Almond flour is a superfood, it’s low-carb and far more nutritious than most other flours you can find. I’m incredibly passionate about almond flour! I went gluten-free in 1998 and knew right away that the usual high-carb, gluten-free flours would not be my ticket to health.
The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook
I love almond flour so much that in 2008, I wrote an entire book of almond flour recipes called The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook (and provide nutrition information too)! It was the first grain-free cookbook from a major publisher. Random House has always been an incredible publisher well ahead of its time!
Is Almond Flour Good for the Keto Diet?
Because it’s low-carb and high in fat, almond flour is the perfect keto flour. If you’re on a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet you’ll want to take a look at my Keto Diet Recipes page for sure!
Almond Flour is the Best Low-Carb Flour
Almond flour is an optimal choice for my family because it’s far more nutritious than typical starchy gluten-free flours such as rice, corn, potato, and tapioca. It’s also a great choice for us because it has fewer carbohydrates, and more protein than wheat flour itself, as you can see in the table below.
Nutrition Info (100g)
White Wheat Flour
Nut-Free Recipes for Those with Nut Allergies
While almond flour works well for my family, I do understand that it doesn’t work for everyone. Some people are allergic to nuts. That’s why I have tons of Nut-Free Recipes!
10 Great Almond Flour Recipes
The best thing about almond flour is that it tastes delicious! For those of you that love almond flour as much as I do, here are 10 great almond flour recipes!
I’ve been making this Low-Carb Asian Salad Dressing for my family since the boys were in grade school. If you can believe it, both are now in college! It’s a family favorite that’s tasty on everything and super easy to make. All you need is 5 healthy ingredients and a mason jar, and you’re good to go!
Low-Carb Asian Salad Dressing
We serve Low-Carb Asian Salad Dressing over everything. Raw greens, steamed greens, even rice. I haven’t had rice since 2001 when I went grain-free. I realize now, looking back, that this move, of giving up grains, which are incredibly high in carbohydrates, was a precursor to the Keto Diet, which I started in 2014.
Keto Diet Recipes
Have you seen all of the Keto Diet recipes I have on the website? With everything from Keto Bread to Keto Brownies and much more, you’ll want to check out my Keto Diet Recipes page if you’re a fan of low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diets!
Keto Salad Dressing
With no sugar and only a tablespoon of orange juice this low-carb, high-fat salad dressing is the perfect condiment for the Keto Diet. In my travels, I come across many people who believe that Keto Diet foods can’t contain any carbs or sweeteners, and that is simply not the case. Ideal foods for the Keto Diet contain more fat than carbohydrates and protein combined.
Becoming Fat Adapted and Getting Into Ketosis
It’s all about the macronutrient ratios for this diet, along with the ultimate goal of getting into ketosis so that you become fat adapted for fuel.
When my boys were little they fought over the last drops of this salad dressing every time I made it. That’s how good it is! They’ve always loved having it over home grown greens from our garden. One thing I was good at when they were little was coming up with a variety of interesting salad dressings to keep them coming back for more greens!
Nutrition Information for Elana’s Pantry Recipes
I’m super excited to let loyal fans know that nutrition information is available for Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, my latest low-carb cookbook, here on the website. If you own the book, you now have all the macros available to you! If you’re thinking of buying this New York Times Best Seller you can have a wonderful sneak peak of every recipe here!
This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared this recipe way back in 2009!
I’ve been whipping up my sugar-free Keto Mojito Popsicles for the boys all summer. This 4-ingredient popsicle recipe is a breeze to make. All you need is lime juice, mint leaves, stevia, and water. If you’re not a fan of stevia this Mojito Popsicle recipe will likely work with a tablespoon or two of maple syrup or honey.
Sugar-Free Popsicle Recipe
I haven’t tried making this sugar-free popsicle recipe with those types of unrefined sweeteners because I’ve been following a Keto Diet since 2014. Have you seen my Keto Diet Recipes page? It’s full of keto dinners, snacks, drinks, and best of all, keto desserts!
Keto Popsicle Recipe Sweetened with Stevia
I use stevia to sweeten my keto dessert recipes. Sometimes though stevia doesn’t taste quite right in a recipe. That’s not the case here. My testers, the boys and their friends, ate batch after batch of these sugar-free popsicles and had no idea they were eating a keto snack. In fact, when I took the photo above, they kept asking if I was done yet so that they could have more Mojito Popsicles.
Some of you may be wondering about adding rum to this sugar-free Mojito Popsicle recipe. That sounds mighty good to me. However, I haven’t had a drink for more than a decade, since part of my treatment for multiple sclerosis is focusing on nutrient-dense foods. Because of this, I’m not sure how much to add to the recipe, and also unsure if it would freeze well. If you do spike your Keto Mojito Popsicles with rum, please leave a comment to let us know how they turn out!
I’ve been working on this 3-Ingredient Keto Chocolate Pudding recipe for quite some time. Creating keto desserts that have no sugar of any sort can be quite challenging. When I make a sugar-free dessert, it’s not only free of refined sugar, it doesn’t contain high-glycemic sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.
Sweeteners for Keto Dessert Recipes
This easy keto dessert recipe is made with 3 ingredients total. All you need to throw it together is 100% dark chocolate, also referred to as baker’s chocolate, full-fat coconut milk, and vanilla stevia. A lot of people on the Keto Diet use sugar alcohols like xylitol or erythritol to sweeten low-carb desserts. Those types of sugar alcohols are not an option for me as I can’t digest them.
Using Swerve in Keto Dessert Recipes
I often hear from people on Low-Carb Diets that like Swerve. That sweetener is a double no-no for me. Since it is a sugar alcohol or polyol, it disrupts my digestion. Classified by the FDA as a zero-calorie, 4-carbon sugar alcohol it is made from corn, a food that is incredibly hard on my system. I know many people that swear by Swerve. That’s great because we’re all bio-chemical individuals and have different needs.
Using Pure Stevia on a Keto Diet
I’ve found that stevia doesn’t cause digestive distress when I use a pure form that does not contain corn, erythritol, and other ingredients that are highly allergenic for me. I use stevia in very small amounts, a little goes a long way! The main issue with stevia is that some people find it has a bitter aftertaste. When I pair it with strong flavors like chocolate or coffee, I can mask that aftertaste very effectively.
This pudding brings me back to grade school when Mom cooked dinner and Dad packed the lunches. He often gave me Del Monte chocolate pudding in a little round metal container with a lid that popped off. No one would ever allow such a sharp lid to come near a child these days! I loved the sound those pudding packs made when I opened them. Inside was a sticky sweet pudding. This 3-Ingredient Keto Chocolate Pudding recipe is a lot like that, other than the sweetness. The flavor in this low-carb chocolate pudding is delicate and subtle. And it’s silky smooth, just like that pudding from the old days.
How to Make Keto Chocolate Pudding
This recipe requires a high-speed blender. I know that because I had to run the heck out of my Vitamix to get the mixture to a super creamy consistency. This pudding will take about 12 hours to set up and 24 to become perfectly firm. I’m not sure why but can tell you from my numerous test batches, this was the case each time, so patience is required. It’s not a stiff pudding, but it’s definitely not watery.
Low-Carb Chocolate Dessert Recipe for Mr. Pantry
My husband, who has quite a sweet tooth loved 3-Ingredient Keto Chocolate Pudding. I had to hide the pudding pictured above so that I would have something left for the photo shoot! I shot this pudding in containers that I bought yogurt in from our local Whole Foods years ago. In the photo, I topped this pudding with my sugar-free Whipped Cream, but it’s just as good without it.
For everyone out there that’s low-carb or keto, what’s your sweetener of choice? Leave a comment and let me know, I’m all ears!
During summer we make my dairy-free Creamsicles every day because they’re so refreshing! The boys love the creamy orange flavor of these amazing paleo popsicles, and I’m thrilled that we can throw them together so quickly. All you need to make to make these orange Creamsicles is 6 healthy ingredients! This recipe calls for coconut milk, orange juice, lemon juice, orange extract, vanilla stevia, and powdered lecithin.
I use freshly squeezed lemon juice in this low-carb Creamsicle recipe to reduce the amount of sugar while retaining the zingy citrus flavor. The orange juice that I use in this recipe is also fresh squeezed. I don’t think this low-carb popsicle recipe will taste all that great with store bought juices from concentrate, so keep that in mind.
What is Lecithin?
Some of you may be wondering why I use lecithin in this recipe. First, lecithin is a wonderfully healthy fat and fantastic dietary supplement for the keto diet. Second, it has an incredibly rich creamy flavor. Finally, lecithin keeps the ingredients in this recipe from curdling and separating. Please note, I use powdered lecithin in this recipe.
If you’re loving low-carb and want to go a step further you definitely need to check out my Keto Recipes page! And all of you who are already on a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet will love my assortment of easy keto recipes that range from Keto Bread, to Brownies, to Raspberry Lemonade Muffins.
I tested this low-carb Creamsicle recipe more than a dozen times using the ingredients above to get it just right. I’m not sure if it will work without any of the ingredients above, with other ingredients, or with various substitutions. The only way to know if replacing one ingredient with another will work is to test the recipe using the ingredients of your choice. If you do, please leave a comment so that others can benefit from your experiments!
More Low-Carb Popsicle Recipes
Here are links to my other low-carb popsicle recipes!
Our fathers live on either coast so we don’t get to celebrate Father’s Day with them. My father lives in Davis, California and Mr. Pantry’s dad is in Edgewater, New Jersey, so Father’s Day isn’t a huge family affair in our house.
Father’s Day Breakfast for Mr. Pantry
Still, I love making a splash and cooking up a feast for Mr. Pantry on Father’s Day. He’s been a father and mother to our children over the years every time I’ve felt exhausted because of multiple sclerosis. It makes my heart so full to celebrate him! I love making him my Low-Carb Cinnamon Coffee Cake for Father’s Day breakfast, along with scrambled eggs. He adores my Paleo Bagels smothered in cream cheese and lox, so I make those too! Other times I make my Low-Carb Chocolate Donuts since they’re so fun and festive.
Healthy Father’s Day Lunch Recipes
Since Father’s Day falls in June we usually do a cookout and enjoy the warm weather. I like to make Grilled Steak or chicken, fresh Low-Carb Lemonade, and the works. Of course, I have to make a bunch of healthy salads and desserts too.
The Best Low-Carb Father’s Day Dinner Recipes
I love making baked fruit desserts for Father’s Day, but I also make some sort of brownies since Mr. Pantry loves chocolate! My Paleo Caramel Brownies are one of his favorite dishes, but they’re a big splurge if you’re counting carbs. With everything on my website and in my books, the possibilities for healthy Father’s Day Dinner recipes are endless!
If you’ve recently gone on a very low-carb diet (VLCD) you’ll definitely need to take a look at my Keto Diet Recipes page. Fans tell me I’ve created the easiest low-carb recipes they’ve ever seen. They also love that I test my recipes incessantly so that they work every time!
The Best Low-Carb Father’s Day Recipes
What will you be serving dad? What do you think are the best low-carb Father’s Day recipes? Leave a comment and let me know, or leave a request for a recipe you’d like to see!
I don’t give a darn what conventional doctors say about diet and MS. I’m sticking with my amazing Turmeric Tea and green juice. Greens boost methylation, incredibly important since I have the MTHFR genetic mutation, and my Turmeric Tea is fantastic too!
What’s In Turmeric Tea
The main ingredients of Turmeric Tea are turmeric and ginger. Turmeric contains curcumin which activates the Nrf2 pathway, key in reducing inflammation, and ginger, high in antioxidants and replete with anti-inflammatory properties, does the same. This tea also contains black pepper which makes the curcumin in the turmeric far more bio-available. I love using food as medicine and this drink has incredible benefits for me.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. Commonly grown in India, it is turned into the bright yellow spice that stains your counter tops and is often used in South Asian cooking. The turmeric root contains curcumin, a Nrf2 activator. This powerful genetic pathway turns on over 200 genes, many of which are related to detoxification and cellular repair.
What is the Nrf2 Pathway
Nrf2, or nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2, is a protein that protects against oxidative damage triggered by inflammation and injury. This protein signals the body to repair itself via the Nrf2 pathway which triggers the expression of antioxidant enzymes and survival genes. However, this pathway is latent until triggered by a Nrf2 activator, which can range from fasting to exercise, to fish oil and much more.
What is Protandim
When I write about the Nrf2 pathway I get comments about a product called Protandim. It contains milk thistle, bacopa, ashwagandha, green tea extract, and curcumin. Many people ask me about this supplement and I don’t see an issue with it. I prefer to take stand-alone supplements because they come in the higher doses and I can control the combinations. As of this writing, Protandim contains 675mg of their proprietary blend. I prefer to know how much of each supplement I’m taking and take different stand-alone Nrf2 activators.
What are Nrf2 Activators
There are numerous Nrf2 activators that may be taken in a variety of doses. For example, I take 500mg per day of meriva, and 300mg per day of DIM, which contains sulforaphane. These two supplements alone contain 800mg of Nrf2 activators, so I prefer them to Protandim. I also like resveratrol, quercetin, and alpha lipoic acid are also Nrf2 activators.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger is another spice that is very popular in South East Asian cooking. It can be consumed in a number of ways. One of my favorites is this Ginger Licorice Tea, and still better is my low-carb Paleo Pumpkin Pie! I love eating functional foods that contain Nrf2 activators, but I also rely on supplements. I wasn’t diagnosed with celiac disease until I was 30 years old so my gut suffered from damage from gluten during a large portion of my lifetime. Eating healthy grain-free, low-carb food and getting a boost from potent supplements in a wonderful strategy for me.
Drinking healthy teas that I make from scratch using fresh roots, herbs, and spices is another strategy that works well for me. This potent Turmeric Tea is simply three very powerfully healthy foods –turmeric, ginger, and black pepper, concentrated into a beverage. After you make it the first time and pour off the tea, you can add another quart of water to get another two servings.
If your digestive fire is super high you can drink this during the summer as a healthy iced tea. That’s how my family likes it. If you feel a cold or a cough coming on you’ll definitely want to sip it it as hot tea. This allows the turmeric and ginger to steam your sinuses while getting into your digestive system. Both of these methods of absorption provide a boost to the immune system.
Sometimes I make a double batch of Turmeric Tea and store it in mason jars in the fridge. It stays fresh for up to 2 days.
Healing Autoimmune Disease
During my lifetime I’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis, and multiple sclerosis. I live with and navigate these disease processes every day. The silver lining of all of this illness has been learning. Another benefit has been sharing my knowledge and helping others. While I’m sometimes sad and overwhelmed with all that’s on my plate, I’ve been able to meet all of you and have incredible people with me on this path of healing.
Knowledge, Connection, and the Path of Healing
What are your favorite hacks for healing? Leave a comment so we can all continue to grow, connect, and learn from each other in this incredible community!
With 6 ingredients total, my Green Goddess Dressing is a cinch to throw together. Like all my recipes, it’s super easy! Simply place everything in a blender, pureé until smooth and you have the perfect keto salad dressing.
Easy Low-Carb Keto Salad Dressing
All you need to make this healthy low-carb salad dressing recipe is avocado, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, herbs de Provence, salt, and water. My boys adore it and I love that it’s an optimal recipe for the Ketogenic Diet. If you’ve gone low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) you’ll definitely want to take a look at my Keto Diet Recipes page for inspiration.
High-Fat Salad Dressing Made with Avocado
We eat Green Goddess Dressing over salads and use it as a dip too. When served with chopped vegetables like cucumber, celery, and radishes it’s a healthy low-carb snack for a summer barbecue or in the winter, a lazy football Sunday. We also eat this keto salad dressing over freshly picked greens from our garden.
Avocados the Perfect Keto Superfood
I love avocados because they taste incredible and are full of healthy fat. In fact, avocados are one of the richest foods on the planet with more than 70% of their calories coming from fat. Loaded with fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and folate avocados are not only delicious, they’re a fantastically healthy food. They also contain lecithin, a phospholipid that is very important for LCHF diets because it helps with the breakdown and absorption of fat.
Serving and Storing Green Goddess Dressing
If you want to thin out this dressing, just add a tablespoon of water at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Thick or thin, it’s incredibly healthy and delicious! I store this dressing in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Because avocados are best fresh, I don’t keep it for longer than this.
Refrigerate remaining dressing in a glass jar for up to 3 days
How Do You Pick a Ripe Avocado
My method for determining if an avocado is ripe is to gently press the skin and feel how soft the flesh is. The softer the avocado is the riper it is. Hard avocados are not yet ripe and best left out on the counter to ripen.
This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first published it in 2008.
Recently, when my younger son graduated from high school I made this Low-Carb Strawberry Shortcake. Our family came in to celebrate and went crazy for it. No one knew it was a healthy, grain-free, low-carb dessert. Everyone on Instagram asked for my recipe so I thought I’d share it with you here!
Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
I’ve found that most strawberry shortcake recipes are quite complicated. However, my version of this summertime classic dessert is a cinch to throw together. The low-carb vanilla cake that I use is a one-pot recipe made with 6 ingredients total. While the cake cools you have time to make my 2-ingredient Low-Carb Whipped Cream. After that, you simply assemble it and add strawberries.
Low-Carb Nut-Free Dessert Recipe
My low-carb, coconut flour Strawberry Shortcake recipe is comprised of nut-free cake that’s lightly sweetened with maple syrup. I smother this rich spongey cake in my purely low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) topping. My unsweetened Homemade Whipped Cream, perfumed with vanilla is simply divine on this low-carb dessert.
Cover disc with whipped cream, then layer with strawberries
Repeat process with two remaining discs
Dealing with Carbohydrate Intolerance
I recently wrote a post called, “Am I Allergic to Almond and Coconut Flour?“. In it, I discuss carbohydrate intolerance. I believe this condition originated because carbohydrates were not regularly and abundantly available to humans prior to modern times. Royalty and the wealthy had greater access to sugar and carbohydrates, however, most of our ancestors would not have had access to sweets and starches, or any foods at all, in great abundance. Since I have carb intolerance I do much better on a low-carb Ketogenic Diet. On occasion, I like to celebrate with a low-carb dessert like this.
Healthy Low-Carb Sweeteners
Unfortunately, I also don’t do well with most low-carb or zero-carb sweeteners. Many of us with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), cannot digest typical low-carb sweeteners like erythritol. That’s why I stick to using small amounts of natural sweeteners in my recipes. I also use pure stevia which is easy for me to digest.
Your Sweetener of Choice
What’s your favorite sweetener? Do you use moderate amounts of honey or maple syrup, or does your system tolerate carbohydrates fairly well? Can you digest calorie-free sugar alcohols like erythritol and xylitol? Leave a comment and let me know!
This easy Asparagus Basil Salad is not only healthy, it’s an incredibly tasty paleo side dish. It’s especially delectable during the summer when vegetables are in peak season. I found this recipe in Sunset Magazine. Actually, I didn’t find it, our family friend Mrs. Rose found it and made it for Mr. Rose’s 75th birthday, a fabulous gathering that the boys and I attended when we were in Davis, visiting my folks in 2010.
How Do You Handle Your Special Diet?
Special diets and social events can sometimes be a challenge. When family and friends don’t understand, accommodate, or respect your dietary restrictions things can get a bit dicey. However, Mrs. Rose made tons of healthy gluten-free food for us! So, a yummy dinner was enjoyed by all.
Maintaining Dietary Boundaries
I believe it really is up to us to maintain our boundaries and not eat food that makes us feel awful, just to spare someone else’s feelings. I would rather hurt someone’s feelings than hurt my body. Has anybody else been in a situation like that? If so, what did you do?
Asparagus Basil Salad
In a total dietary win-win, here’s a yummy salad that most everyone can enjoy. If you have a nightshade allergy, it’s still delicious without the tomatoes. And remember, my third book, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, is 100% nightshade-free!