- Digital Food Scale – you can typically find these at any store. The one I bought a couple years is the Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale. I’ve had it for 5 years now, and it’s always discounted on Amazon.com for more than 50% off the retail value. A great product especially if you’re watching portions, and tracking calories.
- Travel Blender – I use this daily for making smoothies. I have the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender. It’s especially handy if you are on the go, or just need to whip something up fast that wouldn’t necessarily require a professional blender or a food processor. I will often use my travel blender for whipping cream.
- Donut Pan – I love making donuts with my Wilton Non-Stick donut pan when I’m craving something sugary. I purchased mine at Bed Bath and Beyond using a 20% off coupon, but it’s often cheaper online.
- Scoop-It Batter Spoons – I like to use the Wilton Scoop-It Batter Spoons to try and perfectly portion out muffins, cookies, and more.
- Food Processor / Chopper – When my food processor went missing after my move, I purchased a Ninja Express Chop as a temporary replacement. As of today, I still have yet to replace my food processor as I use this more often. It’s smaller than the bigger sized food processors, and clean up is a breeze. You can find the Ninja Express Chop a bit cheaper in stores. I think I paid $17 at Target during a sale.
Cooking & Baking
- Almond Flour – I regularly use Red Mill Almond Flour, and can be found in stores. I highly advise purchasing Honeyville Almond Flour once you decide if Almond Flour is for you. It bakes better, with the only down side being that the prices are a little higher. It’s also best to purchase in bulk.
- Coconut Flour – I have lately been baking more with Coconut Secret Coconut Flour. I have heard great things about Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour, but I haven’t tried it for myself yet.
- Coconut Oil – I use Spectrum Naturals refined and unrefined coconut oil for cooking. You should be able to find coconut oil at Walmart. If you supplement with coconut oil, then I suggest actually buying it in bulk from Tropical Traditions. For cooking, I’m a fan of the refined coconut oil as it doesn’t leave a coconut after taste that some people may not like.
- Gluten Free / Aluminum Free Baking Powder – I use Rumford Baking Powder in my baking because it’s gluten free, without aluminum, and non-GMO. If you can find this in a local store, it is usually a lot cheaper than the online prices.
- Greek Yogurt – Sometimes, I toss in a bit of greek yogurt in my recipes. My favorite brand to use is the Fage Total 0% greek yogurt. If you didn’t know, you can order Fage Greek Yogurt 6-packs or 12-packs on Amazon.com typically for a lot cheaper than you’d pay for at the store!
- Sweetleaf Stevia – I’ve used the Sweetleaf Stevia brand for more than 5 years now. I love it because it’s all natural, and a little goes a long way. I haven’t used stevia as much for baking, but more or less have used it as a natural sweetener in my morning cup of coffee or to flavor plain greek yogurt. Lately, I’ve been able to find these cheaper in my local store, but I used to order them on Amazon.com. Right now, it looks like you can order Sweetleaf Stevia for $8.16 for a 4oz bottle. Believe it or not, a 4oz bottle lasts me about 2 1/2-3 months since it is so sweet.
- Swerve Sweetener – I discovered Swerve sweetener back in Fall 2014, which is a non-glycemic sugar that has zero calories, zero sugars and is all natural. It measures cup for cup like regular sugar. It does cost a lot more money than artificial sugars, but if you’re trying to remove artificial sugars and products from your diet then this will be a lifesaver. I order these in bulk to save money.
These are items that I plan on purchasing in the near future for recipe creation:
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