This post includes several Amazon affiliate links. :)
I’ve personally been gluten free for about five years now, but several months ago I also went dairy free because Eli seemed to be reacting to something I was eating. This motivated me to dive into the world of paleo cooking and baking, and I have had so. much. fun! I used to feel really overwhelmed by paleo recipes–I always seemed to be missing at least one key ingredient, or I would finally have everything and then the recipe would be a flop. Slowly but surely, thanks to more experimenting, and recommendations from friends, I am starting to figure out what I like, what can be subbed for what, and what ingredients I should keep on hand. I thought I would share that list, as well as my current Top Five go-to treats. :)
Here are the items essential to my paleo (baking) pantry, and where I generally buy them:
coconut oil (Costco)
maple syrup (Costco)
almond flour (this one on Amazon)
coconut flour (Trader Joe’s)
arrowroot powder (this one on Amazon)
almond butter (Costco)
dairy-free dark chocolate chips (Trader Joe’s – not technically paleo depending on how they are sweetened)
If you purchase these items for less elsewhere, please fill me in!!
Current Top Five Paleo Treats:
- Double Chocolate Paleo Cookies – literally the yummiest gluten free cookies I have ever had. They’re best eaten chilled! My friend brought them camping and we used them for s’mores instead of Graham crackers…amazing! Make sure you have pumpkin puree on hand. :)
- Paleo Banana Bread – I made these into muffins. The key is to use super over-ripe bananas! The whole batch was gone in under 24 hours.
- Crepes/Wraps – These are found in the Against All Grain Celebrations cookbook. Even my skeptical hubby really enjoys eating them like pancakes! I make them into PB&J wraps, or quesadillas for Caleb’s lunch.
- Chocolate Chip Cookies – I would start with baking for 12 minutes…you don’t want these over-done!
- Paleo Dutch Baby – This was such an easy and tasty breakfast. I made a strawberry compote for the bottom of the pan.
Note: Where butter is called for, I currently always use coconut oil. Ghee would be great, too, but I don’t keep it on hand.
Do you have specific go-to blogs or cookbooks? What’s your favorite paleo treat?