During a recent episode of Dr. Oz, I learned about three alternative flour options that are much more conducive to healthier cooking, and thereby, a healthier lifestyle. These alternatives were almond flour, flaxseed flour, and coconut flour. I was particularly interested in almond flour, which can be substituted for regular flour when baking. On Saturday mornings, my breakfast typically include some type of baked pastry. I am notorious for picking up the "just add milk" muffin mixes at the grocery store. Lately, however, I have felt a strong desire to become more intentional about my cooking habits. I am thoroughly convinced that a made-from-scratch muffin containing 4-5 basic ingredients has to be a healthier option for you than a made-from-the-bag muffin containing 12-15 ingredients (half of which I can't even pronounce).
Many of you don't realize this, but several years ago, we realized that I was lactose-intolerant. In an attempt to "enjoy" my food, while also catering to this restriction and eliminating dairy from my diet, I gradually navigated toward a vegan diet.
I have never felt better in my life.
Not only that, but I had fun cooking and tasting different types of recipes. At that time, I lived in Nashville, but when I moved back to Mississippi, it was increasingly difficult to keep up with my vegan-eating lifestyle. Over the past year, however, I have been very impressed with the health-food selections available in local grocery stores. I'm not sure whether I have learned how to look in the right places, or whether this selection has just improved over time; either way, I have been pleased to find some ingredients that I didn't think were so common without a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods Market.
While I'm not determined to completely abide by a plant-based diet again, I do like to incorporate some vegan principles and staple ingredients into my daily cooking and eating. One of these is to cook more with less. By that, I mean cook more often, with fewer boxed-solutions or preservatives-enhanced recipes.
One of my new made-from-scratch obsessions is Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins. I originally found this recipe through DAMY, and it has been a marvelous component to our Saturday morning breakfasts.
I am including the recipe below, but you can also access the original recipe at DAMY Health.