An alternative baking mix with no wheat or gluten. I provide lots of alternatives for different eating plans and allergies. It works well with Thin Healthy Mama, keto, low fat, gluten free and many more types of diets.
Why Use an Alternative Baking Mix Anyway?
I love wheat-based, sugar-filled breads and desserts. Unfortunately, wheat flour and sugar make me gain weight and have other negative results. So, I had to find an alternative to using them. Some other posts that share my experiences with sugar, wheat, and eating style are
- For the Love of Sugar: Addiction and Natural Substitutes
- Gluten / Wheat Intolerance or Enzyme Deficiency
- My Weight Loss and Maintenance Story
Why use a baking mix at all? Because it's a big shortcut to alternative baking. Instead of filling your counter with a dozen ingredients, then adding even more, you can just pull out the container of baking mix and speed up the process.
I tried quite a few recipes for alternative baking mixes available on the internet, but I kept coming up with tweaks to the recipe. After a few tweaks (or three or four), I’ve basically created a new recipe.
For those of you like me with food sensitivities, I decided to post a baking mix recipe that you can change based on your particular allergies and still be able to have baked goods that taste as good or almost as good as the “real” thing.
Sometimes, I like my healthier versions of favorite recipes I’ve updated to include this mix better because I know the food is good for me. That knowledge sweetens my enjoyment.
My starting point for the Me Alternative Baking Mix recipe was the Lottsa Little Lambs Low Carb Baking Mix recipe and Briana's Baking Blend recipe. Both are good and work. I’ve just provided a recipe that takes into consideration substitutions due to type of diet (such as vegetarian, pescatarian, etc.) allergens, cost or what you have on hand, etc.
I also like to try out recipes from other blogs, and I’ve given guidelines to use my Me Alternative Baking Mix in place of other types of baking mix. Why? Through trial and error, I found each baking mix required a different amount of liquids to make the recipes work.
Gotta Be Healthy
I found Keto recipes were either high in almond flour which is inflammatory in those quantities or coconut flour with way too many eggs. It’s rare to find a keto dessert or bread recipe that’s nutritionally varied enough to be healthy if you're eating it day in day out.
I like to eat alternative bread and desserts almost every day. Yet, I couldn’t eat them using those recipes and feel good about it. Yes, I was dropping out wheat and sugar, but I was adding in too much almond flour or too many eggs. Also, I knew many people were allergic to eggs and needed an alternative. There had to be a better way.
About the Brands Recommended
Other than the substitutions I note, I don’t recommend any other substitutions to make the Me! Baking Mix. Why? Because each constituent of the recipe serves a function such as providing fat, fiber, protein or binders.
Also, the brand of ingredients can make a huge difference in your result. Said another way, not all natural ingredients are created equal.
I recommend certain brands because I’ve tried them, and they work. If you use other brands, they may work, or they may not. I’ve included a brand breakdown after the recipe in the "Notes" section to help you wade through brand / ingredient confusion.
Storing the Mix and Ingredients
Some of the ingredients have a limited shelf life, and you need to pay attention to the use by dates. Basically, any ingredient that contains fat can and will go rancid.
If you’re eating healthy, eating rancid fats is a big no-no. They’re bad for you in a serious way. That’s why eating fried food out, where restaurants don’t change their frying oils regularly to save money, is so bad for you.
In this recipe almond meal, coconut flour, golden flax meal and sunflower seeds contain fat. I store my almond meal and golden flax meal in the freezer, so I don’t have to worry about shelf life. Freezing those meals at least doubles their shelf life.
I freeze my almond and flax meal in their original bags, then put them in a ziplock freezer bag. I had one bag of almond meal in the freezer for almost two years before I used it. (I got a really good sale on almond meal.) It had no freezer burn or freezer taste after all that time.
Sunflower seeds will keep longer if you don’t grind them, but they will also go rancid. It’ll just take a little longer if they're whole. They can be frozen also.
Interestingly, chia seeds have a very long shelf life. Their seed coating protects them from oxygenation. That’s why you should always buy chia seeds and grind them yourself or store chia flour / meal in the freezer, too.
Substituting Me Alternative Baking Mix for Other Types
You've mixed up a batch of Me baking mix, but now you want to make a recipe from another site. What do you do?
Here's a quick cheat sheet:
- You can use Me Alternative Baking Mix anywhere that THM Baking Blend is called for
- To substitute for Briana's Baking Blend at brianathomas.com, just add two teaspoons of coconut flour for each 1/4 cup of her baking blend. Her recipes tend to require more liquids, and the additional coconut flour will soak up the liquids.
A Local Option
If you don't have these ingredients on hand, you can make a mix with ingredients you can buy at your local supermarket. Just use 1/3 cup each almond flour, coconut flour, and ground golden flax meal.
This combination will taste good in the recipes, but it is high in inflammatory almond meal and low in protein. I still recommend you use the brands I've listed in the "Notes" section of the recipe if possible. If you cannot find those brands locally, then hopefully the substitution you find will work.
Have you tried the Me Baking Mix? Have you used other brands of particular ingredients that worked for you? Please share in the comments!
Me Baking Mix
- 1 cup oat fiber
- 1 cup coconut flour
- ½ cup golden flax meal OR if allergic to flax ½ cup finely ground chia seeds
- ½ cup collagen or whey
- ½ cup almond meal OR if allergic to almonds ½ cup finely ground unroasted unsalted sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons glucomannan
- Mix ingredients in a gallon storage or freezer bag and store. If you’re going to use the mix within a month or two, you can store in a cabinet. If you’re going to take longer, then store in the refrigerator or freezer, especially if your oil containing ingredients are close to their use by date.
- Use as a one to one replacement for any Thin Healthy Mama baking mix. For Briana Thomas’s recipes add an additional 2 teaspoons coconut flour for each ¼ cup of baking mix or 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of coconut flour for each cup of baking mix.
- Oat fiber: NuNaturals
- You must use oat fiber, not ground oatmeal. Oat fiber is primarily fiber and low in carbohydrates. Oatmeal is high in carbohydrates.
- Coconut flour: Arrowhead Mills
- Golden flax meal: Bob’s Red Mill
- Chia seeds: Any brand will work, but must be white, not black chia seeds. If you use black chia seeds your baking mix will be a darker color.
- Collagen: Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein
- Ancient Nutrition brand is expensive, but it only contains egg and Pollock (fish). You can use this brand on a pescatarian diet, which is how I mainly eat.
- Since you’re only using ½ cup for the baking mix, the collagen goes a long way if just used for baking mix.
- Multi Collagen has a two-year shelf life. Plus, it contains Type I, II, III, V, and X collagen.
- Different types of collagen do different things in the body, so having more types is better. Also, cooking doesn’t damage collagen.
- If you’re allergic to eggs or fish and are not vegetarian, then you can use the THM collagen which is less expensive and is derived from cows. THM Collagen only contains types I and III collagen, however.
- Whey: Nuts.com brand
- Whey is a dairy product. If you are allergic to dairy, then use collagen instead of whey.
- Almond Meal: Simple Truth Finely Ground Almond
- I’ve used multiple brands of almond meal, but Simple Truth is the best price I’ve found lately.
- The almond meal used must be finely ground.
- Finely Ground Sunflower Seeds: Any brand
- If you have a Vitamix blender or a grinder, you can grind sunflower seeds yourself. This is what I’ve done.
- Make sure your seeds or meal are unroasted and unsalted.
- Amazon carries Gerb Sunflower Meal, but I haven’t tried it.
- Glucomannan: Now Foods
Nutrition*: Total Fat: 1.3g, Total Carbohydrates: 4.2g, Dietary Fiber: 3.4g, Protein: 2.0g
*For one tablespoon with oat fiber, coconut flour, golden flax meal, collagen, almond meal and glucomannan