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Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:03 pm
by cutbankid
What can you substitute for sugar in baking?

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Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:32 am
by apod
A mix of stevia + erythritol should do the trick nicely.

I'm fond of this brand of stevia: ... s-p35.aspx

And this Erythritol: ... ol-organic

Granted, you'd probably be better off most of the time just eating some berries and forgoing the whole baked dessert thing. Dr Gundry does have a pretty awesome microwaved polyphenol-rich cacao cake that looks decadent :

Another trick I like to use is a vanilla whey protein as a sweetener (but not in baked foods.) I've read that a small amount of whey can increase glucose uptake without raising insulin too much higher than it would have gone without the whey.

Coconut flour and ground macadamia nuts are also mildly sweet, as is inulin fiber. You'll have to dial it in to taste.

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Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:01 am
by SusanJ
Hi cutbankid. Hugs for the work you are doing.

As apod suggests it might be best to drop the baking, but many of us here also are or have been in the caregiver role, and know that change is especially hard for those with AD. So, to reduce the sugar in your usual recipes, try Truvia - it's a mixture of stevia + erythritol available in most grocery sores, and the canister gives you suggestions on how to substitute.

Over time, you could look at other recipes that use almond flour, because it would have a lower blood sugar response than regular wheat flour. Muffins are especially easy to make with almond flour.

I'd go slow with coconut flour. It can be difficult for some to swallow, and swallowing can be a challenge for those with AD.

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Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:37 pm
by cutbankid
Thanks apod and SusanJ for the wonderful suggestions. I will look into these. I just bought some garbanzo bean flour (now realize probably can't use), some coconut flour and some almond flour.
This is a great place. Thanks to everyone.

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Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:20 am
by ru442
Additional flour replacements I use are Cassava Flour (organic), it has a more flour like consistency. I also use Tapioca Starch (refined cassava root) as a corn starch replacement for thickening when needed.

You can also get some really good tortilla's and chips from Siete Company (, they make all their product with either almond or cassava flour, and fry their chips using avocado oil. One of the things I really missed going grain free was chips and guacamole..... now I can have them!

FYI you can get their products at Whole Foods, I've asked several of my local stores to sell them, just found Fresh Thyme now sells near me.

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Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:40 pm
by bexnews
Sweeteners? When I was paleo would often use honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar and stevia. Dr Gundry advocates keeping honey and maple syrup minimized though I suspect if you do not have issues with your blood sugar you may be able to get away with more there. Dr G also suggests:

• Stevia
• Inulin
• Yacon
• Monk fruit
• Luo han guo
• Xylitol
& Just Like Sugar brand.

from ... g-LIst.pdf