Often in my life (and especially in my kitchen) inspiration is born of desperation. This…
I have many random ingredients in my pantry as a result of experimenting with fun new recipes, but there are some standards that I can’t live without. In no particular order they are:
1. Raw Coconut Sugar
This has completely replaced all our sugar uses. Morning coffees, everyday baking, homemade sauces for dinner, it’s all coconut sugar. While I would never go so far as to say that coconut sugar is GOOD for you because – lets face it – sugar is sugar, I definitely believe that it is the best option for a natural sweetener. It is minimally processed, has trace minerals and scores lower on the Glycemic Index then many other sweeters. And no, it does not taste like coconut! We pick up our big 1/2 kilo bag from Costco and it will last us about 2 months!
2. Chick Peas (aka Garbanzo Beans)
I’ve always been a big fan of hummus, but have recently discovered so many more recipes that use chick peas that I always keep these in stock. My new fave is the Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas – perfect sweet snack for a nut free school lunch. Another good use of chickpeas is this adapted Sweet Potato Chickpea Burger recipe I’ve been toying with. I can’t wait to discover more great uses for chickpeas!
3. Chia Seeds
I initially started using Chia seeds in smoothies before I found out just how many things you can put them in!! I recently made the yummiest Chia Seed Bread, and have still been working on a Chia Seed Pudding. As soon as I’m happy with it, I will most definitely share.
4. Raw Cacao Powder
I came across raw cacao powder in my search to replace the horrible-for-you Nesquik in my homemade Iced Capps. It worked like a charm, and I now use it in all my baking – most recently in my Baked Banana Chocolate Oatmeal. Amazing.
5. Cold Pressed Organic Coconut Oil
It was Suzanne from Mommy Footprint and Green Planet Parties who turned me onto coconut oil for personal care. Her post on Personal Care Recipes is bookmarked in my browser as I use it so often! Once I had it in my bathroom, it seemed like a natural jump to explore how I could use it in my kitchen. I’m still a beginner in all things coconut oil, but so far I use it in baking whenever I can (subbing out for other oils), particularly when making energy balls.
What are your top 5 pantry must-haves?