I’m about to make paleo baking wayyy easier for you. Here is how I take any recipe and modify it to suit my dietary needs.
Recipe calls for milk, I sub almond or coconut milk.
Recipe calls for butter, I use grass-fed butter, ghee, or coconut oil.
Recipe calls for peanut butter, I use sunflower seed butter or other nut butter.
Recipe calls for cream, I use coconut cream (refrigerated for at least 24 hours, with the liquid poured out).
Recipe calls for eggs, I make sure they are cage-free eggs.
Recipe calls for chocolate, I use a gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free brand like Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.
All of the above substitutions are pretty manageable, and besides that, if for some reason I unable to make them at any given time, the ingredients on the left hand side don’t upset my digestion too much. Gluten is a TOTALLY different story. Since being grain-free, any amount of flour, bread, or pasta in my diet causes an upset stomach. And finding a substitution for all-purpose flour is tough! All coconut flour makes baked goods as heavy as a brick. Flaxseed meal on it’s own becomes too moist and soft to where it doesn’t hold together at all. Most recipes I had followed for paleo baked goods used some combination of almond or flaxseed meal and coconut flour, but in different ratios with varying results. One day, as I was researching my Texas Sheet Cake recipe for the Paleo Summer Picnic Guide, I stumbled upon the absolutely perfect ratio for grain-free flour. It made the lightest, fluffiest, stable cake without any all-purpose flour. WIN.
3 cups almond flour or flaxseed meal
2 cups tapioca starch or arrowroot starch
1 cup coconut flour
Whisk together in a large mixing bowl. Store in lidded mason jars and use as a 1:1 replacement for all-purpose flour.
Last week, I used my Grain-Free Flour to recreate an old favorite recipe, Martha Stewart’s Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies. I think they should really be renamed Triple Chocolate Cookies?! The batter has both cocoa powder and melted chocolate, plus chocolate chips mixed in. I also cut the sugar from the original recipe in half because I prefer baked goods which are only slightly sweet. Lastly, I added a pinch of coffee grounds and cinnamon to complement the chocolate flavor and add some dimension. Read all about the delicious results below!
Triple Chocolate Cookies
Extremely rich and chocolate-y without any of the gluten, this will be your go-to cookie exchange recipe for years to come.
1 cup Grain-Free Flour
½ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
8 ounces dark chocolate chips, separated
8 ounces grass-fed butter
¾ cup sugar
Pinch instant coffee grounds
Pinch ground cinnamon
2 cage-free eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Whisk grain-free flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium size mixing bowl and set aside. Melt 4 ounces dark chocolate chips with all of the butter (I do a double boiler method over low heat, you could also microwave). Whisk in sugar, coffee, and cinnamon. Make sure mixture is relatively cool to the touch, and whisk in eggs 1 at a time. Whisk in vanilla. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients in the center. Fold together with a rubber spatula. Fold in remaining chocolate chips. Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil and place large rounded spoonfuls of cookie dough roughly 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes just until the tops appear dry. Best served warm!