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Below are a list of speciality ingredients found in Grain-Free Goodies that you may not have in your cupboard with links to brands I love.
Xylitol is one of my favorite sweeteners. I like to use it combined with stevia. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that has little to no impact on blood sugar and numerous other health benefits. Xylitol is made from either birch trees or corn. Unfortunately, most corn is GMO (genetically modified organism). For that reason, it’s important to look for xylitol made from birch trees. You can read more about the health benefits and cautions of xylitol here.
Try These Brands of Xylitol
Unfortunately, some people are not able to tolerate xylitol well. This is typically because of poor gut health—a very common issue. If you try xylitol and can’t tolerate it, then I suggest substituting it for erythritol. Erythritol does not cause the same gastrointestinal issues as xylitol. Erythritol is not as sweet as xylitol. Use 1 1/4 cups of erythritol for every 1 cup of xylitol. You may run into the same problems with erythritol being made from GMO corn, but I’ve listed a few brands below that are not.
Try These Brands of Erythritol
Not all stevia is created equal. Most brands of stevia you’ll find in your local grocery store has fillers and additives. They’re not all bad, but you need to be cautious because many of them have sugar added to them. Yes, sugar. The thing we’re trying to avoid here. This post has more information about stevia and the fillers in stevia. Remember when cooking with pure stevia extract a little tiny bit goes a long way!
Try These Brands of Stevia
Almond flour can be a bit tricky. There are some recipes that it doesn’t matter too much which brand of almond flour you use, like in my parmesan fried veggies. But there are other recipes, like my buttery homestyle biscuits that the brand of almond flour makes a world of difference!
Try These Brands of Almond Flour
- Honeyville Almond Flour (the brand I keep coming back to!)
- Make it yourself!
Unlike almond flour, I’m not too picky about coconut flour. I’ve not found several brands I like.
Try These Brands of Coconut Flour
Our family goes through a lot of coconut oil—so much that my last purchase was a 5-gallon bucket of coconut oil. Be sure to select cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil. Below are some of my favorite purveyors of coconut oil.
Try These Brands of Coconut Oil
Butter is another one of my favorite fats. It’s so flavorful and delicious on everything! But, as with meat, it’s important to get your butter from healthy grass-fed animals. That can be a bit tricky to find. You may have some luck looking at your local farmers market to see if there is someone in the area who sells butter from healthy, grass fed animals. But if this isn’t the case, you may be able to find these brands at a local health-food store or you can purchase them online.
Try These Brands of Butter
Lard and Tallow
Lard (from pigs) and tallow (from cows) are fats I’ve begun to use only in the last couple of years. If you’re purchasing part of a pastured cow or pig from a local farmer, it only makes sense to ask for the fat to render yourself! Most butchers end up throwing this away because nobody wants it, so even if it’s not in the budget to purchase part of an animal you may be able to get this very cheaply. If the fat isn’t available or you don’t want to render it yourself, please, please do not buy the lard from the grocery store. Be sure you’re getting quality lard that has not been bleached and hydrogenated.
Try These Brands of Lard & Tallow
If you aren’t able to consume dairy products, palm shortening is a great alternative to butter in some baked goods like cookies. It’s also perfect for frying.
- Nativa Forest Organic Coconut Milk
- Make your own!
- Make your own!
- Purchase organic yogurt from your local grocery store.
Shredded and Flaked Coconut