Tis the season to be baking up some tasty treats! Unfortunately, for some, the excitement can come to a quick halt when you realize that the traditional treats you know and love contain food ingredients that you no longer can eat.
If you’re in that boat, welcome, let’s sail together. Just like everyone else I get really excited when I think about holiday parties because… the best food is at them, obviously! This year though, I am unable to eat any of the dishes I normal would enjoy, and instead am finding myself needing to make everything I can eat to the party, unable to partake in the normal feasting with everyone else.
With needing to avoid dairy, eggs, gluten, wheat, sugar, fruit, and anything else processed, let’s just say I was smacked in the face with the reality that I was going to need to make some adjustments and find substitutes. Good news! I did!
If you’re limited in your ingredients list because you have a food allergy and intolerance, here are 3 substitutes I’m finding work well!
- Flax Eggs. Combining 1 Tbsp of Flaxseed (finely ground) and 3 Tbsp of water will in fact create a faux egg and will bind ingredients, allowing them to bake as if a real egg were being used
- Almond + Coconut Flour. I’m loving these two ingredients! Instead of wheat flour, using almond and coconut flour has been a great way to substitute- and works if you’re following a paleo like diet as well. Quick tip: I have found that almond flour bakes better… it’s less crumbly than coconut flour, but I am often using them blended together in a recipe.
- Coconut Oil. Can’t do dairy? Trade in the butter or shortening for coconut oil. It’s a simple substitute that’s going to give you some kick butt nutritional benefits as well.
If you can do oats, I highly recommend you check out this healthy round up of no-bake cookies… amazing! Hopefully with these suggestions you’ll be all good to go this holiday season! Enjoy.