What are some staples I house in my cupboard at all times, you ask?
Given the importance of home meal preparation with a sugar-free diet – not to mention all the baking I do — there are some essentials I keep on hand at all times. These come in handy for simple recipes and even throwing a meal together in a pinch. They store well, also, meaning the food doesn’t go to waste.
Fresh ingredients with shorter shelf lives, like these found at the Farmers’ Market, are picked up more regularly
As much as I love ingredients like coconut milk, they don’t keep as long once opened so I only get those when I specifically need them.
What you’ll find in my pantry at all times:
- Flours: whole wheat flour/pastry flour, coconut flour, almond meal
- Coconut oil and coconut oil cooking spray
- Cold-pressed olive oil
- Natural peanut butter/almond butter (in fridge once opened)
- Cocoa powder
- Black beans
- Canned chickpeas
- Medjool dates
- Real maple syrup (from Ontario, of course. Stored in fridge once opened)
- Raw honey
- Nuts and seeds (usually almonds, hemp seeds, pepita seeds, sunflower seeds and flax, although I keep flax meal in the fridge for added freshness)
- Unsweetened almond milk (in fridge once opened)
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Unsweetened whey or hemp protein powder
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I love storing the ingredients in large clear mason jars so they stay fresh and are clearly identifiable (for flour and other items that look similar, use labels! One tablespoon of salt instead of baking powder would turn your recipe south fast!)
When it comes to frozen food, I always have a bag of washed spinach in the freezer to throw handfuls into smoothies, as well as frozen berries for topping yogurt with, etc. If we’re lucky, there are some treats hidden in there to dip in to as well (hello, peanut butter cups or black bean brownies!)
There are definitely some items I’ve picked up with the best of intentions in mind when perusing the aisle of natural bulk products (buckwheat groats, anyone?) but have never used, leaving them exiled to the back of the cupboard. That reminds me, anyone have a good recipe for using buckwheat groats?!
All this talk of ingredients makes me think I should go sort out my pantry. Or bake.
Yep, definitely bake.