Dry Goods/Baking Items

Coconut sugar – TJ

My first choice for a sweetener is fresh fruit, then dried, (I use some date sugar = powdered dates). Next in line for sweeteners is coconut sugar, we use a small amount in certain recipes. Costco carried organic coconut sugar for a while, but I haven’t seen it for at least a year. Trader Joe’s carries small pouches of coconut...

Cocoa Powder – unsweetened – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells unsweetened cocoa powder that is delicious in my recipe for T’s Dreamy Chocolate Sauce for our Dessert Nachos for Breakfast! YUM!!! I also buy raw cacao powder...

Arrowroot powder/starch

Arrowroot powder can be used in place of cornstarch in recipes and has the advantage of being non-GMO (unlike most cornstarch), suitable for people with a corn allergy and extracted from the arrowroot without use of harsh chemicals. I keep a large bag of arrowroot in the freezer. Arrowroot tends to survive freezing better than cornstarch, and work well in acidic liquids (sauces, tomato based soups), but may break down after prolonged cooking/high heat. Available at most grocery stores in the specialty flour/baking area, but most reasonably priced when purchased...

Baking Powder (Aluminum-Free)

Always choose Baking Powder market “Aluminum-Free” – it is typically sold right next to the baking powder with aluminum. We need reduce exposure to aluminum in our diet to protect our brain tissue (aluminum has been found in the brains of those suffering from Alzheimer’s...

Chocolate Chips

I prefer to use cacao nibs (and cacao/cocoa powder) whenever possible. My husband and kids really like chocolate chips. Look at the ingredient label to make sure that they do not contain any dairy (milk/butter/cream).

Cacao/Cocoa Powder

While you can buy unsweetened cocoa powder at nearly any grocery store and Trader Joe’s, I use a lot of it, so I buy it online and keep it in the freezer.

Coconut Sugar

While my first choice for sweeteners is fruit, followed by date sugar (dried dates in powder version), and then coconut sugar. Costco sold organic coconut sugar for a while, but now I get it online (can be much less expensive than at the market).

Coconut flakes

If you like big coconut flakes, look for unsweetened organic coconut flakes (you can even make coconut “bacon” with these – find a recipe online!) and keep them in the freezer. They can be used as is or roasted in the oven (keep an eye on them so they don’t...

Coconut shredded

Look for unsweetened organic shredded coconut, if you want small pieces, and keep them in the freezer. They can be used as is or roasted in the oven (keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!).

Cornmeal – whole grain – organic

Whole grain organic cornmeal can be found with the specialty flours/baking products in the supermarket or online (typically the best price). I store all cornmeal (and the rest of my whole grains) in the freezer, since higher temperatures can begin to break down the vulnerable unsaturated fats over time (end up rancid or with little...

Date Sugar

Date sugar is the healthiest sweetener, second only to fruit. It is made by drying dates and them making them into a powder. Once I open a package of date sugar, I store it in the refrigerator. I typically buy it online or at a local health food store, but have seen it at our local supermarket (both options are more expensive). If used in place of sugar in a recipe, it has a thickening effect, so you may need to adjust the recipe a bit by increasing the amount of...

Erythritol – sweetener

My husband uses erythritol (a sugar alcohol – a safe sweetener that has zero calories, does not raise blood sugar or cause cavities) in this coffee each morning. Sometimes we add it to my Tropical Splash. It can be purchased online (best price) or at a health food...

Buckwheat flour

Despite it’s name, buckwheat flour is not made from wheat (and is actually gluten free). I like to use it in my Banana Pecan Snack Cake, among other recipes. I keep it in the freezer (with the rest of my whole grains, nuts and seeds). While I have seen it at my local grocery store, with the specialty flours, and sometimes in bulk, I normally buy it...

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

I don’t use much flour, and like to make my own oat flour whenever possible. On occasion, I will use whole wheat pastry flour. It has a very light texture and can be substituted for white flour in any recipe, likely without anyone noticing. I keep it in the freezer with the rest of my whole grains, flours, nuts and...

Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is sold in bags, bulk or round containers as flakes or powder (either will work for the recipes in The Foodie Bar Way),¬†at supermarkets like Sprout’s, as well as from online retailers and has a nutty/cheesy flavor. This is not to be confused with active yeast (for bread making) or brewer’s yeast (a byproduct of beer production). Store it at room temperature. This is a MUST HAVE ingredient for making Our Favorite Cheezie Sauce (incredible). Different brands have slightly different flavor profiles, so try different brands, (bulk section makes it easy to buy a small amount), and find the one that you enjoy the...