Special Low-Carb Ingredients for Cooking and Baking

Foods to Have on Hand for Low-Carb Cooking

Crushed nuts on cookie dough
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Although anyone can follow a low carb way of eating with no special ingredients at all, there are certain ones that I find most helpful in cooking and baking. Most can be found in a regular grocery store, some can be found in health food stores, and others must often be specially ordered (unless you’re lucky enough to live near a store that stocks it).

  • Flax Seeds and Flax Seed Meal
    I’m learning more and more about using this high-nutrient, high-fiber, low carb alternative.
  • Coconut Flour
    Very high in fiber and requires different amounts of other ingredients than other nut flours.
  • Other Nut Flours
    Hazelnut and walnut flours have their place.
  • Vital Wheat Gluten
    This is just the protein part of the wheat, so it is low carb.
  • ThickenThin Thickeners
    This, and similar Expert Foods products, can be useful. StarchNOT is the one I use most.
  • Liquid Sucralose/Splenda
    This contains zero carbs and can be used in almost anything in place of powders.
  • Artificial sweeteners of your choice
  • Erythritol
    This sugar alcohol has almost no impact on blood sugar. It works really well with chocolate. Be sure to get the powdered type if you can, rather than granulated.
  • Good, unsweetened chocolate (quality really makes a difference.)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Powdered Egg Whites
    Help give structure to certain baked goods. Least expensive form is as "Egg White Protein Powder" such as NOW brand.

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