Cakes, Cookies, and Sweets: Grain-free Desserts that Say “I Love You”

My Bariatric Life Health Guide
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    Grain-free Cakes, Cookies, and Sweets for Your Sweet

     

    Grains and desserts are not part of the bariatric diet! So, many of us weight-loss surgery patients miss out on sharing Valentine’s confections with our dearly beloved. That or we discredit ourselves and our success by taking in a few sugary starchy treats. 

     

    There is another option. Baked goods using coconut flour, almond flour, and other grain-free flours offer a delicious bariatric-friendly alternative to wheat. Grain-free flours are high in fiber, low in digestible carbohydrate, and a good source of protein. They can be used to make German Chocolate Cake, Apple Pie, Blueberry Muffins, Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti, and Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Fig Filling – really, just about any traditional baked good can be made grain-free. The recipes are so good that you’ll never know they’re wheat-free. 

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    The Best Grain-free Dessert Cookbooks

     

    Here is my favorite recipe book collection for grain-free desserts that are perfect for people who want to maintain their weight-loss and enjoy a sweet with their sweetest on Valentine’s Day.

     

     

     

    How to Make Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

     

    Everyone's favorite, chocolate chip cookies, can be made wheat-free. Here's Elana Amsterdam of Elana's Pantry baking gluten-free, grain-free, cookies. You can purchase her cookbook, The Gluten-free Almond Flour Cookbook, to make other wholesome grain-free baked goods.

     

     

     

    Where to Buy Almond Flour and Coconut Flour

     

    Some of your better big box grocers that have gluten-free products will carry almond flour and coconut flour from Bob’s Red Mill, which retails for around $9/lb. As well, popular brands such as Honeyville can be ordered in bulk online at a cost savings. Store some of the almond flour in a half-gallon Mason jar in the refrigerator and store the remainder of the bag in your freezer.

     

     

    Honeyville Farms Blanched Almond Flour Meal, 5 lbs, $31.99 ($6.40/lb). Do not use unblanched almond flour in recipes. It will not yield good results.

     

    Almond flour is highly nutritious, easy to use and readily available. It is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in sugars. As far as wheat flour replacements, I find almond flour to be superior to other grain-free flours in terms of taste and ease of working with.

     

    However, some recipes do call for the addition of coconut flour – and I find it makes a wonderful pancake when fried in coconut oil. Plus, it a great option for people who have a nut allergy and want to eat grain-free.

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    Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour, 3 lbs, $16.99 ($5.67/lb).

     

    Coconut flour is a bit lighter than almond flour. It is gluten free, high in fiber and low in carbohydrates. I store my coconut flour the same way that I store my almond flour.

     

    Both almond flour and coconut flour are ideal ingredients for bariatric patients, celiacs, diabetics, and people following Paleo, Wheat Belly, low carb, or low glycemic index diets.

     

    Get More Grain-free Recipes

     

    And visit my Pinterest Board, "Grains Make Me Fat."

     

    Living life well-fed,

    MBL

     

     

Published On: January 20, 2013