watching sugar and calories, comes in liquid or powder form
Common uses: drinks, smoothies, coffee,tea, any dessert (will have to alter the wet to dry ration), yogurt, puddings
Substitutes: although there really is no substitute if you using it for the reasons listed, although all the sweeteners list here would work, just have to alter the recipe
Natural sweetener, high in glucose (a carb for fuel), rich in fiber, full of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, sulfur
Common uses: desserts, sauces, dressings, smoothies, puddings, snacks, bars, granola
Substitutes: dried figs, dried apricots, plus the other sweeteners listed above
Please keep in mind when you make substitutions in any recipe, not just ours, that we ask you to please use some common sense If they batter is dry add more liquid and vice versa. Example, if you use high fats nuts (walnuts) in your recipe, you can use less liquid due to the natural oil from the nuts. Or if you prefer stevia as your sweetener, whether liquid or powdered, you will need to “make up” for the volume missing, so either add more dry ingredients or liquid.
We hope these tips help, and you have any questions with using these different ingredients please email the twins at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to help you out : )
Our favorite places to get our ingredients:
Here are some new places we have come across, we have not tried them yet, but look good!
And to continue on with our dessert theme week today is
And we wanted to get in on the action…. We will see this later what we did. It is still in production. We will get the recipe and pictures to you as soon as it is ready!!!
Till next time,