Do you love baking but you're also trying to stick with your healthy diet plan? If so, you know that eating too many conventional baked goods most likely won't help you achieve your bodyweight goals, not to mention it can really do a number on your health overtime. Too much can increase your risk factor for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, inflammation, and obesity thanks to the high dose of carbs present in baked goods and general lack of nutrition. Therefore, it’s vital that you take into account what you can do to modify your baking recipes in order to help ensure that you are doing all that you can to eat great and still maintain your weight. One of the best modifications to make is with the flour you are using and fortunately, there are a number of great flour replacement options that you can turn to in effort to keep those recipes healthy.
Let’s take a closer look at six of the best options to consider.
One of the best flour substitutes to consider is coconut flour, which is a great lower carb option for those who are currently on a reduced carb diet plan. Coconut flour is very high in fiber, so is great for stabilising blood glucose levels and lowering total cholesterol. In addition to this, you’ll also take in a small dose of healthy fats with the coconut flour, which will help to nicely balance out the nutrition in any baking recipe you use it with. It’s also a gluten free option, so great for those who can’t consume wheat-based foods.
One thing you do want to keep in mind when using coconut flour however is that it absorbs moisture very readily, so if you are going to use it, you’ll want to use more liquid ingredients in the baking (or use a recipe that specifically calls for coconut flour). If this change is not made, the recipe may come out far drier than anticipated.
Next up on the list of great flour substitutes to use is almond flour. Almond flour is much higher in total fat content than most other flours are. However, you’ll get a great dose of unsaturated fat, so not something to shy away from completely. As long as you account for the additional calories in the recipe, there’s no reason to avoid this higher calorie flour in your baking. Almond flour is also going to provide you with an excellent dose of vitamin E as well, which acts as an antioxidant in the body and can help fend off free radical damage. Additionally, it’ll also help improve your skin, nail, and hair health as well.
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Almond flour can typically be replaced quite easily for regular flour as it doesn’t absorb moisture quite like coconut flour does. This flour is also gluten free, so ideal for those who are following a gluten free diet plan.
Oat flour is the next flour substitute to keep in mind and consider adding to your baking recipes. Again, this one doesn’t absorb as much liquid as coconut flour does and most times you’ll get away quite well using half the called for flour as oat flour. Oat flour is higher in carbohydrates than the last two options. However it’s a much slower and nutrient dense source of carbohydrates, so far better than regular wheat flour. Additionally, oat flour is also a more cost-effective substitute, especially compared to almond flour. You could even prepare your own oat flour by simply grinding it up in the blender if desired.